This Month in Children's Missions

WMU coordinates the missions curriculum for Children in Action, Girls in Action, and Royal Ambassadors (WMU's gender specific missions organizations for children). Each month, children focus on the same missionaries and missions emphases. While learning activities and teaching materials are specifically tailored to meet each organization's needs, coordinated curriculum enhances joint experiences when appropriate. 

Read below for February and March ideas. 

February 2018 Ideas

February: Love Day for Missionaries

Give children the opportunity to send a homemade care package to a missionary. Make sure there is something in the care package for every family member. Choose a missionary associated with your church or church missions team or look back to past units for a missionary who listed his or her address. Here are some suggestions for every family member. If you know their hobbies and interests, think of something children can make that suits them.

  • Man or Father: Decorate a coffee mug using an oil-based permanent marker.
  • Woman or Mother: Use the "Pamper Package" ideas found on p. 46 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA World. Or, make some coasters using letter tiles glued onto cork sheets.
  • Youth: Make a two-layer fleece blanket by layering two pieces of felt, cutting tassels along all four edges, and tying the layers together.
  • Child: Make some homemade slime with a theme and add fun items. For February, make some red slime mixed with heart confetti.
  • Baby: Decorate a plain onesie. Use appliques or permanent markers.

February: Newsletter Stories

Many missionaries send out emails with regular updates about their ministry and prayer requests. These can be quick notes or long stories. Some of them might read like a family's Christmas letter. It is important to missionaries that people can pray and support them immediately when they need it.

The Parkers* sent out this quick update: "Last weekend began a year-long course called Soldiers of Christ. We are teaching indigenous believers to share gospel stories with people in villages who have never heard about Jesus. At our first meeting, we welcomed 7 people from 4 villages. Now, they are putting into practice what they learned. Pray for them to share the gospel message with others in places where no one has ever heard it."

Have children write up their own newsletters to share with people who are praying for them. Tell children to share whatever is on their hearts. They can ask for prayer about things going on in their lives right now.

*Name has been changed.

February: Friends Day

Share the following activity ideas with children:

Plan a surprise for your friends to show them you care about them. Have your parent or guardian text or notify your friends' parents or guardians to let them know their child will have an early-morning visitor who will be dropping off a friendship breakfast item. The next day, wake up early and be the first person in line at the nearest doughnut shop. Buy a dozen or more donuts. Then, drive to your friends' homes and wake them up with special donuts. Remember to share donuts with their parents and siblings, as well.

Another option is to round up your friends after you wake them up and head out on an adventure together—a fishing trip, sunrise hike, morning football game, etc. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy just being with your friends. Let them know you truly care about them. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for them in your life.

February: When Missionary Life Gets Hard

Explain to children that for missionaries serving in the Amazon, there are times of ups and downs. Sometimes, there are more downs than ups. When the missionary family gets sick or injured, missionary life gets hard. But things get even more difficult when a missionary can't see how God is at work.

Here are some real-life scenarios. Read through each one and have children consider how God might be working. Encourage them to see the good that could come from each scenario.

  • A new law has been passed that does not allow missionaries to travel to 9 villages in the Amazon.
  • A place that Bronson Parker* has been wanting to go to for 2 years is not accessible anymore. The charter plane company has stopped any flights into that area.
  • Bronson Parker is having a struggle in his mind. It is difficult to stay focused on praying and planning and reading God's Word.
  • Kendra Parker* got hit by a motorcycle. She was injured and required immediate and expensive medical attention.
  • An indigenous family in the Amazon was suffering for their faith. But they wanted to grow in their faith and learn how to share the gospel stories with others. So they came to stay with the Parkers for a few months.

Share this quote from Bronson Parker: "I've had frustrations and times of yelling at God. The book of Psalms has been a great comfort. It encourages me in the midst of these hard times. God brings comfort and joy and contentment in the midst of every circumstance in our lives."

Discuss how God might be at work in your life right now. Even if you are going through a time of trouble, how is God comforting you and how has it strengthened your faith in Him? If you are going through a good time in your life, how are you expressing your thankfulness to the Lord?

February: Friendships (Just for Lads)

Refer to p. 50 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of RA Leader for the "Friendships" activity. Use this Just for Lads option to enhance the activity for Lads.

Just for Lads
• paper
• crayons

1. Encourage Lads to examine their own friendships. Ask: Who is your best friend? Who do you enjoy spending time with? Who would you help even if you had to give up something?
2. Allow Lads to reflect on times when they loved and helped a friend. Direct them to draw illustrations to tell their own stories of friendship. Encourage them to focus on times when they were each a good friend to someone.

February: Friendships (Just for Crusaders)

Refer to p. 50 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of RA Leader for the "Friendships" activity. Use this Just for Crusaders option to enhance the activity for Crusaders.

Just for Crusaders
1. Discuss the virtue of friendship between Jesus and His disciples Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Point out that friendship is a two-way relationship. Friends love, help, and give to one another.
2. Ask: How did Jesus demonstrate love for His disciples? How did Jesus help them? How did Jesus give up something to be with them?
3. Ask: How did these disciples demonstrate their love for Jesus? How did they help Jesus? What did they give up to be with Jesus? What did they give up to share the gospel message of Jesus with others?
4. Direct Crusaders to reflect on their own friendships. Challenge them to think of friends they can love and help. Challenge them to think of friends with whom they need to share the gospel message of Jesus. Pray for opportunities in their friendships to share Jesus.

