I love reading missionary stories, whether by myself or with my children. I love hearing about the gospel being proclaimed to the ends of the earth. I love to see the biggest to the smallest prayers answered. I love to see people set free from their chains to sin, pride and selfishness.
For many years, I’ve wished that I could be a full-time missionary on the front lines or that one of my children would be called to go to an unreached people group on the other side of the globe, but so far that hasn’t happened.
But, do you know what has happened?
I’ve still had plenty of opportunities to be a missionary on the front lines outside of my home, in spite of being a full-time homeschooling mom. I’ve shared the gospel and seen people saved. I’ve discipled and seen people grow. I’ve prayed and seen God respond in mighty ways. I’ve spoken and written the words that God has given to me and I’ve seen people touched.
But I’ve also gotten to be on the front lines of my own home – a privilege NO ONE ELSE has.
My children have read and studied and memorized the Word – at my dining room table, in my queen-sized bed, and on my sectional leather couch.
My children have prayed bold prayers for themselves, for those they love, and even for those they’ve never met.
They’ve seen prayers answered and lives changed.
And they’ve learned how to share the gospel themselves and seen the power of Christ transform lives.
Moms, don’t lose heart. Our God is a God of eternity, of yesterday, and today and tomorrow. Make the most of today. Pick up one of the Christian Heroes books by Geoff Benge – maybe Hudson Taylor or George Mueller or Gladys Aylward – to read with your kids. Read “The Insanity of God” or “God Smuggler” or “The Hiding Place” or “Tortured for Christ” for yourself (or with your older children).
Read the book of Acts.
Memorize a verse or a passage or a whole chapter with your younger disciples.
Pray boldly and watch God move.
You are on the front lines in this battle between good and evil. You are training up warriors for God’s kingdom. God has called you to this and He will equip you to do it.
And I’d love to help you.