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Participate in Children’s Ministry Day

Each February, thousands of children across North America participate in ministry projects on the same day:Children’s Ministry Day. 

Since 2008, more than 170,000 people have taken part in CMD! WMU invites all children in grades 1–6 to participate February 13.

This year’s theme is All for You and the theme verse is Mark 8:34 (NIrV): “Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples. He said, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross and follow me.’”

Lead your church to plan a hands-on CMD project that involves children in direct ministry to unchurched community members. Use these ideas to get started:

Hot Fudge Cake and the Gospel (Part 2 of 3)

As I waited for the waiter (how ironic is that), my mind traveled back several hours to an assignment given in one of my classes. The professor wanted us to share the gospel with 5 people during the semester. I had already decided on the 5 lucky winners who would receive my gospel presentation, but here I was about to share the gospel with a perfect stranger who hadn’t made the list.

I suddenly realized that perhaps God had a list and it trumped my plans. I was going to have to revisit that list and eat some humble pie as soon as I finished this hot fudge cake and a conversation with my waiter.

As the young man approached my table, I did exactly what I had agreed with God I’d do: I opened my mouth. Truly, I was going to be as surprised as he was with what I was about to say, because I didn’t have a clue. Knowing God was providing the words, I was hoping for something profound and theological. I quickly blurted out, “You seem like a nice young man. Are you a Christian?”

“No,” he replied, “but I’d like to be.”

Author and speaker Kimberly Sowell calls women to live beyond themselves and surrender their lives fully to Christ.

CMD 2016: Save the Date!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
CMD 2016 is coming,
What will you do?

Children’s Ministry Day 2016 (CMD) is this Saturday, February 13. I hope you already have plans to join children and missions leaders all across the country for a great day of service to share God’s love with the unchurched in your community, association, or state. But, if you don’t, it’s not too late!

Choose a hands-on missions project that will actively involve children in helping others and proclaiming the love of Jesus. Would one of these ideas work for your group?

Mission Friends at the End of the Day

By the time my Mission Friends arrive in our room at church, they are about worn out! One even told me last week, “I’m tired.” Our church has Mission Friends on Wednesday nights when prayer meeting and mid-week Bible studies are happening for their parents. Many of the preschoolers have been in a weekday preschool program or full day care. Their families come straight to church for the Wednesday evening meal. The preschoolers then go to Preschool Choir, which is fairly structured. Then they come to Mission Friends, and they have had about all they can take. Some evenings, their attention spans have gone out the window!

I have a feeling I am not the only one who experiences this. Are there other Mission Friends leaders whose preschoolers come to you at the end of a long day? Here are some words of encouragement, and I am speaking to myself, also.

Keep on loving your preschoolers, even at the end of the day.

Sharing Jesus

As a believer, I know that I ought to be telling others about Jesus. Yet I find myself thinking of it as a complex endeavor for which special training is needed.

Although it isn’t complicated, it is a good idea to make preparations by learning pertinent verses, putting our testimony into words, and praying for guidance.

Actually there are numerous ways to share Jesus with others. The following are but 3 of them:

Hot Fudge Cake and the Gospel (Part 1 of 3)

For me, it was really just about the hot fudge cake. After sitting through classes all afternoon and studying in the library well into the evening, my brain was tired. I slumped in the booth at my favorite diner, finishing my pasta bowl while dreaming of a hard-earned hot fudge cake topped with a scoop of vanilla, when all of a sudden God started interrupting my thoughts.

“God, You want me to witness to my waiter? That can’t be right. He’s a teenage boy; how could he possibly relate to anything I would say? And the other customers—dare I be so rude to tie up too much of his time and risk getting him in trouble with his manager?” Of course, there was also the little matter of having absolutely nothing intelligent to say. But God kept pressing.

I made an agreement with God. Since I had no idea how to start this conversation, I acknowledged God could put His words into my mouth (Jer. 1:9). “God, when the waiter comes back, I’m going to open my mouth, and whatever comes out has to come from You.” Then I waited and prayed. And nibbled on hot fudge cake.

Start Something New

I love wandering through bookstores when I have free time. While I have a Kindle and a tablet for reading when I fly on airplanes, I really prefer a real book. I love the feel and smell of a new book and the comfort it brings as my mind is transported wherever the book takes me.

I especially love missionary biographies like Both Feet In by Bud Fray and A Thousand Times Yes by Wana Ann Fort. Books like these provide deeper insight into the life and calling of missionaries and inspire us to lead and participate in missions with passion as well as knowledge. Their stories challenge us to commit our very best to the calling God has given us to live a missional life.

Sharing Among Differences

While my husband was in seminary, I taught fourth grade and the Lord began to show me that I wasn't there simply for the children. He brought a woman into my life that needed to hear of His love. I can remember thinking how easy it would be to build a relationship with her and just tell her everything I knew about Jesus. I envisioned her accepting Christ and coming to church with me for the rest of the year.

However, it didn't quite turn out that way. I didn't realize it at first but quickly came to the conclusion that I had never shared my faith with an adult before. I shared with children as a child and as an adult but never someone older than me. As I listened to her life story and started to learn of her struggles, it became very apparent to me that I had nothing to offer her. We had grown up differently, our marriages were worlds apart, and she had “heard the whole Jesus thing” before.

Doing Versus Being

Leaders are busy people. That is certainly true for myMISSION leaders who feel like they are performing a juggling act of responsibilities. However, as leaders it is easy to substitute or confuse serving God with loving God.

Serving God focuses on what we do. We may mistakenly begin to think that the more we do or the better we do it, the more we please God. We work tirelessly, often neglecting our bodies, our families, or other responsibilities, all the while convincing ourselves we are being a great leader in God’s kingdom.

However, throughout the Bible God tells us that His greatest goal for us is to live fully and freely in His love and respond to His love by loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Loving God focuses on being. Being God’s child, fully loved and free to enjoy a loving relationship with Him, is what God desires for you. The goal is to live fully in God’s love.

Christian leaders need to intentionally engage in a process of spiritual formation in order to more fully understand and live in this love relationship with God. Spiritual formation is:

Show and Tell

Do you remember being in preschool/kindergarten and having “show and tell” day? I can recall Friday mornings being an exciting day to take my special “item” to school to share with my classmates.

Each week though it never failed, right before my turn to stand in front of the class and share I would get butterflies in my stomach. I would get nervous, afraid I would stumble over my words or that my classmates would think my item wasn’t “cool” enough. When that happened, I forgot all about my motivation for choosing that special item because I was consumed by fear and failure.

Sharing Christ with someone can be much like “show and tell.” The thought of an opportunity to share the impact of Jesus in our life can be very exciting. We begin recalling those “ah-ha” moments when certain pieces of our journey to accept salvation became very real and “clicked”: when we accepted that the only way to God the Father was through His Son, Jesus Christ. We get excited thinking about how our lives are changed when we embrace grace, accept forgiveness, and pursue a life that brings honor and glory to God.


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