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 September and October ideas.


Missionary Update

Read below for an update from one of our Christmas in August 2017 missionaries!

Thank you for including us in Christmas in August and in your curriculum. I wanted to share how God is blessing our work through GAs, RAs, CAs, and Mission Friends across the country.

First, let me say that multiple times I have opened packages with tears in my eyes at the generosity of the children and the churches they are part of. What a blessing to see their notes, gifts, and encouragement. All of our ministries in New England will benefit from their generosity (that's touching almost 30 campuses). Their gifts are helping us to meet new students, get to know students, share the gospel, and make disciples. Their prayers and notes are so encouraging.

Second, let me tell you about a student I met 2 weeks ago. The student  had only been to mass a couple of times in his life. He overheard me talking about the Bible with another student and approached me and asked several questions. I shared the gospel with him and arranged a follow-up meeting where we discussed the gospel in depth. The student has come to church twice, attended two Bible studies, and spent a recent Sunday with my family asking questions and getting answers. He has since expressed a desire to believe, yet he is struggling with some doubt. . . . Students like this are being impacted by the generous gifts we have received for ministry.  

In Christ,

Andy Haynes
2017 Christmas in August Missionary

 


September 2017 Ideas


September: Everyone Helps

When Travis Kerns agreed to be the Send City missionary in Salt Lake City, he knew he couldn't do the job alone. It's a big job for one person. Who helps Travis? What do they do? Let's find out!

Staci is Travis's wife. When Travis was asked to move to Salt Lake City, Staci was ready to go with him. She helps him every day. Staci teaches their son, Jeremiah, at home. She helps organize vision tours, which are tours where church leaders travel to Send North America Cities to better understand the needs in those cities. Staci is a great hostess. Many people who come to Salt Lake City to learn about church planting stay with the Kernses. Staci makes them feel welcomed. She makes her neighbors and new friends feel comfortable in her home, too.

Jeremiah helps, too. He goes with his father on vision tours. He enjoys meeting the people who come to Utah to learn about church planting.

Church planting catalysts also help. They talk to people interested in moving to Utah to begin churches. They help train new church planters. Catalysts may also form deep friendships with church planters. These friendships keep church planters from being lonely and getting discouraged.

People who work at the association office and at the state convention office also help Travis do his job. They help make important church planting decisions. Pastors already in the Salt Lake area also help Travis and the church planters.

You can help Travis do his job, too! You can pray for church planting in Salt Lake City. You can give money to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This offering is used to help missionaries like Travis do their jobs so more people will know about the good news of Jesus.

Will you be one of Travis Kerns's helpers?


September: Steps to Building Friendships

Travis Kerns says that people are looking for someone to care about them. Will you be someone who cares about others? Here are some ideas to help you show God's love to another person:

  • Pray for people in your neighborhood.
  • Invite neighbors over for dinner or game night.
  • Make a special treat for neighbors during the holidays.
  • Share produce from your garden with your neighbors.
  • Bake extra cookies and deliver them to an elderly person.
  • Show respect to others by listening to them.
  • Look for opportunities to have fun with others.

What else can you do to be a good friend to others?


September: Why Pray?

Travis Kerns knows that prayer and being obedient to share the gospel are the most important parts of telling someone about Jesus. Satan does not want people to believe the truth about Jesus, so he tries to do things to keep them from Jesus. Prayer is what stops Satan from having his way.

Travis suggests that you pray before telling someone about Jesus. Ask God to give you the right words to say. Ask Him to prepare the person you are telling about Jesus to hear the truth and want to believe it.

Then, Travis says to pray while you are telling them about Jesus. God hears when we talk to Him in our minds. That's how you can pray when talking to someone.

When you are finished sharing Jesus, pray again for the person to believe in Jesus.

Make a list of people who you pray will ask Jesus into their lives. Pray each day that God will give you a time to share with them.


September: Can You Follow Directions?

Refer to p. 16 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issues of GA Leader and RA Leader, as well as p. 9 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download these pictures to use during the "Can You Follow Directions?" activity in Week 1.


September: Cookie Template

Refer to p. 22 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issues of GA Leader and RA Leader, as well as p. 13 in the Sep • Oct • Nov 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download this cookie template to use during the "Cookie Favorites" (GA Leader) and "Blessing Dash" (RA Leader and CA Leader) activities in Week 3.


September: Race with Friends Invitation

Refer to p. 26 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issue of RA Leader.

