When most of my friends were gathered around the TV after dinner, we gathered in the living room – each with a quiet toy – eagerly anticipating the adventure that awaited us!
Would it be Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth fleeing across China during the during the Boxer Rebellion? George Mueller seeing miracle after miracle in his orphanage?
Gladys Alyward riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad and overcoming every obstacle thrown at her? Perhaps it was the man who carried the gospel on foot over all of Ex-Yugoslavia? Or Praying Hyde who prayed so hard for the unsaved people of India that his heart literally moved to the other side of his chest?
While our friends had fake cartoon heroes or worshiped secular artists and actors, we had heroes of the faith who molded our dreams and aspirations to do more than seek fame and fortune, or to simply have a “good life”. For us there was always more.
It is impossible to escape the continual barrage of what this or that actor, performer, or celebrity has done lately (and 99% of the time it is illegal, immoral, or uncouth) – and you can literally hear the collective gasp of parents everywhere as they vow to never again let their child watch, listen or follow that person.
My question is: should we let them in the first place? Why not surround them with true heroes who have or are laying up real treasure in heaven, who have a call of God to fulfill the Great Commission and display true godly character, faith and virtue!
Today I would like to share with you some wonderful resources I have found that teach kids about missions, as well as resources for current and aspiring missionaries and for those who pray or financially support world missions.
46 Resources That Teach Kids About Missions
Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy– A biographical novel of a man who carried the gospel all over the former Yugoslavia. This book had an enormous impact on our lives – long before anyone dreamed my sister and I would end up living here!
The Little Woman – The biography of Gladys Aylward, missionary to China. This book is filled with adventure and drama!
Heroes of the Faith Series – this is a series of books that highlights heroes then and now, such men and women as: Adoniram Judson, Amy Carmichael, Corrie ten Boom, David Livingstone, Jim Elliot, Jonathan Goforth and more.
Praying Hyde – the story of John Hyde, missionary to India
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Charmichael – Written by Elizabeth Elliot
Through Gates of Splendor -The story of five American missionaries who were murdered by the Auca Indians
Chariots of Fire – The story of Eric Liddel, missionary to China
Inn of the Sixth Happiness – The story of Gladys Aylward, missionary to China
Candle in the Dark -The story of William Carey – Missionary to India
Mission – Outreach Organizations:
Bibles and Christian Materials:
Obviously, this is not an extensive list by any means. If you have other resources to share, do not hesitate to leave a comment below! I pray that as we raise a greater awareness of domestic and world missions that our hearts will burn ever hotter with the message of the gospel!
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