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Missionary Prayer Calendar

April 29
Georgia: Brittany Sanders
Kentucky: Carmelina Mendez
Missouri: Terry Mejean
New Mexico: Brenda Swann
New York: Gina Oh
Oklahoma: Heather Hague
Rhode Island: Joel Sedam
South Carolina: Allison Rankin
Texas: Kristen Helton
Utah: Kristen Thurman
East Asian Peoples: AH, JC
European Peoples: Melinda Ewing, Nancy Russell, Louise Shupp, Julie Silby
Southeast Asian Peoples: KH
Chaplains • Volunteers
Retired Missionaries
April 30
Alabama: Michelle Britt
California: Ivan Mileyev
Georgia: Youngwall Shon
Illinois: Lucretia Cureton
Louisiana: Jacob Crawford
Texas: Fred Goff
Washington: Kim Arthur
East Asian Peoples: BC, LW, SY
European Peoples: NL

Additional Challengers Bible Studies

Bible Studies

These Bible studies examine the lives of missional men and women of God. They are an excellent resource for group or individual study.

WMU Names National Acteens Panel

National WMU has named four mission-minded teens with outstanding character and credentials to serve as missions influencers on the 2016 National Acteens Panel.

They are Sarah Golden of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Pike Road, Ala.; Hannah Hutton of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas; Jemima Louis of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas; and Ana Sandoval of Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.

Acteens is WMU’s missions organization for girls in grades 7-12 to help them grow in their relationships with God and their peers. Together they live a missional lifestyle, develop leadership skills and become actively involved in ministry.

“Of all the things we learn, Acteens most importantly develop an ability to love,” said Louis. “The organization develops a love for serving, a love for others and a love for God.”

All four panelists have been involved with Acteens for six years and have demonstrated a commitment to service through the local church.

Hutton claims that being an Acteens member has helped her share the gospel within her sphere of influence.

Student Resources

Youth on Mission, vol. 21: Love Out Loud

The Youth on Mission plan book is a year's worth of missions education plans in one convenient resource. Designed for the Youth on Mission leader or church student minister, this book provides easy- to-use lesson plans for leading student missions education. The plan book is undated and includes missions Bible studies, learning activities, missions activities, cultural activities, and missionary ministries.

W156101  $24.99

 

Christmas in August: Students

Your Acteens, Challengers, and Youth on Mission groups can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included a list of missionaries and their requested items.

Rethink Influence

If you were invited to be the leader of a small group at church or a task force at work, how would you respond? For some, the immediate response would be, “Oh no, I can’t do that; I’m not a leader!” Others might say, “Let me think [or pray] about it” and then come back with a similar response. Only on a rare occasion might someone respond immediately with “Wow! Really? I’d love to do that! Thanks for asking.”

Taylor Field reminds us in his book Upside Down Leadership: Rethinking Influence and Success that leadership is the ability to influence others. Regardless of how we respond to leadership opportunities, the truth is we all have the power to influence others. Think about the places we influence everyday: the decisions made in our families, our influence over policies when we go to the polls and vote, and the impact of our words each time we praise or tear down a friend or family member. All of these actions influence others and often reveal our ability—or lack of ability—to lead as we influence the world around us.

Making the Most of Your Students' Time

In some parts of the country we are finally beginning to see the first light of spring. Winter hasn’t been easy for many folks as record-breaking snow falls have blanketed the country. In the last few days I’ve had friends posting pictures on Facebook of their bare feet walking in the sand and of daffodils that have finally popped up above the ground. It’s nice to know warmer days are on their way.

With the coming of warmer days spring break is already on the minds of many—teachers and students alike. It’s the first real break since Christmas. And sometimes by the time it arrives we are limping along in desperate need of some down time.

For some folks, spring break is a time for family vacations to tropical places or maybe the last effort to enjoy the winter weather by going snow skiing. However, for most, it’s a few days to sleep late, read a book, hang out with friends, etc.

As leaders in student ministry and missions, how can you help your students make the most of the time they have on spring break?

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