National WMU

Christmas in August

Are you looking for a missions project for the people in your church or small group? Are you looking for a way to support missionaries as a family or individual?

Christmas in August provides a simple way you can directly help a North American missionary.

Every year WMU and the North American Mission Board partner to select missionaries who will be featured in Christmas in August. These missionaries provide a list of items they need for ministry and outreach. The lists of requested items are posted online, and then you can select a missionary (or two or three), collect the requested items and send the items to the missionaries. 

Here's how Christmas in August works:
 

How can I participate?

  • Pray. Begin with a time of prayer for your Christmas in August project.

WMU Consultants

If you’d like assistance starting or growing missions discipleship in your church, we want to help! Our consultants would love to help you achieve your missions vision!


Joye Smith is preschool consultant and Preschool Resource Team leader for national WMU. In her position, Joye encourages missions awareness and involvement of preschoolers by providing training, conferences, and consultation to preschool missions leaders. She takes joy in seeing preschoolers develop a heart for missions.

Contact:
jsmith@wmu.org
(205) 991-4980

International Mission Study: Refugees

Each day, more than 28,000 people are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Christ followers want to get involved – to help and support refugees – but what can we do? International Mission Study: Refugees will help you understand and share with your church the challenges and the opportunities the global refugee crisis presents for missionaries and followers of Christ.

We pray this mission study will:

WMU Starter Packs

We are so glad that you’re interested in beginning missions discipleship in your church. Whether you’re easing your way in and starting one organization or if you’re all in and starting them all, we are here to help!

Each starter pack includes:

  • information on the age level you are interested in
  • simple ideas to begin the organization
  • sample materials that give you a look and feel for what to expect

We want your church to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God, and we believe these materials can help you on that journey.

The starter packs are listed below and can be opened by clicking on the link. You can also right-click the link and select “Save Link As” to save them to your computer. 

If you need any help along the way, feel free to contact one of our national consultants.

    Adults

Church Year Calendar

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

Families on Mission

Pudding recipe

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.

6 Ways to Help on World Refugee Day

Wednesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day; a day to recognize the courage and perseverance of displaced people around the world; a day to show Christ-like compassion to those who are forced to flee. Many look at the ever-growing global refugee crisis and wonder, “What can be done in a single day?” I have often glossed over recognition days in our society, too jaded and apathetic to believe that a single day can have lasting results. Perhaps there are some who feel too powerless or removed to make an impact on the global refugee crisis. Still, others may be hesitant due to political views or social pressure, hoping the crisis will be forgotten or tackled by world leaders in a distant country.

6 Ways to Help on World Refugee Day

Wednesday, June 20 is World Refugee Day; a day to recognize the courage and perseverance of displaced people around the world; a day to show Christ-like compassion to those who are forced to flee. Many look at the ever-growing global refugee crisis and wonder, “What can be done in a single day?” I have often glossed over recognition days in our society, too jaded and apathetic to believe that a single day can have lasting results. Perhaps there are some who feel too powerless or removed to make an impact on the global refugee crisis. Still, others may be hesitant due to political views or social pressure, hoping the crisis will be forgotten or tackled by world leaders in a distant country.

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Christmas in August: Leaders

Snowman on beach

Your church can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included step-by-step instructions and a list of missionaries and their requested items.

Christmas in August History

The first Christmas in August was a project of the Sunbeam Band of the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville, Virginia. The year was 1927.

Elizabeth Ellyson Wiley (Mrs. J. Hundley) was speaking in that church on her first furlough (now called stateside assignment). She and her husband served at the University of Shanghai in China. She spoke of her desire to witness to the illiterate women who worked as servants in the university community. She mentioned their children and her desire for these children to know the joy of Christmas. Mrs. Guy Via, who led the Sunbeam Band, asked if the children couldn’t send gifts. There were 100 gifts that first year, and a tree was set up in the university chapel. Christmas entertainment was given for the servants and their children.

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