Welcome to a New Year in Children's Missions

Are you prepared to accept this very special assignment—Mission: My Life?

We are excited to share with you that Mission: My Life is the children’s interpretation of the WMU emphasis theme, By All Means, for 2016–17. You will see this theme represented through the unit Bible lessons, Scripture verses, and mission stories. Each week, children will learn that God is calling them to share the love of Jesus in all areas of their lives—from daily interactions with friends at school and extracurricular activities to the random people they meet at the park or store—anywhere and anyhow!

Additionally, we are pleased to offer some new and improved changes to better meet your needs as a CA, GA, or RA leader. These changes are the result of surveying hundreds of children’s missions leaders, children’s ministry leaders, and state missions leaders to determine our direction.

Here are a few changes you will see:

  • Frequency change from bimonthly to quarterly for all curriculum pieces
  • A quarterly supply list page in GA Leader and RA Leader
  • Ways for a leader to talk to a child about becoming a Christian
  • Missionary Snapshots at the beginning of each unit in GA Leader and RA Leader
  • Expanded lesson plans and posters in Children in Action Leader
  • More space in leader magazines for planning and taking notes
  • Paper in GA World and RA World that is easier for children to write on—using pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
  • Missionary Prayer Calendar in GA World and RA World
  • Extra recipes and crafts in GA World
  • Expanded culture and craft activities in RA World

As you start your new missions year, please know that I am praying for you. I am thankful for CA, GA, and RA leaders like you who dedicate countless amounts of time to guide children to lead lifestyles modeled on His word.

I look forward to hearing your stories about how your children are growing in their understanding of what it means to live missionally to reach others for the kingdom of God.


Melissa Whetstone is the design editor for Girls in Action.


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