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Prayer Quilt Ministry

Following are more best practices that the women of First Baptist Church in Cherryville, North Carolina, shared with us, in addition to those featured in the March 2011 Missions Mosaic article, "Covered in Prayer."

 

Structure

This ministry can easily be structured to meet at two different times of the day to accommodate anyone wanting to attend. First Baptist Church in Cherryville, North Carolina (where this project originated) chose to have their meetings on Tuesdays. In the morning session, mostly retired women attended and then in the evening, they generally drew in women who worked during the day. They shared that some women came to both sessions. 

 

Mats for the Homeless

Help the homeless in your area

See a step-by-step video and print instructions for creating lightweight and easily mobile plastic bag mats for the homeless.

Printable PDF instructions (one page, with photos)

Printable PDF instructions in Spanish


Instructional Video on YouTube (five minutes)

Featured in the September 2012 Missions Mosaic.

Hemming Children in Prayer

Dust off that sewing machine and find your pins and scissors. Use your sewing skills to weave God into the lives of children around the world.

Mary Beth Turberville, a school nurse, returned to her home in Phenix City, Alabama, with a renewed heart for ministry after a Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International trip to Nicaragua. The Lord put a vision in her head and a deep passion in her heart to share Christ through a children’s clothing ministry.
 
Turberville explains, “Missions has always been a part of my life, but in the past if I had time, I was willing to serve. Now I serve the Lord first; then if there is time left, I might do what I want. Life is not about me, but about God and what I can do for others.” With this heart change, she began to use the sewing skills she had always possessed to minister to children in other countries.

 
Sewing Seeds

Here’s how:
1. Set a date and location for a sewing bonanza. Invite women of all ages—from girls to grandmas. Bring your non-believing friends to this non-threatening event.
 
2. Organize and collect your supplies.

Backpacks for Human Trafficking Victims

Download a printable pdf with instructions for making backpacks that will promote awareness for human trafficking victims.

Printable PDF instructions (Two Pages)

Project mentioned in the February 2013 Missions Mosaic

All Dolled Up . . . Dolls on Mission

Finished dolls

The Dolls on Mission (DOM) feature was such a hit with groups all around the country! Here is all you need to know to start and finish this unique mission project.


Build-A-Doll Workshops
Instructions
Helpful Tips
Patterns
MORE: Salvation Necklaces
MORE: Backstory of Dolls on Mission


Finished Product Photos:

Voices of Annie

Each year as Easter rolls around, I look forward to hearing the voices of Annie. Some of the voices are male, others female. Some speak with a heavy French accent, others with a southern twang like me, yet others with a western drawl. Each voice is sweet and strong, speaking passionately about how God is using him or her to fulfill His work in North America.

These are the voices of North American Mission Board missionaries supported through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, telling their stories on videos provided by NAMB.

To view the many videos, visit AnnieArmstrong.com. Prayerfully select the videos to share with your group.

Kimberly Sowell reaches thousands of women through her speaking and writing ministry. Visit KimberlySowell.com for more information.

Get Creative for Annie Armstrong

Looking for some great ideas for how to promote the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions? There are tons of ways to promote missions, and missions offering seasons are great times to get creative. Here are 3 ideas to incorporate into your plan:

  1. Do a FaceTime or Skype call with a North American missionary. If he or she is not available during your meeting time, consider asking the missionary to send you a video.
  2. Host a special prayer meeting for the offering. Use the time to talk about specific needs across the United States and missionaries serving in cities and to pray for specific people and needs.
  3. Invite a church member who has been on a domestic missions trip to share about his or her experience serving in a missional context. 

Pray and help create a plan that will increase your group’s heart for missions and, in turn, missional giving.

Christy Dyer is a North American Mission Board church-planting team member serving through missions engagement and mobilization in New York City. To read more about her ministry, visit BrightHopeBigCity.com

Easter Bracelet

One spring afternoon, I invited the women in my section of the neighborhood to come to my house for a finger-food supper and Easter fun. We shared food and exchanged pleasantries and then I handed each woman a paper plate covered in beads, thread, and a bracelet clasp. Beginning with the Last Supper, I shared the Scripture of the Easter story, instructing the women when to add the next bead of the story. A brown bead symbolized the bread, and a deep purple bead the wine. A flower bead represented the betrayal kiss in the garden. The women listened intently to each set of Scriptures, waiting with anticipation to find out which bead came next.

Halfway through the story, one woman said shyly, “Excuse me; do you mind if we stop for just a moment? I left my boyfriend when I came over for the party, thinking I’d just drop in for a minute and come right back, but I’ve decided I want to stay. I just want to call him and tell him not to wait on me.” What a beautiful confirmation that this Easter party was God’s idea to share Christ with my neighbors!

Glorifying Jesus

We want our life, our work, and all that we do and say to glorify Christ.

We pray, read our Bible, keep the commandments, and guard our marriage vows. We show compassion to others and follow the Golden Rule. We are involved in church and strive to trust Jesus more. We exhibit a good work ethic.

All those are indeed vital to living a life that pleases Christ.

Lloyd Stilley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Gulf Shores, Alabama, noted that there is something more we can do to bring even greater glory to Jesus.

“Serving Christ by serving others is your destiny in this life,” Stilley said. “If serving Christ by serving others is your destiny in this life, then the best possible way to serve is by leading another person to Jesus.”

Helping someone come to forgiveness in Christ is the utmost service that a believer can do for Him, Stilley said. Telling an individual how to receive Jesus Christ as Savior is a Christian’s “best possible work.”

That brings glory to our King!

Leigh Pritchett lives in the southeastern United States, a missions field that is “white unto harvest.”

I Didn’t Want to Do It

What teenage girl hasn’t begged God, “I know I have done wrong and have no right to ask this, but please don’t let my mother find out!” Certainly I had many times. But 15 years into adulthood, what was God asking of me? I’d been invited to speak at a church on the topic of my choice, but God was calling me to share the testimony of my tumultuous, sin-laden teen years. Why make me do this in front of several hundred women? It was going to be painful. I probably wouldn’t be invited back. But worst of all, my mom’s best friend asked to accompany me to the event. Oh, the humiliation!

I didn’t want to do it. Talking about one’s sin and failures is never fun, but I had to believe that God had a purpose. On the evening of the event, I took the stage and told my story. Some women wept. Some were flabbergasted. Some nervously nodded on their way out the door, but a few stood in line to weep with me over their daughters’ trials. It was in these intermingled tears that I witnessed how God blesses obedience. And praise God—Mom’s friend and I both survived.

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