Over my last 12 years in ministry I have had the pleasure of watching a lot of students grow in their relationship with the Lord and many who have heard the call to become missionaries. So many of these students have told me that the hardest part was trying to explain this call to their parents. So, to avoid the shock, awkward tension, and sometimes poor reactions to God’s call on your children’s lives, here are three simple steps—when applied consistently—can have wonderful results in preparing your kids to be missionaries.


1) Pray. 

It seems so obvious, but the prayer that I’m suggesting may be a bit more difficult.  It goes something like this:

Jesus, you know and love my children more than I do, please prepare my heart to encourage them to follow your direction, even if it scares the living daylights out of me.

When we pray like this for our children, God is preparing us to hear and support His call on our children’s lives as He prepares them to live out that calling. This is biblical fatherhood. Also, the earlier you start praying for your kids like this the better.  It builds anticipation in you for how God will work in them, and you will be more eager to disciple them intentionally. Discipleship starts in the home, but it doesn’t end there. The godly father understand he is preparing his kids for more than just a moral life; he’s preparing them to live a godly one.

2) Prepare.

Your kid is gifted and talented in ways that you can’t even fully grasp. God has wired them to be passionate about things that you may not get. How do you prepare your kid that might be called to be a missionary?

I would encourage two things:

1) Disciple them intentionally and consistently like you would any other kid. Their calling is not much different than a kid who is called to be a doctor, or janitor. We’re all missionaries, right (Acts 1:8)? Prepare them to take the gospel an