What Is a Missionary?
Missionaries are called by God to serve Him in a unique way.
To help children understand what a missionary is and how many missionaries
Southern Baptists support through the Cooperative Program.
large sealed envelope
• “But the Lord said to him, 'Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name
before Gentiles, kings, and the sons of Israel'" (Acts 9:15, HCSB).
• “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone
who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, HCSB).
Before the lesson, have another children's leader wait outside the meeting room at
a specific location. Begin the time by selecting one child from the group to serve as a
special messenger. Instruct the messenger (speak loudly so the entire group will hear) to take the large sealed envelope you remove from the backpack to the pre-selected adult waiting outside the meeting room.
Once the child is on his or her way to deliver the envelope, continue with the lesson by
saying the following: "I want to thank [call the child messenger by name] for serving as my
messenger today. I had an important message for [call the adult by name]. People send
important messages every day. What are ways that people can send important messages?"
Allow time for children to respond and for the child messenger to return to the group. Thank
the child for delivering the message as you requested.
Say: "I want to introduce one of God's special messengers found in the Bible. He is the
Apostle Paul. God selected Paul to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to a specific group of
people called Gentiles. He was also told to take the message of Jesus to kings and
everybody he met." Read Acts 9:15. Say: "Paul was a 'chosen instrument,' or a missionary.
Does anybody know what a missionary does?" Allow for response. Affirm those that are
appropriate. Say: "Missionaries are God's special messengers. Today there are missionaries
taking the good news of Jesus Christ to people living all around the world. What is that good
news? Let's consider this verse from the Bible, John 3:16." Read the verse to the children.
Say: "God loves the whole world, and so does our church. Did you know that our church
helps in sending more than 10,000 missionaries who are sharing the good news of John 3:16
with the world? We have international missionaries serving in more than 200 nations. We also have missionaries serving in the United States. Every time you or your parents give an offering to the Lord through our church, part of your gift helps these special messengers, or missionaries, tell people about Jesus. Your gifts are combined with the gifts from 43,000 Southern Baptist Churches through the Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program is the way Southern Baptist Churches work together to spread God’s message of love and forgiveness through a relationship with Jesus. Together we are helping missionaries around the world share the message of Jesus, which is the most important message of all!”
Conclude by saying: "Let's pray and thank God that He has so many special messengers to
share His love and message with people. Let's pray that He will help us be special
messengers to our family and friends, too."
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