I have a confession....
We have a WORLDly family!!
I mean, really, really WORLDly! And I'm proud of it!!
We've got WORLDly maps, globes, books, pictures, and even world-shaped post it notes!! We eat WORLDly foods from different countries, sing happy birthday in a bunch of WORLDly languages, and hang out with other very WORLDly people!! Long before our family packed up our life to head across the ocean to work for a humanitarian organization, God had put a love for the WORLD in our hearts! So when He said GO, it wasn't such a foreign place to us! That's why it's our our passion to help other families and churches raise WORLDly kids too!
If you are not sure where to start, take the 1st of 10 things, and just do something! We believer that step ONE is to get to know the World! Go out today and buy a map....or sew one, google one, or color one! Get to know the WORLD! There are 195 countries with 7 Billion people! Check out this WORLD METER for some cool details! Why do we need to know? Because on each continent, in each country, in every city, there are people who need to know about Jesus. Millions of them HAVE NEVER HEARD!! And we have the privilege and responsibility to pray for them and go to them to share the GOOD NEWS! What a HUGE task! And before you go on about your day.... check out this cool-hip video that helps learn ALL the countries of the WORLD! It's been playing at our house on repeat all morning!
As tiny fingers traced the route from our home in Tennessee to our new destination, we crossed borders, oceans, seas, countries, continents until we finally found it!
"How do you say it again, mom? Kaz-ak-i-stan?Krackistan? "
"No, dear, it's KA-ZAKH-STAN! "
When we began our journey overseas, we LITERALLY had to dig out our placemat with the world map and LOOK for the place we were being assigned! As our eyes focused in on our new home country crowded between more famous superpowers we'd all heard of, we realized just how little we knew about the world.
"It's Kazakhstan (KAH-zahk-stan). It's South of Russia, West of China, and North of Afghanistan."
Our country was really quite large! How had I never heard of it? In the days that followed, I'd find our little ones huddled on the floor around that little placemat, trying to wrap their minds around the enormity of the world and the our place in it! We had always known that GOD so loved the WORLD, but it was then we realized that he had called all of us to LOVE the WORLD, too, so we'd better get to know it! And that began our obsession with the WORLD! We wanted to know it; to know it's borders, it's countries, it's people, it's lands! Over the years we've built quite a world map collection! We've got map puzzles, placemats, notepads, shower curtains, table cloths, and more! We've fallen in love with the WORLD and it's changed our family forever!
SO here's our challenge to you.....
GET A MAP........ TODAY!!
Don't make God send you 7,000 miles away to teach you about the world! Or better yet, buy a map just in case He does!! You'll be better prepared than we were! Start with one of these COOL MAPS......
......then tell us how your family will use it to get to know the WORLD!
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mom to five kiddos and wife to the only man who could put up with her; lover of God, the church, missions, and all things community and culture.
dad, husband, theologian, global leadership guy, professor, and author of countless words hidden in stacks of journals that sit in our bedroom whose wife is making him put his writings here for others to read. :-)!