Window on the World is one of our history/geography books for this year. It’s a wonderful introduction to 92 mostly unevangelized countries and peoples of the world. Each two-page spread includes a story, maps, interesting facts, full-color photos and illustrations, and suggested prayers.
We read about a different country or people group a couple times a week during our read aloud time. Window on the World is a wonderful resource for families who want to pray together for the success of God’s work through missions all over the world.
Lessons Learned from Window on the World
Surprisingly, Window on the World has taught this Mama a few lessons about the power of prayer, life around the world, and even my own faith.
It takes time to see answers
Over and over again in the book, you read stories about prayers being answers, sometimes years later. You read stories of faith and perseverance through trials and troubled times.
I absolutely appreciate that even though there are some profound and heavy topics covered in the book, it is written at a level that young children can understand.
When nothing seems to happen, remember that prayer is like planting a seed in the ground. For weeks and months you may see nothing, but alot is happeneng underground. Keep on trusing in God, because one day you will see the answer to your prayers just as one day you’ll see the plant begin to grow.
This simple lesson is well received by this 30-something Mama. I know that prayer isn’t always answered immediately, or even quickly, and sometimes not at all – but He is faithful, and all will work out for the good to those who love God. Reading real stories of God’s faithfulness in Window on the World is an excellent reminder!
The world is bigger than my family
Along with specific countries, you’ll also read about people groups like refugees. The stories on those pages broke my heart. Stories of families stranded in strange lands, hoping that someone would take pity on them and provide for their most basic needs.
When reading the book, I had to keep reminding myself that these aren’t stock photos. These are real children, real families looking for help and safety in a land far away from any friends or family. Can you imagine how lonely and scared they must be?
Teaching children to be thankful for the many, many blessings in life can easily be done when you are regularly reading Window on the World.
The Haitian proverb
The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun. (It’s hard to understand another person’s problems)
Sometimes I let the kids randomly pick a country to read about after we’ve read our scheduled pages for the day. Sometimes they randomly flip the pages to land on a story, and sometimes they like the look of the pictures and want to know what’s going on within them.
Recently they picked Haiti because of a photo of a little girl with a huge water bucket on her head. We read about the land of slaves that turned into the first black republic in the world. While that sounds great and inspiring, the people in Haiti have never really known peace or prosperity.
It’s a country largely inhabited by people in extreme poverty.
The Haitian proverb is simple but struck me as profound. So often we look at people and
judge guess what kind of person they are and what lifestyle they lead. However, if we actually take time to get to know the person, we often find we were wrong in our initial assumptions.
This is a very important fact to teach to our children . . . different doesn’t necessarily equal wrong or bad.
The world needs prayer
We pray before our meals, when someone has an attitude problem, at bedtime, before school . . . we pray a lot, and that’s great. But how often are you praying for someone outside your personal life bubble? How often do you pray for missionaries or lost people you’ve never seen before?
I’ll admit, I don’t pray those types of prayer as often as I should. Window on the World has been a great minder to keep the world in mind, not my just own family and friends.
If you are looking to teach your kids about missions, prayer, or even being thankful, this is an excellent resource.