Christmas in August: Preschool

Little girl in front of christmas tree

Involve preschoolers in sharing with others through Christmas in August. Encourage preschoolers to bring items listed below for a missionary to be used within his or her ministry.

  1. Select one missionary from the list.
  2. Send home a note to parents to remind them to encourage their child to participate. List items the missionary requests. Remind parents that these are to be new items.
  3. Do not wrap the items. Send only the items requested because storage can be a problem.
  4. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or email address for the missionary to acknowledge receipt of your gifts.
  5. If Mission Friends make cards for the missionary, remind them that, other than the postcard, they may not hear from that person because correspondence is time consuming and expensive.

The missionaries expressed gratitude for your support when they sent their requests. They are excited about receiving these items.


Preschool Christmas in August 2019

Tim and Jody Cross
702 S. Almond Dr.
Simpsonville, SC 29681-3347
(336) 918-5353

  • retail chain store gift cards (to purchase household goods, food and/or toiletries for newly arriving refugee families)
  • grocery store gift cards including Bi-Lo, Aldi, or Publix (to purchase food for newly arriving refugee families.
  • new toys for children including trucks/cars, dolls, puzzles, soccer balls, footballs, games (board games should be simple like Sorry, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders or Uno Cards)

Tim and Jody are NAMB missionaries who started a ministry called Open Arms Refugee Ministry. They train believers and churches to help in the resettlement of newly arriving refugee families, most who have lived in refugee camps for 10–15 years. To learn more about their ministry, visit their website at


Maritza Ocasio Polanco
Urb. Las Vegas C-2
Florida, Puerto Rico 00650
(787) 822-1032

  • Bibles and tracts for children in Spanish
  • devotional books for patients and families in Spanish
  • school supplies
  • crayons and coloring books
  • toothbrushes
  • soap
  • small towels
  • scissors
  • basketballs
  • table games

I’m a hospital chaplain with the endorsement of NAMB. There are many children with needs. In addition, our church has been ministering to a public housing community of scant resources where the children have big needs.


Abraham Teanso
3039 Briarcliff Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30083
(404) 953-3696

  • books for ages 3 to 10
  • children’s Bibles
  • story books
  • crayons, pencils, markers, drawing paper
  • Christian DVDs and CDs
  • gift cards to buy snacks for Sunday
  • small tables and chairs for children’s service
  • games and toys
  • Dream List:
  • three televisions
  • small laptop
  • four DVD players

I am called to plant churches and reach people for Christ; especially I have a burden for youth and children. In Georgia there are more than 50,000 Ethiopians, but only 4% attend church. So we have a lot of assignments to reach these lost people for Christ. Our church needs enough money to have full-time, professional children’s teachers.

I am married and have 4 kids (12, 6, 4, and 1). I have planted 3 churches in USA, and have a vision to do more. But still I am a volunteer unpaid pastor and missionary, so I work a part-time job to support myself for service and my family. 

My wife, Aimaz, also works and supports me to accomplish our mission. We are praying for God’s provision.

Thank you for your prayers.


Danny Torres
557 Knickerbocker Ave Apt 3E
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 501-3881

Items for first time guests at Swerve Kids:

  • coloring books
  • candy

Items for hygiene kits for the homeless

  • hand sanitizer
  • deodorant
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • liquid soap
  • razors
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • wipes
  • facial tissue

Items for Christmas Outreach

  • boys toys (various ages)
  • girls toys (various ages)

Swerve Church is a church plant in the neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York City, started by a Bushwick native, Danny Torres. The definition of Swerve is “an abrupt change in direction,” which is exactly what Danny prays to see in the lives of his neighbors in their community. At Swerve they have three big values which are to love God, love people, and serve the community. They have decided that they will not simply be a church in Bushwick, but for Bushwick.

Bushwick is a small neighborhood in Brooklyn. At less than 2 square miles, it is home to over 120,000 people. A little over 60% of the population is of Hispanic descent. It was once the seventh most impoverished neighborhood in New York City, yet was named the seventh coolest neighborhood in the world according to Vogue magazine in 2015. How can you be a community afflicted with poverty and yet be the seventh coolest neighborhood in the world? It’s because of a thing called gentrification which is displacing many of the long-time residents in Bushwick.

Danny has a heart to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ and to mobilize people to live their lives on mission. Amidst the very real divide and tension in his community, Danny wishes to foster an environment within his church that reflects the diversity of Bushwick. To learn more about Swerve Church, visit


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