Mission Friends FAQ

Mission Friends logo

What you need to know about preschool missions: Mission Friends  

The preschool missions organization of WMU.

  • For preschoolers, birth through kindergarten.
  • Preschoolers become aware of God's love, and they learn that others need to hear about this good news!
  • Preschoolers are involved in learning, praying, giving, and doing missions.
  • Preschoolers learn of missions work in North America and throughout the world.
  • Each month, preschoolers learn of a missionary in a different place.

How do preschoolers learn about missions in Mission Friends?

  • Hands-on activities
  • Sensory activities
  • Bible thoughts
  • Cultural learning activities
  • Mission stories
  • Prayer
  • Giving
  • Helping others

When can Mission Friends take place?

  • During regular church activities
  • During special meetings or church activities
  • During the worship hour
  • In a child-care center
  • In a Parents' Day Out program
  • In a home or park

 What are the resources for teaching Mission Friends?

  • Mission Friends Leader: Teaching guide for Mission Friends leaders
  • Mission Friends at Home: Parent-child leaflets for Threes and Fours and Kindergarten Mission Friends. Includes For Babies, Ones, and Twos, a reproducible leaflet for parents of younger Mission Friends.
  • Mission Friends Leader Kit: Games, posters, songs, puzzles, recipes, booklets, and stand-up figures to complement units of study in Mission Friends Leader.
  • Mission Friends Leader Picture Set: Photos of missionaries and their place of service to complement units in Mission Friends Leader. Each of the above curriculum pieces is produced quarterly.
  • Mission Friends Resource Kit and Pictures a combination of the two items at a lower annual price
  • Mission Friends Promotion Pack: Contains full-color posters, including door posters, Christian concept area posters, and the Mission Friends song; reproducible postcards; reusable allergy alert chart, and more!

How do I begin a Mission Friends organization?
For a free sample unit to download and helpful information, request a starter pack.

Register Your Group with National WMU!
Please let us know that you are a member of the Mission Friends family by registering your group with our national WMU registry. When you register, you will receive a free downloadable certificate of registration. This customizable certificate can be framed and displayed at your church to show that you are recognized and registered with national WMU.

Dixon Endowment for Mission Friends
You can invest in preschool missions education through giving to the Dixon Endowment for Mission Friends in the WMU Foundation. Learn more.

Mission Friends Photos
Share your photos on Facebook!
We enjoy sharing photos of preschoolers involved in Mission Friends session activities and helping others activities. Include a little information: the leaders, the church, and city. We do not publish names of preschoolers.

Photo-taking tips:

  • Get in close to the subjects to avoid space at top, bottom, and sides.
  • Check background for "cut off" people and people in awkward positions.
  • If you have a large group, take several photos of different preschoolers in smaller groups.

Post yourself on our Facebook page OR email jpg format photos to: teasterling@wmu.org

Meet our curriculum writers

The Preschool Resource Team appreciates these women who are sharing their creativity and their love of preschoolers with us this year as they write for Mission Friends LeaderMission Friends at Home, Mission Friends Leader Kit, First Steps in Missions, vol. 25, and the website.

Andrea Floyd

Andrea Floyd

Andrea has been a Mission Friends teacher for over 10 years and a state WMU specialized worker for more than 5 years. She is married and has 3 children. She is an assistant teacher at a local school. She lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, and attends church at Old Union Baptist Church in Shannon, Mississippi.

Celeste Albaugh

Celeste Albaugh

Celeste is former Minister to Preschool at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

As a former GA and Acteen, missions education and service has always been an important part of her life. She has been on numerous missions journeys throughout the United States and multiple times to Cuba. In addition, she has served on several church staffs in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee.

Nell Branum

Nell Branum

Nell is a retired elementary school librarian who taught Mission Friends and has been writing Mission Friends materials for many years. She is the author of Storytelling 1-2-3: Creative Ideas for Telling a Story, First Steps in Missions Vol. 21, and two nonfiction books for children. She and her husband, Jim, live in Gardendale, Alabama, where Jim is Minister of Music and Nell is pianist at Mulga Baptist Church. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. In retirement, she enjoys making author visits and presentations for schools and libraries.

Becky RaineyBecky Rainey

Becky lives in Bessemer, Alabama, with her husband, Charles. She is a retired school librarian. She has worked with preschoolers and preschool teachers for over 30 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren, Lee and Anna.

Marti Richardson

Marti Richardson

Marti Richardson has been teaching Mission Friends at Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, for more than 20 years. She and her husband Hal are former US-2 missionaries with the Home Mission Board, SBC (now NAMB). They have two children, Meredith and Clay.

Angie Quantrell Angie Quantrell

Angie says: 

I LOVE Mission Friends! I discovered Mission Friends many years ago when my own preschoolers were young. We loved learning about missionaries, praying for them, and giving offerings to help support their work. These days, my 5 grands, who call me Nana, get to learn about Jesus and pray for missionaries.

My husband, Kevin, and I go to church at Amplify. We live in the Pacific Northwest in an RV while we research building a small home. My writing assistant is Monet, our kitty. He helps by reorganizing papers and walking across the keyboard.

Leslie CaldwellLeslie Caldwell

Leslie lives in Virginia with her pastor husband, Ben. She has worked for both WMU and the International Mission Board as a writer and editor. She now works in corporate communications. Her family includes 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Janora Skeens

Janora Skeens

Janora retired after 31 years in children’s ministry. She lives in Huntington, West Virginia, and enjoys her great nephews and nieces.

Jamie Wilson

Jamie H. Wilson

Jamie is a writer and mommy from Upstate South Carolina. She started attending a weekly Mission Friends gathering at a young age when her mother took over as the leader of her church’s Mission Friends group.

Jamie currently works alongside her husband, a children’s minister, at Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. She loves leading the praise and worship time every Sunday for a wonderful group of preschool-age boys and girls. In her spare time, Jamie helps educate churches on how to reach people through social media.

Back to Top