Dashing Through the Snow . . .

July seems like a strange time to be singing “Dashing through the snow . . . ” Most of us don’t sing Christmas carols this time of the year. If we sing, we’re singing vacation tunes or beach songs as we travel down a busy highway with our family.

Yet, a very important emphasis is coming later this summer, and missions leaders need to be gearing up now for it. The annual emphasis that is coming is called Christmas in August. Christmas in August is a time for boys and girls—and entire churches—to focus on the needs of missionaries serving in North America. Since 1927, Southern Baptist children have been collecting items for missionaries to use in their ministry. At first, those gifts went to missionaries serving in China. Now, the gifts are used in North America.

Each year, WMU works with our missions partners at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to select missionaries to feature in our materials and that children can support with items to be used in their local ministry. These items range from paper to pencils to gift cards to Bibles. The work of the missionaries varies, as do the needs in their communities. Each missionary has indicated that their work will be strengthened by the gifts they receive this summer.

To find the list of missionaries chosen for 2016, please refer to the July/August 2016 issues of CA Leader, GA Leader, or RA Leader. A complete list of missionaries can also be found at wmu.com/ChristmasInAugust. At this website, missions leaders will find the list of missionaries for all age-level organizations, the needs shared by the missionaries, and a brief history of Christmas in August. You can also award the Christmas in August Badge/Patch to children who participate!

So, get busy planning for this special time in the life of North American missions! Our missionaries can use the support and the encouragement from your children and church. And, your girls and boys will learn so much as they meet the needs of missionaries near and far.

 

M. Steve Heartsill is managing editor for Royal Ambassadors and Challengers.

 

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