Christmas in August: Preschool

Little girl in front of christmas tree

Involve preschoolers in sharing with others through Christmas in August. Encourage preschoolers to bring items listed below for a North American missionary to be used within his or her ministry.

  1. Select one missionary from the list.
  2. Send home a note encouraging families to participate with their child. List items the missionary requests. Remind parents all gifts should be new. A note you can download, fill in, and send home is in Free Downloads for Mission Friends.
  3. Leave the gifts unwrapped.
  4. Send only the items requested because storage can be a problem.
  5. If Mission Friends make cards for the missionary, remind them they may not hear back from that person because it takes the missionaries lots of time and costs money to write and mail notes to all the churches who send gifts.

Missionaries for Christmas in August are chosen by the North American Mission Board, and the missionaries list the items they wish to receive. Today, stories abound from grateful missionaries who acknowledge that the impact of these gifts will perhaps not be known until eternity.


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.


Kathy Britton
1004 Cedarcrest Dr.
Pueblo, CO 81005-1597
(719) 252-0455


  • 24-count crayons
  • #2 yellow pencils
  • dry-erase markers
  • glue sticks
  • 4-pack play dough
  • safety scissors
  • index cards
  • ziplock sandwich bags
  • colored pencils
  • pink erasers
  • Walmart gift cards for balls and sports equipment for mobile home park ministry


We work with an elementary school and mentor children in the lower grades, particularly in reading. These supplies will help teachers through the year. The gift cards will help us purchase sports equipment to minister at two mobile home parks. There, we minister to many older children who love basketball and soccer. We can also use school supplies at the mobile home parks.


Andy and Amy Haynes
10 Jeppson Ave.
Worcester, MA 01606-2215
(508) 393-6013


  • Keurig coffee compatible K-Cups
  • bite-size hard candy
  • black gel pens
  • Frisbees (the heavier weight sizes are better for playing on campus)
  • plastic Easter eggs
  • 5-piece packs of chewing gum
  • Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks gift cards for coffee with students on and near campuses
  • and Walmart gift cards for prizes at student outreach events and for supplies needed by the New England collegiate team
  • hot chocolate or iced tea mix
  • USPS Forever Stamps for letters of encouragement, prayer requests, and prayer updates.
  • Ideas for conversation starters: how would you start a conversation with a college student? What would you ask them? Please write and send us your ideas.


I am the Collegiate Director for New England Baptists. I lead a team of missionaries who minister on college campuses across the region. We desire to reach students with the good news of Jesus Christ, make disciples among students, and plant churches on and near university campuses. I also work with Southern Baptist churches in New England to reach students and connect them with the churches. Our goal is to see this generation of New England college students passionate for Christ and His church. Please pray for each person who will receive an item you choose to give.


Marc and Sandra Johnston
2324 Bluegill Ct.
Saint Augustine, FL 32092-2433
(904) 571-8037


  • all sizes latex and non-latex exam gloves
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • boxes of facial tissues
  • Christian tracts
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • children’s Bibles and Spanish New Testaments or Bibles
  • craft supplies: markers, crayons, glue sticks, small scissors, paper plates
  • pool toys: diving sticks or rings, beach balls
  • Christmas cards with photo-insert pockets


As catalyst for Church and Community Ministries, I assist churches in reaching out to their communities with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. One of our ministries is the Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit. This unit is used by churches and associations to provide free dental care for children and adults who can’t afford dental care. The first six items will help the dental unit provide this care.

We also reach out to the 100 million tourists who visit the state each year. Creative ministries like Kid’s Clubs at hotel pools and Living Nativities in major tourist thoroughfares reach visiting children and tourists. The other items will assist in these ministries.


Holly Procita
932 Cranston Dr. SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3M 1E3
(403) 404-9920

Note: Senders will have to complete a Customs Declaration Form and check box: Gift. By doing this, the missionary is not required to pay any fees upon the boxes’ arrival.


  • crayons
  • scissors (for preschool and children)
  • Christian stickers
  • Christian story books for children ages 3–7
  • Christian books for children ages 8–12
  • children’s Christian worship music CDs
  • Jesus storybook Bibles
  • gift cards to buy T-ball supplies for preschool T-ball camp
  • washable markers
  • Christian coloring books and activity books


Many of the 10,000 people in our community are young families. Southwinds is one of two gospel-preaching churches in this community. Less than 5 percent of our community attends church regularly, and most will leave our community to attend church. One of our most effective outreaches is a summer T-ball camp for children between the ages of three and six. This introduces us to families in our community for the first time. Every child at camp receives a Bible. We ensure that children encounter Jesus in a fun and exciting way both at camp and at church. At church, we have three classes for babies through eight-year-olds. Thank you for partnering with us in ministering to the families in our community!


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