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Toward Deeper Learning: Asking the Right Questions

How many times have you caught yourself wrapping up a lesson with questions like Who is our missionary this week? or Where does our missionary live?

A Scary Time of Year

Sometimes I Am Afraid

One of my Mission Friends asked me, “What does spooky mean?” I replied that it means something is scary. If you have gone in almost any kind of store in the last few weeks, you have seen the spooky things that are on display at this time of year. It seems the Halloween season continues to gain ground as a consumer holiday as people buy candy, costumes, and decorations. Some displays are rather gruesome, with bloody injuries and bloodshot eyes. As I have seen spooky displays in several places, I wondered how preschoolers see these. Preschoolers have a hard time knowing what is real and what is pretend or fantasy. Seeing these scary things could be frightening to them.

Amid battle with cancer, Texas CWJC/CMJC leader Becky Ellison affirms, “God’s got this”

By Trennis Henderson, WMU National Correspondent

Becky Ellison knows what it means to live one day at a time. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, she said a key question she seeks to live by is: “If I had one more minute and I wanted to live it like God wanted me to live it, what would that look like?”

Focus on the Positive

It is a new year in missions education for children. You are excited—until you encounter new challenges. Maybe you have fewer leaders, a new time frame, conflicting schedules, a smaller budget for resources, or new church leadership with new ideas.

Thank You for Christmas in August

School supply distribution

When your Mission Friends send requested items for Christmas in August, they not only bless the people who will receive the items. They also bless the missionaries with prayers and encouragement. We thought you would like to read these words of thanks from Pastor Rajan Shahi, who serves among the Nepali community in New York City. Pastor Rajan was one of the Christmas in August missionaries this year for Mission Friends and also in the materials and websites for multicultural churches. Enjoy!

Faithful Prayers to a Faithful God

hand of girl writing in journal

I sat in my mission pastor’s office days before I was scheduled to get on a plane and move thousands of miles away to South Asia, and what did I do? I cried.

Families on Mission: Volunteering at a Local Food Bank

As a youth pastor, I am always looking for opportunities to include families in ministry. Family involvement is crucial in the spiritual growth of children. Part of that spiritual growth begins when children begin to think with a missions mindset—from inward to outward thinking.

Exercising Willpower to Follow Jesus When I’d Rather…

When I am tired after a long day of work, I would really like to curl up in front of the TV with some chips and salsa. At the same time, I know I should take a walk, fold some laundry, and fix a healthy dinner. I want to sit back and relax. That is my will. I also want to be healthy, but at the moment I would like to wait until tomorrow.

Pastor, Can We Talk?

woman talking to pastor

As the WMU director, a good working relationship with your pastor may be the most important relationship you have in your church. It is vital for your pastor to understand the purpose of WMU and its importance to the work of the church.

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Global Hunger Relief

Malnutrition was a foreign concept to me, literally. I never skipped a meal, so I certainly didn’t know what it was like to be truly hungry.

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