USA (MNN) — Good news: if you’re a kid, you don’t have to wait until you’re old enough to travel overseas to learn about missions.
Wycliffe USA’s Associate Director of Education Programs, Melissa Paredes, says Kate and Mack can help. “Kate is a Wycliffe missionary kid who travels around the world with her best friend Mack, who is her pet Macaw,” Paredes explains.
“It’s never too early to teach kids about God’s heart for the world.”
“This past month, we’ve released two new Bible adventure books: Kate and Mack and the Tower of Babel and Kate and Mack and the Great Commission,” Paredes says. Around the World with Kate and Mack, the first book in the series, introduces kids to different languages and people groups.
Click on the book titles above to order these resources. You may be able to cross a few more items off your Christmas shopping list. “I keep a store of kids’ books on hand to give out as gifts and for last-minute party invites,” Paredes says.
“[They make] a great gift to help share God’s heart for the world and tie it in with a biblical perspective.”
There are plenty of “extras” to go with the latest releases. See a complete list here.
“We have a lot of digital resources; everything from devotionals to seasonal activities, monthly activities ranging from crafts to recipes to Bible-based activities,” Paredes says.
“Our hope is through these resources, kids can see kids like them around the world and that God loves all people, no matter where they live or what language they speak.”
These tools and resources can help parents introduce their children to global missions.
“Scripture says, ‘Raise up a child in the way they should go. When they’re old, they will not turn from it,’ and I think it requires intentionality to begin that journey now,” Paredes says.
You never know how God will use a life that’s fully surrendered to Him.
“I am a Wycliffe missionary kid. I moved overseas when I was 12 years old, so kind of at that point where you’re becoming your own person and starting to question, ‘Who do I want to be? What do I want to grow up to do?’” Paredes says.
“It was really pivotal for me to have this cross-cultural experience where I got to see firsthand lives transformed by God’s Word in their language, and not just expecting [people] to learn English.”
Header and story images courtesy of Wycliffe USA.