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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.)

Obedience over Familiarity

As I write this, it is Christmas Eve. I’m sitting in my room listening to Christmas music and have just finished wrapping my last presents. This sounds quite normal, right? It is…almost.

Four years ago, I left my home and all things familiar and moved literally halfway around the world to live in a place I had never been before. I spent two years living and working in a somewhat difficult place to live for the sake of the gospel.

More recently, I have done this on a more permanent basis, for I am here to stay for the foreseeable future, Lord willing. It’s a new place and almost just as different from my previous country as it is from my home country. But this is where the Lord has sent me, and I want to be obedient. So here I am.

Many others have gone before me and have had to endure much harder circumstances than me. And, Lord willing, many others will continue to leave their homes, families, and all things familiar for the sake of Christ our Savior, the One Who left heaven—the best of everything—for our sakes.

Between Your Own Two Feet

Answer the following questions:

  • Where were you born?
  • What is your street address?
  • In what city and state do you live?
  • Where do you buy groceries?
  • Where do you bank?
  • Where do you go to church?
  • Where do you get gas?
  • Where do your children/grandchildren go to school?
  • Where do you get your hair cut?
  • Where do you spend your free time?
  • Where do you work?
  • Where do you go to the doctor? Dentist? Pharmacy?
  • Where do you get your car repaired?
  • Where is your missions field?

Did the last question cause you to hesitate? Did all the questions other than the last one have what seemed like obvious answers, but then the last one made you stop and think? How did you respond to it, or did you skip that question in your mind and move on to the non-question part of the blog?

Where is your missions field? Recently I heard Jill Briscoe speak at an event. Part of her focus was on recognizing our personal missions fields. And this is how she described it: Your missions field is right where you are, “between your own two feet.”

Teaching Preschoolers to Help Others and to Give

child on bike

During the months of March and April, Southern Baptists will focus on giving to North American missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. We will focus on praying for North American missions during the Week of Prayer, March 5–12. For Mission Friends®, our March unit will serve as the North American Mission Study.

Our focus on North American missions provides a natural opportunity for Mission Friends leaders to teach preschoolers that we are never too young to be on mission with God! Two resources that can deepen your preschoolers’ understanding of the missional lifestyle are I Can Give  and I Can Do It! 

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.

PTSD Awareness Month

Focus on the military

With the Memorial Day holiday, I am aware that this is a difficult day for those who have lost a loved one in the service of our country. For many people the Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer as they celebrate with barbeque and corn-on-the-cob. But for those who have lost a loved one, it is a bittersweet day to remember and honor their loved one. Let us remember those who have given their lives, and also honor their families and the veterans who have served our country, too.

As June begins this week, our nation also observes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is the critical issue that is WMU’s focus for Project HELP. During this week as we think of those who have served in the military of our country, there are several things you can do to become more aware of this issue.

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:

A New Kind of Confidence

Exactly two years ago I joined a new small group—a “missional community.” I was somewhat uneasy jumping into the experience. I had just begun my first semester of graduate school while working a full-time job, and I was tired all the time. However, my boyfriend (my now husband . . . so this story ends well!) invited me to join this like-minded group of college students and young adults. I might not have walked into it with a humble heart, but I certainly ended with a wider, more urgent perspective.

One of the main ideas behind the group was to learn how to share our faith more effectively and hold one another accountable to do so. We met formally once a week, but challenged each other to pray together purposefully and spend at least two hours each week with the lost. While I was not totally new to some of the evangelistic tools or concepts, I was cut open freshly by the passion for the lost in my group’s prayers.

Overcome Fear with Prayer

scary street

My daughter’s gym is in an area where crimes occur regularly. Parents are careful not to leave valuables visible in our cars, and we are cautious about walking outside alone especially after dark. In our first months at the gym, I was often fearful if I had to park too far away from the front door.

This same area is one where Diane Smith spends many of her days. Diane is an evangelism catalyst with the North American Mission Board. Her mission is to share the love of Jesus with the people in this community, regardless of their economic, racial, or religious status.

Diane holds Bible classes for local children each week, passes out popsicles in the park during the summer, and works with the homeless. Her ministry works daily to help the hurting in this community. Diane does not let fear overcome her passion for Jesus.

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