Must Read Monday: Operation World

Operation World is not a children’s book per se, but we read it to our sons. It is a prayer guide to pray for each country in the world. It has a calendar so you know which country to pray for and what their specific prayer needs are. I bought a laminated world map placemat from Wal-Mart and use a dry-erase marker to outline the country we are praying for and draw where we live so they can see how far away a country is. We are learning geography in the process, and notice I said “we.” Mommy needs all the help she can get. description:

Operation World is the definitive global prayer handbook that will help
focus your heart and life towards God’s passion for His glory. With over 1
million copies of past versions being sold, this all new 7th edition has been
completely updated and revised by Jason Mandryk and covers the entire populated
world. Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world
change, a missionary reaping the benefits of intercession or simply curious
about the world, Operation World will give you the information
necessary to be a vital part in fulfilling God’s passion for the nations.


11 responses

  1. Great idea and great way to instill compassion in your kids for the lost around the world. We do a similar thing using the book “From Akebu to Zapotec: A book of Bibleless Peoples” which is for kids. My 3 yr old can now identify several countries on the globe and both of my kids find it so fascinating to learn how different people around the world live.

    1. I’ll have to check that one out too. I agree about teaching them about people around the world, not just for education, but to pray for them to know Jesus. In Operation World when it came to Mongolia, me and my 3 yr old prayed for the country, but also prayed for missionaries there, so I guess that’d be you! 🙂

      1. We have From Akebu to Zapotec as well. If you look on the Wycliffe website, they have a free downloadable prayer guide under their resources section.
        Window on the World by Daphne Spraggett is also a really great one to add to your bookshelf.

      2. Is Window on the World basically the kid version of Operation World? I know Operation World doesn’t have pictures and I read online that Window on the World does. Do your kids like it?

      3. homemakingwithheart

        Yes kids love it. It’s a pity that you can’t look inside it on Amazon. It’s a collection of countries and/or people groups with a 2-page spread on each. I’m not sure if it’s the kids version of Op World, but I notice that although Daphne Spraggett wrote it, it says ‘with Jill Johnstone’.

      4. That would be great to see pictures of the people you pray for and not just what the country looks like on the map!

      5. Another really good book that we’ve enjoyed is Children Just Like Me by Anabel Kindersley. It’s not a prayer book as such, but a lovely way of introducing your chlid to the fact that there are different cultures and worldviews besides our own. You can view inside it on Amazon.

      6. I’ve seen the “Celebrations” one in that series, but I’ll have to see if the library has that one. Thanks for new learning activity in our house. My son’s uncle is from the Dominican Republic, but it will be great to show them all the different cultures around the world.

  2. LOVE Operation World!!! Have you seen the Children’s version, Window on the World? It’s great…but pretty outdated (it was from early 2000s). Hopefully, they’ll update it since they’ve updated Operation World. We also used From Akebu to Zapotec last year, and my boys loved it! 🙂

    1. I have not heard of the Window on the World. Must check that out. Thank you!

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