Missions Month - Previous Weeks

JULY 26 RESOURCES

This video, produced by Pioneers, will help you learn more about what Muslims believe about God and what it takes to find favor with him.

Worldviews - Muslim from Pioneers-USA on Vimeo.

For nursery-aged kids, check out the videos from our Nursery Director, Corrie Gibson!

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Family Activity

Muslims believe that their behavior is what determines their relationship with Allah. They have no confidence in how much good they must do on earth to qualify for entering heaven when they die, so they live with a great deal of uncertainty in their daily life. To help your children experience this uncertainty begin by writing Titus 3:4-7 on a piece of paper and placing it an envelope. At the beginning of the game, tell them you have a treat for them, but they must earn it through their behavior. They will need to get 20 good deed points to qualify for the treat! They will likely ask which deeds are worth how many points so they can calculate what they will need to do to enjoy the treat! Tell them you have written that down (show them the envelope) and you will reveal that before giving them the treat. After they have attempted to earn the treat, open the envelope and reveal the good news of the gospel! Talk about how it felt to want to earn the treat, but not to have any idea how to do it. Rejoice together that, because of Christ, our salvation is not dependent on what we do---but what Christ has done!

Taste the World: Lentils are readily available and popular in India. They are delicious and quick to prepare. Try this recipe for red lentil dal!

Prayer Guide

Muslim People
Muslim people believe in a God named Allah. Their holy book is called the Qur’an. They understand that they can earn their salvation if they do more good things than bad things. They spend their whole life trying to please Allah, but they never know for sure if they’ve done enough good things. They believe that Jesus is a prophet. They do not understand that Jesus is the Son of God who came as their Savior to save them from the punishment of their sin. Many of our Muslim friends have never heard that Jesus loves them and made a way for them to become God’s forever friend. 

  • Pray that Muslim families will realize that their religious practices do not bring peace, contentment, or assurance that all their efforts will please God.
  • Pray that they will really want to know the one true God and will begin to look for truth that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that we will boldly befriend our Muslim neighbors and classmates, and share the wonderful news that Jesus is not a prophet, but that having faith in him is the only way that we can please God.

[Material from The Big Story Series: One Big Vision, Center for Mission Mobilization]

Memory Verse

Review Matthew 28:18-20 together. How can your family participate in this mission? Talk about the missions partners that First Free supports through your giving. You can pray for missions partners and for the gospel to reach those who have never heard. Are there neighbors, friends, or family members that you are praying for? How will you be involved in going, teaching, and bringing unbelievers into the family of God?

Family Reading Recommendations

Enjoy learning about missions and missionaries by reading selected books from our church library. Stop by the courtyard/library and check out the children’s missions books available for your family.

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JULY 19 RESOURCES

This video, produced by Pioneers, will help you learn more about what unreligious people may believe about God and what may be the basis of their beliefs of what matters in life.

Worldviews - Unreligious from Pioneers-USA on Vimeo.

For nursery-aged kids, check out the videos from our Nursery Director, Corrie Gibson!

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Family Activity

Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 aloud. What are the main areas of pride for people (being smart, physically strong, and financial wealth). These are the movers and shakers in our culture! What does this passage explain as more important than all of those things?

Prepare a simple scavenger hunt. Tell everyone to find examples in your home of things that represent intellectual smarts, physical strength, and financial wealth. Give them 10 minutes to bring the items back to the group. The reality is, we spend a lot of time and energy focusing on these things! Talk about times you have boasted on your own, or someone in your family’s, intellectual, physical, or financial accomplishments. These are good things, but God is addressing the heart in this passage. What should God’s people boast about? Talk together about what it means to practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness on earth. How can you do that this week?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 aloud. Paul quotes the Jeremiah passage to illustrate the upside-down nature of the gospel. Jesus was the opposite of the powerful, wealthy, religious, and political leaders. He wasn’t born in a palace, but in a stable. He didn’t own property. He wasn’t physically appealing or strong. He wasn’t schooled in the finest places. Boast in what the Lord has accomplished in and through you.

Taste the World: Much of the world depends on rice as a mainstay of their diet. Here is an Uzbek rice dish for you to make and enjoy together!

Prayer Guide

Unreligious People
Unreligious people do not believe God is real. They often trust in themselves. They trust in their abilities and intelligence, and that their job and money will take care of them. They think that if they study hard and get a good job, this is what will make them successful, happy people. They often think it is foolish to believe in a God who you cannot see. 

  • Pray that unreligious families will begin to ask questions that they cannot answer.
  • Pray that God would reveal himself to them so that they might turn to him and believe that he is real, powerful, and the boss of everything.
  • Pray that God would show our unreligious friends that they are not smart enough, strong enough, or have enough money to take care of themselves.
  • Pray that God’s people will be courageous to love and share the good news of Jesus Christ with their unreligious friends.

[Material from The Big Story Series: One Big Vision, Center for Mission Mobilization]

Memory Verse

Are you continuing to review Matthew 28: 18-20? Write down the first letter of each word, separated by a space, taking turns saying the verse aloud.

