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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.

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!

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.

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!

Did You Know?

Did You Know…

There are some great short videos you can use in worship services to tell your church about missions!

On Vimeo, go to “wmu missions for life” for an invitation to participate in missions education. It’s a great way to introduce church members or women to the ministries of WMU.

Other vimeos on the history of WMU, WorldCrafts, and how WMU can help your church promote missions involvement. Free and full of great information!