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Here’s How They Did It…

The Women on Mission group in an Ohio church wanted to do something for children in their community. They did some research and decided to purchase backpacks and fill them with items for children who are placed into emergency care due to family issues or natural disasters. The bought and packed 30 backpacks, each containing these items: small blanket, pencil box and pencil,  coloring book, crayons, toothpaste and toothbrush,  stuffed animal, pillow, winter hat, gloves and small toy. They delivered the packs to the local family services agency. As a result the group has been invited to participate in other events that minister to children.

Operation Interdependence in Grand Junction, Colorado is a nationwide organization that helps support many of our troops serving overseas. One church in Virginia collected 226 packets of instant oatmeal and 159 individual drink stick packs and sent them to Colorado for delivery to troops. For more information about how you and your church can get involved go online to operation interdependence. The website will give suggestions for needed items and the address for delivery. This is a great idea for children or youth groups!

Women in several churches in Mississippi make small stuffed bears for Operation Christmas Child boxes. The bears are used as fillers in boxes needing extra items. They began the sewing project in 2010 and have made 12,000 bears! As part of the ministry when they get together to sew, the women pray for missionaries having birthdays that day (see Missions Mosaic monthly magazine for monthly birthday lists) and for each child who will receive a bear. A great ministry idea!

Great for the Entire Family!

As our thoughts turn to a new school year and fall activities at church, why not plan a missions event that will include the entire family? Schedule the event on the church calendar and chose a time that will attract the largest crowd. Sometimes an activity right after Sunday morning worship is successful. A special missions evening may work well for you. Maybe even a Saturday!

Keep in mind that your focus is families, so plan with them in mind. This will mean that activities should be all-age friendly. If the event is to educate, gear the projects to children so they will be interested in participating. Here is one idea you might consider using:

“Family Fall Festival of Missions”

  1. Plan activities for a come-and-go event so families can stay as long as they like and then move on to errands or sports events on their schedule.
  2. Enlist plenty of volunteers and provide them with supplies and instructions for each display, activity, or project at the event. Arrange the facility with tables, chairs, and other equipment needed.
  3. Promote the event about 4 weeks ahead of time to maximize attendance. Keep your plans simple but interesting. Be sure your publicity is attractive.
  4. Enlist someone to provide food (there always has to be food!). Again, remember children will be present so serve finger food that they will like.
  5. Think about having some of these activities/projects:
  • Our World – learn about Southern Baptist mission work around the world. Attach balloons with world facts on slips inside them to a large world map. Darts that don’t have sharp points will please parents! Free bookmarks can be ordered from the International Mission Board at www.imbconnecting.com to use as prizes.
  • Our State – use the Indiana State Missions Offering age level ideas online to provide information about our state and its spiritual needs. Choose 1 or 2 ministries and enlist someone involved in them to tell mission stories about their experiences (i.e., a Disaster Relief volunteer or volunteer at the Rescue Mission).
  • Our Association - learn about church planters in southeastern Indiana. Ask our association’s Mission Coordinator, Gary Yochum, for information on the location of church plants in our area. Distribute a list of ways families can help.

This event doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy. The purpose is to educate and that can be done with creativity and attention to details!

Ideas for Involving Adults in Missions

Here are some new and old ideas to help your church demonstrate God’s love to others:

  • Take a fall camping trip and carve pumpkins, inviting other campers to see them.
  • Build wheelchair ramps for those needing mobility help.
  • Package health care kits for the homeless.
  • Crochet baby blankets for a pregnancy center.
  • Volunteer at a food distribution center.
  • Provide “Blessing Bags” with food items that don’t require cooking for homeless persons.
  • Volunteer at a rescue mission to lead Bible studies or serve hot meals.
  • Provide birthday parties for residents in a care facility.
  • Knit hats for preemies and donate them to a local hospital.
  • Host a regular meal for your local high school football team during the season.
  • Serve Thanksgiving dinner at a rescue mission or on Skid Row.
  • Get training and participate in Disaster Relief.
  • Assemble food baskets for the needy in your community.
  • Distribute cookies to community personnel (fire, police, etc.)
  • Donate funds for water purification units for missionaries (contact WMU at www.wmu.com/PureWaterPureLove)
  • Teach English as a second language after being certified.
  • Read stories to elementary children.
  • Lead worship and a Bible study at the county jail.

