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Monthly Ideas to Involve Church Members in Missions

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There is good news about sharing the good news! Even if your church is without churchwide WMU or WMU missions organizations, your members can be involved in missions. Check out these monthly ideas for missions and get ready to impact those around you:
 

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State Missions Coffeehouse

One of our church’s most successful state missions events was the Applause! Coffeehouse. To celebrate what God is doing in our state and promote the state missions offering, the fellowship hall was transformed into a coffeehouse, complete with casual seating and subdued lighting.

Mobilize Your Church on Send Relief Sunday

student volunteering with Send Relief in Florida panhandle over spring break

Send Relief Sunday is an annual event on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar and is designated as a focus on how churches and church members are involved in gospel-centered compassion ministries that meet needs, build relationships, and change lives.

Cross-Cultural Missions: Little Acts Go a Long Way

three women gathering for breakfast

“They must’ve worked a retail job before.”

One of my coworkers said that the other night as a customer walked out of our coffeehouse. The man had handled a less than ideal situation with such grace and a keen understanding that my friend knew he must’ve been on the other side of the equation before. He must’ve known what it was like to be in our shoes.           

It’s amazing what a little understanding will do.           

Cross-Cultural Missions: Show His Love Unconditionally and Consistently

serious immigrant boy

Yasin is only 9, but he’s been around long enough to know.           

Long enough to know that Jesus is important. “If I were a superhero, I’d be Victory Man—like ‘victory in Jesus.’”           

Long enough to know that if the church people show up to do a Backyard Bible Club at his Atlanta-area apartment complex, he should call all the children in the neighborhood to come.           

But don’t assume Yasin really knows.          

Cross-Cultural Missions: Don’t Cling to Comfort

three friends of different religions standing happily together

As the big plane backed away from the gate, I sank down into the seat, allowing myself to decompress. I looked out the window, tracing the city with my eyes.   

That out there—that’s a hard place.           

Cross-Cultural Missions: Just Be There and Love

smiling young woman listens to female friend

“She can speak a little English. Just speak really slowly.” With that, my friend left the room.

And there I was, staring at her beautiful friend, her dark eyes nervous in her olive face. I smiled. We swapped what words we could. We hit a lull. And then something unexpected happened.

Be Amazed. Be Prepared. Be a Missions Leader.

young woman leading team during a meeting

Before Missions Leader: WMU Planning Guide 2019–20 went to press, a prepublication review copy was emailed to several people.

Ramadan: As Muslims Fast, You Pray Unceasingly

Prophet Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia

She always had an answer to my questions. Fatima*, with the dark eyes and sweet smile, who lived in the small house next to my apartment in South Asia; Fatima, a Muslim, who would always have an answer to the questions I asked her about her religion.

You’re a Leader! Now What?

smiling woman in glasses leading team meeting

Have you ever had someone say, “Well, now that you’re the leader, what do you want us to do?” Maybe it was a surprise and you found yourself wondering, How did this happen?

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