Download this invitation for RAs to invite friends and dads a Race with Friends. Use with the "Planning a Race with Friends" Project in Week 4.


September: A Year of Connections

Refer to p. 27 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issue of RA Leader and p. 15 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Download these calendar pages and the "Monthly Connections Projects" to use during the "A Year of Connections" Project in Week 4.


September: Web Links

"Connecting People to Jesus" activity (Week 2, RA Leader): namb.net/video/feature-missionary

"Faithful Prayer Warriors" activity (Week 4, GA Leader and RA Leader) and Family Missions Focus: namb.net/video/the-prayer


September: Children in Action Extras

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


September: 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.


September: Missions Photo

Missionaries Travis and Staci Kerns, along with their son, Jeremiah, serve in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Kernses connect churches, church planters, and missions teams to church plants.


October 2017 Ideas


October: Fingerspelling Names!

Though languages like American Sign Language use signs rather than fingerspelling words, fingerspelling is still a way to communicate. Here’s a website that shows a fingerspelling chart: asl.ms/()/fingerspellingchart.htm.

Want a fun way to see names and other words fingerspelled? Go to this website: fingerspell.net/#/spell

Using these two websites, guide boys to fingerspell the following:

  • His first name
  • His last name
  • His best friend’s name
  • His mother’s first name
  • His father’s first name
  • His pet’s name
  • The name of your town or city 

October: American Sign Language and Bible Stories

Doc and Dee Douglas* realize that one need for global Deaf community about Jesus is Bible translations in local sign language.

To see the importance of this, go to the ASLV tab of this website and watch a video of at least one chapter of the Bible in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos vary in length, so choose one that best fits your chapter schedule: deafmissions.com/videos/.

Show this chapter to the boys you teach.

Then, go to the video tab and watch one or more of the Bible stories told in American Sign Language. If possible, show all or part of a Bible story to the boys.

Discuss how having the Bible and Bible stories in sign language could help deaf adults and children to learn more about Jesus.

* Names have been changed. 


October: Esther 

Doc and Dee Douglas* pray each morning for God to lead them to people who are ready to know about Jesus.

One day, after praying that prayer, they were on a train. They met an Asian woman named Esther. Doc asked her if she knew where her name came from. She didn’t.

That gave Doc the opportunity to tell her the story of Esther found in the Bible. Esther was interested in the story. “Are there more stories like that?” she wanted to know.

Doc shared almost 20 stories with Esther. In less than the 2-hour train ride, she began to understand God’s message. She became a follower of Jesus by the time she got off the train!

Doc says that they try to find out a little about the people they are talking to. Then, they offer to tell them a story that matches their situation. Doc and Dee tell them Bible stories, just like Doc did with Esther. Those stories often lead to conversations about Jesus.

*Names have been changed. 


October: Courage on the Metro

You might think that Doc and Dee Douglas* only share Jesus with deaf people. Instead, they are always on the lookout for anyone who needs the gospel message. They often share Jesus with hearing people. That’s what happened on the metro.

One day, Doc was riding a crowded metro car in a big city. The car was very crowded. He was surrounded by Muslims. He began sharing a Bible story with a man who spoke English.

Suddenly, Doc realized that about 6 other people were listening to every word he spoke. He knew they must understand English to be paying such close attention. It can be dangerous to share Jesus in public in that part of the world. Doc said a silent prayer and asked God to give him the courage to finish the Bible story.

Doc did finish the story. He knows God will use the Bible story he told to help those who heard it come closer to Jesus.

Would you say a prayer right now for the people who heard the Bible story that day to believe in Jesus?

*Names have been changed. 


October: Iron-On Transfer Patterns 

Refer to p. 42 in the Sept • Oct • Nov • issue of GA Leader, as well as p. 28 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • issue of Children in Action Leader

Download these iron-on transfer patterns to use during the "Sign Language Transfer" Project in Week 4.


October: Sign It!

Refer to p. 24 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • issue of Children in Action Leader

Download this manual alphabet chart to use during "Sign It!  in Week 2 and "Sign It, Again" in Week 3. 


October: Web Links

"Abram's Story in Sign" (Week 3, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader) and "Tell the Bible Story by Signing" (Week 4 in RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): bible.is/deaf/ASESLV/Gen/12 

"Sign Language Transfer" (Week 4, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader): deafpeoples.imb.org


October: Children in Action Extras

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


October: 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.


October: Missions Photo

Doc and Dee Douglas* share Jesus with Deaf people groups around the world. 

*Names have been changed. 

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