There are biographies to read that will help you teach your kids to have a heart for the world.
Biographies that will teach you about missions and missionaries.
To begin our series on teaching kids to have a heart for the world, Kyle from Aspired Living is giving us some great reading resources!
Biographies to Read
and learn about missionaries!
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
Several years ago I found that all around me my friends and family were naming their kids Hudson, John Wesley, and I realized I had no idea who many of these great Christians were. And if I didn’t know who they were then most likely my kids didn’t know either.
So we began to explore the lives of great Christians and we began with the book Missionary Tales with the Millers. It is written by Mennonites and it contains many small snippets of missionary tales from around the world. As they are telling the stories it is interspersed with dialogue from the family and ideas to bring mission work into your home. For instance in on e of the stories it mentions the youngest child is saving her change to buy Bibles for missionaries! My kids were running around the house looking for change so they too could join in this great work.This is when they realized they were not too little to serve the Lord.
The next book we read was this book is exciting and is especially well suited for boys. This book has loads of exciting short vignettes of the lives of missionaries. The Adventure of Missionary Heroism is a must read.
We finally graduated to biographies that we can read to help children to understand that the Lord calls us to, “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,”Matthew 28:19
Although we have read several there is one that will always stand out in my mind which is George Mueller ‘s autobiography by YWAM. After we read about his wasted youth and then his coming to Christ and his redeemed adulthood. We got to see the amazing power of prayer working in his life so by the time we got to the end of the book where he dies peacefully in his sleep we were all crying. We felt like we had walked the streets with this great saint building orphanages & loving the children of industrializing England. It was as if a good friend/or family member had just passed.
There are so many biographies from YWAM to choose from. A huge favorite for our family! You can find the whole list here.
These stories of these saints has left an indelible mark on our family for the Kingdom.
Here are some additional resources that I have found as we have sought to learn more about missionaries:
*Men of Faith Series
*Torchlighter’s DVD’s from Voice of the Martyrs
*Teaching with God’s Heart for the World – This is a 36 week curriculum written by harvest ministries. “Ann wrote this two-volume world missions curriculum (with over 500 pages) several years ago to assist homeschooling families and Christian educators (in both church settings and in Christian schools) to impart a fervent heart for world missions into the next generation.”
*Amazon Streaming video has a a lot of missionary videos (I would suggest parent’s preview these prior to showing them to their children) We have watched several videos on Amazon and enjoyed them.
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Our family chose biographies to read in the evening after we ate dinner and read the Bible. So you could consider these stories sort of like our spiritual dessert. You could read them as part of your homeschool, at bedtime or even during lunch time. The key is to find a time that works for your family and schedule it and do it. Remember it doesn’t really matter which missionary you begin with as long as you begin.
If you’re stuck and just don’t know which one to start with then do George Mueller.
We don’t know who will be called. It could be us or our children.
Regardless, we want our hearts and homes to be ready to follow the call of God. That is scary to me but no one said this life was suppose to be easy. I hope your family is blessed and enriched by the lives of these missionaries I know ours has been.
Kyle is a full time frugal homeschooling wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children. She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis about easy Classical homeschooling, Frugal Living & Intentional living at Aspired Living.