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Tips for Mentoring New Leaders

So, good news and real-talk news (because there is never any bad news when we talk about investing in someone’s life). Which one do you want first?

Let’s go with the good news first: The good news is that you have found your new leader! Yay! Give yourself a pat on the back for that one. Sometimes that’s the hardest part.

Now . . . real-talk news: You have to plan and be intentional about mentoring a new leader. Mentoring someone takes more than just a one-time effort. You’re in it for the long haul. So develop a plan of action.

While this is not an exhaustive list, to get off on a good foot and effectively engage in a mentoring relationship, you must have the right (1) mindset, (2) commitment, (3) availability and (4) integrity.

MK Schooling

We truly counted it a privilege to serve as International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. Our family was blessed beyond measure, not only for the financial support, but for the spiritual and emotional support as well.

Our MK schooling story includes many moves. Serving in a restricted access country means that you don’t really know what might be next. God was faithful and led us every step of the way. We landed with a 2-year-old and an almost- 4-year-old. Our first year of language study by immersion had us balancing tutors, child care in our home and some kindergarten homeschooling. The lessons and creative arts gave us a needed routine for the day. And it was fun! Little sister even got her own sheets to color, and almost every day we had a fun family time of interacting with something new.

There Are 5 Seasons?

In elementary school, I learned there are 4 seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.

Working on the national WMU staff, I learned there are actually 5 seasons. You read correctly . . . 5!

What’s the fifth season I’m referring to? RECOGNITION SEASON!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year. I love it because it reminds me of when I was a GA and received my Mission Adventures badges in front of my church congregation. I remember feeling like the adults thought what I had learned and had to say about the projects we did during the year was important. And I remember adults asking questions and wanting to see things I had done during the year. Empowering!

Your CMD 2018 Stories (Part 5)

We have more stories for you! Let's hear what children from across the country did for this year's Children's Missions Day to serve their communities.

GAs and RAs at Rice Memorial Baptist made valentines for the residents at an assisted living in Greenwood, South Carolina. They sang songs and gave their cards to each resident. The residents loved their visit and told them to come back again!” (For a glimpse of their awesome day, check out the photo to the right!)

— Kim Stackhouse, for the GAs and RAs at Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina

A Few Good Ideas

It’s March! But April’s coming!

April is just about here! With the new month comes Easter, the most holy of all days in the year. Boys and girls will be celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. The celebration will focus on how the grave and the cross are empty and how much our Savior loves us.

With the new month also comes a focus on North American missions. GAs, RAs and CAs will focus on the North American Mission Study and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Leaders will encourage children to not only give to the offering but to learn ways the offering supports the work of those who serve in North America.

Your CMD 2018 Stories (Part 4)

We have more stories for you! Let's hear what children from across the country did for this year's Children's Missions Day to serve their communities.

“We collected money through Change Makes Sense program (offering for the Children in Action and Mission Friends programs) at our church on January 28 to fund our project. We purchased supplies for the project with this money. On February 14, all 17 children put together appreciation baskets for 8 local first responder agencies. On February 17, 9 of the children delivered the baskets to the 8 agencies and thanked them for their service to our community and encouraged them through prayers, love and support.” (For a glimpse of their baskets, see the photo to the right!)

— Jenna Bocock, for the Children in Action at First Baptist Church Ridgeway in Ridgeway, Virginia

The Impact of Children's Missions Day

Children’s Missions Day gives you everything you need to know in the title: children do missions in their communities on or around a day in February. When all of this comes together, you have the best recipe for a large, collective group of children sharing God’s love all across the country. Such a day is heartwarming, inspiring and all for the glory of God. This year, we’ve enjoyed reading and sharing the stories of kids living out the CMD 2018 “Go Serve” theme.

Your CMD 2018 Stories (Part 3)

We have more stories for you! Let's hear what children from across the country did for this year's Children's Missions Day to serve their communities. 

"Our GA group baked cookies and brownies for our local police officers and firefighters. They also wrote cards to thank them for their service to our community. We greatly enjoyed delivering these treats to our local heroes, who visited with our girls and gave them tours of the police and fire stations.” (Check out the photo collage to the right for a glimpse of their awesome day!)

— Becky Vick, for the GAs at Midway Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi

That's a Wrap: WMU Celebrates CMD

“We didn’t have anything like this when I was little,” said Ana Cornel about Children’s Missions Day, which was hosted this year at national WMU in Birmingham on Feb. 17, as well as in churches across the country. “This is such a blessing for these children.”

Cornel, a Girls in Action (GA) leader at Iglesia Bautista Cristo Nuestra Esperanza (Christ Our Hope Baptist Church), explained she was born “automatically Catholic” in Mexico, as was Eulalia Ramones who also participated in Children’s Missions Day alongside her 7-year-old daughter, Ana Gutierrez.

“I was raised Catholic,” said Ramones, “then a friend invited me to church and I heard the gospel. I want my daughters learning at a young age about God and missions.”

Cornel said she leads GA because she has a missions heart. “I love missions and I want them [GA members] to learn they can be missionaries as little girls and that God has a purpose for their lives. My prayer is that one or more of these girls will grow up to be a missionary.”

Your CMD 2018 Stories (Part 2)

We have more stories for you! Let's hear what children from across the country did for this year's Children's Missions Day to serve their communities. 

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