Introducing Missions to Preschoolers

One of the things I do is teach a 4-5 year old Sunday School class. I currently have about 4 in my class because 3 of my kiddos just graduated to the grade school class (sniff, sniff). I'm no expert, but I think I remember back in my Psychology class in college learning that kids this age are extremely egocentric. That is to say they truly believe the world and everything in it relates to them in some way. Tell us something we don't know said every mom, ever.

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This is assuming that the 4 year old even thinks about a world other than their own and about people other than who they come in direct contact with on a regular basis. Which I would venture to say more accurately describes most of the four year olds I have ever known.

So how do you go about introducing the idea of missions to them?

The goal of missions is the worldwide worship of the God-man by his redeemed people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus. And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him. Missions aims at, brings about, and is fueled by the worship of Jesus” (Finish the Mission. Piper, Mathis. p. 14).    emphasis mine

So in order to emphasize missions, we must emphasize Jesus.

Who is Jesus?

What did Jesus do?

Why it is important to know this about Jesus?

Where are the people who don't know about Jesus?

How will they hear about Jesus?

Jesus is emphasized every week in my class, but when broaching the subject of missions, I would begin back at the start {Who, What, and Why}.

Begin every missions lesson you teach to young children with these truths. Speak the gospel to them every chance you get.

Then get on with the Where and How of missions.

I found a great curriculum for this age group called "Kids Around the World" by Karen Hardin. You can find it here. It basically takes five lessons and gives the children a handle that they can grab onto each week {houses, hats, food, shoes, and tools} and then shares about how those things are alike and different for other kids around the world.

Now bring it back to Jesus.

There are places in the world where kids like you live in houses not at all like you, who have never ever heard anyone say the name of Jesus. They don't know who he is or what he did. They don't know why it is so important to know him.

So who will tell them? Allow them time to offer answers.

Their parents? Their parents have never ever heard the name of Jesus either, so they can't tell them.

Their teachers? Their teachers have never ever heard the name of Jesus either.

Their pastors? There are no pastors, or churches. Because no one there has ever heard about Jesus.

NO ONE who lives there right now can tell them.

So people who have heard about Jesus need to go there and tell them so that they can know why he came and what he did and they can love him and praise him.

Hope that helps anyone who may feel lost when talking to young kids about missions. Of course, the Holy Spirit does the stirring, I'm just so thankful that he uses us to pour the ingredients into their hearts!

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