Christmas 2012

Our family has had the privilege of being involved with many ministries in the United States and around the world.  We invite you to join us!  At the bottom of this page, you can find links to my blogs posts on missions and ministry, including ones on training your children to be involved.  I have also included a favorite book list.

Homeless outreach: Most of our family has been involved in homeless outreach over the past year. Julia and her husband Alex organize a monthly outreach in Casselberry, a suburb of Orlando after working alongside another ministry in downtown Orlando.  It is a joy to follow her lead with this each month, as well as to reach out as needed to the many homeless who live either in the woods or in a motel within a mile from our home. You can read about it here:

Bolivia: Julia has been to Entre Rios four times (for as long as 3 months) and Mary has been to La Paz once.  They served with local church based ministries.  

Voice of Africa:  I have been sending support,  care packages, and Chichewa language gospel tracts to Headson Makazinga for many years.  His  group of churches in Malawi and Mozambique serves in evangelism, Bible distribution, widow & orphan care, church planting, conferences, and pastoral training.  Read my blog posts about it here:   
Lake Baldwin Church:  Part of our family has been attending Lake Baldwin, a small Presbyterian Church in America congregation, since early September 2010.  LBC is involved in missions efforts around the world and many of the members are on staff with missionary organizations and local mercy outreaches.  Each year, LBC participates in Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan's Purse, to assemble hundreds of Christmas shoeboxes for children around the world.

Italian Ministries: Joanna and Rachel  each took off a semester from college to work with our friends Lee and Jeannette Walti (see Walti World blog), church planters in Chiavari, from February to May 2011. Their primary outreach was teaching English and befriending the students in a town with miniscule evangelical influence.  Rachel and Joanna set up their own blog, Abbondanza de Vita to share about their trip.  (There is a lot of funky Italian music on their Playlist there!)

Wycliffe Bible Translators:  Mary was a writer on staff here in Orlando for quite a while.  Read my blog posts about Wycliffe here:  

Mission to Japan:  Joanna participated in the Daytona Beach retreat a few times to befriend Japanese homestay students and share the good news of Jesus.

Orlando Children's Church: My older children have volunteered occasionally on Saturdays with this wonderful outreach program for disadvantaged children from downtown Orlando.  It meets at a suburban church in Maitland.

Dominican Republic:  Joanna spent a week in the DR, a poverty stricken country which shares an island with Haiti, on a church mission trip in 2009.

Pro-life outreach: Julia has been active in the pro-life movement in Orlando for many years, which involves praying at clinics, talking to pregnant women, and helping with practical assistance.

Writing around the world:  My Hope Chest e-magazine and blogs are read by subscribers in dozens of countries, and I have sent books to most of the continents, too.

Feel free to ask for more information!

My other blog posts on the topics of missions can be found here: 

These posts are about teaching on the subject of missions and global awareness.

My favorite resource for teaching children about missions is Missionary Stories and the Millers by Mildred Martin. Our copy has been read dozens of times from cover to cover.      Home Educators Resource carries it new.  You can also find it used on book sites such as Amazon.  Somewhere on the web is a site where you can read many of the chapters on-line.  If anyone knows where it is, please let me know!

We also love the Christian Heroes Then & Now biography series by Janet & Geoff Benge, and the Trailblazers series by Dave and Neta Jackson. 

The Mission-Minded Family by Jim and Ann Dunagan of Harvest Ministries is another great resource for parents.  The Dunagans also offer free PDF resources on missions including the full one year curriculum Teaching With God's Heart for the World.

I'll try to add more resources as I have time, and as I think of them!  Do you have favorites?  Send them along, please!

Virginia Knowles

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