It’s Never Too Soon…Involve a Preschooler in Missions

WMU® believes that seeds of faith in God and love for others should be planted early in young hearts. That’s why we offer a specific missions education organization for preschoolers called Mission Friends®. Preschoolers may also participate in Families on Mission™.

What is Mission Friends?

Mission Friends® is the missions organization of WMU® for preschoolers, birth through kindergarten. This provides an opportunity for preschoolers to become aware of God’s boundless love for themselves and for others. Mission Friends® offers an avenue of teaching preschoolers about missions work in North America and throughout the world.

Changing a preschooler’s heart through Mission Friends

Preschoolers begin to understand the missions concepts of praying, giving and doing missions. They will progress from a focus on self to a focus on others. This causes them to become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love, but not everyone know of God’s love. Preschoolers and their parents together will learn how they can help others who are in need.

How do preschoolers learn about missions?

Preschoolers will learn about missions through various activities designed specifically for their age level and their level of development. Being aware of the learning level of children ages birth-6, WMU has created a curriculum that uses fun, hands-on, and sensory activities to teach them Bible thoughts related to missions and mission stories. Preschoolers will also take part in cultural learning activities to encourage a lifestyle of praying, giving, and helping others.

To learn more about Mission Friends, please visit National WMU’s websites at


From Preschoolers
“I like to go to Mission Friends to learn and pray to God.”

“One time in Missions Friends we made this Christmas ornament and it was fun to make it. It had glitter, and it had pictures of missionaries on it. And we put it on our Christmas tree. It helped us remember to pray for them.”

From Teachers
“I am amazed at how much the preschoolers have learned in the past few months. They are like sponges – eager to hear and know more about the missionaries and how they can be missionaries too.”

“Two parents share with me that they come to church Wednesday night because their two preschoolers always want to know when it is time for Missions Friends. They love Missions Friends and are always ready to go. It is important to these parents that their children are exposed to missions at a young age.”

“Mission Friends are so special, and I am amazed so many times at how much they do learn about the missionaries and their work. Many times they can answer the questions when I have to look up the answers.”

Still have questions? Contact Me:

Liz Encinia – Preschool Missions Specialist
214.828.5158 or elizabeth.encinia[at]

Erica Zamora – Ministry Assistant
214.828.5160 or erica.zamora[at]