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 2018:

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 2018.

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


2018 Christmas in August Missionaries

Cathy Tisher
c/o Southern Hills Baptist Church
8601 South Pennsylvania

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Sam’s gift cards
  • Mardel Christian Books gift cards
  • men’s crew cut white socks
  • women’s soft bootie socks (non-skid bottom)
  • clickable ink pens (none with tops)
  • 120-count boxes of tissues
  • giant-print word search/activity books

Chaplain Cathy Tisher serves as a self-funded full-time missionary in nursing homes through a ministry she started in 2003 named Called to Care, Inc. The mission of her ministry is to provide spiritual and emotional support to residents in care centers. Most of the residents in the places Cathy serves are on Medicaid. Many of them are without any family or do not have families who visit them. Cathy often encounters those who are very needy physically and spiritually. The gifts given show them she cares and many times lead to an opportunity for Cathy to share the gospel with them.

Please mail any non-gift card items to the address above. Please mail gift cards to:

Cathy Tisher/Called to Care, Inc.
PO Box 890298
Oklahoma City, OK 73189


Matt Lawson
Story City Church
320 E. Angeleno Avenue

Burbank, CA 91505

  • Folgers bulk coffee
  • Lowe’s gift cards
  • LifeWay gift cards
  • used eyeglasses
  • Amazon gift cards

Story City Church is located in the heart of the entertainment industry and reaches young singles and families living and working in the industry.


Raju Subedi
2922 SW Lars Ter
Beaverton, OR 97003

  • Nepali Bibles
  • baby diapers
  • shampoo
  • gift cards
  • stuffed animals
  • shoes
  • jackets
  • clothes
  • blankets/comforters
  • pens

Raju Subedi works among refugees coming from Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. Raju also came as a refugee. The gifts Raju’s ministry will receive will be used as a ministry opportunity among the refugee children to get them excited to be in the ministry and to share the gospel with them.


Stephen Poole
Elevate Church
PO Box 3635 (mail) or 1105 Hoover Street (packages)
Annapolis, MD 21403

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Holman Christian Standard Bibles
  • inexpensive school backpacks
  • school supplies (pencils, pens, scissors, glue, crayons, etc.)
  • Target gift cards

Elevate Church is located in the Eastport community of Annapolis, Maryland. This community is a small peninsula approximately 1 mile long and 5 blocks wide where more than 3,000 people live very close to one another. The area is very diverse both racially and socio-economically. People with extreme wealth or poverty live side-by-side. Elevate Church’s ministries focus on the needs of lower-income, under-served families — many of which are single-parent homes. In this area of high crime and extreme poverty, Elevate Church hosts after-school programs for children, sports camps, art camps, children’s clubs, fall festivals and other community events to help share the love of Jesus.


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