Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
This past October I had the privilege of going on a short-term mission trip with my 7 year old son, we worked with un-reached people groups in S.E. Asia. Over the next few weeks, I want to share why exposing our children to missions early is of great value.
3 reasons why we should strive to participate in Missions with Our Children:
1. It expands their worldview. Isaac has experienced another worldview by being in S.E. Asia. This trip has opened his eyes to the reality that much of the rest of the world worships false gods. Everyday Isaac would visibly see someone worship an idol, this would lead to a host of questions about God, their gods, and why they don’t believe in Jesus. Isaac has prayed many times on this trip that these people would forsake idol worship and believe in Jesus.
We have little or no contact with other cultures here in the south. This is not because there are no people moving into towns and communities from other countries and cultures. Mainly, it is because homogeny is so ingrained. We take little time or intentionality when it comes to learning about the cultural differences of others. I should also note, many cultures tend to adopt “western” practices and identities when living in America. So unless you are living in and area with a highly populated cultural group, we are unable to see how vast and different other worldviews truly are.
Because of this we have a small worldview that is not very grounded. Practicing a biblical worldview is different than knowing a biblical worldview. Participating in a short term mission trip is is a way to immerse yourself and children into a different worldview. Not only does this expose us to different worldviews it helps us grow in a biblical worldview.
One final thought and illustration, many christian students don’t rebel in college, they just respond to other worldviews represented. Because they have no foundation of their own and no real interaction with other worldviews, they fall into the lie of relativism and humanism. Exposing children to different worldviews deepen and strengthen their own worldview. Isaac will forever remember two things from the S.E. Asia trip: 1. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus. 2. That the world is BIG and LOST, but God is BIGGER and can save through the gospel message.
John 14:6 (ESV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
I recognize everyone can’t afford or plan to take their children or family on a short term mission trip. However, I do know many who can spend $1000’s on little league, education, camps, hobbies, clothing and band. We will spend and save for our priorities. I heard this once about priorities:
You will either AGONIZE or PRIORITIZE!
1. Everything cannot be a priority. You can’t have it all.
2. Everything should not be a priority. All things are not created equal.
3. Some activities and investments are more important than others.
4. Some activities and investments are more lasting than others.
The question is, “What are your priorities?”
stay tuned for part two…..