Preschool Missions Focus

Bill Barker

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Missions Focus September 2018

CORRECTION NOTE:  The correct URL for the Christmas Backpack video mentioned in Mission Friends Leader on pages 17 and 18 (Session 3) is 

Missions Area: Appalachian Mountain Ministries |  Concept Area: Community | Missionaries: Bill and Arlene Barker

5 Fun Facts about the Missionaries

  1. Bill and Arlene Barker live in north Georgia. Mr. Barker directs the Appalachian Mountain Ministry for the Baptist Convention of the State of Georgia. The counties in this region are among the poorest in America.

  2. Mr. Barker recently retired from the North American Mission Board where he did the same sort of ministry.

  3. Mr. Barker works with churches and ministries in Appalachia to feed hungry children, repair houses, help mothers with babies, and much more.

  4. Mr. Barker travels a lot through the region. He speaks in churches and visits various ministries.

  5. Mr. Barker started helping his mother cook when he was 4 years old, and he still loves to cook! He and Mrs. Barker also like to grow flowers and take pictures.


Prayer Requests

  • Pray that people who live in Appalachia will become Christians.

  • Pray that ministry workers will be able to share the gospel clearly.

  • Pray for the many different ministries in Appalachia.

  • Pray for churches in the region, that they will reach out to their communities.


Backyard Bible Club Kentucky

Churches provide Backyard Bible Clubs for children in Appalachia. These children are enjoying a recreation time.




New mom supplies

Churches gather baby supplies to help new mothers in Appalachia.

Sewing class

Some churches have sewing classes where women can learn to make clothing and quilts for their families.

Photos courtesy of Bill Barker





























Missions Area: Appalachian Mountain Ministries

Some of the poorest people in America live in the Appalachian Mountains. This includes parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Baptist state conventions, associations, churches, and the North American Mission Board work together to meet physical needs and help people know that Jesus loves them.

Additional information and activities are in Fall Mission Friends Leader, pages 8–24, the September leaflet of Fall Mission Friends at Home, and First Steps in Missions, vol. 24, pages 6–13. Missions Leader: WMU Annual Planning Guide 2018–19 also has planning helps.

by Nell Branum, Gardendale, AL

Families on Mission Calendars 2018–19

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.


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