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North American Missions Highlights

During this time of focusing on Southern Baptists’ mission efforts in North America, it is good to know some basic facts about the ministries whose purpose is to reach over 169 million lost persons in our nation and Canada. Over 5,000 missionaries faithfully serve in a variety of ways to reach out to unchurched individuals. Through a strong church planting emphasis, efforts are being made to evangelize North America using youth projects, inner city outreach, and establishing one-on-one relationships. As our missionaries share Christ in apartment complexes, store-front facilities, resort areas, and metropolitan neighborhoods, they are fulfilling Christ’s command to “make disciples” as you go.  Support these ministries with your prayers and through your generous giving!

World Fair Trade Day – What’s That?

Woman’s Missionary Union’s ministry, WorldCrafts, is a member of the World Fair Trade Federation and is committed to continuing holistic,  fair trade practices that offer dignified income, support, and hope to those in need around the world. WorldCrafts will join other Fair trade groups to celebrate fruitful ministry on May 13. Help WMU WorldCrafts by purchasing items made by artisans around the world. Visit WorldCrafts.org for more information about fair trade and to order from the exciting variety of handcrafted products. Consider using the ideas for a WorldCrafts party!

Check Your Calendars

It’s not too early to circle Saturday, August 5 on your calendars! “Missions Lifeline” will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield, and this is an event you don’t want to miss! The day will be filled with missionary speakers, missions-related breakout sessions, and a mini Kids on Missions camp for children PreK – 6th grade. Breakout topics on missions education for children, students, and adults, how to reach your community for Christ, planning missions trips, and lifestyle evangelism (among others) will be offered at the event. This event has been designed for all missional leaders! Register on line by going to www.scbi.org and click on Events.

Need Fresh Missions Ideas?

Linda Clark is available for individual church consultations about the “how-tos” of missions education. She can help you develop a plan to guide your church to a fuller participation in missions-related activities. Linda is available to meet with mission leaders or a group of women wanting to participate in missions on a regular basis. Contact her at 502.595.8473 via text or email her at: lclark1213@hotmail.com

It’s Not Too Late!

If you missed attending the Indiana Transformed women’s event in New Albany, you have one more chance! April 7-8 the second Transformed will be held at Sunnycrest Baptist Church in Marion. You can register at: www.scbi.org/transformed. This event has been designed with you in mind so make plans to attend. Be sure to take note of the special mission project for the Women’s Life House, a shelter program for women in transition.

Summer Is Just Around the Corner

Now is the time to begin planning for summer mission activities for youth in your church. Woman’s Missionary Union has a great resource that will help you provide missions involvement opportunities during the summer months. “e-4” units are missions education units designed for small churches, church plants, home-school families, and small groups. They are developed around Engage, Expand, Explore, and Experience. There are currently 4 units ready for you to use with your students: Poverty, PTSD, Disaster Relief, and Live Like Jesus.

The units can be downloaded for $3.99 each. Involve your students in missions this summer! Go to www.wmustore.com to order.

Oh! Guess What? !

There are “e-4” units for children too! These drop-in missions activities cover such subjects as: Chaplaincy, Church Planters, Hunger, Homelessness, and Disaster Relief. Download for $3.99 each from: www.wmustore.com.

Hot Off the Press

“Across the Street, Around the World: Ideas to Spark Missional Focus,” written by former Indiana’s Diana Davis and Autumn Wall, is a new source with a looong list of missions ideas to jump-start your missions group or church’s involvement in mission activities. Divided into  categories for one-hour, one-day, one-week, long-term ideas, and checklists for mission trips, this resource is a valuable tool to help motivate others to engage in mission opportunities locally, regionally, and globally. Order online at www.wmustore.com

Invite the Neighbors In

The March 2017 issue of Missions Mosaic Magazine included an article about starting a crafting group with your neighbors or women in your church. Pinterest has created a great deal of interest in crafts and is a great source of ideas you can use. Crafting with neighbors gives you a good opportunity to get to know them and establish relationships. A casual atmosphere encourages women to share with others. Add food and you have the recipe for some great times! Missions Mosaic is a monthly missions magazine for adult women and contains not only the month’s missionaries who have birthdays but articles about international and North American mission work. The magazine has a heavy emphasis on what women can do right where they live….like crafting with their neighbors!

Greetings!

If you are new to this webpage, welcome to the space with the latest missions education information! The page is designed to keep you informed about upcoming missions events and how you can involve your church in learning about and supporting missions.

Southern Baptists are fortunate to have a denominational entity whose purpose is solely to distribute information that informs individuals and churches about how to create a missions atmosphere and involve every age in learning about how missionaries serve around the world. Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), begun in 1888, provides materials in various formats (magazines, books, DVDs, videos) that are easy to use and motivational in content. These resources are available through WMU and New Hope Publishers.

If you want to begin new age level mission groups, you can receive discounted curriculum through the Indiana WMU office. Contact Allison Kinion, Indian State WMU Director, through Terah Adams, tadams@scbi.org,  to order the mission resources.  Visit WMU’s website at www.wmustore.com for a complete listing of magazines, books, and related products.

As SEIBA’s Missions Education Consultant, I am available to help you and your church with resources, ideas, and ministry opportunities. Don’t hesitate to contact me at: lclark1213@hotmail.com or by calling 502.595.8473. I’m here to help!

Indiana State Women’s Event

On March 3-4, Transformed, an annual women’s event, will be held at Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany. This rewarding weekend challenges women to grow in their relationship with Christ and to answer His radical call to reach the nations with His good news.