Christmas and Missions

Growing up in a Baptist church there are two distinct times of the year that I remember different looking offering envelopes in the back of the church pews. It was around Christmas and Easter. These special offerings are named for two past servants of Jesus on the missions field, abroad and at home—Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong. These two offerings then and today provide for the missionaries who serve “at home” (North American Mission Board, or NAMB) and “abroad” (International Mission Board, or IMB).

During December, WMU® provides an excellent resource to intentionally explore an international missions field and its needs. This year the focus is Indonesia. I am super excited about the literature and resources they have available to explore all the areas of this country; it will be like taking a trip minus the airfare.

So how am I going to share the needs of Indonesia with my children and other moms I hang out with? Glad you asked. I will be organizing a World Crafts party with other moms, using the party theme Intriguing Indonesia and the magazine Missions Traveler: Indonesia. This will be an awesome opportunity to get some friends together, hang out, eat food, and buy some Christmas gifts all the while supporting the artisans who craft them. We’ll also be exploring Indonesia, the people, the culture, and its spiritual needs. I also will be sharing Indonesia with my children utilizing the magazines that WMU has to offer. I believe it is vital to broaden our children’s world. Just because we do not live in another country that looks different than the world we live in, doesn’t mean I cannot bring that world to them. We can do this through videos, literature, and connecting with missionaries who do serve in those countries.

As we approach this Christmas season I challenge you (myself as well) to not get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle and “making our list and checking it twice” but to be open to some new ways to celebrate this season.

Jenn is a wife and mother of two boys and one girl, she enjoys putting puzzles together with her kiddos, watching reruns of Friends with her hubby, and trying new recipes. She has a passion for encouraging women to live on mission. She also writes of the adventures with her “people” (children), at www.adventureswithmypeople.wordpress.com.

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