This Month in Children's Missions

This month in children's missions.

WMU coordinates the missions curriculum for Children in Action, Girls in Action, and Royal Ambassadors (WMU's gender specific missions organizations for children). Each month, children focus on the same missionaries and missions emphases. While learning activities and teaching materials are specifically tailored to meet each organization's needs, coordinated curriculum enhances joint experiences when appropriate. 

Read below for July and August ideas.


Supplemental Activities for 2018 Vacation Bible School: London

Looking for extra activities for your missions rotation during Vacation Bible School this summer? Look here for a description of London and a fun game and look here for engaging activities and a recipe!


Prayer Update from David and Regina White

We have a prayer update from David and Regina White, our April 2017 featured missionaries in Guatemala. The prayers of your GAs, RAs, and CAs have been heard!

We have had a great response to being highlighted by you all. We have received emails, blog responses, and friend requests, and were contacted by several churches to do video chats. We had several each week for the past month and have met lots of GA and RA groups. The best was seeing how our own kids responded knowing that those kids were in church each week studying about missionaries.

In ministry, our Bible study times have been much spiritually deeper. It seems like several people were understanding and participating more than ever before. I even mentioned to them I thought it was due to the prayers we were receiving. Our regulars have also endured hardships during this time, and I was so pleased to see them continue to try and advance the gospel. One of our studies has grown numerically as we have gained a couple of families. One family—a husband and wife—both placed their faith in Christ, and a second family—believers who moved in from another area—began to meet with one of our groups.

Blessings,
David White


 

July 2017 Ideas


July: 4-by-4 Riding in Niger!

Getting around in Niger requires using a 4-by-4 vehicle. Here are some of the stops you might make as you take a 4-by-4 ride in Niger. Visit these sites and take a pretend 4-by-4 ride!

Koure Giraffe Reserve

W National Park

Aïr Mountains

Tenere Desert


July: Malaria Facts

This interactive website provides easy-to-understand information about malaria. Direct preteens and Crusaders to investigate and report during Week 2 (p. 37 in GA Leader and RA Leader).


July: Map-tastic Geography

Some children love to play “school” year-round. Some are fascinated with maps and geography. You can cater to both interests by providing worksheets from this educational website. Use as early-arriver, departure, or when-the-well-runs-dry activities this month or any time.


July: Planking Photo Shoot

Refer to p. 42 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of RA Leader.

Divide boys into their age groups and refer to the RA Fitness Exercise Guide for information on length of time and styles of planking. Find the "RA Fitness Personal Exercise Worksheet" at the end of the exercise guide to record each boy's times and repetitions.


July: Planking Visuals

Planking is a fun form of exercise that is also fun to watch! Direct Crusaders to search for planking ideas during Week 4 (p. 42 RA Leader) by watching these videos of children planking:

Basic Planking
​Plank exercising for kids
Plank challenge

Roving Plank
Roving plank for kids
Kids AllStar roving plank
Chair roving plank

Advanced Planking Exercises
Advanced plank exercises for kids
4 ways to plank for kids


July: Beat the Heat Bags

Refer to p. 27 in the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download this word search activity sheet to use during the "Beat the Heat Bags" activity.


July: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in July!


July: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus now includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support.


July: Missions Photos

 

George and Megan Lane* minister to the Songhai people of Niger and plant churches among them. The Lanes share Bible stories with the Songhai people in Zarma—the Songhai language.

*Names have been changed.

 

Greg and Michelle Dorsey* help God's work get done in Niger by ministerning to the people in Niamey. They also encourage and support new missionaries. Greg plans strategy for reaching the people of Niger. Michelle is a cluster prayer advocate and teaches young women in Niamey.

*Names have been changed.

 


August 2017 Ideas


August: Barbecue Dipping Sauce

It’s hard to imagine a trip to Kansas City without sampling some of its famous barbecue! Many of the barbecue restaurants in Kansas City are members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which is the world’s largest organization of barbecue enthusiasts.

Have your group make a homemade barbecue sauce. Then, children can enjoy the sauce on bite-sized hotdog pieces served on toothpicks. Before you eat, pray for people in Kansas City to hunger for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

What you need:
• small saucepan
• mixing spoon
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1/2 cup cider vinegar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• bite-size hotdogs
• toothpicks

What you do:
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan.
2. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Periodically stir the mixture.


August: Mission: I Can Do It!

This year, the theme for GA, RA, and CA has been “Mission: My Life.” Children have learned that their faith should be evident in all areas of their lives and that they can be on mission to share the love of Jesus in every aspect of their lives. Play a game to help children realize that being on mission with God is something they can do.

