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Learning about missionaries is a great way to teach our children about different cultures and people in our world.
Missionary stories are also an amazing way to teach our children about God’s provision and protection. They will be fascinated with the stories of regular people just like us, stepping outside of their comfort zone and going to a foreign land to preach the gospel. If you are wanting your children to learn more about missionaries, there are many different ways that you can do this:
Learning About Missionaries with Geography:
You can incorporate missionary studies while studying geography and learning about different continents. You can learn about the people groups in that particular continent and find stories of famous missionaries that served in that country. You can also find missionaries or organizations that your church supports that lives and serves in that area that you are currently learning about.
Here are some printables and unit studies on famous missionaries in different countries:
Timeline Worksheet on Samuel Zwemer, Missionary to Arabia – Write Bonnie Rose
Samuel Zwemer Printable Missionary Story Part 1 – Write Bonnie Rose
Samuel Zwemer Printable Missionary Story Part 2 – Write Bonnie Rose
Timeline Worksheet and Board Game on Adoniram Judson, Missionary to Burma – Write Bonnie Rose
Timeline Worksheet Short Stories for Kids:Beckoned the story of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. – Write Bonnie Rose
Hudson Taylor FREE Printables and Unit Study plus resources about China. – Not Consumed
Paul’s Missionary Journey Unit Study and Map Project 4 weeks of free homeschool curriculum from Tiaras and Tantrums.
Walking with the Waodani is a unique unit study from Homeschool Adventure Co. that will introduce your children to the geography, culture and people of Eucador through the eyes of a homeschool graduate. You can find a FREE preview of the unit study when you scroll down this page.
Learning About Missionaries During Bible or Morning Time:
You can incorporate missionary studies during your Bible studies or morning time. If you have a morning basket, this is a great place to keep some good missionary read alouds. You can also use this time to look through some missionary magazines, and pick a specific area to pray about. I know some families that have a prayer board where they put pictures of missionaries and parts of the country that they are praying for up there.
Here are some general printables and unit studies to learn about missionaries during your morning time or as read alouds:
Katie Hornor from Paradise Praises is a homeschooling mom and missionary in Mexico. She has written lots of articles with suggestions on how to pray and bless missionaries. This would be great to use in your morning time:
How to Pray for Missionaries
A Missions Moment: Missionaries for Truth and Dare
Homeschooling and Missionaries
How to Bless Missionaries at Christmas Time
Sign up for a free Voice of the Martyrs newsletter magazine to learn about persecuted christians, how to pray for them, and read about their amazing faith stories and testimonies.
Kids of Courage is the website for kids from Voice of the Martyrs. There are activities, downloads, articles and videos to help your children learn about the persecuted church.
I love this amazing curriculum from Not Consumed. To Every Nation is an open and go study that will teach your children biblical truths, practical life applications, history and geography, reading skills and penmanship all in one fabulous unit study.
You can read more about this amazing unit study, and watch a video of how it works HERE.
Here are some of my favorite books for mission studies. Some of these are great as read alouds, and older teens will enjoy reading them on their own as well:
Jesus Freaks: Martyrs: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus: The Ultimate Jesus Freaks
Jesus Freaks: Stories of Revolutionaries Who Changed Their World Fearing God, Not Man
The Mission-Minded Child: Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God’s Purpose
The Mission-Minded Family: Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny
Missionary Stories With the Millers (Miller Family)
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes
Ten Boys Who Changed the World (Lightkeepers)
Ten Girls Who Changed the World (Lightkeepers)