Children

Royal Ambassadors Give Hope

The Royal Ambassadors of Carrollwood Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida (Joe Alain, Pastor), recently collected cereal, peanut butter, and canned fruit for Metropolitan Ministries, a local, independent, faith-based nonprofit committed to providing hope to the poor and homeless.

This is the 4th year that the RAs have participated.

The boys collect items during January and February. The collected items come from church members and families involved in their Upward Basketball program.

This year, the boys exceeded prior year collections:

  • 224 Boxes of Cereal
  • 230 Jars of Peanut Butter
  • 112 Canned Fruit

The RA leaders valued the food donation at over $1,800.

We always love to hear stories like this and love to feature them in our newsletter, on Facebook, and in our magazines. When you have a missions event coming up, don’t forget to enlist someone to snap a few high-resolution photos for us to use. Once taken, send the photos and a caption to RA@wmu.org.

Making Missions Memorable

Azaleas, dogwood blossoms, tulips, blue skies, warm weather, baseball games, rain, robins, pollen, allergies . . . the list goes on and on. But they all can only mean one thing—spring has sprung!

I love spring. But, I have to be honest: it is a crazy, busy time of year! There is always something to do or some place to go. Just this week, I drove nearly 200 miles in the span of 24 hours—all within the metro-Birmingham area—chauffeuring my children from one activity to the next.

Easter Thoughts

As Jesus was nailed to the cross on Good Friday, indescribable physical pain was inflicted upon Him.

Oh, I know, Jesus could have taken care of Himself. He could have escaped the cross, the pain, and death. Who would have blamed Him if He had?

But, instead of escaping the cross and death, Jesus took care of everyone who nailed Him to the tree: “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34 NIV).

He took care of the thief: “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43 NIV).

He took care of His mother: “Woman, behold your son” (John 19:26 NKJV).

And then, when His physical tank was on “empty,” heaven turned its back on Him. In that moment, Jesus took the hit; the full body slam of our sin hit Him.

And, He took care of us.

In that moment, Jesus screamed out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 NIV)

Never have words carried so much hurt. Never has one living being ever been so lonely—lonelier than the abandoned child, the divorcée, or even the widow standing at a grave.

I can’t understand the full impact of the cross and what Jesus did there. Why did Jesus do it? Why did He take care of us?

Teaching Children to Pray Aloud

Every week, I ask for volunteers in our GA group to lead prayer time. I often give GAs a topic to pray about—missionaries having a birthday, a request from a missionary kid (MK), or something happening in our church. I’ve realized that the same girls are volunteering to pray each week while many are avoiding prayer time.

While I understand that praying aloud isn’t for everyone, I’ve realized that most girls in my class are avoiding praying aloud because they may not understand the purpose of prayer. And, if it’s happening in my GA group, this problem could be happening in your children’s missions group, also.

Here are a few ideas I’ve found to help some children feel more comfortable praying aloud:

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Counting on You

Week of Prayer for North American Missions

This week (March 6–13), Southern Baptists all over the country are joining together for the Week of Prayer for North American Missions. During this time, churches commit to pray for the work of our North American missionaries as they share the love of Jesus with others. The children you lead in missions will certainly want to participate in this special week of prayer, too! Consider involving girls and boys in one or more of the following activities.

Spring is Almost Here!

Spring is almost here. Well, at least on the calendar anyway. Springtime weather and temperatures may still be a month or so away for many people. But, right now is a good time to plan for the warmer weather and what to do after feeling trapped inside all winter long. Here are some springtime activities to plan for your family.

When a Child Hurts

 

Think about the children you teach each week. In your CA, GA, or RA group, is there a child who is withdrawn? How about one who blurts answers out of turn or constantly seeks your attention? What about a child who seems angry most of the time?

Instead being frustrated with the child’s actions, consider that something might have happened in that child’s life to cause him or her to act that way.

Children, like adults, cannot check their emotional baggage at the door. Unfortunately, they bring those experiences with them when they come to missions classrooms. And, those experiences sometimes cause children to act in ways that may take away from learning activities that are happening with other children.

Every week, you have the opportunity to reach out to the children in your care and remind them that regardless of what has happened outside of the walls of your missions classroom, they are valuable to not only you as their leader, but they are also valuable to God. Their lives have great purpose!

Camps

Would your kids like to hike, sing fun songs, and learn about missions? Do your Girls in Action and Children in Action enjoy swimming, playing games, and studying the Bible? How about making new friends they’ll never forget?

If so, send them to GA camp, Children in Action camp, or another missions camp this summer. You may even get to go along!


What is the value of camp?

Should your group go to camp this summer? Consider these possible benefits as you make your plans.

Get away—Camp offers an escape.  Whether it’s time away from a difficult home life and unhealthy relationships, or simply a break from TV, cell phones, and video games, campers can get away from the distractions that keep them from listening to God.

Get connected—Relationships are formed as campers worship, live, play, and learn together 24/7. This experience creates a unique bond between campers and counselors alike. Children get to know their adult leaders as friends as well as mentors and disciple-makers.

Behavior Management SOS

Discipline for disruptive behavior can be one of the greatest challenges in children’s ministry. Undesirable behavior often distracts other children, causing them to lose focus. Stopping an activity to handle disruptive behavior can diminish the effectiveness of a teaching moment.

To reduce a child’s need to misbehave, make sure your missions group is a nurturing and loving environment where children feel safe, secure, and respected. Use these tips to keep your group sailing on an even keel:

• Invite children to help you create a list of simple classroom rules. This way, your group will have ownership of rules that encourage respect and provide an optimum learning environment.

• Praise children often to reinforce positive behavior. Display a consistent expectation of positive behavior and disapproval of disruptive behavior.

• Redirect a misbehaving child’s attention. Ask him or her a specific question related to the discussion or activity.

• Stand near a child who is being disruptive. Your presence will often discourage unacceptable behavior and refocus the child, without disturbing your teaching momentum.

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