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 April and May ideas.



April 2017 Ideas

 


April: Unit Scripture Simplified  

If you teach younger GAs, use this abbreviated unit Scripture verse throughout the month.

If you teach Lads, use this abbreviated unit Scripture verse throughout the month.


April: Use Your Marbles

According to missionary Gary Stone, Guatemalan children love to play with marbles. Find a vast collection of game variations at this site:
landofmarbles.com/marbles-play.html#200

Photos and some fun facts about children’s games in Guatemala can be found on this blog:
blog.unbound.org/2013/08/games-children-play-in-guatemala/


April: "Alabaré"

Follow the links below to find a video for the catchy tune “Alabaré” [ah-lah-bah-RAY], a praise song that the Stones sing with Guatemalan children:

lisanotes.blogspot.com/2011/07/alabare-mi-senor.html

youtube.com/watch?v=58bEOqLQzG4

Use the link that is most appropriate for your group.


April: Pure Water, Pure Love

WMU’s Pure Water, Pure Love ministry is featured in Week Four activities. Current information about the program can be found here, along with promotional videos that can help children recognize the value of safe, fresh water to missionaries all over the world:

 wmu.com/?q=article/support/pure-water-pure-love


April: Coordinate Capture Grid 

Refer to p. 32 of the Mar • Apr • May • issue of RA Leader. 

Print copies of this grid for use with the "Coordinate Capture" activity in Week One. 


April: Topsy-Turvy Tomatoes

For a different take on the Week Four gardening project, see these links to learn how to plant and grow tomatoes upside down.

 This tutorial uses inexpensive shopping bags for the planters:
rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/topsy-turvey-upside-down-tomato-planter

 With a little extra hardware, milk jugs can also be used for upside-down planters:
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plant-tomatoes-upside-down-milk-jugs-54326.html


April: Children in Action Extras

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


April: 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.


April: Missions Photos 

 
Gary and Lily Stone serve the Tajumulco Mam people in Guatemala. The Stones have worked to earn the trust of their neighbors. Gary and Lily share meals with their neighbors and hold dental and medical clinics to show God's love.    David and Regina White share Jesus with the Chorti people in Guatemala. Their days are full of Bible studies and missions opportunities. The White family visits their lost neighbors and tells Bible stories to garner interest in the gospel. 

Greetings from Guatemala

Click here to read an update from the White family, one of April's featured families!


May 2017 Ideas


May: Arizona Sunset

Arizona is well-known for its beautiful desert sunsets. Make your own desert sunset to hang on your wall.

What you need:
• several pieces of colored paper
• black construction paper
• scissors
• glue

What you do:

1. Choose a piece of paper for the base.

2. Tear the colored paper into strips.

3. Glue the torn strips of paper onto the base piece paper to make a sunset.

4. Draw a saguaro cactus on the black piece of construction paper. You can see a picture of a saguaro cactus and read all about them here

5. Glue the black saguaro cactus on top of your torn-paper sunset.

6. Enjoy your beautiful Arizona desert sunset!


May: Sonoran Desert Wildlife

Read all about the interesting wildlife found in the Sonoran Desert!

Diurnal Animals Seek and Find:
desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Diurnal-drawing.php

Nocturnal Animals Seek and Find:
desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/Nocturnal%20Scene.php


May: One Pastor, Two Churches Review Questions

Refer to p. 52 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of RA Leader

Use these questions to help your RAs review what they've learned about Hernando Cárdenas.


May: Car Pool Race to Work Signs

Refer to p. 54 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of RA Leader

Print these signs to play "Car Pool Race to Work" in Week Three. 


May: Car Pool Friends

Refer to p. 54 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader.

It is important to be friendly to people. Hernando says that God gave him the gift of friendliness. This helps him get to know many people. After they become friends, he can share God’s love with them.

Hernando worked with a man for four years. They rode to work together every day, and they became friends. The man was not a Christian.

Hernando talked to the man about Jesus. He told the man that God had changed his life. Hernando told his friend that God loved him very much. The man did not believe Hernando. Some people who called themselves Christians had not treated him nicely. Because of that, he did not trust Christians. Hernando continued to be a friend to the man. Every time they were together, Hernando told his friend about God’s love.

Hernando left the job, so he did not get to see his friend every day. But he kept in touch with him. He called the man often. He continued to be his friend and tell him about Jesus.

One day, the man walked into Hernando’s church. Hernando was surprised! A few weeks later, Hernando’s friend decided that he wanted to be a Christian. He told Hernando that he saw how God changed Hernando’s life. He said that he could see that Hernando did not just talk about being a Christian—he lived like a Christian.

Hernando’s friend and his daughter were baptized. They go to Hernando’s church. The man has changed. He is a better father. He goes to church every Sunday. He wants to teach a Bible study. He says that Hernando’s friendship made him realize that God loves him.


May: A Lesson for Mom

Refer to p. 54 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader;  p. 55 in RA Leader, and p. 38 in Children in Action Leader.

Download this story about Hernando Cárdenas's mother.


May: ABCs of Salvation

Refer to p. 54 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader. 

Download and use the ABCs of Salvation in your missions meeting.


May: Kooky Cowboy and Cowgirl Challenges

Refer to p. 55 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader, and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader

Print these challenges to help your children review what they've learned. 


May: The Potter Bible Lesson

Refer to  p. 55 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader;  p. 56 in RA Leader, and p. 39 in Children in Action Leader.

What you need:
• Bible

1. Read Jeremiah 18:1–4 to the children.

2. Say: God warned the Israelites that they needed to stop sinning. But they disobeyed. They kept doing the things God said not to do. God told Jeremiah to go to a potter’s shop. Jeremiah obeyed. Then he went to the Israelites and told them what he had seen. A potter was making a pot. But the pot didn’t look the way he wanted it to. Something was wrong with it. So the potter started over with the clay and made a new pot. He formed it the way he wanted it to look.

God wants us to be like clay. If we are obedient, He can mold us and make us into the kind of people He wants us to be. But just like the potter with the clay, sometimes something goes wrong, and we don’t obey God. There are imperfections, or sin, in our lives. Then we have to be re-formed like the pot. God helps us get rid of the sin that is not supposed to be there.


May: Bike Safely

Refer to p. 57 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader, and p. 40 in Children in Action Leader.

Print these water bottle labels and personalize water bottles for your bike rodeo. 


May: Helmet Safety

Refer to p. 57 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader and p. 40 in Children in Action Leader.

Download this handout to distribute at your bike rodeo. 


May: Love Is Sweet

Refer to p. 58 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader, and p. 41 in Children in Action Leader.

Download and print these labels to decorate cookie plates with your missions group. 


May: Queso Cheese Dip

Refer to p. 58 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2017 issue of GA Leader

What you need:
• 1 pound American cheese
• 1/2 cup milk, more if needed
• 1 tablespoon salted butter
• 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilis
• 1 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• medium-size saucepan
• tortilla chips

What you do:

1. Wash your hands.

2. Place the cheese, milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until cheese has completely melted.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir.

4. Put the dip in a slow cooker on the “warm” setting and cover until you are ready to serve it.

5. When you are ready to serve the dip, stir well. Add more milk if needed.

6. Serve with tortilla chips and raw vegetables like carrots and broccoli.


May: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance 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 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.


May: Missions Photos

Hernando Cá​rdenas shares Jesus in Phoenix, Arizona. He pastors a Spanish-speaking church and a church for Spanish-speaking cowboys. 

 

 

 

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