The Mully Movie

WorldCrafts, a ministry of Woman’s Missionary Union, is partnering with the Mully movie about a Kenyan man who worked his way from abject poverty to great wealth, only to be called by God to return to poverty. His “yes” to God has led him to rescue more than 12,000 orphans in Kenya. The movie will be in 800 theaters across the United States in October. There are kits available for downloading that will help you promote and plan follow-up as well as a 6-week devotional book. Go to WorldCrafts.org/Mully to purchase the downloadable kits. If your church would like to host the Mully Movie, contact WorldCrafts for referral directions.

While you’re online check out the Yatta purse and necklace being made by Kenyan artisans to develop sustainable fair-trade businesses. Mully Children’s Family began a vocational training center that rescues and restores young women broken by exploitation.

How Good is Your Drinking Water?

You might say, “What a silly question! We have good water!” Unfortunately, that is not true in many areas of the world. Pure Water, Pure Love is a ministry of WMU that is a very practical and tangible way of channeling support to our missionaries who serve in places where safe water is not available. Based on missionaries’ requests, WMU seeks to provide the method of water filtration or water supply that best meets the need. Grants from this ministry have made water filtration systems to be installed in countries where drinkable water cannot be found.

How can you help?

*This project is great for church plants as a way of introducing missions to members.

*Small groups can make donations online or send a check made payable to WMU, PWPL.

*As your community groups meet weekly, encourage them to sponsor donating money to purchase a counter water filtration unit. Send the gifts to WMU, PWPL, c/o WMU, PO Box 830010, Birmingham, AL 35283-0010

*Children and youth can collect money too! Over a period of time you’ll be surprised at how it mounts up!

Pure Water, Pure Love is supporting missionaries in a tangible way! Go to www.wmu.org/pwpl for more information.

Mississippi River Ministry – YOU can get involved!

How about doing something different at Christmas this year? I know this seems early but for this ministry project advance planning is necessary. Read on!

Mississippi River Ministry celebrates its 25th birthday this year and wants to provide more Christmas backpacks for children than it ever has before. You can help celebrate by being involved in the SEND Relief Christmas Backpack effort. The River Ministry and Appalachian Regional Ministry work with over 450 compassion ministry sites and church plants across 18 states to deliver backpacks filled with necessities, gifts, and goodies at Christmas time. Included in every backpack will be a copy of the Christmas story and the opportunity to join the Mailbox Club (an age-appropriate Bible study by mail).

This year’s collection goal is 65,000 backpacks. The backpacks must be delivered to a collection site no later than December 8. Kentucky WMU is participating in providing backpacks for Appalachia so you could deliver your backpacks at Kentucky’s different associations. The list is online at: www.kybaptist.org/Backpacks  If Louisville is the closest location for you here is the address: Louisville Regional Baptist Association, 960 S. Third Street, Suite 100, 502.645.0357. The backpacks need to be at a collection site October 16-20, 2017. Instructions for packing are online, including the Christmas story and Mail Box card downloads.

Packing information is available online. Go to www.kybaptist.org/backpacks for local information or to www.NAMB.net/Backpacks for details about mailing to the Mississippi River Ministry sites.

Why get involved in something so far away? Poverty threatens 17.3 million children in the U.S. You can help! One little girl last year was grateful for the toys and other stuff, “but she really liked the food best of all, because that’s all she had for Christmas.”  (Missions Mosaic magazine, July 2017, p. 11)

Summer Mission Activities

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to schedule some fun activities for families in your church. Here are some ideas that might work for you:

  1. Work with older elementary kids and teach them how to make girls’ dresses from pillowcases. Easy patterns are available on Pinterest.
  2. Package health care kits for the homeless and go on a field trip to deliver them to a facility that ministers to the homeless.
  3. Children can lead your church to donate canned food for a local food ministry. Collect the food for several weeks and then take it to the ministry center.
  4. Make and distribute sandwiches for inner city homeless.
  5. Provide a birthday-in-a-box for children living temporarily in a shelter for abused women and children. Since many leave home with nothing, provide a cake mix, canned frosting, candles, paper goods, and a banner to help a child in transition still celebrate his/her birthday.
  6. Help children make bookmarks for a mission team from your church to use. Other items may be needed; see if children can collect these and set a time when they can be presented to the team (perhaps in a worship service?)
  7. Hand out water bottles and collect change  for water purification units for missionaries (Go online: www.wmu.com/PureWaterPureLove for more information).
  8. Involve children and families in promoting Christmas in August (collecting supplies missionaries need for their work). For a list of supplies and mailing addresses go online to www.wmu.com/chirtmasinaugust. Lists can also be found in missions magazines published by WMU.

