Do your children have a heart for missions? Do they have a desire to spread the gospel to others? Using the words pray, give, and go will help teach your children mission awareness in your homeschool curriculum.
Pray - Select a missionary family through your local church or denomination (preferably a family with children the same age as yours). To help everyone remember to pray, make a poster with this family's picture and hang it in a prominent place in your home. Include the names of each family member and particular prayer needs. Place a world map beside the poster, and string a line on the map from your home to theirs. By email or standard mail, your child can become pen pals with the children of your missionary family and keep updated on current prayer requests. Do a unit study on your missionary's country and culture. You can even learn the language of your missionary's country! The Power- Glide curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications® has courses available in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Latin languages. The more you know about your missionary family, the more effective prayer warriors you and your children will become.
Give - Teach your child to give to missions by placing a jar for collecting money beside the poster. Let your child decorate the jar and fill it with money earned from extra chores or work. To encourage your child to work and give to your missionary family, show him a tangible item which will be purchased with the money, such as: household items, office supplies and equipment, medical items, or personal items.
Go - Most of all, teach your child that he is a missionary right where you live. Encourage your young child to invite his friends to vacation Bible school or backyard Bible clubs. Allow your teenage child the opportunity to experience summer short-term mission trips in a foreign country, teach vacation Bible schools, or become a counselor at a summer Bible camp.
Along with encouraging mission awareness through praying, giving, and going, you can also invite missionaries who are visiting the United States to stay in your home. Your child's love of missions will be sparked, and he will be challenged as he hears amazing stories of God's provision and grace.
Incorporating missions into your Bible curriculum will ignite a passion for the lost within the hearts of your children. Teach them to be witnesses for the Lord and fulfill Christ's commands of Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Who knows, perhaps God will call them to be a missionary in a foreign country.