Last year, Buffy Smith and some of the other moms from her church in Jacksonville, Florida, visited a local apartment complex to get to know recently-immigrated moms from Burma. These Burmese families had resettled in Florida with the help of World Relief. The ladies started baking bread together, which turned out to be a major culinary fail. Buffy explains, "It was a total mess—both because of the bread and because we didn't speak the same language—but we just went believing that the Lord is bigger than all that."
Despite some awkward moments, relationships were forged.
These unlikely relationships included and engaged the women's American-born and Burmese-born children. The fact is that day in and day out, moms like us are making decisions about how our kids will spend the hours between school and dinnertime. Or we'll noodle on ways to make the most of the weekend hours we spend with our children. We conspire to minimize screen time and maximize time spent in meaningful ways. One of those ways—one that we can share alongside our children—is engaging in ministry to the world God loves.
Mission fields at home
Helen Lee, mom of three and the author of The Missional Mom: Living With Purpose at Home and In The World, equips parents to engage their children in mission. She explains of her own family, "We are always on the lookout for ways to be and share Christ to those around us. We see our block as a mission field and spend time building relationships and serving our neighbors, whether this means shoveling the driveway of the elderly widow across the street, or having our boys bring birthday gifts to our empty nesters next door, whose own children are far away, or talking freely about Jesus with the 10-year-old who frequently comes to play." Helen encourages moms like Buffy who are willing to step out in faith to share Christ's love. One woman and her family have invited strangers into their home. Another family has moved to a struggling neighborhood to love those who live there. Another woman started a group of "missional moms" to encourage and inspire one another to minister in Jesus' name.1
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