Have children stand in the middle of the room. Designate one side of the room as I Can Do It and the other side of the room as I Can’t Do It. Read an item from the list below. Children should choose a side on which to stand based on whether they can or cannot do the activity. After each round, children should return to the middle of the room.

1. Invite a friend to church.
2. Visit someone who is sick.
3. Kick a field goal from the 30-yard line.
4. Sing the national anthem by yourself at a professional sporting event.
5. Change a tire.
6. Pray for people to follow Jesus.
7. Run 3 miles in 10 minutes.
8. Give money to support missions work and our church.
9. Spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious correctly.
10. Tell someone at school why you have decided to follow Jesus.
11. Share an encouraging Bible verse with a friend.
12. Eat a large pizza with everything on it by yourself in 10 minutes.
13. Pray with a friend who is sad.
14. Go on a missions trip.


August: Christmas in August Family Packing Party

Use this activity as an extra Special Project to complete during Week 4 of the August unit in the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Supplies
• Christmas music and audio device
• sugar cookies, icing, and sprinkles (red and green)
• hot chocolate and peppermint sticks
• napkins, cups, knives, and spoons
• construction paper and markers
• large envelope
• self-addressed, stamped envelope
• mailing boxes, packing material, and packing tape
• money for postage
• Activity Page 12 (from Children in Action Leader)
• pens or pencils
• ziplock bags

1. Host a party for families to work together to sort and pack the supplies your church has donated for Christmas in August.
2. Play Christmas music as families arrive.
3. Serve sugar cookies and hot chocolate with peppermint sticks. Provide red and green icing and sprinkles available for people to decorate their cookies.
4. Encourage CAs to share what they have learned about Christmas in August. Ask families to work together to complete “Test Your Knowledge” (Activity Page 12).
5. Instruct families to gather the Christmas in August gifts your church collected. Then, ask them to sort the items by grouping similar items together. Put items that may leak into ziplock bags.
6. Encourage each family to make a card for the missionary or missionaries who will receive your gifts. Put all of the cards for each missionary in one large envelope.
7. Work together to pack the sorted items into boxes. Add packing material, as needed.
8. Put the large envelope of cards into the box for the missionary. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so the missionary can respond.
9. Tape each box securely and address each box to the selected missionary. Put your church’s return address.
10. Ask families to gather around the boxes. Pray for the missionary and his or her ministry. Pray for the boxes to arrive safely. Pray for the people who will receive your gifts. Pray for the gifts to be used to draw people to Jesus and to help start new churches.
11. After the session, mail the boxes. Postage may be expensive, so look for the best option to mail your gifts.


August: Map of Missouri

Refer to p. 52 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of GA Leader.

Download and use this map during the Week Two Story activities.


August: Map of the United States

Refer to p. 52 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of GA Leader.

Download and use this map during the Week Two Story activities. Note: This map can also be used to assist during various activities throughout the month of August in GA Leader, RA Leader, and Children in Action Leader.


August: Photo of "The Scout"

Refer to p. 52 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of GA Leader.

Download and use this photo of “The Scout,” Kansas City’s most famous statue, during the Week Two Story activities.


August: "What Do You Know?" Answers

Refer to Poster 14 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 GA Leader Kit.

Where does David Cole work as a church planter? Kansas City, Missouri

How many children do the Coles have? Five—Dawson, Jaron, Owen, Solomon, and Zebi (Zebulon)

What is one of the important reasons the Coles’ sons play sports? opportunities for ministry; to share God’s love

Where does David Cole meet people and share Jesus’ love? sports games and practices; the gym; coffee shops

David Cole says it is important not to hide the fact that we are followers of Jesus.


August: To Take or Not to Take

Refer to p. 34 of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download this activity page for children to complete during the "Jesus Sends Out the 12" activity. Print out one per child.


August: "Test Your Knowledge" Answers

Check CAs' answers to the "Test Your Knowledge" quiz! Refer to Activity Page 12 in the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.


August: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in August!


August: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support.


August: Missions Photos

 
David and Chris Cole serve in Kansas City, Missouri, along with their sons Dawson, Jaron, Owen, Solomon, and Zebi. David is the church planter/lead pastor of Oak Tree Church. Chris oversees the Children and Women's Ministries. The Coles challenge people to not hide the fact that they are followers of Jesus and to share Jesus wherever they go.   Kevin and Andrea Barnes formerly served in Kansas City, Missouri, along with their children Asher, Nathanael, Kaelyn, and Ella. Although Kevin no longer serves with the North American Mission Board, the Barnes are still living out the Great Commission.

 

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