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Monroe Brewer is international director at the Center for Church Based Training. At a recent conference, he gave a history lesson spanning about a thousand years.

The story of the Moravian church begins with the translation of the whole Bible into their language by Cyril and Methodius in the 800’s and continues through the renewal of the church through the ministries of Count Zinzendorf and Christian David in the 1700’s. The perseverance of this church despite significant hardship can be linked to how they continued to successfully pass on their beliefs and values to their kids. So Brewer drew from this story several lessons regarding the education of children:

1. A child’s brain is meant to be used. Respecting children includes taking their minds seriously.

2. Parents are the best teachers for their children. When others are involved in kids’ education, it is still the parents responsibility.

3. Children are special objects of Christ’s concern. They have gifts like faith, humility, curiosity, and memory that adults have often largely grown out of.

4. Music is a significant teaching tool. It is often better to sing than to lecture.

5. Preparing a child to go on the mission field begins at birth or sooner through prayer. Though not everyone will be missionaries, everyone should be prepared to be.

I love the heart and focus of Brewer’s comments. I would add…

6. Take children on mission trips. All our children had traveled overseas on a mission trip, as well as worked on a mission project locally, before they left high school.

7. Practice hospitality by inviting the poor, the homeless, pastors, college professors,
Bible teachers, citizens of other countries, non-Christian adherents of other religions, young married couples, missionaries, etc. into your home. Expose your children to the discussion of Jesus in the natural flow of conversation in the home.

I loved it when our children brought their friends to our home. We have spent more than one evening talking about Jesus with Muslims, Buddhists, youth workers and missionaries.

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