April 4, 2009

Free Missions Curriculum

I downloaded Mission-Minded LIFE: Teaching With God's Heart for the World for our homeschool last fall, looked through it, was very impressed, and never used it. :-) Although I downloaded it for use in our homeschool, it contains so much information that portions of it and ideas from it could be used in children's ministry, youth groups and even missions training. The book may not be available for free much longer, so I wanted to make sure I posted about it.

The curriculum is written by Ann Dunagan, a homeschooling mother of seven, author, and co-founder (with her husband, Jon) of Harvest Ministry. She blogs about being a mission-minded family at the Missions and Your Family section of the Harvest Ministry website. Her articles are so encouraging! If you are a family with a heart for missions and you are trying to be a "missions-minded family," then take a look at her blog.

Teaching With God's Heart for the World is a two-volume out-of-print book that "presents a 'whirlwind tour' of God's enduring passion for missions - all-the-way through world history and all-across-the-globe."

I cannot give this extensive curriculum full justice here. As I said, it is written as a homeschool curriculum, but you will find teaching tips, missions ideas, and daily lessons that could easily be incorporated into children's ministry, youth ministry and missions teaching

This 600-plus page book is broken up into several sections because of its size, which makes it a bit cumbersome to navigate. Printing out the tables of contents for each volume and marking them with the downloaded section numbers would be very helpful.

This curriculum may not be available as a free download for long, so I encourage you to take advantage of it. The download is available here. Day 1 of the Daily Lesson Plans in Volume 1 Part 3 is missing, so don't miss the link for that, which is in the description paragraph of the Volume 1 Part 3 download.

If you download this and decide to use it in some type of ministry, I would love to hear how you are using it.


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