“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20)
Missions for Christ start with the heart. The making of disciples starts at home. The love for others begin with the love of Jesus. We can always do a part for missions, no matter how big or small we are.
Mission Sunday was held on 31 July in Sunday School. The aim was to introduce to the children the challenges of overseas missions and how we can contribute to such mission fields.
The following were the key highlights of the Mission Sunday Program:
1. Children’s song in 4 different languages
During the worship segment of Mission Sunday, the children were taught to sing the song “Jesus loves the little children” in English, Chinese, Japanese and Bahasa Indonesia. Language is a formidable barrier to missions. For a missionary, being able to sing a song in a foreign language will help to bridge the gap between a missionary and people in his/her target mission field.
Interested to find out how to sing this song in the different languages? Ask your child who attended Mission Sunday!
The children “travelled” to the different overseas mission fields namely China, Cambodia, Japan and Indonesia. The idea of “travel” excited the children and they showed much interest in how the culture and language of children living in other countries.
At each station, a church member who was a native to the country or has been on a mission trip to the country will share their experiences with the children. In short, the challenges and needs of the different mission fields shared with the children were:
China: Lack of financial and logistical resources in spreading the word of God.
Cambodia: Encouragement for missionaries in the field is vital. Japan: A relationship must be build before sharing the gospel.
Indonesia: Grabbing hold of the many opportunities to share Christ in a diverse country. The sharing of real-life experiences of the church members made the challenges of the particular mission fields especially poignant. The children also experienced a little taste of the difficulties of the mission field through games.
At the end of every visit to each “country”, the station masters will lead the children in prayer for the mission field. This emphasised to the children that
a. Prayer is a very important part of missions,
b. Even though they cannot take part in overseas missions, they can contribute to the mission work by praying for the people of the target country and missionaries in that country.
Reinforcement of what the children learns at Sunday School happens at home. Each child was given a beautifully printed Mission Passport to bring home. It is hoped that the passport will remind the children to pray for the mission fields of China, Cambodia, Japan and Indonesia. Parents, do find time to pray with your children over these mission fields.
We want to thank Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, for speaking to each of His children in Sunday School, reminding all of us of the need to pray and take action in overseas missions. We also want to thank all the Sunday School teachers for bringing the children to the different countries (rooms), helping to share their experiences and teach the children about what it means to be a missionary in China, Cambodia, Japan and Indonesia.
May we always be courageous in sharing the gospel with others, because of Jesus’ love for us.
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white
All are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
on behalf of Mission Sunday Committee 2016
Jessie, Nathania, Angela,May Ling, Elvira, Monita