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Meet Me in St. Louis!

I always enjoy WMU’s Annual Meeting each year as WMU members from across the country gather to worship together and learn about missions work happening around the world. This summer’s meeting, however, will be extra special. I will be hosting children’s missions groups as they have an awesome opportunity to be a part of WMU’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis!

While planning this experience, a coworker asked me what excited me most about this event. I must admit—I know children and their leaders will enjoy plenty of things about this afternoon experience. But what I find most exciting is the opportunity for children to understand what they are learning right now in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action can be a way of life for them that will impact the world for Christ.

Exciting? Absolutely!

Go and Tell: Teaching Children to Share Jesus in a Postmodern World

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“Then the 11 disciples went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him. But some still had their doubts. Then Jesus came to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end’” (Matthew 28:16–20).

The Great Commission. As Christians, this is what we are commanded to do—share the truth of God with the world. But this is not always easy to do in today’s postmodern society, especially for children.

From the friends they interact with at school to the messages constantly bombarding them through various modes of entertainment (TV, movies, radio, social media), children are extremely vulnerable to the postmodern belief that “anything goes.” After all, today’s children are postmoderns living in a post-Christian world. This is all they have ever known.

Children's projects for a postmodern world

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As our society believes more and more that any belief is acceptable, children need plenty of practice sharing truth and what they are learning about the one true God. As children's missions leaders, you and I have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to empower children to speak out about Scripture. 

Try these ideas with your children’s missions group to give them opportunities to share truth with others in your community:

Postmodernism: Everything is Different

“Daddy, things are different today from when you were little.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from my eight-year-old son Evan.

Of course, he’s right. Things are different.

When I was younger, if someone wanted to get in touch with me, they either had to come to my house or they had to call my house. After all, that’s where the telephone was located— hardwired into the wall! Nowadays, with cell phones, we are accessible just about everywhere we go.

Cars are smaller today. Planes go faster. The world really doesn’t feel nearly as big today as it did when I was younger.

Evan is right, “Things are different today.”

But, does being different make the things of today better than the things of yesterday? Not necessarily. They are just different.

Over the last 50 years or so, there has been a remarkable transformation in how children see their world and their parents—and in how parents see their children and understand how they should be raised. There’s no debating it: families are different today. Or, as many would claim, we are living in a postmodern world.

Postmodernism?

What is postmordernism?

How much thought have you given to postmodernism? Maybe you’ve heard the term, but you’re not sure exactly what it means. Or maybe a pastor or someone in your church has talked about it, and you have only a vague idea about what it entails.

So what is postmodernism? Well, it depends. No, really, that’s the heart of it: it always seems to come down to someone saying, “Well, it depends.”

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?

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