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Impact the World on Your Knees!

Before you get caught up in the stress and busy-ness of holiday preparations, make the decision to make a difference for Christ by praying for the world. Fall celebrations melt into Christmas which merges into winter with almost no separation. If we aren’t careful, praying for others around the world gets relegated to the “back burners” of our minds.

You and your family can impact the world with your prayers. Use the prayer guide below to help guide your prayers. The guide can be copied onto cardstock and cut into bookmark-size strips for easy reference and use. Insert in church bulletins or distribute to Bible study groups.

MONDAY: Pray for international and state missionaries as they, too, enter the busy fall and Christmas seasons. Pray that God will guide their plans to reach out to people with God’s love during these special times of year.

TUESDAY: Thank God for the special skills and abilities He has given state and international missionaries. Ask that He will touch the hearts of their listeners.

WEDNESDAY: Thank God for men and women who have heard His call to serve in countries around the world and in our nation.

THURSDAY: Ask God to give missionaries wisdom and patience in ministering to others in need. Pray that they will have energy during the holiday season with its extra activities.

FRIDAY: Pray that missionaries will develop good relationships with people where they serve and that they will have opportunities to share the story of Jesus’ life and death.

SATURDAY: Ask that God keep missionaries’ families strong and healthy so they can do the work He has sent them to do.

SUNDAY: Pray that God will bless every gathering where His word is preached and the good news is proclaimed.

What’s Happening in Our Association?

Ministry reports were given at a recent associational Executive Board meeting last month. Southeastern Association has some interesting ministries that can benefit from your church’s participation. Here are a few to consider:

Pearl Baptist Church

This New Albany church has a wonderful ministry to homeless persons in the area by providing weekly hot meals every Wednesday evening. The food is served by volunteers at the church. The ministry is partially funded by the North American Mission Board and others. What can your church do? It can provide paper goods so that all available funds can be spent on food. Contact Bruce Farnsley at: pearlbapt@att.net  about other ways you can become part of this ministry. Of course, paper money is always good too!

Choices for Women

This on-going ministry, located on Charlestown Road in New Albany, is always in need of volunteers and supplies. Contact Rose Condra for how you or your group can help. This biblically-based ministry shares Christ at every opportunity as workers assist women in making good decisions about their babies.

Campus Ministries

Under the direction of Cody Bishop, college campus life began Fall 2016 with several co-sponsored activities to attract students to Bible study and discipling opportunities. The emphasis for this fall will be one-on-one discipling. Churches can be involved by helping to provide food for the gathering events. College students are open to eating and studying! Contact Cody at: codylbishop@gmail.com

New Church Plants in Our Area

Think of all the needs a new church plant may have! Our association currently has 4 new plants, and the pastors of these churches may be needing something you have already have or can contribute. Contact the associational office for the pastors’ contact information. We need to encourage these new pastors as they serve in areas with limited resources.

Fall Mission Ideas

Fall is just around the corner! When cooler weather comes to southern Indiana, our minds turn to hot chocolate and heavier clothing. Think for a few minutes of the things you associate with fall, and then consider how you can turn these fond memories into a ministry project for your Bible study class or mission group. Here are a few Fall-Related activities that might spur you to action:

1. Call a homeless shelter and ask if you can provide the makings for hot chocolate for a group study they may be sponsoring. Funds often don’t extend to something “extra” like this.

2. Collect knitted hats, gloves, and mufflers ahead of time for cold weather. Right now is a great time to purchase these items as reasonable prices before the season hits. Check your nearby Dollar Tree. They have a great selection!

3. Sponsor a Fall Festival event one evening at your church. Plan mission-related activities for the whole family. Set up several tables with different ministry projects so everyone can participate. Assemble Blessing Bags for the homeless containing such items as snack crackers, applesauce with plastic spoon, small cans of portable eats (Vienna Sausages, tuna & crackers, etc.), hand wipes, small bars of soap, and washcloths. Another table could be signing cards to be sent to members of the military serving overseas. Families could bring canned goods as their “entrance fee” to be taken to a local food pantry. If your church’s kitchen is large enough, enlist people to bring cookie dough ready to be baked and have volunteers direct attendees in making cookies that will be taken to local firefighters and law enforcement personnel. Enlist someone to deliver after cookies are plated.

Fall is a great time for family, friends, and making memories. Make some mission memories!