Family Reading Recommendations

Enjoy learning about missions and missionaries by reading selected books from our church library. Stop by the courtyard/library and check out the children’s missions books available for your family.

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JULY 12 RESOURCES

The video this week, produced by Wycliffe Bible Translators, will help you understand the importance of working to get the Bible translated into every language spoken in the world. Before watching the video together, ask God to help increase your vision to get the gospel message to everyone around the world.

For nursery-aged kids, check out the videos from our Nursery Director, Corrie Gibson!

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Family Activity

Try your hand at this decoding activity put together by Wycliffe! 

Taste the World: In countries without refrigeration, drying fruit is a way to enjoy delicious fruit year round. Go to the store and pick out some dried fruit you have never tried before and try them together. 

Prayer Guide

Bible Translation Work
Many people in our world cannot hear or read God’s Word in their own language. To them it seems like God is silent. One in every five people are waiting for a Bible. God leads some of his people to move to a new home, learn a new language, and to put his words in that new language. These people are called Bible translators. Through the hard work of Bible translators, more people can finally have their own Bible and come to know the one true God.

  • Bible translation is long, slow work. Pray that translation workers will not get tired of working on this important project and give up.
  • Pray that God will give Bible translators wisdom to understand words and language and to know which words to use in the Bible project that they are working on.
  • Pray that more of God’s people will decide to be Bible translators. Pray that other followers of Jesus will decide to give their money and pray for this important work.
  • Pray for those receiving a Bible for the first time. Pray that they will treasure God’s words. Pray that they will begin to read and study the Bible and that they will grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

[Material from The Big Story Series: One Big Vision, Center for Mission Mobilization]

Memory Verse

How is memorizing Matthew 28:18-20 going? Use a whiteboard to write the verse out and practice saying it together four times. Then try again, this time erasing a word or two each time you do it. Finally, see if anyone can do it all the way through without helps.

Family Reading Recommendations

Enjoy learning about missions and missionaries by reading selected books from our church library. Stop by the courtyard/library and check out the children’s missions books available for your family.

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JULY 5 RESOURCES

This video, produced by Pioneers, will help you learn more about what tribal peoples may believe about God. Before watching the video together, pray that God would help you grow in knowledge and love for people that don’t yet know him.

Worldviews - Tribal from Pioneers-USA on Vimeo.

For nursery-aged kids, check out this video from our Nursery Director, Corrie Gibson!

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Family Activity

The coronavirus has been very disruptive! We are living through a time of great uncertainty around us. Not only have familiar routines been disrupted, but there has also been the uncertainty of the virus itself. For those who believe in God, even times of uncertainty are grounded in the certainty of our unchanging God and his Word. For those whose faith is based on superstition and myth, there is nothing to count on!

Have you ever tried to learn a new game with a lot of confusing rules? It is hard to know what to do when the rules and outcomes are uncertain. To help illustrate, watch this excerpt from the movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox to hear a Whack-bat coach explain the rules to a new player. Would you be able to go outside and play the game after hearing the coach’s explanation? It is confusing! It is unfamiliar! It seems like there is no logic to the game!

Play a familiar board game or card game together but let everyone change the rules as they wish. How did that go? Were players frustrated? Angry? Did anyone just give up and walk away from the game? Imagine if the same thing happened in the most important matters in life! Can you imagine how uncertain your faith would seem if you couldn’t depend on unchanging truth?

Where do we go to learn what is true about God? Talk about what the Bible tells us about God. Are there some confusing things in the Bible? Yes! Are there some difficult truths in the Bible? Yes! But we can be confident that God has given us all we need to know about him through his Word.

Taste the World: Have you ever bought a fresh coconut and enjoyed all the inside? Coconuts are a mainstay for people living in southeast Asia. Buy one at the store and check out this video to show you how to crack it open! 

Prayer Guide

Tribal Peoples (Animists)
Tribal people believe there is a god who made the world but that he is not interested in people and the things that happen in their lives. They do not understand that Creator God who made them and provides everything they need also loves them. They believe that there are scary spirits that live in objects all around them and they are often very fearful.

  • Pray that animist families will come to know that God who gives them life and breath each day is not far away and but is near and paying attention to them.
  • Pray that God would guide missionaries to places where animists live to share the Good News of Jesus and his loving care and salvation.
  • Pray that they will come to understand that God is more powerful than the spirits that they are afraid of and even more powerful than Satan.
  • Pray that animist families will turn to the one true God and find true lasting peace that only Jesus Christ gives.

[Material from The Big Story Series: One Big Vision, Center for Mission Mobilization]

Memory Verse

This month work on memorizing Matthew 28:18-20 together. This week, write or print the verse out on a piece of paper. Use crayons or markers to illustrate what Jesus is telling his followers to do. What are the action words in the verses? How does your family participate in making disciples? Practice saying the verse together each day.

Family Reading Recommendations

Enjoy learning about missions and missionaries by reading selected books from our church library. Stop by the courtyard/library and check out the children’s missions books available for your family.