Packaged with Love

In an earlier blog last spring, I described how my church does missions during the summer. We take a break from traditional children’s missions programming to better accommodate summer schedules. Now, that’s not to say we take a break from doing missions. Oh, no—not at all! This summer has been packed full of engaging, hands-on missions opportunities for children of all ages!

It’s been a fun summer for everyone, but now all area school systems are back in session. As school teachers have been getting ready to welcome students back to school, my church’s missions leaders have been busy, too, getting ready to welcome returning and new children back to missions!

This past Wednesday night we kicked off a new year in missions with a Christmas in August party. Each missions group was assigned a different Christmas in August missionary and asked to bring items from their list. Rooms were decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights. Christmas music played in the halls as children gathered in their missions meeting spaces.

Personally, I welcomed 14 excited, giggly little girls to my GA group, each bearing gifts for our assigned missionary. GAs participated in fun games to learn interesting facts about the history behind Christmas in August. They created sparkly and glittery Christmas crafts galore! Later, girls decorated and ate yummy Christmas cookies before carefully packaging multiple boxes with gifts for the missionary—including the most precious Christmas cards with sweet words of love and encouragement in each box. As our missions time came to an end, the girls prayed for our missionary and thanked God for her willingness to share the love of Jesus with others.

Overall, it was a wonderful way to celebrate being back together for another fun-filled year of missions and to welcome some new friends, as well. I am excited about what this year holds for my GAs and other children involved in missions at my church. I look forward to seeing them grow in their understanding of what it means to live missionally as they reach others for the kingdom of God. Go forward!

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