Christmas in August: Leaders

Snowman on beach

Your church can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included step-by-step instructions and a list of missionaries and their requested items.

For more complete suggestions for how to celebrate Christmas in August, see the Summer 2017 issue of Missions Leader.

  1. Pray and select the missionary who will receive your gifts.
  2. Make copies of the list of things the missionary wants. Give the list to everyone in the church.
  3. Bring new, unwrapped items to the church. (Don’t bring anything that is not on the list. Also don’t worry if you cannot provide everything on the list, because other churches are collecting items, too.)
  4. Pack the box or boxes.
  5. Include a card or envelope that already has your church’s address and a stamp. The missionary can use this to let you know that he or she received your gifts.
  6. Write the missionary’s address on the box. Put your church’s return address.
  7. Pray together for the missionary and the people he or she serves. Pray that the box(es) will arrive safely. Thank God for the opportunity to help the missionary in his or her work.
  8. Take the box(es) to your local post office or UPS office. Postage may cost a lot so look for the best way to send your gifts. Add the required postage.

2017 Christmas in August Missionaries


Brenda and Thomas Boberg
3431 S. Contentnea St.
Farmville, NC 27828-1686
(252) 916-6195


  • white copy paper
  • pencils
  • black or blue ink pens
  • LifeWay Gift Cards to purchase items for use in churches
  • Staples gift cards to purchase items for Church Renewal
  • file folders—letter size
  • notebook paper
  • folders with side pockets
  • Walmart gift cards to purchase items needed for Church Renewal
  • thank-you note cards to send to team members and churches


Church Renewal Journey is a life-changing weekend experience for lay people to help them “Return to the joy of their salvation.” Some churches are healthy and growing and desiring to grow closer to God. Other churches have stopped growing, and some are even thinking about closing their doors. Small groups, worship with testimonies and music, and prayer are key to the Church Renewal Journey. Each weekend has adult groups, youth groups, and children’s groups led by lay people. The requested materials will be used in our ministry for the planning and implementation of a Renewal Weekend.


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