As you know, if you’ve been reading, for quite some time, I’ve occasionally been running little installments called “Mama’s K.I.S.S.” I know that lots of readers could give many more and far more creative ideas than I can offer, but these installments are just a few tried and true and mostly old-fashioned ideas for putting service hearts in our kids. This is number 54 of a list of one hundred ways we train our kids to serve. K.I.S.S. is an acronym for “Kids In Service Suggestions”.
Have a student in a foreign language in your home or high school? While I know that second-year Spanish students are usually not able to translate lessons on the mission field, they are able to take the correspondences (letters and emails) sent by Spanish speaking missionaries and translate them for your eldership and/or missions committee. What a great way to accomplish a three-fold purpose. You can enhance the foreign language skills of your student while getting his/her “feet wet” in foreign missions while building relationships between elders in a church and young students. so go to your elders and volunteer your kids. Better yet, let your kids go to the elders and let them know they’d love to be in-house translators.
Additionally, if your congregation works with a correspondence evangelism program, this is also a great niche for your teens who are working on foreign language skills. Often the foreign students send Bible questions that are difficult for the Bible school workers to understand. Volunteering in such a program focuses malleable teen hearts on souls and promotes a zeal for evangelism that will last a lifetime.
I’ve seen more than one young translator end up doing great mission work on foreign soil. It’s one idea for preparing a heart to be a sower!