Preschool Missions Focus

Martin Family

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Missions Focus May 2018

Missions Area: Las Vegas | Concept Area: God | Missionary: Cynthia Martin

5 Fun Facts about the Missionary

  1. Mrs. Martin and her family served for 17 years as missionaries in Bolivia, Peru, and Columbia before returning to the United States where they began Safely Home Refugee Ministry in Las Vegas.

  2. Mrs. Martin teaches refugees how to do everyday errands, such as shopping for groceries, reading the mail, and finding a doctor. She also helps them know how to speak English.

  3. The refugees Mrs. Martin meets have different beliefs. Some believe in many gods. Others believe in a different god, or that there is no god at all. Mrs. Martin is happy to tell them about our loving God.

  4. Mrs. Martin’s husband is the pastor of Tropicana Christian Fellowship in Las Vegas. There are 5 different nationalities represented in the church, and many more in the community. Mr. and Mrs. Martin also helped start a Nepali-speaking church for refugees from Bhutan.

  5. The Martins have 3 grown children. They also have 2 cats that have lived with them in 4 countries!


Prayer Requests

  • Pray that Mrs. Martin, her family, and volunteers who help will have the strength they need for the long hours it sometimes takes to help refugee families.

  • Pray that the Martins will be able to tell many refugees about Jesus. They ask us to especially pray for the Bhutanese refugee community.

  • Pray that God will help the ministry reach refugees through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and Bible clubs for children, which are held at 2 ministry centers.

  • Pray that the Martins will find time for their whole family to gather soon.

  • Pray for the new Bhutanese church, as well as another new church that is attended by refugees from Iraq, Burma, Cuba, Colombia, and other countries.



ESL Class

Mrs. Martin enjoys teaching refugee friends how to speak English.




Mrs. Martin and a friend

Mrs. Martin makes friends with refugees from many countries.

Bible Club

Children enjoy coming to Bible Club at the refugee ministry centers.




Photos courtesy of Mrs. Martin
































Missions Area: Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a city that is located in a desert. It is often very hot there with long summers. Many people visit Las Vegas every year on vacation. The city is filled with tall buildings and bright lights.

Many people who live in Las Vegas are not originally from the United States. They dress differently and speak different languages. Mrs. Martin enjoys meeting people from other countries.

Additional information and activities are in Spring Mission Friends Leader, pages 44–63, the May leaflet of Spring Mission Friends at Home, and First Steps in Missions, vol. 23, pages 66–73. WMU Year Book 2017–18 has planning helps.

By Jamie H. Wilson, Spartanburg, SC

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.


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