As a new grandparent, the article in the Sept. 6 issue “Gift from God: 9 ways to share love of Jesus with grandchildren” caught my eye. There were some great ideas, but one of them needs tweaking.
It was suggested that grandparents volunteer with their grandchildren in missions opportunities. Great idea, however, the suggested activity was to take the children to a disaster relief site to volunteer. These sites are not good places for children. Only credentialed volunteers will be allowed to participate at an Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief site.
These are people who have had training and understand how to do the work safely. There also is a minimum age of 18 for any volunteer. It would be disappointing to have a grandparent show up with a grandchild and not be allowed to work.
Instead, here are some other options that would be more suitable:
1. Many local associations have ministry centers that would have appropriate projects for children. Sorting food or clothing, stocking shelves, preparing things for distribution are all things that grandparents and their grandchildren can do together.
2. Pack a Christmas Backpack for Appalachian Mountain Ministries or Mississippi River Ministries. (For more info, go to www.alabamawmu.org/backpacks.)
3. Help a senior adult neighbor or local school clean up outside and maybe plant a flower bed.
4. Bake cookies and deliver to your local fire station.
5. Take diapers, wipes or other supplies to the local crisis pregnancy center.
All of these activities help to teach children the importance of giving to others while spending quality time with their grandparents. Missions projects are a great way to do that.
Alabama Baptist state missionary