By All Means

Developing a Heart for Missions

Jason and baby

We are thrilled to share the following devotion from Jason Hyche, one of the preschoolers in Robin McCall’s first Mission Friends® class. We pray that as you read Jason’s words, you will see that by teaching preschoolers today, you are touching the future.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means, I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings”
(1 Cor. 9:22–23).

By All Means Changes Lives

“El Salvador will never be the same,” said one of our church members when she saw who had decided to go. While I can’t say that is true of the country, it is certainly true for those of us preparing to go. As of this writing, a dozen men and women are preparing for our church’s first international missions trip. Six of the 7 women in the group are members of our Martha Robinson Baptist Women, and some have never been outside the United States. As we prepare to step out of our comfort zones to change lives in El Salvador, changes within our lives and the life of our church began months ago.

Personally, I began working with our Wednesday night children’s ministry, at first serving food but soon joining in teaching first- and second-graders. Others joined in as well. Several children have received Christ as Savior and their families are starting to attend on Sunday morning.

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Christ's love compels us

I wrote the words of my pastor on the notes page of my Bible, “The world is crying out, ‘Show me an example of Christ’s love.’” Though that was years ago, the words are still true of the world today. Our world is crying out to us as believers to show them an example of Christ’s love. Sometimes those cries are as loud as ever, and sometimes they come through the soft whisper of a preschooler in your Mission Friends® class.

God-Sized Mission

I am always amazed at how God plants a little seed in someone's heart and mind, lets that seed grow a little, and then sprouts out something more amazing than our minds could have ever imagined. That's what happened to our GA and RA groups at Northside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

My name is Tiffany, and I am the GA director of our group at church. As the director, I plan out all the missions projects during the summer for the coming year for the GAs and RAs of our church. Last summer, I planned for our kids to memorize 6 salvation verses to help equip them to talk with their friends at school or in their neighborhoods about the love of Jesus and the gospel story. We planned several projects using these verses to help the kids with memorization. One of these projects was marking 50 Bibles with salvation verses. At the time, I didn't have a plan of whom we would give the Bibles to. I just felt a nudge that this was a project we needed to work on. And I knew God would show me who needed them and once again nudge me at just the right time.

Sandy's Desk: Cultivating a Missions Lifestyle

Someone once asked me, “How do you cultivate a missions lifestyle in young believers?” I answered the question with examples from my life. It started when I was in Acteens. The Girls in Action leader of my church asked if I wanted to help her with GAs. Then I was given opportunities for leadership through state missions camps and state Acteens Activators teams.

In college, the associational WMU council invited me to join its team. We traveled for hours together to state training events. I taught missions discipleship conferences in the association. I was awful. They loved and encouraged me anyway. When I felt God’s call on my life and made the decision to go to seminary, my associational WMU director used her own money to drive me to visit the campus two states away.

Do you get the picture? Missions leaders taught me. They loved me. They accepted me. They gave me responsibilities. They let me fail and learn. They poured their lives into mine. We have to love, nurture, bless, and turn our young people loose for God to do what He wants through their lives.

Share the Gospel by All Means

Skeeter was once a homeless man, beaten, thrown over a bridge, and left for dead, but God had another plan. He is now employed by the Nashville Rescue Mission, where he first learned of God’s grace. In his testimony, he said, “If a Christian had told me about God’s grace when I was a child, how different my life would have been.” His words are convicting. We must share Jesus with the people God puts in our path each day. There is no higher calling.

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we immediately become responsible to share the gospel with other people. As powerful as the gospel is, it can’t share itself! While some of us are called to go to remote areas of the world as missionaries, most of us must focus on sharing the gospel right where we are with the people we know or those we come in contact with in our everyday lives. We must be intentional in trying to reach the missions field that’s all around us by all means.

By All Means

Teacher and preschoolers

How does a preschooler know that God loves him? We can tell him that the Bible tells us so, but for a preschooler to truly know God’s love we need to express His love to the preschooler in concrete ways. In the book Upside-Down Devotion, Taylor Field says, “In this book, I will call specific acts of love for others service. In the world of the Bible, this service is the tangible expression of God’s love.”1 You show God’s love in tangible ways to preschoolers many times during a Mission Friends® session.

  • When you smile or hug a preschooler as he comes in the room at the beginning of the session.

  • When you sit with a preschooler as she works a puzzle or reads a book.

  • When you smile as you give a bottle to a baby.

  • When you have a conversation with a preschooler about his artwork.

  • When you give a high five or fist bump to a preschooler who builds an awesome structure in Blocks.

  • When you sing and clap hands with a toddler.

  • When you calm a preschooler who becomes upset.

By All Means Resources 2016–2017

Priced Resources:

Associational Leader Tool 2016–2017

This CD contains an overview of the 2016–2017 year for all associational leaders, Project HELP: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder information, and planning suggestions for all age-level associational leaders. Promotional resources and graphics are also included in this vital resource for associational leaders.
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A Love of Calgary

I have been serving as children’s minister at Dixie Hills Baptist in Bolivar, Tennessee, for 16 months. Earlier this year, I started using the Children in Action curriculum during our Wednesday night ministry. I was so excited to see Calgary as the featured city for June! I’m originally from Mississippi, but God called me to attend the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains just a few miles from Calgary. I had no idea God would have me on mission in Canada for almost 14 years! For most of those years, I served in full-time children’s ministry.

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