Children

How to Lead a Child to Christ

Leading a child to Christ is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be intimidating. Remember that, while God has called you to share this message, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit that leads a child to give his or her life to Christ.

Don’t give into your fears. Pray first. Then, invite the Holy Spirit to work with you as you share.

1. Be Conversational

When counseling one-on-one with a child, be conversational. Ask open-ended questions, then listen closely to the child’s reply. Questions to ask a child might include:
• Who is Jesus?
• What is sin?
• What is a Christian?
• Why do you want to become a Christian?
• How do you feel? (Sometimes the feelings we have are God’s way of speaking to us.)
• What has led you to start thinking about becoming a Christian?
• How long have you wanted to be a Christian?
 

2. Use the Bible

During the conversation, show the child verses in the Bible. Slowly explain the following verse to the child.

Children and Long-Distance Missions

Today’s the day. Another team is being commissioned before the church body to leave on an international missions trip. The children around you look on with awe as each team member is introduced and prayed over. Maybe they even whisper to each other about how cool it would be to participate in a trip like this.

And, they can participate! Maybe they cannot physically go on the trip, but they do have things to offer to the missions team.

Prayer. Every missions team needs prayer. They need prayer before the trip, during the trip, and even after the trip for the hearts and lives of the people to whom they witnessed. Lead group prayers with children. Assign each child or group of children a certain member of the missions team or a particular aspect of the trip to pray for, such as Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, service work, or youth ministry. Prayer is powerful, and children can help shape the missions trip by praying for the people of the country and the members of the team.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1 NIV).

Bangladesh and Light of Hope

The June 2016 CA, GA, and RA curriculum focuses on Bangladesh and the Light of Hope Learning Center. Bangladesh is a country located in South Asia. The country claimed independence from Pakistan in March of 1971. Bangladesh is currently a developing country, but the economy is growing rapidly each year. The economy is supported largely by farming and the clothing industry. Bangladesh is often called the “playground of seasons” because the people actually experience six seasons instead of the typical four—summer, rainy, autumn, late autumn, winter, and spring.

Bangladesh’s religious population totals to approximately 83% Muslim, 16% Hindu, and less than 1% Christian. It is estimated that Bangladesh has over 700,000 beggars who spend their time on street corners asking for money to provide for their families.

WorldCrafts works with numerous artisan groups to import and sell items handcrafted by people from many countries around the world. Not only does WorldCrafts offer income to the people of these impoverished countries, but they also provide them with the gospel and the hope of eternal life.

Fall is Coming!

A famous pastor once preached a sermon titled “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming.” Of course, the sermon alluded to Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified and how desperate that day often seems. But, as the pastor reminded us, we can’t stop on Good Friday; we have to look forward to Resurrection Sunday.

Well, to play off of that sermon title, let me remind you that “It’s June, but the new church year is coming!”

Even in the heat of summer, the cooler days of fall will be here before we know it! Our missions organizations will kick off another year of teaching boys and girls about the Great Commission, missionaries who serve around the world, and ways they themselves may be called by God to serve.

As you prepare for the new church year, here are a few ways to start preparing now:

Project HELP - Addressing PTSD with Children

Every two years, WMU prayerfully chooses a Project HELP emphasis. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is the Project HELP emphasis for 2016-2017. WMU encourages members at all ages to minister in some way to those suffering with PTSD.

The preceding paragraph is included in each Children in Action Leader, GA Leader, and RA Leader magazine. But, what does it mean? What in the world are you supposed to do as a leader? How do you help children understand PTSD?

Here's an overall tip to keep in mind: The children in your missions education group need your love, support, and understanding. People in their families, neighborhoods, or schools may be struggling with PTSD. It could be that some of the children in your missions education group are struggling with PTSD themselves. While missions leaders, church staff members, and parents can play a key role in helping someone with PTSD, it's best to know your limits. Trained therapists are the best people to call upon to help when it is believed that someone is struggling with PTSD.

So, what's a missions leader to do? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Welcome to Children's Ministry Day

Join thousands of children across North America in hands-on ministry in your community each February for Children's Ministry Day! Over the years, more than 150,000 people have been involved in Children's Ministry Day! WMU invites all children in grades 1-6 to participate. For more information about Children's Ministry Day, email children@wmu.org or contact your state WMU office.

Each February, thousands of children across North America participate in ministry projects on the same day: Children's Ministry Day. From feeding hungry people to visiting shut-ins, girls and boys follow God's command to "put your love into action" (1 John 3:18). Church groups create projects that meet needs in their own communities. WMU created Children's Ministry Day to move children out of their churches and into their communities to do missions. The first Children's Ministry Day was in 2008. Since then, more than 170,000 people have taken part in Children's Ministry Day! 

VBS: Very Big Suggestion

In June and July, your church is most likely hosting a Vacation Bible School (VBS). Whatever curriculum and theme you use, whether you do traditional VBS or a variation, you have a great opportunity to be on mission and to jumpstart missions education.

VBS and Backyard Kids Clubs have been on a great trend for churches in Tennessee as a way to get people outside the doors of their church and into their community to share the gospel. This has been exceptionally effective in churches in Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, Tennessee. However, don’t forget that as you are reaching the lost children in your own community, VBS can also be a great way to introduce missions education in your church if you do not already have Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, or Children in Action. VBS classes can include a missions rotation. LifeWay VBS includes this in their materials, but even if you and your church are not doing the “Submerged” VBS this year, you can include a missions segment in your teaching time.

Some ideas:

GA Leaders' Retreat

For the past two summers, Kentucky WMU has sponsored GA Leaders’ Retreats. Our first retreat in 2014 was at a Baptist camp. Leaders came from across Kentucky to learn from and share with other GA Leaders. We began the weekend with “Speed Dating.” GA leaders got into two lines. Each line faced the other. I called out questions and requests, such as, “Where are you from?” and “Tell about your favorite mission project with your Girls in Action.” Leaders shared information with the leaders in the opposite line. When the whistle blew, one line moved down and we started the next “date.” This activity really seemed to warm up the participants. GA Leaders were eager to share ideas. (But that just may be the nature of GA Leaders!) We introduced the “All for You” theme, but our main topic for the weekend was “Balance.” Leaders explored ways to balance the learning styles of their GAs. We also discussed ways to keep our own lives balanced and focused on God. Our scripture for the weekend was: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

How Children Can Come to Christ Through Missions Organizations

Many of the children that come to our church on Wednesday nights do not go to any church on Sundays. Our Wednesday night program might be the only time these children hear the gospel. We reach out to their families, but some of the parents will not come. How do we tell these children about Jesus while telling them about the missionaries, teaching them the lesson, and working on different projects?

Here are a few suggestions I have used.

5 Reasons Why I Am a GA Leader

Ocean View Baptist Church GA
  1. I prayed: Please provide a new GA leader to provide missions education for our girls. The answer was: You do it. I became a Girls in Action® leader then, and I am a still a leader now, because You do it still echoes in my head and my heart.
  2. Jesus said  “Let the children come to me... ” in Mark 10:14. GA® is the best way to “let the children come to Him”—to hear His love for the world and His desire for all to believe in Him. GA takes girls outside the church to recognize physical and spiritual needs and to do missions that shows the love of Jesus and tells the gospel story.
  3. Through GA JourneyTM, girls created missionary prayer cubes. Suggestions were made for prayer needs to be written on each side. Following safety and health prayer suggestions, one GA announced praying for lost people to be saved is the most important prayer need. They get it!

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