When our oldest son Matthew was four years old, we read about the desperate condition of abandoned and orphaned children in India who must live on the streets and struggle for survival. At that point, Matthew declared that he wanted to go to India and help those children. Matthew is now 10 and actively doing research on the culture and customs of the Indian people. He is also working diligently at learning Greek so that we will allow him to move on to Hindi. So I wept as I read the opening chapters of the book “One Million Arrows” that describe how God is using Dr. M. A. Thomas (aka Papa) to reach the lost children of India. Is this what God has in store for our baby or is it something completely different? How will we ever prepare him for his mission in life?
This book is much more than a book on missions, however. This book speaks to the deep needs of American children for their parents to change their ways, change their focus, gain a vision and pass that vision on to their children. A vision of reaching into all the world to preach the gospel, make disciples.
According to the statistics, a staggering 75% of “Christian” young people who are raised and active in their church are leaving the church for good by their second year of college. The homes where the faith retention rate is highest are not those where the teens are involved in youth groups, it is the homes where the parents are actively involved in making disciples of their children.
The numbers tell us that parents are failing their children in record numbers. Parents are taking their Biblical responsibility of training their children and passing it off to others to whom this responsibility has not been given. If we can not reach our own children for Christ, how will we reach the world and perhaps more importantly, what will happen in the next generations? (I Cor. 3:6-7)
“One Million Arrows: Raising Your Children to Change the World” talks about our responsibilities to our own children, our responsibilities to children around the world and our calling to give our all for Christ. As with all books, read One Million Arrows through the lens of God’s Holy Word. However, I recommend this book to help you refocus on what is truly important in life and your responsibility to give everything that God has given you back to Him.
Will you receive the blessing by giving your children into the hands of the Mighty King so they may truly help change the world with their gifts? Will you help support other children of the world that they may be launched as arrow to reach all who have not heard with the message of God’s love? – Papa
You may purchase One Million Arrows: Raising Your Children to Change the World for $11.16 from Amazon.com. All profits from the sale of this book will go to international orphan care and ministry.
You may read more about the book and the vision at OneMillionArrows.com.
I received a complimentary copy of “One Million Arrows” in order to give my honest opinion about the book. I received no other compensation and all opinions expressed are my own.
You may also be interested in reading my series of posts about gaining and keeping your child’s heart.