One of the most exciting elements of BE BOLD is the Mystery Mission. These service activities give kids an opportunity to see how their faith works in real, everyday life. It’s a powerful reinforcement that builds an unshakable faith foundation, because it’s based on their own firsthand experience, hand in hand with Jesus.
But it’s something the kids have to choose to do on their own, often long after they’ve left your room. So there are likely going to be times when the kids forget, or simply just don’t do it.
Don’t be discouraged if this happens to you. BE BOLD focuses on building relationships, not accomplishing tasks.
So with a smile on your face and a reminder that they’re accepted just as they are, try asking those who didn’t do the Mystery Mission how they might do the one you did. What do they think might happen?
Staying positive, ask kids why they think they chose not to do the activity. Perhaps there are obstacles you can identify as a group, and then work together to find ways to overcome those obstacles.
And remember, kids may not all be reporting on the same mission. Kids can report on the mission from the last time they came…which could be a week ago, a month ago, or even longer! So invite reports on all different missions, and don’t make kids who haven’t come in a while feel bad they didn’t know about last week’s mission.
No child should ever feel ashamed for not doing this or any other activity. Since “God is here, ready to be your friend because you matter,” God can always find a way to help your kids learn and grow through your BE BOLD experiences.
DON’T FORGET: You should be doing the missions, too! Kids will love that you’re an active participant in everything they’re doing, as well.