3 Simple Ways to Open Your Child’s Heart to the World {w/ a giveaway!}

World Heart

This weekend I had the great privilege of attending the Allume Conference with Kristy. We went into it not knowing what to expect and came out of it full of encouragement, inspiration and divine connections. One of the biggest threads of inspiration that ran through the conference was how each of the speakers used their influence to impact the world. Story after story of how they are rescuing women from sex trafficking in India or raising large amounts of money to build a home for pregnant mamas in Kenya left us hungry to put our hands to work in similar ways. It also left in me a deep desire to share this world view with my children.

But it can be so overwhelming to explain different countries, their cultures and their needs to our small ones. My 5 year old has such a tender heart but her ability to focus in on new ideas often keeps me from sharing about our friends around the world. She’s at the right age though and it’s time to open her eyes and her heart to people of every nation so she can begin to understand God’s heart for the world around her.

We cannot let the largeness of the need keep us from answering the call to meet it. That might just be satan’s biggest scheme to get the church to sit and do nothing. As mother’s our children need to see us leading the way in efforts, big and small, to impact the world around us.

This can be as large as heading up a fundraising campaign, going on a short term missions trip, or for some {especially those with little ones}, simply opening our child’s heart to the world through information and conversation.

We have to start somewhere. If world outreach is already a part of your life, your child will observe and eventually join in your efforts. If you haven’t yet connected to a cause or need, talking about different countries and their needs may open your heart to a particular people group. Although the needs are vast, it can be very simple to open the heart’s of your family to the world around them.

3 Simple Ways to Open Your Child’s Heart to the World

1. Just talk. Make it a part of your everyday conversation to discuss that there are people everywhere {in your own city and around the world} with great needs. This helps your child understand how blessed they are while opening their heart to others.

2. Get a map or globe. Kids are visual. They need to see. Get a world map or a globe to study regularly as you discuss other countries, their people and their unique needs.

3. Use a faith-based tool. For years I’ve used Operation World to read about the needs of other countries. While this is a wonderful book, it is not for children. Tommy Nelson’s new book, God’s Love For You Bible Storybook, from Richard and Renee Stearns {World Vision} is the perfect tool for teaching your child Bible stories while sharing real stories about other countries and their needs.

God's Love For You

From Tommy Nelson:

Traditional Bible favorites and faith stories from children show kids that God’s love reaches all the way around the globe!

God’s Love for You Bible Storybook teaches favorite Bible stories followed by real stories of people sharing God’s love. Kids will see how they can learn from and help people all over the world. This book will help raise up a generation of generous, global Christians who are active in their communities and their world.

And I couldn’t agree more. I have loved reading this book with my 5 year old and watching her eyes light up as she connects to people portrayed in the real life stories from around the world.

Our friends at Tommy Nelson are generously giving away a copy of this great missions tool. Enter via Rafflecopter below.

How are you opening up your child’s heart to the world? What mission-related activities or organizations are you connecting with right now?

Jessica Sig

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.

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About Jessica Wolstenholm

Jessica Wolstenholm is co-founder of Grace for Moms. She is passionate about writing words of grace for moms and moms-to-be. Co-author of The Pregnancy Companion and The Baby Companion books, she also co-leads a community about TTC, infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood on Facebook. Connect with Jessica on Google +

Comments

  1. Jeannette says:

    I have very little ones — a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and I am pregnant with our 3rd. We read A LOT, and talk about what Jesus did for others and how we want to be just like Jesus. We let the boys bring money to the front of the church during the offering each Sunday and explain to them that the money we make is not ours, it is God’s money (we are stewards of His wealth) and we should always give the church the amount God asked us to give first and this helps other people. With our children being so young, it can be difficult to participate as much as we hope to as they grow older. We are still trying to instill in them that we are blessed beyond measure and we should give first, because every blessing we have been given is a gift, and so many have so little.

  2. Jeannette says:

    Subscribed via email :)

  3. My heart beats passionately for cultivating a love for the world in our children. I think it’s so important for children to learn about the many cultures God loves and to see that the world is much bigger than their own back yard. We sponsor a child thru a GREAT organization called Lemonade International. My husband was able to meet our sponsor child this summer on a trip, we send videos/letters, pray for him regularly, and use books and the map to connect our child to Misael. It has been a blessing to our family.

  4. Sarah Beth (pinksarahh) says:

    We are looking right now for a missionfield for this Holiday season. We are trying to teach our kids how to be selfless and to have love and compassion for others. ALL others.

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