This Month in Children's Missions

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 2017 Ideas

January: Coloring for Jesus

Disaster relief volunteer Donna Swarts works with children whose families have just gone through natural disasters. Her disaster relief teams help families and children on a temporary basis with basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Her teams also help children by just being a friend when they need one the most. One special thing they do is to look after children so that parents can take care of other things. The teams play with children, talk to them, and give them guidance when they don’t understand the horrible things that have happened.

One way they help children cope is to let them draw and color pictures about their feelings. Volunteers can then follow up with the children to let them know that Jesus loves them and wants to take care of them. They let the children know that Jesus can take things that are messed up and make something great out of them.

Did you know that you can help friends who are going through a rough time in the same way that disaster relief teams do? You can recycle old, broken crayons and re-shape them into something new and beautiful. Then, you can give them to friends and talk to them about their feelings.

What you need:
• old, broken wax crayons
• microwavable bowl or pot
• microwave or stovetop
• cookie cutter shapes
• cookie sheet
• freezer paper

What you do:
1. Pour old, broken wax crayons into a microwavable bowl or pot.
2. With the help of an adult, heat the crayons in a microwave or on a stovetop. Use low heat to slowly melt the wax.
3. Cover a cookie sheet with freezer paper. Spread out cookie cutters onto the freezer paper.
4. When the crayon wax is melted, carefully pour it into the cookie cutters. (Be careful, as the bowl or pot will be very warm.) Fill the cookie cutters as much as desired.
5. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer. Freeze crayon wax for 3–4 hours.
6. Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer. Carefully push the crayon wax out of the cookie cutters.
7. You now have new, large crayons in creative shapes. Share them with a friend who is going through a rough time. Draw and color a picture with them. Ask your friend to talk about their picture with you. Listen to their feelings and pray with them.

January: Frozen Egg-Scavation

Enio Agüero is a chaplain. A chaplain is a pastor or missionary who serves outside of a church. They act as a Christian counselor and friend to a specific community group or place. On an average day, Enio acts as a chaplain to families in the Air Force, but he is always on call for disaster relief. When a natural disaster occurs, Enio may find himself traveling many miles to help people who have just gone through a natural disaster or tragedy. He talks with them about what has happened. He prays with them for strength. Mostly, though, he listens to them and gives them a friend when they need it most.

When people go through a really tough time, they need friends to help them sort through things. They can’t always understand what has happened. They don’t always know what to do about it either. Times like these are when friends count the most. Friends can help them slowly work through a tragedy to make the best of a bad situation. This can help them get their lives back in a good place. Friends can show them that God is still in control and wants us to be happy.

Helping a friend through a tough time can be a slow process, but it is very important. To understand this, complete the following activity with a friend. To get to the prize at the middle of the frozen ice ball will take some work, but it is worth it in the end.

What you need:
• balloon
• small toy
• water
• freezer
• scissors
• small hammer and chisel

What you do:
1. Carefully place a small toy inside a deflated balloon.
2. Then, fill the balloon with water from a tap.
3. Tie off the balloon.
4. Place the balloon in a freezer overnight.
5. Once frozen, remove the balloon from the freezer. Cut or peel off the balloon from the ice ball. (This will be cold!)
6. Use a small hammer and chisel to slowly chip the ice away. When you have chipped all the ice away, you will be able to cleanly remove the toy.
7. Pray with a friend that you will be able to help them chip away at a problem if they are having a rough time, just as you have chipped away at the frozen ice to get to the center prize.

January: Worst-Case Scenarios

Refer to p. 35 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2016–17 issue of GA Leader and p. 23 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2016–17 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Print out these Worst-Case Scenarios and Leader Hints to complete the "Worst-Case Scenarios" activity during the January Week 2 Opening. Cut apart the strips on the dotted lines.

January: Thumbs Up, Chaplain Enio!

Refer to p. 36 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2016–17 issue of GA Leader.

Print out the "Thumbs Up, Chaplain Enio!" story to read along with GAs in the "Loving Like Family" activity during the January Week 2 Older Story.

January: Disaster Dash Review Questions

Refer to p. 39 of the Dec • Jan • Feb • 2016–17 issue of GA Leader.

Disaster Dash Review Questions
1. Who was the volunteer in our story? (Donna Swarts)
2. What kind of volunteer is she? (disaster relief)
3. What kinds of people does she work with? (children and parents)
4. Where does she work? (disaster relief child care unit)
5. How do children feel when they have been through a disaster? (sad, afraid)
6. Why is it dangerous for children in an area that has been through a disaster? (glass, nails, bad water)
7. Why aren’t parents able to take care of their children? (cleaning, making repairs, paperwork)
8. Name an item that might be on a disaster relief child care unit. (any of the ministry items)
9. Donna and the other volunteers show God’s ____ to the children. (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 now 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 to them monthly as a way to encourage their support.

January: Missions Photos

Enio Agüero previously traveled all over the United States to help people during and after disasters. Chaplain Enio would go wherever he was needed and showed people that he cares about them. Sometimes, he would sit and listen to people, but he would also pray with them.   Donna Swarts is a retired disaster relief volunteer. Donna helped children and families who were victims of a disaster. She traveled all over the world to help take care of children so their parents could do the work that needed to be done.


February 2017 Ideas

February: Salt Dough Recipe

Make your own salt dough to use while creating your burning bush. Keep the recipe for creating other artwork!

What you need:
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup salt
• 1 cup cold water
• food coloring (optional)
• large bowl
• mixing spoon

What you do:
1. Combine the salt and flour. Mix well.
2. Gradually add a 1/2-cup of water and mix well.
3. Knead the dough on a counter or table. Add a few drops of water as needed, but be careful not to make it too sticky.
4. Add food coloring, if desired.
5. Put the dough in a sealed container until you are ready to use it.

Use this dough to make your burning bush stand up. Stick the bush you made into the dough. Then, let the dough harden.

February: Honest Friendships

Ryan and Amanda Harvey* help people who have moved to the Middle East from other countries. Amanda opens her heart to them by understanding the culture from which they come. It is easy for her to build honest friendships with them.

This helps them build an honest relationship with God. People who have an honest relationship with God will admit when they have done wrong and ask God for forgiveness.

Amanda and Ryan say that being honest with God helps us grow in our friendship with Him.

*Names have been changed.

February: Soup and Conversations

The Haslers* know families who need help with food and clothing. They work with a group that has a soup kitchen, a place to give away food, and a place where people can find clothes to wear.

Martin and Debra* help in the soup kitchen. They cook a huge meal that includes soup, salad, a main dish, and dessert. The guests are treated as if they are in a restaurant. People bring the food to their table.

Musicians play and sing music about God. Others tell about their relationship with God. Some people sit at the table and talk with the people who are eating.

After the meal and conversation, the guests are given food and clothing to take home with them.

*Names have been changed.

February: Children in Action Extras

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

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 now 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 to them monthly as a way to encourage their support.

February: Missions Photos


Ryan and Amanda Harvey* serve their neighbors in the Middle East. Because of their language skills and cultural backgrounds, the Harveys are equipped to make connections with their neighbors and help immigrants adjust to living in the Middle East. 

*Names have been changed.


Martin and Debra Hasler* encourage their neighbors through activities at a camp and conference center. They, along with their team members, use sports, Bible studies, outreach events, camps, and neighborhood and school activities to reach the people in their community. They also help new Christian workers adapt to life in the Middle East.

*Names have been changed.


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