We usually hear a lot more about adult missionaries than about their kids. But know what? Being a missionary kid, or MK, is an important job!
MKs do a lot of the same things that their parents do—move to a new country, learn a new language, make new friends, go to a new church and a new school and get used to new ways of doing things. Sometimes they even help out with their parents' missionary work.
It can be hard to be an MK! It can also be really special to experience different cultures and see God's work around the world.
How to enter
Draw a picture that answers this question:
What do you think it's like to be a missionary kid?
Note: If you are an MK, draw a picture showing what being an MK is like for you.Take a photo that shows you holding up your drawing or make a scan of your drawing. Email your picture to me (Laura) at email@example.com by Tuesday, December 13.Make sure to tell me your name and your age in the email.
Remember, the deadline is December 13!
Last year's winners
Last year's contest was really close! The three winners were Lakatos Levente in first place, Sotkó Zsófia in second place and Vécsei Noel in third place.
We really liked all of the entries! Here's a poster so that you can see them:
After all the picture entries are in, a team of International Ministries staff members will carefully look through the photos and pick the winners.
The winning pictures will be shown on InternationalMinistries.org and in a page that your church can print out and put in its Sunday bulletin.
Hint: If you submit your picture early, it might be posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!
Stuff for adults
It's Giving Tuesday for kids!
You’re never too young to give! Get kids involved in Giving Tuesday with IM.
- Who can participate: Children ages 3-12
- What to do: Have your child draw a picture to answer the question, “What do you think it's like to be a missionary kid?” Take a photograph of your child holding the picture or make a scan of the artwork.
- Deadline: December 13
- How to submit: Send the photograph, as well as the artist's name and age, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Helpful hint: As you talk to your child about what to draw, read together some of the missionary journals on IM’s website to help him or her learn about what life is like for missionaries and their kids.
Whether you are a parent, a Sunday school teacher or a childcare worker, you can help kids learn and get excited about worldwide mission. Encouraging a love for mission and a spirit of giving is something that can impact them for the rest of their lives!
Children ages 3–12 may draw a picture to answer the question, “What do you think it's like to be a missionary kid?” Take a photograph of your child holding his or her artwork, or make a scan of the artwork, and email the photo, as well as your child's name and age, to Laura.Timmel@internationalministries.org by December 13, 2015. IM may share select early entries through IM’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) during the submission period. The top submissions will be featured in a Giving Tuesday news release and bulletin insert that will be available on InternationalMinistries.org in mid-December 2015. If you would like your church to use the Giving Tuesday bulletin insert, include the email address of someone in your church's leadership (ideally the person responsible for your church's bulletin) along with your child's artwork submission.