February: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in February!

February: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support.

March 2018 Ideas

March: Jesus Is King Letter Tile Game

Refer to p. 18 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 • issue of RA Leader.

In March, children will hear the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (Mark 11:1–11). In the Old Testament, the prophet Zechariah said that one day a king would come riding on a donkey. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when He came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Today, we know that Jesus is the King of kings because He came to save us from our sins.

King of kings is a great title for Jesus. What other words can you use to describe Jesus? Play this game to find out!

What you need:
• bag of letter tiles from a board game

What you do:
1. Divide boys into 2 teams.
2. Have one person draw a letter tile from the bag.
3. Give both teams 1 minute to list words that describe Jesus. The words must begin with the letter they drew.
4. Then, have one team read its list out loud. Both teams should cross out any words they both listed.
5. Each team will get 1 point for every word they listed that the other team did not.
6. Continue to play several rounds. Each time, draw a different letter from the bag.
7. After the game, remind children that many people in Boston and throughout North America do not know Who Jesus is. Pray for people in Boston to know Jesus and to choose to follow Him. Pray for missionaries in Boston as they tell people the truth about Who Jesus is.

March: "Orange You Glad" Care Packages

Use this Project idea for your RA chapter!

• paper lunch sacks or gift bags (white)
• orange-flavored or colored snack items
• orange markers
• promotional materials or flyers from your church

1. Say: Christ Community Church is a new church in Newton, Massachusetts. The church is involved in the community in many ways. They serve students at a nearby college. They host game nights for the students and visit the campus each week to help students grow in their faith. They even give out goody bags to the students during exam week. Why do they do this? They want to be a presence for Christ at that college. They want the students there to come to faith in Christ.
2. Have boys make care packages for the college students in your area. You may want to contact a local missionary, Baptist collegiate minister, or college campus minister to see if you can distribute the care packages in conjunction with an outreach event they are hosting.
3. Have boys write Orange you glad Jesus cares for you? (1 Peter 5:7) on white paper lunch sacks or gift bags.
4. Then, have boys put snacks inside the gift bags such as an orange, orange soda, cheese curls, candy orange slices, orange mints, orange-colored peanut butter and crackers or fish-shaped crackers.
5. Include information in each bag that has your church’s name, address, worship times, and website. You might also include an invitation to an upcoming Easter event at your church.

Just for Lads

• pencil

Before the session, write the phrase Orange you glad Jesus cares for you? lightly with a pencil on the bags. Then, have Lads trace the letters with an orange marker.

Just for Crusaders
• Internet access

With supervision, have Crusaders use the Internet to research the different college campuses near your town. Make a list of the colleges. Keep the list in your RA room. Each week, pray for students at those campuses to be saved and to follow Christ.

March: Additional information

Like to cook? Make a batch of old-fashioned Boston baked beans for your mission kids to sample. Here’s how:

For up-to-the-minute information about Christ Community Church in Newton (the Mahons’ newly planted church), visit the church website here:

This is your jumping-off point to a generous offering of information about this year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, including videos you can show to complement your Week 4 learning activities:

March: Boston Red Sox Relay Game

Refer to p. 23 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 • issue of GA Leader and p. 24 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 • issue of RA Leader

Many people in the Boston area are baseball fans. They love to cheer for their home team, the Boston Red Sox. Lead children in playing this game using a pair of red socks!

What you need:
• 2 pairs of red socks (or any other color)
• 2 packs of chewing gum

What you do:
1. Tell children that you are going to play a game using red socks in honor of the Boston Red Sox.
2. Divide children into 2 teams. Have the teams to line up on one side of the room.
3. For each team, put a pack of gum and a pair of socks on a chair on the opposite side of the room.
4. When you say Go, have the first child on each team run to the chair, put the pair of socks on his or her hands, and open the chewing gun. He or she should remove 1 stick from the pack and put the gum in his or her mouth.Then, he or she must take off the socks, put them back on the chair, and run back to tag the next child in line.
5. The game will continue until everyone has had a turn. The first team to finish will win!
6. Review the game with your children. Ask: In what ways did this game require patience and perseverance? Explain that it took patience and perseverance to take out the stick of gum and to unwrap it with a pair of socks on your hands.
7. Explain that it also takes patience and perseverance to serve on the missions field. Remind children that missionaries Brian and Jenny Mahon have accepted the challenge of planting a church in one of Boston’s most affluent communities. They have served in Newton, Massachusetts, for over 4 years. So far, the Mahons have seen very few people come to faith in Christ.
8. Lead children to pray for God to encourage Brian and Jenny and to give them strength. Pray that they will be faithful and that their ministry will be effective and bear fruit.

March: RA Sailboats

Refer to p. 26 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 • issue of RA Leader

Visit this website to learn more about the Historic Newton Boathouse.

March: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in March!

March: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them as a monthly way to encourage their support. 

March: Missions Photos

Brian and Jenny Mahon share God's love in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. The Mahons serve their community with Christ Community Church. Brian and Jenny also create opportunities to share their faith with their friends and neighbors through kindness and hospitality. 

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