I love these ideas, and plan to do the same with our family as they get older. It is truly my desire to lean our children's hearts toward loving others and counter their natural selfish bent. And perhaps, to encourage them to consider missions as a life-long pursuit.
But an article in last month's U.S. Center for World Mission's publication, Mission Frontiers, changed the way I think about teaching my children about missions.
A common myth Christian parents believe about exposing their children to missions is this:
Children's hearts are so tender, and if we just help them visualize the needs in this world, they will respond unselfishly.
The truth is that our little ones are self-serving and more often than not, immune to others' needs.
A second but most important truth is that:
"Missions is first of all about God, His redemptive purposes and His intention that there be worshippers at His throne from every people group on earth." Nancy Tichy, Mission Frontiers 31:2)
So how do we teach our children to put God's glory first while teaching them to show mercy and compassion? I covet your ideas!
Pajama Mama's Note: I asked my blogging friend, Joy at SAH Missionary to continue the discussion. Check back here tomorrow to hear (or read) her ideas for teaching our children about missions!