Lee goes to a class on Wednesday nights at church called Mission Friends. They talk about missionaries and pray for them. Each week, they focus on someone new. On the way home, I always ask Lee what he learned, and he hardly ever tells me much or remembers the missionaries' names. Last Wednesday night, he was full of details. He told me the missionaries' names and that they are in Florida. Then he told me that missionaries go out in the world to tell people about Jesus. He said that he wants to be a missionary when he grows up, but his teacher told him he was already a missionary right here in Paris. He said that he was going to tell people in Paris about Jesus, and then he would be a missionary. It was such a special conversation.
This week at his school, his teacher, Mrs. Donna told the kids that she is going to visit her daughter on the other side of the world next week. She asked them if they knew why her daughter was there. They didn't. She told them that she is a missionary in Asia and will be gone for 2 years. Lee was fascinated and later told me that she could be our missionary for the week. As luck would have it, our church staged a prayer service tonight specifically for Mary Ellen and Mrs. Donna. I love the look that Lee gets when he knows the answer to something. When we started talking about them, he gave me the look that said he already knew about these people! The kids even got to make cards for Mrs. Donna to take to Mary Ellen. They loved being a part of it, and it was a great hands on lesson for them. So far, missionaries have been far away, in Lee's mind. It was great to have an example right here at home.