Girls in Action

Four Ways Kids Can Make a Difference

Kids continually surprise us with their care and compassion for others. As their missions leader, how are you fostering that compassion during your time with them each week? Believe it or not, participating in a good old-fashioned fundraiser is a great way to begin! The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering collects funds for missions work right here in North America. You and your kids have a chance to directly impact the same ministries they read about each week. Not sure where to begin? Here are 4 ways your kids can make a difference:

Your CMD Stories (part 4)

Children can share God's love through Children's Ministry Day.

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

 

“Our group made 6 fruit and baked good baskets and delivered them to shut-ins in our community.” (For a glimpse of the baskets and the girls loving their neighbors, see the photo collage to the right!)

—Becky Vick, for the GAs at Midway Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi

 

“GAs, RAs, and Mission Friends celebrated Children's Ministry Day with ‘Souper Saturday’! They prepared bags of bean soup mixes and attached notes from our church. We delivered the bean soup bags to a neighborhood behind our church. Children took turns knocking on doors and introducing the group. We then asked for prayer requests, which were later typed and distributed to adult Sunday School classes. It was a very good way to meet our neighbors! After we delivered our soup mixes, we went back to the church for a lunch of, what else? SOUP!”

—Susan Bryant, for the GAs, RAs, and Mission Friends of Graefenburg Baptist in Waddy, Kentucky

 

Missions in a Box: Adventure Is Calling

Missions in a Box, Thailand

Are you looking for a way to bring missions home to your child?

I recently enjoyed a rainy Saturday afternoon experiencing Missions in a Box: Thailand with my 11-year-old son, Bates. He loved everything about it, especially making fried bananas and learning how to “talk Thai”! Bates celebrated his missions lesson by dedicating a special place on the corkboard over his bed for his new Thailand patch. He says it will be a daily reminder to pray for the Thai people and the missionaries serving there.

Missions in a Box, designed for boys and girls aged 6–12, is an interactive product to make missions discipleship come alive as a family. As you engage with your child in a new culture, you will learn about traditions, cuisine, games, arts and crafts, as well as missions work happening there—all while having a great time together. It is perfect for homeschool families looking to add a missional element to their curriculum or families wanting to learn more about missions initiatives around the world.

Your CMD Stories (part 3)

Children can share the love of Jesus through Children's Ministry Day.

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

 

“The GAs at Cross Roads Baptist Church loved participating in Children's Ministry Day. We baked homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch and made cards for our local law enforcement. While making the cookies, we talked about each ingredient being either good or bad and how that relates to how God loves us. We discussed how important it is to let other people know that we love them and pray for them and how thankful we are for the things they do for us. The girls decided to visit two local police departments and give cookies to the staff and pray over them. This was a great and wonderful blessing to witness. Our girls took turns with popcorn prayer and really thanked them for their service and for God’s protection over them as they protect our communities. We were even featured in our local newspaper. The girls were so happy to share God’s love that day.” (For a glimpse at the sweet cards the GAs made, see the photo to the right!)

Why Is It Important?

Before I came to national WMU, I served as a pastor in Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia. The churches I served had varying levels of missions participation and missions education. At each church, I encouraged the missions organizations in their work and tried to assist them where I was most needed.

I will admit that, at times, it was difficult for me to know how best to support the work of WMU in the churches I served. You see, as most pastors will tell you, there are literally thousands of things that pull at you, day in and day out. It’s easy for a pastor to get distracted or simply misunderstand something that’s really important in his church’s WMU organization.

However, that all changed the day my WMU director presented me with my own copy of the WMU Year Book! My WMU director set up a meeting with me in my office. When she arrived, she presented me with the WMU Year Book. She told me what was found in the Year Book. We talked about things coming up in WMU, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, and countless other missional things I needed to know for the coming year.

Your CMD Stories (part 2)

We’ve got more stories for you! Let’s hear what children from across the country did for this year’s Children’s Ministry Day to love their neighbors.

“Our Children in Action group chose to deliver baked goods with a card and have prayer with our local firefighters and EMS to let them know how much we appreciate their service to our community.” (For a glimpse at their awesome day, see the photo to the right!)

—Rebekah Reid, for the CAs at Friendship Baptist Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee

 

It's Time to Celebrate!

A friend recently gave me a portable disco ball that plugs into a cell phone. I use the disco ball to help those around me celebrate victories of all sizes. Did we survive a deadline? Get out the disco ball. You just had a great phone call from a GA leader? Disco ball time! Finish a major writing assignment? You guessed it . . . we celebrate!

As goofy as my disco ball can be, it helps our staff mark a milestone and take a moment to savor what we’ve accomplished.

And that is what badges and patches can do for the children of your church. Allow me to explain. The purpose of a badge or patch of any kind is a visible reminder of a significant achievement or accomplishment. For children, they remind a child, his or her family, and the congregation of an event or activity where a child was engaged in missions.

This spring is a wonderful time to share what children have accomplished and learned about missions, even if you’ve never awarded the first badge or patch. (If it’s your first year for awards, consider giving each child the organizational badge or patch and possibly one other based on a successful activity or event.)

Your CMD Stories

Well, it happened! Children’s Ministry Day 2017 was a great success as children learned what it means to “Love Your Neighbor.” Let’s check in with a group from Missouri to see how they loved their neighbors.

The GAs of First Baptist Church, Marshall, Missouri, met at their church to bake cookies, crispy rice treats, and corn flake cookies to share with residents at a care facility just outside of their city. The group of 14 girls (11 GAs, 2 guests, and 1 Mission Friend) and 4 adult helpers split into groups to bake the treats. The girls each brought in ingredients for baking. Handmade valentines were created to go along with the sweet treats.

The GAs were driven to the care facility, where they gave out the valentines and treats to about 40 residents. This gave the girls great practice at meeting someone new and introducing themselves in a safe environment. Naomi Campbell, one of the GA leaders, said, “It was a great way to show love to people we don’t know, make friends, and be brave enough to pray for them aloud and give them a gift in Jesus’ name.” The girls topped off their visit by singing songs to the residents.

Five Ways to Keep "Love Your Neighbor" Going All Year Long

teach children to help neighbors by working in the yard

Reports are coming in from all across the country. Children and their leaders have taken part in an amazing effort to “Love Your Neighbor.” For our tenth annual Children’s Ministry Day, we encouraged you to get out there and seek out inventive ways to serve those closest to you. But now that CMD 2017 is over, where do you go from here?

Here are 5 ways you can keep “Love Your Neighbor” going all year long:

Girls in Action Training and Ideas

"Jesus, You've shown your love, The greatest love we know. You said to tell the world, and that is where we'll go."-from GA Song
 

Throughout its history, the effectiveness of Girls in Action has depended on leadership. It has been found that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of girls. The starting point for a GA leader is a desire for girls to be involved in missions.

Whether you are a new leader just beginning GA or a leader with an expanded program, take a moment to answer these questions:

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