My family loves supporting missions and missionaries. But it was hard to be invested in the mission while supporting them from afar. I would send a check on behalf of the family but it meant very little to us on a personal level. I wondered…how can I make this more meaningful?
We came up with a system.
We bought a “Family Picture” frame which holds seven pictures. It flips from front to back like a calendar. First, the four of us chose seven missions and missionaries from different parts of the world. We then inserted their photos in the seven sleeves. We added a label to each picture to correspond with each day of the week.
Every day we flip the frame to the corresponding picture. On Monday we pray for Ms. Reva and the Akha tribe in Thailand, Wednesday we pray for the Newtons in Kenya, Saturday we pray for the Jarboes in Russia.
When we send our financial support, we do it on the day of our prayers and talk about each mission with our children. When we receive newsletters with updates from the different missions, we save and read them on the day of our prayers.
Our prayers are specific and relevant to the needs of the missionary.
My kids have seen that both spiritual and financial support are important to the successful work of a missionary. By keeping current with each mission we are more engaged and emotionally invested in the work we are supporting.
My long term goal and hope is that this family tradition will help my son and daughter grow up with a passion for missions and mission support. Short term, my family feels as if we are an important part of the seven mission teams.
Brothers, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:25
What missions do you support? How do you involve your kids?
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi, Father of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Founder of Family Time Training