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Teaching Goal: Support missionaries with funds and/or prayers.

Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 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.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

2 Corinthians 8:3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but gave themselves Qirst to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

Colossians 4:3-4 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

Materials:  IN ADVANCE: Collect mail from missionaries, missions and non-profits for one month.

Map of the world, country, state and/or city. (Available on the Internet.) Stickers or markers to use on the maps.

  1. Play theme song
  2. Pray
  3. Review Las Lesson
  4. Lesson and Discussion

Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

A. In His last words, Jesus directed His followers to go throughout the world spreading the Good News and teaching people about Jesus. Do you know what “Good News” means? Listen to answers. The Good News is that God sent His Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him can spend eternity with God in heaven. Ask for volunteers to read Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8.

The Apostle Paul was one of the early Christians who went out into the world to tell others about Jesus. Paul was a Jew sent by Jesus to tell the Gentiles the Good News. Today, we use the name “missionary” to describe Christians like Paul who go to Africa, China, other parts of America, other parts of our state and city to tell people about Jesus.

B. ACTIVITY: Ask for volunteers to read 2 Corinthians 8:3 and Colossians 4:3-4. Just like Paul, missionaries today need the Iinancial support and prayers of Christians. When writing the Colossians, Paul was in prison, in chains, because he was telling others about Jesus. Today, there are missionaries in prison for telling others about Jesus.

We are each going to choose a missionary to {support Iinancially or pray for or both}. I’ve been saving our mail for the past month. We are going to divide the mail into three piles. Pile #1: Missionaries, Missions and organizations we already support.Explain why you support these causes. Pile #2: Missionaries, Missions and organizations we choose not to support. Pile #3: Missionaries, Missions and organizations we don’t currently support but would consider supporting. Explain why. As you talk about each cause in Piles #1 & 2 mark their location on the maps.

Encourage each family member to choose someone new to support. Have each person explain why they chose their particular person or organization. Set up a plan and reminder so that the family prays {and/or makes gifts} on a regular basis.

V. Memorize

Show missionaries you care, Support them with prayer.

Matthew 28:19-20 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.

VI. Close in Prayer: Each family member pray for the person or organization they chose. 

VII. Pass it On