Christmas in August: Children

Boy holding present

During the month of August, children collect gifts for a select group of North American missionaries. The missionaries use these items to replenish ministry supplies, purchase items for ministry centers and minister to people in their communities who need to hear about Jesus.

Follow these steps to help the children in your church get involved in Christmas in August 2019:

1. Select a missionary or missionaries from the list. Remember that all of these missionaries are looking forward to receiving gifts from GA, RA and CA groups.

2. Send a copy of the August “Family Missions Focus” home with each child. Include a list of the items your group is collecting for Christmas in August 2019.

3. Gather and pack the items your group collects. Consider placing items that could leak inside ziplock bags. Do not wrap the items. Include only the items requested. Include only new items. Pray together that God will use the items to help people learn about Jesus.

4. Label the outside of the package with a list of the contents. This will help missionaries sort through packages more quickly.

5. Mail your package to the missionary at the address listed. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts. Also, give the missionary your email address. Explain to children that the missionaries may receive hundreds of packages and may not have time to respond to each group individually.

It's also a great idea to recognize children's participation with the Christmas in August badge/patch

 


2019 Christmas in August Missionaries

 

Robert E. Arnold, Ed.D.
Chaplain Service (125)
VA Central Iowa Health Care System
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA 50310-5753
robert.arnold@va.gov
centraliowa.va.gov

  • T-shirts (larger sizes)
  • body wash
  • hot cocoa packets
  • socks
  • coloring books (children/adults)
  • reading glasses
  • underwear (men/women)
  • coffee
  • puzzle books
  • small crayon packs

Robert E. Arnold, Ed.D., is a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. In his role as a chaplain, he provides not only pastoral care to patients but also education and counseling in the midst of assessing and addressing patients’ problems in life.  

Chaplain Arnold’s primary duties are to provide spiritual care to hospitalized patients. Many of these veterans are homeless or without sufficient family support in their lives. They find comfort in having the presence of chaplains for spiritual care while they are in the hospital.

 

Kale Booher
Lifepoint Church
800 West Central Ave
Suite C
Delaware, OH 43015
kaleb@lifepointohio.com
lifepointohio.com

  • Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface spray
  • tissue boxes
  • glue sticks
  • Clorox wipes
  • 3-ounce bathroom cups
  • HCSB or CSB Big Picture Interactive Bible
  • Dollar Tree or Walmart gift cards
  • Goldfish crackers
  • ziplock bags
  • Crayola markers

Kale Booher and his family planted Lifepoint Church in Delaware three years ago on Easter Sunday. Since then, God has grown their church to over 400 people. Lifepoint has baptized more than 40 people to date, and has seen hundreds join small groups, serve on Sunday mornings, and take steps in faith.

Lifepoint Church is located in a quickly growing city of over 40,000 people, and the county is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Ohio. The people at Lifepoint come from the city, the suburbs, and all around the country. The church is dedicated to teaching the Bible, drawing life from God, and pointing others to Him. Your Christmas in August gifts will serve the more than 100 children who are a part of the Lifepoint Kids (LPK) ministry every Sunday morning. Through LPK, the church seeks to teach children that God loves and made them and that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Kale Booher and Lifepoint say, “We cannot say thank you enough!”

 

Nehemiah Cole
1430 Merritt Blvd
Apt. 207
Baltimore, MD 21222
or P.O. Box 25698
Baltimore, MD 21224
agapepraise21@gmail.com
agapepraise.org

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Amazon gift cards
  • winter jackets for elementary- and middle school-aged children
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • LifeWay gift cards
  • school supplies for children
  • deodorant
  • body lotion
  • disposable baby diapers

Nehemiah Cole, his wife Rose, and their three children planted Agape Praise Fellowship in September 2016. Agape Praise’s ministry focuses on reaching internationals, students, Muslims, and locals. People of many nations are a part of the church, and worship songs are sung in English, French, and sometimes other languages. People from the church are present in local high schools and middle schools as they mentor and plant seeds of faith among students every week. They also hold church for senior adults in a nursing home once a month.

