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 January and February ideas. 


January 2018 Ideas


January: Mixed Up Story Sections

Refer to p. 32 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA Leader for game instructions.

Download these "Mixed Up Story Sections" to use with the "Mixed Up Story" activity during Week 1. Print 2 copies and cut apart the statements. Then, place the statements inside balloons.


January: Church Search

Refer to p. 34 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA Leader as well as the January 2018 CA Extras download below.

Download "Church Search" to use with the "Church Search" activity during Week 1 in GA. This activity can also be found in the January 2018 CA Extras. This download includes a word search and answer solution.


January: Roll-a-Word Verse Cards

Refer to p. 34 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of RA Leader and p. 22 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download the "Roll-a-Word Verse Cards" to use with the "Roll-a-Word" activity during Week 1.


January: Bread Pudding Recipe

Refer to p. 23 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Use this recipe for a delicious treat during the Week 1 activity "Bread Pudding."

Bread Pudding Recipe
What you need:
• 6 slices of stale bread
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 4 eggs
• 2 cups milk
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• cranberries, raisins, or apple slices (optional)
• 8-by-8-inch pan
• measuring cups and measuring spoons
• mixer
• whisk
• mixing bowl
• mixing spoon

What you do:
1. Use 1 tablespoon of butter to prepare the pan.
2. Break the bread into small chunks and place in the buttered pan.
3. If you are using fruit, sprinkle it over the bread.
4. Melt the remaining butter and drizzle it over the top.
5. Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients. Whisk together.
6. Pour egg mixture over the bread.
7. Use a spoon to push the bread down and make sure it soaks up the egg mixture.
8. Bake at 350˚ F for 45 minutes.
9. Serve the bread pudding during the Closing activity.


January: New Orleans Ministry Tools

Refer to p. 37 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA Leader and p. 24 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download the "New Orleans Ministry Tools" to use with the "Ministry Tools Prayertime" activity during Week 2.


January: Journal Inserts

Refer to p. 39 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issues of GA Leader and RA Leader.

Download the GA journal inserts or the RA journal inserts to help children create prayer journals during the "Praying for Neighbors and Strangers" activity in Week 3. Print one set for each child.


January: Roll a Scroll Bible Verse

Refer to p. 40 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA Leader and p. 26 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download the "Roll a Scroll Bible Verse" to use during the "Roll a Scroll" activity in Week 3.


January: Popcorn Bag Labels

Refer to p. 41 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issues of GA Leader and RA Leader, as well as p. 28 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Print these "Popcorn Bag Labels" to use with the "Popcorn and a Movie" Project during Week 4. Write in the name and address of your church on each label. Let children tape them to microwave popcorn packets to hand out during the activity.

You can also download the "Pop In for a Movie Invitation" to enhance the activity in conjunction with GA World and RA World. Refer to p. 31 in the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issues.


January: Popcorn Game Ideas

Refer to p. 28 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Add some fun games to the "Popcorn and a Movie" Project during Week 4 with these Popcorn Game Ideas.

  • Before the session, fill a jar with unpopped popcorn. Count the popcorn as you fill the jar. Let CAs guess how many pieces are in the jar.
  • Form teams and let CAs race to see who can pick up the most pieces of popcorn with chopsticks or toothpicks. They must move the popcorn from one bowl to another. Use a timer or stopwatch to tell children when to rotate to the next person on their team.
  • Place a jar on the floor and put a chair (turned backward) behind the jar. CAs must kneel or stand on the chair and drop popcorn into the jar. Use a timer
  • or stopwatch to rotate players.
  • Have children race to blow pieces of popcorn across a table or the floor with drinking straws.
  • See who can throw a piece of popcorn the farthest distance.

January: Counting Our Blessings

Refer to pp. 42–43 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issues of GA Leader and RA Leader, as well as pp. 27–28 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issues of Children in Action Leader.

Download the "Counting Our Blessings Jar Labels" for children to place on their jars during the "Counting Our Blessings" Project in Week 4. You will need one per child.

Also, download the "Blessing Cards" for children and their families to place in their jars. Print at least 1 full sheet of cards for each family.

Don't forget! Download the "Counting Our Blessings Jar" activity page to provide Children in Action with the instructions they need to complete their jars.


January: Pack-a-Bag Challenge Parent Letter

Refer to p. 42 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2017–18 issue of GA Leader.

Download the "Pack-a-Bag Challenge Parent Letter" to send home with GAs after completing the Week 4 Project "A Bag Packed with Love."


January: Children in Action Extras

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


January: 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.


January: Missions Photos

Ryan and Seane Rice show God's love to neighbors
and strangers in New Orleans. The Rices use various
outreach projects to reach and minister to the people
in their city.


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
Supplies
• 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.


 

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