Mission: Hit the Road - Children's Missions

As children are introduced to missional concepts, they learn they have an active part to play in God’s plan for their lives and for the world. They come to understand God can use them now—even in their youth—to share His love with others and make a difference. Experiences gained through childhood missions education lead to a lifelong commitment of service to God, His mission, and His church.

Girls in Action for girls, Royal Ambassadors for boys, and Children in Action for coed groups, are ongoing missions discipleship organizations for children in grades 1–6.

Through these organizations, children . . .

  • read and understand accounts from the Bible of God’s love for all people and His plan for saving them.
  • experience prayer as an active, vital part of supporting God’s mission.
  • discover that giving to missions supports God’s mission while teaching the proper role of financial resources in a Christian’s life.
  • impact God’s mission as they actively share their faith with others through missions projects and activities.


What is Mission: Hit the Road?

“To those who are weak I became weak. That was to win the weak. I have become all things to all people. I have done this so that in all possible ways I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22 NIrV).

Mission: Hit the Road is the 2017–2018 theme for Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Through this year’s theme and materials, children will be challenged to “hit the road” for missions to share the good news of God’s love with everyone they meet on their paths—whether it’s down the street, around the community, or throughout the world! As children encounter friends and community members who do not have a personal relationship with Christ, they can share what God means in their own lives.

Plan now with the Mission: Hit the Road Promotion Pack. This kit includes enhancement activities and posters to kick the year off right. The pack also includes Children’s Missions Day 2018 ideas that will help engage children in a missions project in your own community.

Monthly Missions Topics

Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors*, and Children in Action will learn about these topics each month. Check the current issue of GA LeaderGA WorldRA LeaderRA World, or Children in Action Leader for more information about each topic.

*For Royal Ambassadors, click here to download a PDF file of the RA 2017–2018 Curriculum Plans. This list includes the Unit Scripture Verses, RA Virtues, and the Biblical focus for each month. You can also click here to download the complete list of the past year of Unit Scripture Verses and Additional Memory Verses found in the 2016–2017 issues of RA Leader and RA World.

2016–2017 Topics (Remaining)

June 2017
Country/Focus: Calgary
Scripture Verse: Daniel 6:23
Bible Story: Daniel 6:10–24
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Be Brave/Courage
Missionaries: Holly Procita; Brett and Kristin Myers

July 2017
Country/Focus: Niger
Scripture Verse: Genesis 22:18
Bible Story: Genesis 22:1–18
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Trust God/Self-Discipline
Missionaries: George and Megan Lane*; Greg and Michelle Dorsey*

August 2017
Country/Focus: Kansas City, Missouri
Scripture Verse: Mark 6:12
Bible Story: Mark 6:6–11
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: I Can Do It/Teamwork
Missionaries: David and Chris Cole; Kevin and Andrea Barnes

*Names have been changed.


2017–2018 Topics

September 2017
Country/Focus: Salt Lake City, Utah
Scripture Verse: Genesis 6:22
Bible Story: Genesis 6:9–22
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Faith
Missionaries: Travis and Staci Kerns 

October 2017
Country/Focus: The Deaf
Scripture Verse: Genesis 12:1
Bible Story: Genesis 12:1–9
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Responsibility
Christian Workers: Doc and Dee Douglas* 

November 2017
Country/Focus: Columbus, Ohio
​Scripture Verse: Numbers 14:8
Bible Story: Numbers 13:26–33
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Courage
Missionaries: Brian and Heidi Frye 

December 2017
Country/Focus: Russia
Scripture Verse: Luke 2:10–11
Bible Story: Luke 2:1–20
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Compassion
Special Workers: Nolan and Kimberly Grogan* 

January 2018
Country/Focus: New Orleans, Louisiana
Scripture Verse: Luke 2:49
Bible Story: Luke 2:41–52
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Loyalty
Missionaries: Ryan and Seané Rice 

February 2018
Country/Focus: The Amazon
Scripture Verse: Matthew 4:19
Bible Story: Matthew 4:18–22
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Friendship
Christian Workers: Bronson and Anna Parker* 

March 2018
Country/Focus: Boston, Massachusetts
Scripture Verse: Mark 11:10
Bible Story: Mark 11:1–11
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Self-Discipline
Missionaries: Brian and Jenny Mahon 

April 2018
Country/Focus: MK Schooling
Scripture Verse: Luke 24:30–31
Bible Story: Luke 24:13–35
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Faith
Missionary: Eric Maroney 

May 2018
Country/Focus: Las Vegas, Nevada
Scripture Verse: Acts 8:34–35
Bible Story: Acts 8:26–40
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Compassion
Missionary: Cynthia Martin 

June 2018
Country/Focus: West Africa
Scripture Verse: Acts 16:30–31
Bible Story: Acts 16:16–34
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Honesty
Missionaries: Bart and Jane Anne Gibbs 

July 2018
Country/Focus: Germany
Scripture Verse: 2 Timothy 1:13
Bible Story: 2 Timothy 1:1–14
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Perseverance
Missionaries: Jason and Cheryl Dietz 

August 2018
Country/Focus: St. Louis, Missouri
Scripture Verse: Matthew 28:20
Bible Story: Matthew 28:19–20
Emphasis/Virtue: Mission: Hit the Road/Teamwork
Missionaries: Ken and Lygia Lovelace 

​*Names have been changed. 

You can also view monthly missions topics in the Mission: Hit the Road Promotion Pack or in the WMU Year Book.

Mission: Hit the Road Resources

Mission: Hit the Road Promotion Pack

Use this pack to promote the 2017–2018 Mission: Hit the Road theme in GA, RA, and CA. Includes plans for Children's Missions Day 2018 as well as a booklet containing decorating tips, ideas, and learning activities.

Children's Missions DVD 2017–2018: Mission: Hit the Road

Provide your children additional information about the monthly missionary or missions focus studied in GA, RA, and CA. Each video on this DVD features either an international or North American missions area. Included free in the regular-priced Fall resource kits for each organization.

Mission: Hit the Road Badge/Patch

Recognize children who participate in this year's emphasis Mission: Hit the Road. Leaders create their own requirements for earning this badge/patch.


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