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Ann Dunagan

With a passion for the Lord and the lost, Ann is an international minister alongside her husband, a homeschooling mother of seven, and the author of several books including The Mission-Minded Family.

Posted 4/10/10 at 9:46 AM | Ann Dunagan

Praying Together as a Mission-Minded Family

We all know, at least in our heads, that prayer is important. Yet how many of us honestly believe that our prayers, the simple prayers of our far-from-perfect family, can really make a difference? If we could comprehend, deep down in our spirits, the true power of prayer, we would all pray more-and the difference would radically impact our lives and the lives of everyone around us.

James 5:16 tells us, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." We want our prayers to be effective, but what does it mean to stand "righteous" before God FULL POST

Posted 4/2/10 at 11:55 AM | Ann Dunagan

Family MISSION Ideas for EASTER

JESUS IS ALIVE!!!

It's Easter weekend, and when could be a more appropriate time for our families to step-out of our comfort-zones, and perhaps make a "sacrifice" to share the Good News of JESUS with our relatives, friends, and neighbors?

As we remember the Passover, the Cross, and the Empty Tomb (and as we busy ourselves with the fun festivities of Easter) let's instill in our kids the point of it all. Let's remember that Jesus didn't just die for the precious people around our dining room tables.

Jesus died, rose again, and IS ALIVE TODAY . . . for the people of the whole world.

Have a MISSION-MINDED EASTER!

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Posted 3/23/10 at 3:39 PM | Ann Dunagan

Are you a MISSION-MINDED Family?

What is a Mission-Minded Family?
In a mission-minded family, there's a God-infused energy. There's a focus on God's worldwide purposes, and there's a passion for the lost. There's a spiritual depth and hunger that reaches beyond the maintenance mode of cultural Christianity.
A mission-minded family emphasizes leadership, calling, and destiny. There's a prevailing attitude of self-sacrifice and an emphasis on total surrender to God's will.
And there's an unmistakable and contagious joy. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/10 at 10:47 AM | Ann Dunagan

St. Patrick was a MISSIONARY!



Do your kids know that St. Patrick was a missionary?

All throughout the month of March, we should remember the real missionary story of St. Patrick. Whenever we see GREEN decorations (in stores, restaurants, etc.), we can use these as sporadic "reminders" to teach our children we're all called to GO and to share God's GOOD NEWS.

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Posted 2/28/10 at 8:27 PM | Ann Dunagan

St. Patrick's Day GREEN means GO!

For many people, St. Patrick's Day is nothing more than a holiday to commemorate the traditions of Ireland. People wear "Irish" green; stores decorate with shamrocks, leprechauns, and rainbows; and restaurants feature meals of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, or green-colored mint milkshakes.

To others, March 17th is a day to gratify the flesh: to guzzle beer, or to glorify sinful lifestyles through disgraceful city-wide parades and demonstrations. How far (and low) we have come from the real story of St. Patrick and his early missionary sacrifices to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Ireland.

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Posted 2/19/10 at 6:20 PM | Ann Dunagan

Families: Called to Go? Or to Give?

"The Great Commission is not an option to consider, but a command to obey." - Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China

You may have heard a common statement in regard to world missions: "Some are called to go, but others are called to pray or to give."

I believe this statement is true; but it's not a quick and easy cop-out. It's not enough to just pray, "Oh, ya, God bless the missionaries . . . " or to drop a few extra bucks in the missions offering, and call it good. As Christians families, all of us are equally called to obey, and to fulfill our unique role in God's Great Commission.

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Posted 2/12/10 at 10:45 AM | Ann Dunagan

Sharing God's LOVE . . . on Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a great time of the year to encourage our children to share their faith in Jesus Christ with friends and family members. Valentine's cards for classmates, neighbors, or relatives can include references to God's love, or kind comments about prayer. Because this holiday is named after two early Chrsitian martrys, it is also a good time to remind our children to pray for the needs of the persecuted church around the world.

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Posted 1/30/10 at 6:44 PM | Ann Dunagan

Parents, be an example to your kids in PRAYER!

How can you follow Jesus, and know His will for your lives and your family, unless you take time to be with Him?

As Christians, it is a tremendous honor to spend time with God every day. At the beginning, it takes desire and discipline to become faithful in your daily quiet time with the Lord, but eventually (by GOD'S GRACE, not by self-efforts) your time in prayer can become the delight of your day.

When I was a little girl, a small sunroom connected from my bedroom to my parent's room. I remember waking every morning and seeing my dad begin his day in that room . . . sitting in his black leather chair . . . with his coffee, his devotional book, and his well-worn Bible. 

Seeing that consistency in my dad's spiritual life made a tremendous impact on my own relationship with the Lord, probably more than any lecture or words of advice.

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Posted 1/26/10 at 4:09 AM | Ann Dunagan

Releasing Your Kids to God - #2

As I have thought about this need to totally release each of my children to God's purposes, I have tried to imagine-in my own finite way-what our heavenly Father must have experienced when He released His Child. God never struggles, but I believe He can relate to my feelings (and yours). He too had to release His Son-His only Son-in order to fulfill His plans for this earth.

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Posted 1/25/10 at 1:49 PM | Ann Dunagan

Releasing Your Kids to God - #1

As our children grow, there will be repeated times of releasing each one to God: letting go of a little hand as a baby takes that first wobbly step . . . letting go of total educational control as a child steps onto that school bus or enrolls in that first college course. Or what about that moment when we let go of the car keys and an eager teenager plops into the driver's seat of our car and takes control of the steering wheel?

Sometimes it's very scary.

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