Did you know that there are nearly 200 countries in the world? Each one has its own language, schools, food games and ideas. In each country there are many people – all together there are over 7 billion people in the world! And God loves each and every one of these people.
But sadly, some people in the world haven't heard about Jesus. Or they have heard, and don't know how to respond to the news that Jesus died for them! That's why CMS sends missionaries all over the world – to share the good news that because of Jesus, everyone can be friends with God!
Even as kids we can start getting involved in God’s global mission. We can tell our friends and neighbours – who may be from different cultures – about Jesus. We can also help others know about Jesus across the world from right here in Australia. Here’s a few ideas to help get you started:
The missionaries around the world who are telling people about Jesus need help. And who's the best helper? God! That's why it's so good to PRAY, and ask God to help CMS missionaries share the good news about Jesus.
If you would like to get more involved in supporting CMS missionaries, you should get a copy of Pray Around the World - Issue 13. It's a special activity book designed just for kids like you, full of activities to help you study the Bible and pray for missionaries.
In Pray Around the World - Issue 13, you'll take a close look at the book of Jonah, which is a book of the Bible about a man who God wanted to be a missionary! But Jonah didn't want to go. You might know what happens next… here's a hint – it involves a very big fish!
As you study the book of Jonah, you'll also meet missionaries from countries all over the world, and found out how they are helping people understand what Jesus has done.
It's SO important that we pray for missionaries as they share the gospel around the world. But missionaries also need money, so they can pay for food and housing!
If you're a follower of Jesus, it's a great idea to give away a little bit of your money every week or month, to support those who are telling the world about Jesus.
That's why we've made a downloadable template you can use to build a money box, which you can fill up with money to donate to CMS missionaries!
Once your money box is full, ask your parents to go to www.cms.org.au/give to donate your money.
Click here to download your money box template. (3.9MB)
Want even more activities to help you learn about and pray for missionaries around the world? Check out these awesome activities! Some of them are from Pray Around the World - Issue 13, and some are from previous editions.