How Do I Be a Missionary? - Fall Edition
Summer is a great time for mission...especially here in the Pacific Northwest. The neighbors are out and about and there are tons of activities happening all around us. It’s easy to invite friends over for BBQs or to rally a group for an impromptu camping trip. Conversations come easy in these settings and if we are paying attention, so too are opportunities to share the Gospel.
But now, as the sun of summer begins to fade and fall creeps ever closer we may be tempted to think that the time for mission is over. The clouds and rain that accompany fall certainly reduce the amount of spontaneous neighborhood block parties but fall presents unique opportunities to be on mission.
"...fall presents unique opportunities to be on mission."
Like parents of young kids needing to be creative and intentional to find indoor activities for the kids when the weather changes, we too can be find missional opportunities. Below is a short list of ideas that can get you started.
- Football Games – nothing says mission like nachos and the Seahawks!
- Casual Dinner Parties – You don’t have to get fancy to love your neighbors. Make a big warm stew and invite over another family to join you around the dinner table.
- Craft night – Grab a craft idea and buy double the supplies. Invite another neighborhood Mom over for lunch and do the project together.
- Play dates at the zoo or a museum – Kids driving you crazy yet? Let them get out and run around while you sip some coffee with other neighborhood moms.
- Date night babysitting swaps – Offer to babysit your neighbor’s kids so they can go on a date night and let them return the favor. Knock out date night and serve your neighbors in one move!
- Bake and take – Make a double batch of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. Chocolate makes everyone happy and open to a conversation.
- Serve in your local PTA – I know, that sounds tough but this is a great way to serve your neighbors and their kids and to stay up to date the school’s challenges.
- Organize a jacket drive – Many shelters are looking for warm clothes to hand out to the needy during this season and this is a great way to demonstrate God’s concern for the poor.
These are just a few ideas to get the wheels turning. What have you tried during autumn months to love and serve your neighbors? Leave a comment below with your thoughts. Every season presents unique opportunities to build relationships, so make the most of this season and watch Jesus use you to enourage and serve others!