I love my Carter
I recently brought home the 2009 PAOC missions booklet, with the pictures and “profiles” of all the PAOC missionaries around the world. I thought I could read about a family each night with Carter and then pray for that family’s prayer requests as listed in the booklet.
Now, you must understand that bedtimes in the Johnston household are already long enough. Baths, jammies, a trip to the toilet, brushing of teeth, songs for Mykah, books for Mykah, drinks of water for them both, one more trip to the potty for Mykah, and then Carter reads me a book, then I read him a book and a Bible story, then we pray, and he tries to persuade me to lay with him for awhile or at least rub his back. Oh, and there is also several times of going in to check that Mykah is still in bed and not playing with her toys or ripping up her books …Let’s just say I didn’t need one more “thing” added to our routine! But, I do think it’s important for my kids to grow up understanding the importance of missions and supporting them financially and through prayer, so I have to start sometime, right!
Carter is 5, almost 6, and has a limited view of what “missions”, “missionaries” and even what “countries” are, so I have been trying my best to explain it to him as we go along. A few nights ago I told him that another word for “missionary” is “hero”. We talked about how these families leave their own country of Canada to move to another country to tell people about Jesus. He told me that he thought we should do that one day too. I told him that we are sortof like missionaries because we left the country of the United States to move to the country of Canada to tell people about Jesus in our neighborhood and at church.
He thought about this for a minute and then smiled and said, “One day there will be a book with our picture in it.”