“Missionary: someone who leaves their family for a short time, so that others may be with their families for eternity.”

I recently came across this quote and really resonated with this meaning of missionary. You see, my husband was a missionary kid, so the idea of missions has always been a topic we discuss regularly. One recent question we had was “What if one of our children is called away to missions and desires to go?”

We are ALL called by The Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) And we would never want to stand in our child’s way if they had the desire to go on a mission’s trip. So how can we support our children while they go and we are left behind?

1. Encourage

Encouraging your child to attend a mission’s trip may be difficult. A mission’s trip can sometimes be dangerous or the idea of your child being apart from you can feel scary. But remember to offer your support before, throughout, and upon their return home. Help your child prepare before, pack a few letters full of Bible verses like the one below for him to read during your trip and feel encouraged during the difficult times.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:19

And be there to listen to your child talk about what her experience was like after she returns!

2. Pray.

There honestly isn’t much we can do to replace our worry other than to make time for frequent prayer. Remember, God calls us to spread the Gospel. Pray for those who will be impacted by your child. Pray for your child’s personal spiritual growth, and pray for his safety while he is away! Remember, prayer is a powerful weapon to replace fear.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” — 1 Samuel 1:27

3. Let Go

One of the worst things we can do as parents is to try to hang onto our children while they are following the will of God.

God doesn’t always call us to the safe and comfortable places, and as parents, we want those two things for our kids. But we need to be able to let go of our kids and give them room to be obedient to God. He is their Heavenly Father!

Tell us in the comments about your experience letting your children go on mission’s trips!