Making a priority of sharing my faith left me facing a simple question. What
do I do with my kids? The simple answer? Take my preschoolers with me. Though I
admit it's a risk.
During one visit my children played happily with stuffed animals, while I
tried to build rapport with the woman of the house. Unfortunately, I took my
eyes off my son. Crash! A ceramic duck lay broken on the floor, my child was
crying, and I had lost a chance to share the gospel!
But Jesus didn't say: "Go into the world and make disciples after your
children are old enough to be in school and you have a little more time." He
gives us the responsibilities of both motherhood and evangelism.
So how can stay-at-home moms share the good news of Christ? Here are five
ways I've discovered to keep sharing my faith during this important phase of my
This project provides a way to share Christ and an activity that teaches your
children to do so as well. Mine stand on either side of me when we cook and
take turns dumping ingredients into the bowl and stirring.
Deliver what you bake with a note that reads: "Because we believe God loved
us enough to send the gift of His Son Jesus, we share His love by bringing you
My children enjoy decorating the note that goes with the baked item. When we
deliver this gift I let the children know beforehand that we won't enter the
person's home. (No more broken ceramic ducks!)
"Come on, kids, let's go to the park!" I put on shoes and coats, send them to
the bathroom, and make sure nobody is thirsty or hungry before loading everyone
into the car. The children enjoy outings, and I get out of the house.
Besides the park, you can go to a fast-food restaurant, attend story time at
the library or participate in other public recreational activities designed for
The key is to think of places where other moms will be. Even if you are shy,
the shared experience of having children is a great bridge to starting
conversations that eventually lead to the Lord. By frequenting the same places
week after week, I've built relationships with a small group of moms and their
children. And the outing gives the kids and me a much-needed break.
I keep religious cards on hand so I have them for Valentine's Day, Easter,
Thanksgiving and Christmas. To reduce the expense I buy them a year in advance
at after-holiday sales.
Write whatever you feel is appropriate—everything from the complete gospel
to a simple sentence about God's faithfulness in your life. To keep this idea
manageable, select just a few people to write, and, as the holiday approaches,
write one card each day. You can do this while your children nap!
If December is too busy, celebrate His birthday during another month, complete
with cake, balloons and party favors. Preschoolers enjoy a birthday party any
time! Invite both moms and kids.
To build enthusiasm, call each mom and talk about party plans. This gives
you a chance to speak directly to her about Christ's central role in your
family's life. Ask that each child bring a gift of an inexpensive item that a
baby doll could wear.
The main focus of the party will be to gather around a doll that represents
the baby Jesus and tell the story of His birth. Each child can open one gift
and present it to the "baby."
Relate the giving of gifts to worshiping Jesus and talk about our need to
give ourselves to Him. Also, give each partygoer's mom a gift and explain that
this represents the gift of Gods love when He sent the baby Jesus to be our
Remember the short attention span of preschoolers when you talk and be glad
that moms will be listening, too.
Pray consistently that they will accept Christ and that God will give you the
opportunity to share your faith with them.
Set up a three-week cycle and call one non-believer each week while your
child sleeps so you won't be interrupted. At first this question might surprise
your friends. However, if you are faithful about calling and develop rapport
during these chats, it's likely you will begin to hear general prayer
concerns—and gradually more specific ones—expressed.
Eventually you may get the chance to share your faith. Of course, besides
making the calls, remember to pray.
God understands the phase of life mothers of young children are in, and
though prayer time may be short or disjointed because of children's needs, God
understands the desire to intercede. He just might open the hearts of these
individuals to the gospel in response to your prayers!
Carrie Erickson is a mother and writer in Toledo, Oregon.
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