So Much More Than Just Child Care

Germany Team

It was our team’s job in Germany to take care of children, so that their parents, the missionaries, could meet to be spiritually fed, encouraged and equipped for their continued ministries in western Europe. Our group had 12 children, ages 6-12. We taught them Bible and missions stories, discussed Bible truths, learned scripture, practiced Bible skills, sang songs, played games, did crafts, and played in the snow!

In the midst of the activities and fun, we discovered that these are not just children of missionaries, but they are missionary children. They know that it is their family’s job to tell others about Jesus, His life, His death, and His gift of salvation. They may not have chosen the life of a missionary, but they have made the same sacrifices that their parents have made; sacrifices of leaving homes, family, friends, familiarity and often comfort. Though we never heard one complaint, for brief moments, there were expressions of loss and sadness for what they had left behind. Those moments never lasted long, but the impression made on us remains.

As we pray for missionaries, let us not forget to pray for their children. We hope that these children had a wonderful time and learned something during our time together. More than that, we pray that just like their parents, they left spiritually fed, encouraged, equipped and most of all loved.

“Lord, we thank you for the time we got to spend teaching, encouraging, and investing in the kids and families You have called to western Europe. As they return to their homes, we pray they continue to grow strong in their walk with you that they may speak your truths confidently. We ask for peace within their families and that their home would be a place of comfort and rejuvenation. Please guide them, help them persevere, and bring them joy in their work for you. We thank you for the way you love each and every one of your children. We pray these things in your holy name. Amen.”

~ Rebecca Lee, Kara Lee, Kim Hayes

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