How To Evangelize With Little Ones

How To Evangelize With Little Ones

The following post is written by guest author Sarah Bruce, a young wife and mother who is passionate about sharing the gospel. Sarah and her husband Daniel currently reside in Arizona where they faithfully seek to win the lost while training to become Bible translators in an unreached people group.

Life gets busy! So… how is a busy mother supposed to stay in the Word of God, wash the dishes, make dinner, care for little ones, love their husbands… and share the Gospel…?

Imagine your children running towards a cliff to their utter destruction.
Wouldn’t you stop the dishes and do everything you could to try to save their precious lives?

That’s how important evangelism is amid a lost and dying world that is heading for Hell.

But how is it practical to go out and share the Gospel when you have so many other responsibilities?

I’ll put it this way– no matter how hard it may be, and no matter what your situation is, evangelism is a mandate for all Christians, so it needs to be heeded.

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Has that mission been accomplished yet?
No! More languages of the world don’t have the Word of God than those that do.
Almost 4,000 languages of the 7,000+ languages of the world cannot read that verse in their Bibles–because they have NO Bible.

But you ask, what can I do about that? My children are crying, my husband needs dinner when he gets home from work, and my bathroom is a wreck! Isn’t that missionary work stuff just for qualified men, not women and children?

Well… did you know that the first evangelist to share the truth of the resurrection of Christ was a woman?

John 20:18, “Mary Magdalene came and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord,’ and that He had said these things to her.”

Okay, you might protest, but that was a different context! She didn’t have little ones with diapers to change! She didn’t even have diapers!

I know it can be hard, and I can genuinely sympathize with that, because I know what it’s like to have plans or ideas crushed, frustrated, or delayed because of the serious and time-consuming responsibility of parenting, but evangelism is still necessary for the Christian mother!

So, enough with the abstracts about “evangelism”, let’s get to the point! You have things to do!

Here are ten practical ways to evangelize with and to your kids (based on opportunities we have been blessed with):

  1. Pray with your children!
    This is the first step in evangelism! If you don’t pray with your children already, no age is too young for them to start seeing you display how important it is to communicate with the One who gave you life, breath, and salvation before you do any form of evangelism.
  2. Share the Gospel to your children frequently!
    There is no excuse for not doing this one, busy mother! Your children are going to lie, steal, and disobey frequently, so when they do, what better opportunity than to share the Gospel with them?
    And, on top of that, what better Gospel witness to your children could you display other than sharing the Gospel with others in front of them?
  3. Practice “evangelism role playing” and “tract making” with your children at home.
    A. Test your acting skills!
    Pretend you’re an atheist, a Buddhist, or a New Age hippie, and have your children share the Gospel to you! This is fun, and it gets your child to think about how to better interact with others.
    B. Encourage your children to make their own Gospel tracts!
    They can get ideas from the Living Waters website (link under number #6).
    This can help your children understand God’s Word, learn reading and writing skills, and it promotes creativity! (You can also watch kid-friendly Living Waters evangelism videos as a family!
    Example of a video–Are You a Good Person Comic Video link:
  4. Share the Gospel with unsaved family members and friends. Show your children the importance of loving your unsaved family by being so consumed with the things of God that, when loved ones ask you about your life, you and your children can’t help but be consumed with the things of God, because the Gospel is the reason you get up in the morning!
  5. Consider connecting with missionaries through your church.
    You can get involved, and get your children involved, in obeying the Great Commission through contacting missionaries that your local church supports. Kids normally love learning about other cultures, and most missionaries can talk to your children in a way that will be interesting to them, but also shows the need for the Gospel to go to the nations. Pray about keeping in contact with missionaries who are focused giving the Gospel to the unreached, helping send missionaries, and going yourself!
  6. Go to local parks!
    Local parks are great places to strike up conversations, especially when your kids know that they can play either after or during your conversations with the lost! If you’re new to evangelism, and you only feel comfortable giving out tracts right now, or you’re looking for some good evangelism methods, please consider:
    I promise that they have the best tracts; your children will LOVE them, and so will you.
  7. Find local festivals where you can share the Gospel!
    These can be welcoming environments for children, and great for passing tracts and getting into conversations! Just look up local events on Google, and the possibilities are endless!
  8. Go to your local library!
    Libraries are great places to try to connect with other moms (if they have children’s areas), and, since all libraries have books… that’s a great place for Gospel tracts!
  9. Consider going door-to-door.
    Depending on the age of your children, they might consider going door to door fun!
    Or, if it’s not, strollers are always helpful, along with special snacks and little activities.
  10. Go to the store!
    Everyone does this, right?
    Here’s a simple way to share the Gospel at the store, connect with people in line, and offer tracts to those you talk to, along with the cashier (think of self-check-out as an enemy even if it’s more convenient). If it’s a good environment, stores are great, natural environments to start your children out on handing out tracts. See if they want to, and encourage them, even if they’re little!
    People think it’s cute, and they’re more willing to talk to you, and take it (you’re less threatening).
    And if you’re not ready for that, or the opportunity isn’t there–leave tracts everywhere!
    You never know how effective they can be!

There you go! Hope those tips are helpful!

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t do everything– remember that you can’t do anything without Christ’s strength!

On the other hand, I urge you to not be complacent. People are dying, so you must do something!

Still feeling consumed with the weight of everything, knowing that you have so much to do around the house?

I would encourage you to aim at taking practical steps such as memorizing Scripture, listening to Scripture, and listening to Christian podcasts while you’re mothering at home (“…redeeming the time, because the days are evil” – Eph. 5:26).
Remember to preach the Gospel to yourself by focusing on Christ and the victory He accomplished through His death and resurrection!

Then, consider inviting people over so you can share the Gospel with them, having your children help you bake cookies for neighbors (as they are able) and then give them the Gospel too!

Ask your husband for his wise leadership and direction on how you can be freed up to obey the Great Commission while still taking good care of your home, remembering that people are diving off the cliff into Hell as you read this.

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