The people of Agape Praise are passionate for Jesus and desperate to see many lost souls in Baltimore come to accept Jesus in their lives. Your Christmas in August gifts will be a blessing to their ministry in schools, with Muslims, in nursing homes, and with international refugee families. The Coles and Agape Praise say, “Thank you so much for all the prayers and support. May God bless you all.”

 

Blythe Fowler
6655 S New Haven Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136

  • journals (5.5-by-8 inches preferred)
  • Bibles (small NIV or NLT translations preferred)

Blythe Fowler works with women incarcerated with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections who are participating in work training programs prior to community reentry. These women are seeking certifications in the pet grooming and pet care field.

Blythe meets with the women twice a week for devotionals and Bible lessons. Each participant receives a journal for their notes and to process their thoughts. Some ask for additional journals as their personal work and recovery progresses. Upon completion of the program, the women receive certification in various areas of grooming and can be placed in jobs. Upon release from prison, they are employed or employable and are able to earn a living and contribute to a better life for themselves and their families.

 

Kirk Kirkland
Revive City Church
151 W 4th Street
Box 24
Cincinnati, OH 45202
kirk@revivecitychurch.com
revivecitychurch.com

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Gordon Food Services gift cards
  • gift Bibles (ESV or CSB)
  • gas station gift cards (Shell or BP)

Revive City Church loves to reach out to the people in their community! They throw block parties and also offer Vacation Bible School and sports camps for children. Walmart and Gordon Food Services gift cards will help them prepare for all of these fun events. Whenever people accept Jesus as their Savior or when the church is involved in outreach, they give away gift Bibles. The church also has a van that transports people to and from church each week. The gas station gift cards will help them with their gas expenses as they offer this transport service to people in their community.

 

Chaplain Jan Kragness
14802 Poor Farm Road
Johnston City, IL 62951

  • Bibles or cases of Bibles
  • fiberfill
  • Crayola colored pencil packs (12-count)
  • JoAnn Fabrics gift cards

Jan Kragness is a chaplain who serves as a volunteer missionary with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Illinois Campers on Mission. She is also a community service chaplain in her home area for needs such as child evangelism and ministering to people who are underprivileged and who are hurting.

Many items made by Campers on Mission are given out by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, such as “As You Go Bears,” which are handmade bears with the plan of salvation attached to them, and “Salvation Dolls,” which have a broken heart and sad face on one side and a smiling face on the other with a salvation necklace attached. They also give out Bibles. Jan says, “I would love to have you be a part of our ministry. Thank you for supporting us.”

 

Chaplain Joseph Miller
3684 Charleston Highway
Orangeburg, SC 29115

  • #61 black ink HP printer cartridge
  • #61 color ink HP printer cartridge
  • printer paper
  • Walmart gift cards
  • men’s socks (black, athletic style)
  • size 32/34 underwear
  • small, personal-size toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • ESV Economy Bibles (soft cover)
  • NAMB Eternal Life Tract NIV (50 pack)
  • NAMB 3 Circles bracelets

Joseph Miller is a volunteer community service chaplain who is currently traveling with his family. Although their home is in South Carolina, they plug into ministries in every town and state they end up in. In the last three years, they have lived in New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and of course their home state of South Carolina. Joseph works in prisons, jails, and senior facilities, as well as with people who are homeless.

Joseph and his family give bags containing underwear, socks, and toothbrushes and toothpaste to people who are homeless. The bags have Scriptures and devotionals attached to them. All of the items on the list are used for small groups, to minister to people who are homeless, and to help Joseph as he continues his seminary education.

 

Omar Vargas
7690 NW 14th St
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
ovargas@realchurchfl.org
realchurchfl.org

  • school supplies
  • backpacks
  • LifeWay gift cards
  • Amazon gift cards
  • $5 Starbucks gift cards
  • ESV or CSB Bibles

Real Church ministers in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The community surrounding the church is very diverse, both culturally and financially. One of the greatest partnerships the church has made is with a neighboring school. This past Christmas, the church blessed the school with bikes, backpacks, food, and school supplies. Many of the children are from low-income homes; some are even homeless. Real Church desires to use gift cards to purchase books, Bibles, and school supplies for this ministry. They also want to bless the teachers with Starbucks gift cards!

 

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