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Developing a Heart for Missions in Kids

by John Miller, children's pastor, Evergreen Christian Community Church in Olympia, Washington.

Note: John and his wife Jula were serving as children's pastors at Warwick AG in Hampton, Virginia, at the time of writing.

God loves missions. Because He loves missions, He wants us to be involved in the work of missions. A missionary once stated that there are three kinds of people. The first kind are the "Goers," the second kind are the "Senders," and the third kind are the "Disobedient."

I love missions. I love "going" on missions trips. I also love "sending" others on missions trips. My heart beats passionately for missions, especially when it comes to church planting (both in the United States and around the world).

One of the last things Jesus said to His disciples can be found in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." I believe Jesus is telling us to do two things. One, go and share the good news of Jesus everywhere, both within our community (home missions) and outside of our community (world missions). Two, teach them to live the life that God has purposed for them to live.

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Click here to see what John did during the 2008 "Up in the Air for Kids" event in Olympia, Washington.

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