New Director

Welcome Gary Yochum as Southeastern Association’s new Ministry Coordinator. Coming out of the pastorate in Evansville, Gary and his wife, Debbie, will begin their new ministry with us September 1. Gary brings a passion for missions and pastors to his new position. You’ll want to meet him and talk about how you can support him and the work we as Southern Baptists have in this area!

Do You Need New Missions Information?

If you do, Woman’s Missionary Union is the place to go! WMU has long been the main provider of current materials about Southern Baptist mission work. A national staff stands ready to help you subscribe to mission magazines and teach all ages about missionaries and how God is working around the world. Customer Service waits for your call! 1.800.968.7032

Go online to www.wmu.com and you’ll find a world of innovative materials for leading your church to pray for missions, to give to mission efforts, and to become involved in doing missions where you live and around the world. Through its WorldCrafts, Pure Water, Pure Love, Christian Women’s Job Corps, and mission trips, WMU is deeply committed to providing you and your church with quality publications that will help you implement your plans to impact your world for Christ.

Look up the following to learn more about some special mission projects:

  • Host a WorldCrafts Christmas party to introduce this Fair Trade ministry helping women around the world market artisan products and support their families
  • Donate funds to Pure Water, Pure Love to help our missionaries have pure drinking water on the field.
  • How to increase your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps (a ministry to help break the cycle of poverty) always needs volunteers to teach and churches’ support.

Woman’s Missionary Union is for all ages with organizations for Mission Friends (birth-K); Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors (grades 1-6); Acteens (teens in 7th-12th grades); Challengers (teen boys); myMISSION (collegiate & professional young women); and Women on Mission (adult women); Adults on Mission (co-ed adults).

Fall Missions Activities

Fall is a great time to start new mission activities and groups. If your church doesn’t have age level groups, Womans’ Missionary Union will provide free curriculum for 6 months through our Indiana state WMU office. Contact Allison Kinion at akinion@scbi.org for information about how to get your free materials!

WMU publishes missions materials for preschoolers, children, students, and adults. A co-ed children’s organization, Children in Action, is a great way to introduce missions through games, activities, and projects for kids in grades 1-6.

Indiana State Missions Offering

“Send His Light” is the theme for the 2016 missions offering to support Indiana Southern Baptist ministries. The state goal is $80,000, and gifts to the offering will help church planting, church revitalization and associational initiatives.

Did you know this about Indiana?

  • Only 1 in 8 Indiana households attends an evangelical church every week.
  • There are more than 4.3 mission unreached people in Indiana.
  • Two thirds of Indiana households do not have even one believer.

2016 resource materials are available online at: www.scbi.org. Posters, PowerPoint, bulletin inserts, and logos are downloadable for use as you promote this important offering.

Joining resources through the State Missions Offering and prayer is one way we work together!

It’s almost here!

The annual meeting for Indiana Woman’s Missionary Union will be held at First Baptist Church of Gasburg on Friday and Saturday, August 5-6. The event will feature missions-related workshops and special guest speaker, national WMU President, Linda Cooper.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about new resources available to help you promote missions in your church and training that will equip you to lead others to learn about missions in North America and overseas.

For more information, go to www.scbi.org/missionslifeline

Christmas in August

August has been designated as the month to provide special support to North American missionaries and their work through gifts of materials and supplies that will help them as they minister to inner city residents, homeless, in resort work, outreach projects, and children’s events.

A list of needed supplies and missionaries can be found at: wmu.com/ChristmasinAugust

This is a great project for the whole church! Set up a decorated box to receive the gifts and encourage members to participate!

News Flash

Two great opportunities for missions involvement are coming right to Indiana soon!

Missions Lifeline – August 4-6, Gasburg Baptist Church, Mooresville, IN

   Missional church leaders will gather to attend missions-specific seminars, hear from international and North American missionaries, and hold the annual Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) annual meeting. Leaders will be equipped for the upcoming church year to lead men, women, boys, and girls to be mission disciples.

   This event is for everyone! Some conferences are: Our Missions Future, Reaching Indiana Communities for Christ, Adults Involved in Missions, Children and Missions, Churchwide Missions, and others.

   Linda Cooper, National WMU President, will be the event keynote speaker. Linda’s warm personality motivates others to become personally invested in missions. And, she’s a great storyteller!

   For more information on this event and to register at no cost, scan QR or go online to www.scbi.org/missionslifeline