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What Makes a Good Missions Project?

I’ve been asked forms of this question for quite some time now. I believe leaders want to make sure that the time they are investing in the children of their organization is not only a valuable use of leader time and church budgets but also a valuable learning experience for children.

Knowing that, consider these thoughts the next time you plan a missions project for the children of your organizations:

Resolutions that Really Matter

This year, I will:

  • Be healthier
  • Spend less, save more
  • Get organized
  • Read 12 new books
  • Learn to knit
  • Conquer a marathon…okay, maybe just a half-marathon

Did you make any resolutions this year? Are you part of the 45% of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions? Maybe your list looks a little like mine.

Did you know that most resolutions are broken within several months? In fact, only 8% of people who make resolutions successfully achieve them.

Despite the odds, resolutions are good. People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t make resolutions.

However, when I look at my me-centered list, I keep thinking about one of my favorite Bible verses, Proverbs 16:9. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (NKJV).

So this year, I am adding some resolutions to my list that really matter—eternally—for God’s kingdom:

RA Training Videos

Use these videos to assist in training RA leaders.

RA Pledge Overview
This video gives an overview of the RA Pledge.

RA Pledge Part 1
This video focuses on the first part of the RA pledge — "To become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ."

RA Pledge Part 2
This video focuses on the second part of the RA pledge — "To have a Christlike concern for all people."

RA Pledge Part 3
This video focuses on the third part of the RA pledge — "To learn how to carry the message of Christ around the world."

RA Pledge Part 4
This video focuses on the fourth part of the RA pledge —"To work with others in sharing Christ."

RA Pledge Part 5
This video focuses on the last part of the RA pledge — "To keep myself clean and healthy in mind and body."

RA FAQs

What is Royal Ambassadors?

Royal Ambassadors (RA) is a organization for boys in grades 1–6 that helps boys learn a biblical worldview with an emphasis on missions learning and missional living; develop leadership skills to serve God and share His love with others; and grow spiritually in their understanding of God and His mission, including how they are a part of God’s plan.

How do I start?

  • Pray about the possibility of starting Royal Ambassadors.
  • Starting a RA group requires boys, a leader, meeting time and place, RA curriculum, and a supportive pastor.
  • Download a starter pack

When and where can I have Royal Ambassadors?
RA groups usually meet for an hour once a week, but the plans are flexible enough to adjust for longer or shorter periods of time. Royal Ambassadors can take place at these times:

Boldly Telling Others About Jesus

One of Jacob Talley's jobs in Indonesia is training Indonesian people to share the gospel. He says it's fun to watch these Indonesian followers of Jesus as they grow and change! Here are stories from two of these people:

Story 1:

I am an Indonesian man. I have always been afraid to share the gospel with a big group of people. Jacob Talley told me it was okay. I took my first trip with Jacob. Jacob told a group of over 35 people about Jesus. I realized that I could share Jesus with a group, too. I told a group of 15 people about Jesus. I took a second trip with Jacob. Jacob once again told a group of around 35 people about Jesus. I shared Jesus with a group of 30 people! I was so excited to boldly tell these people about Jesus.

 

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All for You Topics

All For You

All for You is the 2015–2016 theme for Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action.

*For Royal Ambassadors, click here to download a PDF file of the RA 2015–2016 Curriculum Plans. This list includes the Unit Scripture Verses, RA Virtues, and the Biblical focus for each month.

GA and Children in Action will learn about these topics each month. Check the current issue of GA LeaderGA WorldRA LeaderRA World, or Children in Action Leader for more information about each topic.

Are You Tired Yet?

Thanksgiving is behind us. So is Christmas.

Only one more holiday to go, New Year’s Day!

Then, after we get past the first of the new year, we can settle down again. We’ll put away the decorations, return unwanted gifts, get to spend a few nights at home, and try to figure out a way to pay the bills for all the “specialness” that we enjoyed over the last month or so.

And, oh, let’s not forget that we will need to create a list of resolutions for the new year ahead. We will definitely want to lose weight, exercise more, spend less time on social media, and spend more quality time with God and our family.

Whew! I’m tired! How about you?

I’m tired just typing those words and thinking about the effort we’ll put forth in the weeks ahead.

Does the end of one year and the beginning of the next really have to be that way? Do we have to rush and hurry and overspend and over plan every minute of every day?

No!

Heather's Holiday To-Do List

It’s so easy for me to overlook something during this time of the year . . . a gift for someone that slipped my mind, a special dessert, or even a tradition that means something to our family. I just get too busy!

This year is no different. I overlooked our family Christmas card.

I’ve sent a picture Christmas card to friends and family since the Christmas I was pregnant with our first son. It’s become a tradition for our little family. I kept putting it off this year because I didn’t have just the right picture for the card. And then, I looked at the calendar and realized that it was the week before Christmas, and I hadn’t ordered a card, much less mailed it.

Sigh.

So, I went to Facebook and posted this picture and explained it this way, “This is the first year in a very long time that I won’t be sending Christmas cards. Considering this is the best Christmas-type picture I have of the boys, maybe you’ll understand why I didn’t create a card to share with friends and family this year.”

Some friends laughed with me while others declared that I should have used the picture for our card. Maybe next year . . .

Christmas Traditions

Growing up in Mission Friends, Girls in Action, and Acteens, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know about Lottie Moon or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Giving to this special offering each year is just as much a part of my Christmas traditions as decorating my house, baking holiday treats, and caroling with family and friends!

While Lottie Moon will forever be my “missions hero,” she was very much like the missionaries serving around the world today. She heard God’s call to go to China, and she obeyed. For 39 years, Lottie faithfully lived among the Chinese people and shared the love of Jesus with them.

While there, she wrote numerous letters home asking Southern Baptists for their support through prayer, financial gifts, and missions involvement. As a result, Southern Baptists gave enough money to send three more missionaries to China.

To honor Lottie Moon and her missions efforts, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is collected each year at Christmastime. The entire offering—100 %— directly helps missionaries around the world tell all God’s children about Jesus!

Really Quiet Moments

I have a friend who talks about RQM (Really Quiet Moments). For her, those moments are a time to pause, stop talking, and listen more intently to God.

I have another friend—whose job involves the constant use of the spoken and written word—tell me that upon her death, she wants this description etched on her tombstone: “I ran out of words.”

I understand both of these friends. Besides being an editor at WMU, I also serve as a bi-vocational pastor. I understand the need to be quiet at times. By the time I’ve preached two sermons on Sunday, talked with countless church members and guests, attended commitment meetings, and etc., I’m ready to head home and enjoy some peace and quiet. No words spoken. No words heard. Just quiet.

Ever have those moments? Ever desire to run out into the woods, get away from everyone, and just be alone?

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