See a Need, Meet a Need

One size fits all. Not really. I have never been a “one size fits all” woman. We are all unique. Some are tall, some are small, some are thin, and some are not at all. So if “one size fits all” doesn’t work with our clothes, why do we think it would work with our missions efforts?

There are a lot of approaches to missions growth. But I don’t think that there is one magic approach that fits everyone. Here are a few that have worked in New Mexico.

Look for a need, and then find a solution for that need. We had a small Children in Action group that we wanted to grow. We noticed that many of the elementary students had to wait for older siblings to get out of sports practice to go home. So we changed the time of our CA group to that hour. Now years later, we have more than tripled the size of our original group.

New Mexico is a large state with not too many people. Many families who live in rural areas homeschool their children. It is impossible for them to drive many miles once a week for their children to be involved in a missions education group at their church. So we have launched the Home School Missions Network to connect all the homeschool families around the state. We can share ideas for missions projects, missions trips, implementing missions in your curriculum, and so much more. We are in the infant stages of this new ministry, but it has been well received and has many excited families involved.

Host a GA heritage tea. Invite everyone who has ever been a GA to come and bring a friend. It is so good for young girls to hear about how their mothers and grandmothers were involved in GA. It also reminds young mothers who were GAs how important it is for their little girls to grow up in GA. This would work with Royal Ambassadors also. Invite the dads and granddads to come.

One size doesn’t fit all, so one method for missions growth will not work for all. We must be willing to do what 1 Corinthians 9:22b–23 says: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (NIV).

Connie Dixon is executive director, New Mexico WMU.







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