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State Missions Coffeehouse

One of our church’s most successful state missions events was the Applause! Coffeehouse. To celebrate what God is doing in our state and promote the state missions offering, the fellowship hall was transformed into a coffeehouse, complete with casual seating and subdued lighting.

Monthly Ideas to Involve Church Members in Missions

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There is good news about sharing the good news! Even if your church is without churchwide WMU or WMU missions organizations, your members can be involved in missions. Check out these monthly ideas for missions and get ready to impact those around you:
 

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Making Stories Stick

Remember when we talked about asking head, heart, and hands questions after telling your Bible or mission story to children?

Strong Foundations

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I was recently asked to prepare a presentation entitled, “WMU Provides a Missional Foundation.” I know the importance of building on a solid footing.

Growth Emphasis: Plan Summer Events to Keep Children Coming

During the summer months, it's easy to let things slide. Vacations are in full swing and children are out of school. And who could turn down hanging out by the pool on a hot summer day? I'm all for a little sunshine and relaxation, but why not make it a missions moment, as well?

Make Disciples: Pouring Your Life into Others

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We all are pouring from our lives into others. The question is, “What sort of life am I pouring into them and why is it important?”

Partner with Me: Take me. Show me. Let me do missions with you.

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Think back a moment. Where were you when you first fell in love with missions? Who were you with? What were you doing? Was your first missions experience frightful or fulfilling? Think. What do you wish had been different? What do you know now that you wish you had known then?

Others in My Community

Birmingham Alabama

Last week I looked out across the city of Birmingham from the tower that is the base of the Vulcan statue, which is the symbol for the city and reflects Birmingham’s background in the iron and steel industry. The statue is at the top of Red Mountain. From the tower you can look out over the city in the valley below to see the hospitals, churches, synagogue, university buildings, airport, homes, roads, schools, and the tall buildings of downtown. You also see the trees and rolling mountains on all sides. It is a wonderful view of this community at the southern end of the Appalachians.

During July we focus on the Christian concept area of community in Mission Friends. In talking with preschoolers about community, this relates to the people who live near me in my town or neighborhood. As we talk about the Hmong people in Southeast Asia, we will focus on the strong communities they develop.

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

Put Out the Welcome Mat for Those with Special Needs

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One Sunday morning in 2002, Laura DiFatta arrived at her church nursery’s check-in desk with her visiting niece in her arms. Seeing a child with special needs, the nursery greeter explained that the church was unable to care for the little girl.

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