This Month — May

May 2018 Ideas

May: Alicia Martin — My Story

My name is Alicia. I was born in Bolivia. Cynthia and Tom Martin, and their sons Kyle and Joel, were missionaries in Bolivia at the time I was born. God brought me into their lives. I was an abandoned baby who was very near death because no one had taken care of me or fed me. Cynthia and Tom nursed me back to health, adopted me, and named me Alicia. Cynthia and Tom Martin became my parents!

Kyle and Joel are now adults. They are both married and have children of their own. I am now 23 years old. I live with my parents in Las Vegas. We like to go camping in the deserts near Las Vegas. We like to watch movies and play board games together.

I go with my parents to refugee events. I help my mom with special events like Bible clubs for refugee children. I also help with English classes for adults.

I love learning about different cultures. I love learning different languages. Some of my best friends are people I have met because of our ministry to refugees. I have also had to get used to saying “goodbye” a lot. This is very hard for me to do.

I have never lived near my grandparents, uncles or aunts. Now I don’t even live near my brothers! It is hard to be far away from my family.

May: Pramila — My Story

My name is Pramila. I am a refugee who lives in Las Vegas. Cynthia Martin always told me which important information I should carry and not carry with me when I leave home. One day I went shopping at the grocery store. I lost my wallet. My wallet had the important cards for my family that Cynthia had told me not to carry with me. I knew I was supposed to keep these cards in a safe place at home. I was very upset.

Cynthia would have to help me make all the phone calls to replace these cards. She could have been angry with me. Instead, Cynthia said that she remembered that she needed to have compassion like Jesus. Cynthia said to me, “God knows everything, and He knows where your cards are. Maybe they are just lost at home. We will pray that God will help you find them.”

Cynthia prayed with me. That afternoon, I found the important cards under a pillow at my home! I called Kamala, a Nepali Christian, and told her my wonderful news. I was so surprised and happy! Kamala said to me, “Don’t you believe in the power of the one true God?”

Bhawana — My Story

My name is Bhawana. I am a refugee living in Las Vegas. Cynthia Martin and Safely Home Refugee Ministry has helped me in many ways. My English has improved so much that I can now call and get my prescriptions refilled at the pharmacy. However, one day when I called the pharmacy, there was a problem with the prescription and with my health insurance. I tried and tried to fix the problem. I called the insurance company. I called my doctor. I called the pharmacy again.

Finally, I went to Cynthia and asked for her help. Cynthia made some phone calls and realized that the doctor’s office had made a mistake. Cynthia went with me to the doctor’s office. Before we got out of the car in the parking lot, Cynthia asked if she could pray with me. Cynthia said she would pray that God, Who is all powerful, would make a way for us to walk out with the prescription I needed. I am Hindu, but I was happy for Cynthia to pray with me.

After Cynthia prayed, we went inside the doctor’s office. Cynthia explained to the woman at the desk why we were there. The woman did not want to help us at first. We ended up walking out of the doctor’s office with a 2-month supply of the medicine I needed. I was so happy that God had listened and answered our prayer!

May: Silly or Serious?

Refer to p. 49 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader.

Download these sentence strips to play "Silly or Serious?" in Week 1.

May: Silly or Serious Solutions

Below is the solution to the "Silly or Serious?" game. 

Silly Story

A girl with purple hair told Harry to go to a shopping mall. On his way to the mall, Harry met his grandma. She gave him some fried chicken.

A Martian was on his way home from working out at the gym. The Martian was sitting in his spaceship. He was reading a comic book.

Harry asked the Martian, “Would you like some fried chicken?”

The Martian answered, “I’d really like some delicious chocolate ice cream.”

On the way to get ice cream, the Martian saw some water. He and Harry put on their swimsuits and life vests. They went swimming.

After Harry left the Martian, he traveled to many amusement parks and rode roller coasters.

Serious Story

An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. He told Philip to go to a desert road toward Gaza. On his way, Philip met a man from Ethiopia. The man had an important job with the queen. The man was on his way home from worshipping in Jerusalem. He was sitting in his chariot. He was reading from the Book of Isaiah in the Bible.

The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot. Stay near it.”

Philip ran up to the chariot. He heard the Ethiopian man reading from Isaiah. “Do you understand what you’re reading?” Philip asked the man.

The Ethiopian man said. “I need someone to explain it to me.” He invited Philip to come up into his chariot and sit with him.

Philip explained the Scripture. He told the man the good news about Jesus. The Ethiopian man saw some water. He asked Philip to baptize him. Philip baptized the man.

The Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away. Philip traveled all around. He preached the good news about Jesus in all the towns.

(based on Acts 8:26–40)

May: Good News Hearts

Refer to p. 50 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader

Download this heart template so your GAs can make "Good News Hearts."

Note: To keep the strips from being too thin, print the heart template on legal-size paper. 

May: People of the World Come to Las Vegas

Refer to p. 54 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of RA Leader and p. 56 in the March • April • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader.

People from the following 10 nations have come to Las Vegas as refugees and have been  helped by Safely Home Refugee Ministry. On the maps below, you can see how far the refugees traveled from their country to Las Vegas. There is a chart beside the maps that also gives this information. (The distance shown is the shortest distance from the capital of the nation to Las Vegas. Distance calculations were pulled from

Nations Capital City Shortest Distance to Las Vegas
Afghanistan Kabul 7,651
Bhutan Thimphu 7,769
Burma/Myanmar Naypyidaw 8,080
Colombia Bogota 3,394
Cuba Havana 2,153
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa 8,612
Eritrea Asmara 8,509
Iraq Baghdad 7,475
Nepal Kathmandu 7,482
Syria Damascus 7,299

Download these maps to see a visual representation. 

May: Unlocking the Truth

Refer to p. 41 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download "Unlocking the Truth" for "What Do I Do with the Good News?" in Week 4. 

May: ABCs of Salvation

Refer to p. 41 in the Mar • Apl • May • 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download "ABCs of Salvation," "What Is Baptism" and "Why Should I Be Baptized?" for  "What Do I Do with the Good News" in Week 4. 

May: Children in Action Extras

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

May: 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. 

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