Connect the Dots: Share the Benefits of Missions Education with Others Around You

As a kid, I loved connect the dots puzzles. Most of the time, I could easily see the hidden picture long before the dots were connected. Occasionally, however, the completed picture eluded me until I was almost done with the puzzle. With missions education, we often don’t see the finished product for years, if at all. Remember that child you taught years ago? He’s now a missionary in Asia. Remember that missions offering your church collected for world hunger? A family of six was able to survive until their crops were harvested. Only God can see the big picture of your church’s missions involvement, and it’s up to us to continue connecting the dots. The WMU Growth Plan gives us an easy way to do this.

D: Discover new members. In your church, you can easily find people of all ages who are not currently involved in missions organizations. Make sure parents know the details of your missions organizations and personally invite them to bring their children. Encourage participation in missions education for all age groups.

O: Organize. Don’t waste people’s valuable time. Be prepared. Have all necessary materials readily available. Make sure your missions leaders have what they need to teach.

T: Teach churches. There are many churches in every association without missions organizations. Offer to show them what WMU offers and how to begin classes for various age levels. Invite them to visit your church and see your missions organizations firsthand.

S: Spotlight entry points. Many people will never commit to attending weekly meetings, but they will often participate in special events. Ideas include a World Hunger Walk to collect money for Global Hunger Relief, an Around-the-World Tasting Party to introduce missions, and a WorldCrafts party to highlight missions around the world.

 

By Jennifer Smith

 

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