Archive for March, 2011

What you can do now!

Posted on 31. Mar, 2011 by .

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For days now you’ve read my posts that have been building a case for a new way of thinking about missions. Maybe there are some of you who who learned something you didn’t know before. Maybe some of you desire to resource and fund project among the unreached. If that’s the case, I’m very glad. Be sure to let me know. :)

So, if you want to do something, where can you start? You understand that the 10-40 Window is where the need is the greatest and within the 4-14 window is where the efforts are most effective. So, what can you do?

Conveniently, I’m going to point to my advertiser on the right. Compassion International is an amazing organization that has been working with kids for decades.… Read the rest

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Global Missions – Aim lower!

Posted on 31. Mar, 2011 by .

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Below is a somewhat tongue in cheek  but very informative video about this idea of reaching the world’s most unreached by focusing on the kids. Enjoy!

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The 4-14 Window

Posted on 31. Mar, 2011 by .

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As I wrote yesterday, I first learned of the 10-40 Window almost 20 years ago. However, about 4-5 years ago I began hearing about another window. It was the 4-14 window. Huh? Was this an even more specific area where even less evangelized people lived? Not quite. I’m sure that a lot of what I’ve written this week during missions week hasn’t appealed to everyone in kidmin, but this post probably will.

Where the 10-40 window is a geographic window in the world, the 4-14 window is a demographic window in the world. Here are some stats taken from the International House of Prayer website:

  • The 4/14 Window describes a demographic frame—a life season comprising the ten years between the ages of 4 and 14
  • There are 1.2 billion children in the 4/14 WindowAt least two-thirds of these children do not know Christ.
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Family Mission Projects: Backpack Buddies

Posted on 30. Mar, 2011 by .

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One of the most startling realizations I’ve had over the past few months is the statistic that in our little Alabaster, Alabama (suburb of Birmingham) there are 2,000 kids on free or reduced lunch.  We have a fantastic group that has grown out of Westwood called Sowers of Seed, whose mission is to provide lunch for those kiddos during the summer and to share Bible-based teaching about nutrition.  It was a real wake up call to me that there are hungry kids, not just in other places of the world, but right here in the shadow of our church.

So, I was already pretty fired up about figuring out how to partner with them this summer.  Then one of my very good friends who teaches at a public school commented about these same kids coming into breakfast at the school on Monday morning absolutely starving.  I felt pretty silly that it had occured to me that kids that might be undernourished during the summer would also be hungry over weekends.  Either their parents can’t or don’t provide them enough food.  Wow.  Kids right here in our area.… Read the rest

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Where the unreached live: 10-40 Window

Posted on 30. Mar, 2011 by .

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There’s a good chance you’ve actually heard of the 10-40 window. I know that I first heard about the 10-40 window when I was preparing to go on one of my first mission trips when I was 15 years-old. That seems like a really long time ago. In case you’ve heard about the 10-40 window and didn’t know what it was, here’s your missions primer.

The 10-40 window is a rectangular area between 10 degrees north latitude and 40 degrees north latitude spanning from North Africa to covering most of Asia. It is in this region that the worlds poorest live, it’s where the the three largest non-christian are most highly concentrated (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and non-religious) and it’s where practically all of the worlds most unreached live. It’s also called the resistance belt because many of the people groups in this area are very difficult to reach with the gospel.… Read the rest

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Unchurched vs. Unreached

Posted on 30. Mar, 2011 by .

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On Monday I wrote a post about why I’m a missions snob. I think that the post is fairly informative and points to a real problem when it comes to world missions. Our efforts are grossly unbalanced. Since I’m continuing my “Missions Week” series, I thought that I’d explore the focus of my snobbery a little more.

In my post, I talked a lot about the unreached peoples. I wanted to bring some clarity to this term. Very often I will hear someone interchange unreached with unchurched in reference to missions. These words are not interchangeable and do not refer to the same people. Let me clarify.

The word unchurch is basically defined as “those not belonging or participating with a church.” This has become a pervasive term in the modern day church.… Read the rest

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Local Missions Projects for Kids: Thanksgiving Care Baskets

Posted on 29. Mar, 2011 by .

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For years we used the Sunday before Thanksgiving as a missions opportunity for our  kids.  It was a combination of a “bring stuff” project and a “go and do” project.  Kids brought items to fill baskets for senior adults.  They brought in kleenex, hard candy, snacks, toothpaste, shampoos, lotions, etc…  They also made cards that told the recipients that Jesus loved them.  During small group time, groups filled as many baskets as they could. After church, kids and small group leaders gathered back for a pizza lunch.

First and second grade small groups were given addresses for shut-ins connected with our church.  These were usually a little less intimidating for the little guys.  The small groups took baskets to the senior adults houses, told them Jesus loved them, and wished them a happy Thanksgiving.  We divided the 3rd-5th grade groups up among three local nursing homes.  These small groups took as many baskets as they could carry and delivered them to each room at each nursing home.… Read the rest

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Planning A Local Mission Event for Kids

Posted on 29. Mar, 2011 by .

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When we think  missions in kidmin, often our default is: a) teach about foreign missionaries or b) collect money or “stuff” for missions.  Both of these things are great!  But I know in my life, I didn’t really “get” living on mission and serving others without DOING something.  However, the other challenge is that it can be challenging to find projects that kids can do.  While grown-ups can go paint a house, a kid will make a mess. :)

Here’s what we’ve learned about creating events/projects/trips that get kids outside of their own little worlds and living on mission:

  • Kids want to serve.  What happens when you say to a group, “I need a helper.”  They’re knocking each other over to help.  While kids are naturally selfish (as are adults!) they like to do stuff and when encountered with situations their hearts grow softer faster than adults’ hearts.
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Why I’m a missions snob

Posted on 28. Mar, 2011 by .

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I am what I am and I’m not ashamed. If you ask me, “So Kenny, what do you think about missions,” be prepared for some very strong opinions. You’ll certainly get more than you bargained for. Yes, I’m very idealistic. True. However, I think that my opinions aren’t totally grounded in my idealism. I’m a very logical person and when I see something that makes a lot of sense and other people just don’t see the whole picture, I can get very passionate about these ideas. This is the reason for my snobbery.

Here’s the deal. The needs in our world are great. I’m not denying that. There are needs on every corner of the globe. Kids are starving, people are being enslaved and hospitals need to be built.… Read the rest

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CMO:GO – Mission resources for kidmin

Posted on 28. Mar, 2011 by .

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Over the years I have written quite a few posts about missions in general, missional resources for kidmin and practical ideas for getting kids excited and passionate about international missions. You can always use the handy search bar on the right to find such posts, but when writing the “Kids on Mission” article for K, I decided to gather all the posts I’ve written about missions and put them in one place where things are easier to find. That places is CMO:GO which is simply childrensministryonline.com/go. This site has always been about resourcing kidmin leaders and if content is too hard to find, then I’m not serving kidmin well. So, if you’re looking for ideas on missions, check out childrensministryonline.com/go.… Read the rest

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