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Need Ideas to Engage Adults in Missions?

Woman’s Missionary Union provides ideas and help in engaging adults in missions activities!  Discover more missionary stories and project ideas on www.wmu.com/adults

Check out the missionary spotlight and the update by clicking on the “Mission Stories” box. You’ll also find ministry ideas by clicking on the “Mission Projects” box.

While you are there, read the Adults on Mission Blog. October’s posting discuss Global Hunger Relief and domestic violence. Come back every month to read about prayer, social issues, stewardship, discipleship, and more!

WorldCrafts – Showing Compassion to Those in Need

This ministry was begun by Woman’s Missionary Union over 15 years ago and has reached thousands with the good news of Jesus while helping women (and men) achieve financial stability through handicrafts the artisans make.

You and your church can be involved In this ministry in several ways:

*Shop WorldCrafts handmade fair-trade products.

*Host a WorldCrafts benefit for a Christian Women’s Job Corps site and to support artisans in over 30 countries.

* Host a WorldCrafts market at your church, sharing the stories of artisan groups around the world.

* Pray for WorldCrafts artisans and job corps sites using the prayer guide available at: www.WorldCrafts.org/pray

* Donate funds to Pure Water, Pure Love which is a ministry that provides clean water systems and water filters to missionaries and WorldCrafts artisans.

For more information about WMU’s compassion ministries, visit wmu.com/ministries

New Project for SEIBA Missions-Minded Churches!

The annual MK (missionary kid) Re-Entry retreat will be held next August at Highland Lakes. Every year incoming college students from all over the globe gather for a week of activities and speakers on topics that will be of interest to their adjustment to life in the United States. Because many of them were born overseas or have lived most of their lives there, this event is critical to help them face the challenges that will arise due to their unfamiliarity with American culture. WMU needs the support of Indiana churches to make this project a reality!

The estimated cost per student is $400 and your church or individuals can send donations to the state offices designated for “MK Retreat.” We are co-sponsoring this event with Kentucky WMU and must do our part! Contact Linda Clark for additional ways your church can be involved in this important event.

The Great Summer Missions Challenge

In just one month fill a bulletin board at your church or an entire wall with pictures of people doing personal missions projects. Challenge families and individuals to choose a project in their neighborhood or community to reach out to others with the love of Jesus. Take pictures of your project and make a copy of the best one to put on the bulletin board. Here’s how to make this happen:

  • Make a list of missions project ideas and post them on a bulletin board, include them in the church bulletin, online, etc.
  • Promote the summer projects each week.
  • Projects can be done by families, Sunday School classes, or missions groups.
  • Challenge the church to fill the bulletin board with pictures before the month is over.
  • Create a slide show for a Sunday worship service.

This emphasis could be a great launch for personal missions involvement. NOTE: This missions idea was written up by Indiana WMU Vice President, Chris Conrades, Richmond, IN. Thanks for the great idea, Chris!

Families, Missions, and Summer

Here are some suggestions of things your family can do this summer. Warm weather is a great time to branch out and connect with neighbors and your community.

  • Make brownies and deliver them to an unchurched family in your neighborhood.
  • Help the children make holiday or get well cards for homebound neighbors and deliver them as a family along with baked goods or a small gift.
  • Teach children how to prayer walk. Prayer walk your local school and around your neighborhood. You can do “prayer driving” too!
  • Using a large world map, locate where missionaries serve and pray for them during your family devotion time. A list of missionaries and their birthdays is in the monthly missions magazine, Missions Mosaic, available from WMU (www.wmu.com/curriculum).
  • Collect canned goods for a local food pantry. Deliver them together and arrange for a tour of the facility if possible.

How You Can Support a Church Plant

There are several church plants in our association, and there are many things you can do to demonstrate your support of the work that is being established. Church planters have accepted the challenge to reach others for Christ in southern Indiana, but our help is needed. Here are several steps to take when considering supporting one of our local planters:

  • Choose a plant. You can get the most current contact information through the SEIBA office. Pray that God will direct you to the one He wants you to help.
  • Contact the planter and tell them of your desire to help. Be certain you (and your church) are ready to make a strong commitment to the church planter and his family.
  • Talk to the planter about his vision for his work. Invite him to lunch or his family for a meal and begin to form a relationship. Get information about children’s ages, family embers’ birthdays, etc.
  • Develop a prayer plan for the church start and ask for specific prayer requests. Do a prayerwalk around the area where the new church plant is.
  • Help with the actual work that needs to be done. This might be a survey of the surrounding neighborhood, work on a building or teaching in Vacation Bible School.
  • As you find out about specific needs, try to meet them. This may be supplies, equipment, or other materials.
  • Make your church aware of the growth and progress of the new church. This will help sustain the support you are providing.

Planting a new church is often stressful and frequently frustrating! Your church’s support may be exactly what the planter and his family need to encourage them to continue working.

Seasons of Ministry…..Winte

Consider these seasonal mission projects for community groups or the entire church:

1. Show love in February – Bake love cakes and deliver to shut-ins who are not able to attend church. Rather than delivering cakes to church members only, ask for the names of individuals who are not part of any church.

2. Contact Pearl Street feeding ministry personnel here in our association and offer to provide a hot meal during the cold winter months. You might make chili and take crackers or cornbread for a hearty meal. Volunteers for this ministry are always needed. Contact information is available through SEIBA’s office.

3. Ask community groups to donate mufflers, gloves, and hats for the Louisville mission. Information is online for how to deliver your donations.

Children’s Missions Day 2019

One of the best kept secrets is Children’s Missions Day observed in February of each year. Over its 12-year history, thousands of children have showed God’s love in their communities. This year’s theme is “We’re Telling!” Children in grades 1-6 participate in the outreach event designed specifically for them. Develop a project that will not only meet a need in your community but will also inspire children to serve others. To learn more about participating in Children’s Missions Day visit www.wmu.com/cmd   

New Ideas for Christmas Gifts

Many people don’t know about the fair-trade ministry called WorldCrafts sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union. WorldCrafts is making an eternal impact on the lives of artisans around the world as it embraces its mission to develop sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. One way to support this ministry is to purchase your Christmas gifts through WorldCrafts! Items include gifts for women, children, and men as well as home décor handmade crafts. Christmas products are very popular for nativity collectors, ornaments, and stockings. The WorldCrafts Support Freedom campaign actively empowers customers, buyers, and artisans by supporting those groups working to free women involved in or at risk of human trafficking. Go to www.worldcrafts.org to view the catalog and place your order.

World Hunger

Southern Baptists focus on world hunger during the month of October. There are several ways your church can participate alleviate the needs associated with hunger. Pray for those working around the world to prevent hunger and malnutrition and for those who live with food insecurity. Pray for rain and abundant harvests! Encourage your church to give to the World Hunger Fund. 100% of your donations goes directly toward meeting hunger needs. Explore ways you can engage in hunger relief in your community such as kids’ food backpacks and food distribution. Host a churchwide Global Hunger Event using the downloadable resource from Woman’s Missionary Union for $9.99.