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A Little Recognition Never Hurts

Around this time of the year, missions education organizations begin preparing for their annual recognition services. These special services provide opportunities to recognize the accomplishments of boys and girls who have worked hard all year long. These services also provide an opportunity for family, friends, and church members to become more familiar with the church missions education program.

When considering your church’s recognition services, several key factors should be remembered:

Camp?

What do you think about when someone mentions the word camp? For me, I think of a rustic WMU camp. It was my first camp. It was my GA camp. I have so many fond memories of my mom dropping off my group of GAs and heading home. I loved that camp.

Little did I know, decades later I would be asked to help with that same camp. What an honor! Of course, I had to play it off like I was helping my friend, the director. This past summer, I got to see girls of this “social media age” come to love the very same rustic camp that I cherish.  We always had fun at camp, but that was never the end goal. The end goal was always to learn more about Jesus and how people are sharing the good news. The same end goal was met this year!

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:

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!

Let's Get Started

“Pastor, where do I get started?”

Having served as a pastor for many years, I’ve heard that question countless times. Getting started on a new project can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t believe you have the needed tools to accomplish the work.

Being a missions leader can be a difficult job! It’s okay to be honest about that and understand that training is needed to be the best leader possible.

At national WMU, we know your struggle. That’s why we try to provide the very best missions education materials possible for you, your missions organizations, and your church.

If you are considering starting a missions organization or if you are new to missions, you might want to check out our “Get Started” videos. These videos offer great ideas on starting Children in Action, Girls in Action, or Royal Ambassadors.

As you have time, check out the following videos:

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