Missions & Missionaries

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Here’s a compiled list of resources so that your Lutheran homeschool can be aware and supportive of missions & missionaries. The product is a downloadable PDF of the information in the description.

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Missions & Missionaries

Here’s a compiled list of resources so that your Lutheran homeschool can be aware and supportive of missions & missionaries.

Prayer for Missionaries

The Pray for Us Calendar is a great and easy way to keep missions and missionaries in family prayers. Each month takes about two pages to list a petition for each day of the month. For example, one month might highlight different Lutheran seminaries around the world.

To learn more in depth, your family (or congregation) can go here to read about LCMS missionaries and their work (Yes, you can support them financially, too!). There are also downloadable prayer cards so you can pray for specific missions & missionaries.

Another neat option is Keep Me and Keep All by Robert W Smith. It’s a book that takes you through every week of the year with a portion of Scripture, a spiritual exercise and a reflection from the wide-ranging ministries of Bob and Alice Smith.

Programs

There are a few options for programs or short-term curriculum:

  • The LCMS has a free online program called Mission Friends. There are coloring pages and an almost magazine-like volume you can access as a PDF. You can sign up or just navigate around to find geographical places of interest paired with a Bible version, section of the Catechism, and a “Mission Moment.” You learn a little about the place, get a few fun activities, have gain access to a devotion with prayers.
  • Lutheran Hour Ministry also has all sorts of resources, including Gospel Adventures, a free, interactive curriculum for grade school or middle school students. The 2021 adventure centers around Thailand. Previous adventures revolve around Mongolia (2020) and Peru (2019). (Before that, it was Online Mission Trips (OMT)). This is available & free to Christian schools across the US, including homeschool families.

Organizations

There are several organizations to know about:

Reading Material

(In no particular order)

Misc.

A Peek into the Parsonage is a winsome book by Elaine Wolters  about her life as a pastor’s wife, including  many anecdotes from their time spent as missionaries in Canada.

For missions & missionaries from Lutheran history, here is a page with “Faces of Lutheran Missions in India.”

Also, The Apostolic Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Missionaryby Lutheran Rev. Robert Scudieri, traces the history of the phrase “apostolic church” in the third article of the Nicene Creed to demonstrate the mission emphasis of apostolic. Neat!

Books

African

  • Dear Mr. Missionary by E. H. Wendland can be hard to find. There are a few sequels, also, originally published by Northwestern Publishing House. Here is a list of his books according to GoodReads.
  • The Reluctant Companion by Ruth Boettcher

Asian

Australia or Oceania

Middle East

Within the Lands of the United States

I have also heard, from a non-Lutheran perspective, that the more broadly Christian series Christian Heroes: Then & Now can be pretty good.

 

 

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