Summer is a great time for relaxing and doing things you normally don’t have time to do. And…mission activities can make the warm days seem even brighter when your church participates in sharing the good news of Jesus with others in your community and around the world.

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2nd annual Missions Lifeline event will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield on Saturday, August 5. The conference will include specialized workshops for pastors, missions leaders, and anyone interested in mission ministries in their communities.

In addition to a variety of workshops topics such as preparing for a mission trip, learning about giving to mission causes, beginning local ministries, and engaging others in missions-related activities, information to help churches begin new ministries and create awareness will be presented through displays and interactive times with missions leaders. International and North American missionaries will lead workshops about the country and area where they serve. 

An exciting element of the event will be the mini Kids on Mission camp for children ages Pre-K through 6th grade. Children will have a full day of games, crafts, and learning about how Southern Baptists mission work in Russia. It’ll be complete with live missionaries who will answer their questions about Russia and being a missionary!

A celebration including the commissioning of Indiana Woman’s Missionary Union leaders will be held during the missions gathering led by guest musicians and speakers.

Various ministries will have displays showing how Indiana Baptists serve using shower units, block parties, and providing hot meals. Lunch will be provided by Disaster Relief volunteers.

Nathan Shaver, pastor of Christ Community Church in Speedway, comments, “Missions Lifeline helps the local church close the gap between thinking about the Mission of God and being equipped to engage the Mission. It’s a really helpful, practical, and encouraging conference.”

Don’t miss this event that’s been designed with you and your church in mind! Make plans now to bring children for the camp experience and to learn about answering Jesus’ command to “Go into all the nations…” Information on specific workshops and registration is online: www.scbi.org/events/missionslifeline

Summer Mission Activities

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to schedule some fun activities for families in your church. Here are some ideas that might work for you:

  1. Work with older elementary kids and teach them how to make girls’ dresses from pillowcases. Easy patterns are available on Pinterest.
  2. Package health care kits for the homeless and go on a field trip to deliver them to a facility that ministers to the homeless.
  3. Children can lead your church to donate canned food for a local food ministry. Collect the food for several weeks and then take it to the ministry center.
  4. Make and distribute sandwiches for inner city homeless.
  5. Provide a birthday-in-a-box for children living temporarily in a shelter for abused women and children. Since many leave home with nothing, provide a cake mix, canned frosting, candles, paper goods, and a banner to help a child in transition still celebrate his/her birthday.
  6. Help children make bookmarks for a mission team from your church to use. Other items may be needed; see if children can collect these and set a time when they can be presented to the team (perhaps in a worship service?)
  7. Hand out water bottles and collect change  for water purification units for missionaries (Go online: www.wmu.com/PureWaterPureLove for more information).
  8. Involve children and families in promoting Christmas in August (collecting supplies missionaries need for their work). For a list of supplies and mailing addresses go online to www.wmu.com/chirtmasinaugust. Lists can also be found in missions magazines published by WMU.

Summer is a great time for relaxing and doing things you normally don’t have time to do. And…mission activities can make the warm days seem even brighter when your church participates in sharing the good news of Jesus with others in your community and around the world.

Planning Ahead

As your thoughts turn to what your church will put on the church calendar next fall, have you considered introducing missions education? Creating awareness of missions and how everyone can become involved is a worthy task for all churches. Many great resources are available through Woman’s Missionary Union, experts in creating age-appropriate materials. Linda Clark, SEIBA’s Missions Education Consultant, is also available for consultations, discounted curriculum, and ideas for establishing exciting mission activities in your church. Email her to set up an appointment:  lclark1213@hotmail.com