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Friday
Jul052013

On Mission: Summer mission involvement ideas for your family

Charity Gardner
Arkansas Baptist State Convention

Summer is the season known for camps, swimming pools and no school! This season, try to take advantage of spending time with your family. Time can be spent together in many ways. Here are some teachable moment ideas for the whole family.

GardnerTake a family vacation. While planning a family vacation, be intentional about stopping by an inner city mission center or taking time to visit a missionary along the way. Be sure to contact the missionary before leaving for vacation. Ask the missionary if there are needs your family could assist with in their ministry. As a part of the vacation, allow time to visit with the missionary, to hear about their ministry and maybe even work alongside the missionary.

Adopt a local park to clean during the summer. Your family could plan a children’s activity once a week in the park. Be sure to get permission for the children’s activity. What a way to spend quality time with the family and a wonderful way to get to know neighbors and the community. The possibility of learning about a family that needs a church family is likely.

Start a Backyard Bible Club. This will provide time for your family to get to know neighbors and the community but also introduce children and their families to simple Bible stories.

Invite a child of a missionary (missionary kid) to spend the week with your family in your home. Missionary kids spend time away from their family once they reach college. Take a missionary kid on a tour of your local historical sites, natural sites (parks, mountains, rivers) and fun tourist sites. Provide time when the missionary kid can share with your family about themselves and their culture. 

Summer can be full of excitement and fun for family and friends. Make the most of the time with your family and be intentional in planning activities.

Charity Gardner is a member of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions support team. Email her at cgardner@absc.org for information about missions equipping and mobilizing for students. This article originally appeared at www.absc.org.

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