Missional Families in 100 Ways

Here are 100 ways to make a difference locally and/or globally.

  1. Babysit for a single mom so she can have a couple hours to run errands or have personal time. Write a letter or Scripture devotional for her to read and encourage her in the faith.
  2. Teach compassion with a Family Giving Box
  3. Launch your family on mission with a Family Mission Statement.
  4. Bake cookies (or any dessert) for your local fire deptartment and provide an invitation to your church services.
  5. Pick up trash at local park as a family field trip
  6. Create snack packs for Ronald McDonald residents. Write a note of encouragement and blessing from our church family.
  7. Welcome a new family to the neighborhood with a dessert and introduction.
  8. Color a Smile-print coloring page to be given to lift someone in need up
  9. Make a baby care kit for a new infant family in need. Attach a note with Psalm 127 printed out.
  10. Take time each week to “unplug” as a family to talk, listen, and pray for one another’s lives.
  11. Donate your time or treasure to the Make a Wish Foundation
  12. Appreciate church leaders and teachers in some small, tangible way.
  13. Do yard work for an elderly neighbor or get a group to sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home.
  14. Make a Life Book for a child in Foster Care
  15. Read You Were Made to Make A Difference as a family
  16. Volunteer to serve at a homeless shelter in our area.
  17. Read Christmas Jars as family
  18. Save loose change in a jar and give to a needy family at Christmas
  19. Stop and say thank you to grocery clerks, waitresses. Ask them how they are doing and offer to pray for them.
  20. Become a monthly sponsor to help pregnant girls in Kenya
  21. Make a birthday cake for an underpriviledged child
  22. Serve at home: make each other’s beds, clean up someone else’s mess
  23. Write thank you notes to people who serve you: postman, yard guy, doctor, etc
  24. Sponsor a Compassion Child monthly (cannot recommend enough)
  25. Make relief kits for disaster relief victims
  26. Sew a sleeping bag for someone in need (easy pattern)
  27. Volunteer in an outreach opportunity
  28. Make up some Hygiene Bags to pass out to local homeless people
  29. Take your family on a tour of the city. Read Matthew 9:35-38 and pray together.
  30. Put a quarterly date on the calendar for small group service mission.
  31. Take a meal to a new family at your church.
  32. Write a card of encouragement to someone who lost a loved one this year.
  33. Encourage your older children to be a Mother’s Helper to a mom with young kids
  34. Fill a backpack to help give a homeless person a lift up
  35. Make birthday cards and deliver them to a local nursing home monthly
  36. Donate books to Africa
  37. Take your kids to a local Food Pantry with canned goods to donate
  38. Deliver food for Meals on Wheels
  39. Pray as a family on a regular basis for the people in your life.
  40. Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
  41. Give blood. (Take your kids with you and explain the importance).
  42. Donate nice toys to cancer ward at a Children’s Hospital
  43. Buy a mosquito net and help prevent malaria
  44. Randomly celebrate a friend with a special treat, meal, time to extend God’s love.
  45. Donate school supplies to a classroom in need.
  46. Compliment and thank school teachers in your life (past & present).
  47. Buy a soccer ball for a child in poverty.
  48. Donate money & t-shirt drive towards an international missions organization.
  49. Donate coloring books/crayons to hospital emergency rooms
  50. Host a 40 hour famine in your home (fast something!)
  51. Give clothes to a family in need (call your church/school to find one)
  52. Read to a special needs child.
  53. Buy a goat for a family in extreme poverty
  54. Give a donation for a Bible in someone’s name in honor or memory of that person.
  55. Send your used shoes to Reuse-a-Shoe
  56. Become Certified Respite Caregivers to give Foster Family’s a babysitting
  57. Decorate a Christmas tree at an elderly person’s house
  58. Hold a collection drive: makeup, lotions, etc for women at a shelter
  59. Find a Food Bank near you to volunteer
  60. Deliver toy prizes, coloring books or candy to children at a children’s hospital.
  61. Offer your pet for therapy to the elderly
  62. Decorate nursing home rooms of residents with homemade art
  63. Have regular “family nights” with games, ice cream, time together.
  64. Visit the NICU with treats for anxious parents and offer to pray for them.
  65. Read to patients at a local hospital.
  66. Bake cookies, host a bake sale and donate money to the poor or a cause
  67. Volunteer at a local animal shelter
  68. Plant a garden and share the produce
  69. Hold a drive for lightly-used stuffed animals for police stations SAFE program
  70. Write letters to servicemen or veterans. Thank them for fighting for freedom and how you have experienced ultimate freedom in Jesus Christ.
  71. Give a micro loan and change a family in a third world country
  72. Make care packages for children in the hospital. Write a note that tells them they are special in God’s eyes and that you are praying for them.
  73. Instead of a birthday gifts, ask for donations for a charity or food for a food pantry
  74. Offer to decorate hospital hallways during the holidays
  75. Ask your city or chamber of commerce about volunteering
  76. Make no-sew fleece blankets for Hospice
  77. Send a care package to our military
  78. Collect shoes for Shoes for Kids (started by an 11 year old girl)
  79. Let kids choose a charity to donate to for one of their Christmas gifts
  80. Become a foster family or adopt a child.
  81. Pay for someone’s drink in Starbuck’s drive-thru. Make sure your kids enjoy the act of kindness.
  82. Help your kids starts a neighborhood or school Bible Study with their peers
  83. Volunteer to plant flowers for your school/church flowerbeds
  84. Make a Care Bag for a child in need
  85. Welcome home a hero at the airport
  86. Complain less
  87. Start an All Pro Dad club at your school or community.
  88. Look for opportunities to be the difference in someone’s life
  89. Start a KidzRap on your street!
  90. Purchase gifts through families fundraising for adoption.
  91. Pray for your pastor(s)
  92. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Leave a note telling them Jesus loves them with your church website.
  93. Invite friends to Vacation Bible School
  94. Participate in Operation Christmas Child


Adapted from All Pro Dad

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