Teaching Kids Through Missions by Trisha Goddard

The following is a guest post by missionary Trish Goddard. Thank you Trisha for this amazing post to teach our families about missions!

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The first time that I remembering hearing about missions was when I was five years old when my parents decided to sell their construction business to begin Bible and missionary training. I was entering first grade when we moved from Michigan to Wisconsin. During the next two years, I had the tremendous blessing of attending a Christian school, where all the teachers were missionaries, who had already served in a foreign country.


I remember hearing stories about tribal people, who had never heard the Gospel as well as seeing different pictures from the countries where these missionaries had served. During this year, my child’s heart was set on one specific profession – I would be a missionary. My favorite verses became Romans 10:14-15 – How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have
not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”


During my teen years, my desire and passion for missions increased, and I went on three short-term missions trips to Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, and Mongolia. I also began financially supporting a missionary family in Papua New Guinea for $20 a month. Even though I could not be a missionary full-time overseas, I wanted to be a part of what God was doing.


Throughout my growing up years, I was impacted by my parents, who gave up a thriving construction business; my teachers, who had been missionaries and shared with me their love for the tribal people; and organizations that continually told about the need for more missionaries to remote locations. I am convinced that children can be challenged about missions, and I want to share with you 8 practical ways that you can teach your kids through missions:

1.) Cultivate an interest by using mission-related resources. There are some awesome resources that promote missions, and here are some of my family’s favorite resources:


Trailblazer books

Brinkman Adventures

The Wild Brothers

Kids of Courage

Christian Heroes: Then & Now

Itec {Steve Saint}


2.) Spend time with missionaries. You can have missionaries in your home for a meal or a game night or invite them to go with you on an outing.

3.) Attend and participate in missions conferences. Through these, you can learn about what God is doing around the world, get to know missionaries and ministries, and find out how you and your family can be a part.

4.) Pray for a missionary, a ministry, or a specific ethnic group. Find out the specific prayer requests, and pray together and individually. Prayer makes a difference!

5.) Support financially a missionary, project, or ministry. I suggest that as a family you begin supporting a missionary, project, or ministry, and you can also encourage your children to support individually as well.

6.) Adopt a missionary family or a project. Adopting a missionary family or project means finding out about the family or project and investing your time, energy, and money.

7.) Travel on a short term missionary trip. You can go to another town, another state, or another country. The key is to get your family out of their comfort zone, be learners as you go, and serve others.

8.) Serve today as a family. Find out what ministries and outreaches are in your area, and get involved by serving in one today!

These are 8 practical ways to teach your kids through missions, and I can give testimony that these will impact not only your child, but you as well! As for me, I decided at the age of six to be a missionary, and now, twenty-six years later, my husband and I as well as our three children serve as missionaries here in Paraguay, South America. We have implemented these 8 practical ways throughout the years, and our children have been impacted to reach the world for Christ, as well as actively look for more ways to be involved in missions. Will you join me as we raise this generation and teach your kids through missions?


 Trisha is a born again believer, created and called to express her faith through love by serving her family and women in ministry. She is married to Mike, and they have three children: Michael, Lea, and Kaleb. They live in Paraguay, where they have served in ministry since 2004. In her free time, Trisha enjoys reading and traveling with her family.


Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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