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 2020:

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

 


2020 Christmas in August Missionaries

 

Mojic and Munko Baldandorj
Graceland Bible Church
111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

  • NIV Bibles
  • Visa or MasterCard gift cards to purchase Sunday School curriculum and supplies for preschoolers and children
  • school supply essentials (scissors, glue, etc.)
  • hygiene products (wipes, napkins, etc.)
  • indoor toddlers’ toys
  • board games
  • gift cards for teachers (Walmart or Target)
  • plush chairs for toddlers
  • children’s books (preschool and elementary age)
  • dry-erase kits (markers and cleaning spray)

Mojic and Munko Baldandorj moved to Oakland, California, to start a new Mongolian church in the area. Pray for them as they settle into a new place, begin a new ministry, and build new relationships with the people they meet through their church. The items you send for Christmas in August will help them meet the needs of the church and the people in their community.

 

Sal and Giovana Cavarretta
9403 Lake Serena Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33496
salcavarretta@gmail.com
gofamilychurch.org/boca

 

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Target gift cards
  • 8-ounce cups
  • Clorox wipes
  • Seventh Generation spray
  • paper towels
  • napkins
  • Dunkin Donuts gift cards

We are a set up/tear down campus that meets at a school. Each Sunday, we have refreshments like doughnuts and coffee available to help people feel welcomed. Our children’s ministries and worship space are cleaned each week, so cleaning supplies are very much needed.

We are also anticipating that, due to the coronavirus, children from the school where we meet will need school supplies. For this ministry, gift cards to Walmart and Target would come in very handy.

Thank you so much! We count it a great blessing!

 

Andrew Mann 
(preferred mailing address)
Graffiti 2 Community Ministries
PO Box 541559
Bronx, NY 10454

(if street address required)
Graffiti 2 Community Ministries
606 East 141st Street
Bronx, NY 10454

andrew@graffiti2ministries.org
graffiti2ministries.org

 

  • gift cards for groceries for individuals and families in need (Aldi, Amazon, Walmart, and Target)
  • gift cards for young adult college students and workers (Dominoes, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and Dairy Queen)
  • gift cards for craft materials and fabric (JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s)
  • gift cards for afterschool program supplies and equipment (Amazon, Walmart, Christianbook.com, Best Buy, Target, and Oriental Trading)
  • gift cards for tutoring incentives for children/youth ($5 Dunkin Donuts)
  • gift cards for bigger picture travel experiences (AMC, Chick-fil-A, and Dairy Queen)
  • gift cards for addiction outreach (Amazon and $10 Dunkin Donuts)
  • gift cards for general supplies and needs (Amazon, Target, Staples, and Visa)

Graffiti 2 Community Ministries seeks to revitalize, revive, and revolutionize the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx and beyond by enabling individuals to develop physically, mentally (revitalization), emotionally, socially, and spiritually (revival) so that they may become servant leaders within their families, community, and beyond (revolution). This mission is accomplished through school year and summer programs for children, teens, and families. With a 15-year track record in our community, our efforts primarily focus on strengthening families through education, enrichment, empowerment, and evangelism. This is accomplished through the following programs:

  • G2 Kids (afterschool and summer programs for elementary age students)
  • G.S.A.L.T. (afterschool and summer programs for middle school students)
  • G2 Interns (internship program for high school students and young adults)
  • G2 Works (workforce development program for adults)
  • G2 Helps (program focused on meeting needs and building relationships with vulnerable adults)

 

Amer and Victoria Safadi
5739 Sterling Lakes Cir
Apt 205
Mason, OH 45040
amer.safadi.sm@gmail.com
Facebook: Arabic Church in Cincinnati

  • plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • paper plates (preferably 8.5-inch)
  • casual napkins
  • child-friendly snacks (Cheez-It crackers, cheese balls, Goldfish crackers, small bags of chips)
  • Kroger gift cards for after-service hospitality snacks
  • coffee
  • boxed tea bags (green tea with mint, black tea, black tea with cardamom)
  • hot beverage paper cups (10-ounce)
  • Walmart gift cards
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards
  • Five Below gift cards
  • small bottles of water

Amer Safadi is the lead pastor of the first Arabic Church in Cincinnati. Amer and Victoria moved to Cincinnati in September of 2019 after a lot of prayers for the cities that have a large Muslim and Arab community but no Arabic church. The Safadis’ church started gathering on Christmas Eve in 2019 with 22 people. There are now 55 people who attend their church. Every week, one or more new families attend the service, and there are weekly commitments to the glory of the Lord.

A month after their first gathering, they started a youth Arabic ministry that meets every other Sunday. They now have 15 teenagers who attend! They also have 17 children who attend the children’s ministry they started.

The Safadis have had opportunities to minister to many people who are hurting and have shown them the love of Jesus. There are now many believers and followers of Jesus who come from a Muslim background. The Safadis ask, “Please keep us and our ministry among the Muslim and Arab community in your prayers.”

 

Christian and Kimmie White
980 Faith Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
christian@parksideatl.com
parksideatl.com

 

  • individual liquid coffee creamer singles in assorted flavors (Coffeemate or Nestle)
  • snacks for children’s ministry (Goldfish crackers, pretzels, etc.)
  • disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, etc.)
  • black ESV hardback Bibles (for pews)
  • brown kraft paper notebooks (usually about 8-by-5 inches with 60 lined pages)
  • brown kraft paper gift bags (8-by-10 inches)
  • blank note cards with envelopes
  • Amazon, Kroger, Starbucks, and LifeWay gift cards
  • HP Ink 62XL cartridges (black and/or tri-color)

This is an incredible gift! Parkside Church is so encouraged by and grateful for your kindness, generosity, and desire to be a part of spreading the gospel in the city of Atlanta. Your gifts will be used in our children’s ministry to provide a safe, fun environment for children to learn about who Jesus is and what He has done for us. We will also use these gifts to make our new guests feel welcomed and at home when they come to our worship service. Our church is over a year and half old, and we meet 2 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Our desire is to see God move and work in the lives of our friends and neighbors.

 

Jacob and Francine Zailian
2223 Sequoia Ave
Sanger, CA 93657

  • LifeWay gift cards
  • hygiene supplies, cleaning wipes, etc.
  • craft supplies, markers, paint, etc.
  • paper plates, plastic spoons, plastic forks
  • child-friendly snacks
  • Walmart gift cards
  • Keurig coffee pods
  • printer paper
  • hand sanitizer

Our church is located in an urban community. Before the coronavirus, we would serve dinner every Sunday night after church and feed about 60 to 80 people. Now that we are dealing with the coronavirus, we serve dinner every Tuesday night and feed about 300 people each week. We do a lot of ministry with the homeless. We also have a large number of teenagers who come to our church. We just thank you for all the love, support, and prayers.

 

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