have taken cookies to a retirement home
and then serenaded the residents with
Christmas carols. Often these residents
cherish time spent with children—and
we have plenty of children!
There are so many local mission opportunities. Most cities have homeless
shelters, children’s homes, hospitals,
and many other places that need God’s
love and light to penetrate their walls.
We may feel that our efforts are small,
but they can be great in the overarching
kingdom of God.
Local Work, International Impact
In such a global age, it is not difficult
to find local projects that have international impact. Fundraisers are always a
great means for families to get involved
in international mission work. Children can participate in garage sales,
lemonade stands, or car washes in order to raise money to support international missions.
In such a global
age, it is not difficult
to find local
projects that have
There are hands-on ways to reach
the ends of the earth too. Operation
Christmas Child of Samaritan’s Purse
is one of our favorites! Packing a shoe-box with toys, school supplies, hygiene
items, and other small gifts is a very
simple way for even young children to
learn about the concept of giving. Last
year, children in our small church collected twenty boxes. That may not seem
like many, but just that one ministry
opportunity led to twenty children receiving gifts and the Gospel!
We have gathered in a church member’s home to assemble parachutes for
Voice of the Martyrs, whose goal was
to provide Gospel material to Colom-bian rebels. A few families have worked
with an international student ministry,
inviting college students from Muslim
or Hindu backgrounds into their lives.
There are endless opportunities for
Christian families to reach out to a hurting world—together.
Homeschoolers Make Great
As homeschooling families, we are in a
unique position to spread the love of Christ
to those around us. Our flexibility gives
us scheduling freedom during traditional
school hours, allowing us to incorporate
missions opportunities directly into our
schoolwork. Close family relationships
make willing workers who already know
or;at;least,;are;learning);how;to;cooper-ate with each other. As we build our lives
around the Gospel, young Christians
mature and become ready to impact the
world—including their neighborhoods.
There is no denying that, as Christian
homeschooling families, we are specially
positioned to spread the Gospel right
where we are. We have time. We have
love. We have the Gospel. And we usually have quite a crew of available helpers!
We have been given much; we are able to
reach out to those in our own cities who
need the love of Christ.
What Example Are You Setting?
We will never know the extent of our impact this side of Heaven. We know that
one day people from every tribe and
tongue will praise the Lamb together
hastens that day. Although many of us
may not travel abroad, Matthew 28: 19–
20 still applies to us. Many people in our
own communities need shelter, food, relief, protection—hope. Your example of
consistent faithfulness, i.e., to be a missionary to whomever God brings your
way, will have a greater impact than you
may realize. As you reach out to a hurting
world, others will see a difference in you.
Your children will see a difference in you
and in their own hearts as they grow and
mature through obedience to God and
service toward others.
The potential impact of missions work
in our families, in our cities, in our states,
and even around the world is incred-
ible! Just think of what changes could
come to be reality, all because families
and churches became aware of the need,
families, we are in
a unique position
to spread the love
of Christ to those
the call, our duty, and the tools we have
been given to reach out to those even in
our own communities. Missionary C. T.
Studd had it right: “The light that shines
farthest shines brightest nearest home.”
When God’s people obey His calling to
reach out to those within their reach, a
hurting world will see the amazing grace
and love of our God. So will we.
Lauren Dunn is a homeschool graduate
who is blessed to live at home with her parents and two brothers. Having earned her
bachelor’s degree in communications last
December, Lauren enjoys sharing what she
is passionate about through writing. Lau-ren’s family is active in their local church,
and Lauren cherishes time spent with both
her family and her church family.
1. Culbertson, Howard (2001). Missions slogans
and notables quotes from missionaries. Retrieved from home.snu.edu/~hculbert/slogans
MI: Fleming H. Revell.