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 March and April ideas. 

March 2018 Ideas

March: Jesus Is King Letter Tile Game

Refer to p. 18 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018  issue of RA Leader.

In March, children will hear the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (Mark 11:1–11). In the Old Testament, the prophet Zechariah said that one day a king would come riding on a donkey. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when He came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Today, we know that Jesus is the King of kings because He came to save us from our sins.

King of kings is a great title for Jesus. What other words can you use to describe Jesus? Play this game to find out!

What you need:
• bag of letter tiles from a board game

What you do:
1. Divide boys into 2 teams.
2. Have one person draw a letter tile from the bag.
3. Give both teams 1 minute to list words that describe Jesus. The words must begin with the letter they drew.
4. Then, have one team read its list out loud. Both teams should cross out any words they both listed.
5. Each team will get 1 point for every word they listed that the other team did not.
6. Continue to play several rounds. Each time, draw a different letter from the bag.
7. After the game, remind children that many people in Boston and throughout North America do not know Who Jesus is. Pray for people in Boston to know Jesus and to choose to follow Him. Pray for missionaries in Boston as they tell people the truth about Who Jesus is.

March: "Orange You Glad" Care Packages

Use this Project idea for your RA chapter!

• paper lunch sacks or gift bags (white)
• orange-flavored or colored snack items
• orange markers
• promotional materials or flyers from your church

1. Say: Christ Community Church is a new church in Newton, Massachusetts. The church is involved in the community in many ways. They serve students at a nearby college. They host game nights for the students and visit the campus each week to help students grow in their faith. They even give out goody bags to the students during exam week. Why do they do this? They want to be a presence for Christ at that college. They want the students there to come to faith in Christ.
2. Have boys make care packages for the college students in your area. You may want to contact a local missionary, Baptist collegiate minister, or college campus minister to see if you can distribute the care packages in conjunction with an outreach event they are hosting.
3. Have boys write Orange you glad Jesus cares for you? (1 Peter 5:7) on white paper lunch sacks or gift bags.
4. Then, have boys put snacks inside the gift bags such as an orange, orange soda, cheese curls, candy orange slices, orange mints, orange-colored peanut butter and crackers or fish-shaped crackers.
5. Include information in each bag that has your church’s name, address, worship times, and website. You might also include an invitation to an upcoming Easter event at your church.

Just for Lads

• pencil

Before the session, write the phrase Orange you glad Jesus cares for you? lightly with a pencil on the bags. Then, have Lads trace the letters with an orange marker.

Just for Crusaders
• Internet access

With supervision, have Crusaders use the Internet to research the different college campuses near your town. Make a list of the colleges. Keep the list in your RA room. Each week, pray for students at those campuses to be saved and to follow Christ.

March: Additional information

Like to cook? Make a batch of old-fashioned Boston baked beans for your mission kids to sample. Here’s how:

For up-to-the-minute information about Christ Community Church in Newton (the Mahons’ newly planted church), visit the church website here:

This is your jumping-off point to a generous offering of information about this year’s Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, including videos you can show to complement your Week 4 learning activities:

March: Boston Red Sox Relay Game

Refer to p. 23 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018  issue of GA Leader and p. 24 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 • issue of RA Leader

Many people in the Boston area are baseball fans. They love to cheer for their home team, the Boston Red Sox. Lead children in playing this game using a pair of red socks!

What you need:
• 2 pairs of red socks (or any other color)
• 2 packs of chewing gum

What you do:
1. Tell children that you are going to play a game using red socks in honor of the Boston Red Sox.
2. Divide children into 2 teams. Have the teams to line up on one side of the room.
3. For each team, put a pack of gum and a pair of socks on a chair on the opposite side of the room.
4. When you say Go, have the first child on each team run to the chair, put the pair of socks on his or her hands, and open the chewing gun. He or she should remove 1 stick from the pack and put the gum in his or her mouth.Then, he or she must take off the socks, put them back on the chair, and run back to tag the next child in line.
5. The game will continue until everyone has had a turn. The first team to finish will win!
6. Review the game with your children. Ask: In what ways did this game require patience and perseverance? Explain that it took patience and perseverance to take out the stick of gum and to unwrap it with a pair of socks on your hands.
7. Explain that it also takes patience and perseverance to serve on the missions field. Remind children that missionaries Brian and Jenny Mahon have accepted the challenge of planting a church in one of Boston’s most affluent communities. They have served in Newton, Massachusetts, for over 4 years. So far, the Mahons have seen very few people come to faith in Christ.
8. Lead children to pray for God to encourage Brian and Jenny and to give them strength. Pray that they will be faithful and that their ministry will be effective and bear fruit.

March: RA Sailboats

Refer to p. 26 of the Mar • Apr • May • 2018  issue of RA Leader

Visit this website to learn more about the Historic Newton Boathouse.

March: Children in Action Extras

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

March: 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 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 them as a monthly way to encourage their support. 

March: Missions Photos

Brian and Jenny Mahon share God's love in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. The Mahons serve their community with Christ Community Church. Brian and Jenny also create opportunities to share their faith with their friends and neighbors through kindness and hospitality. 

April 2018 Ideas

April: After the Resurrection

Lead children to read about what happens in the Bible after Easter Sunday. Direct them to read more about the numerous times Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection. Some of these passages will be familiar—such as the Great Commission, Saul’s conversion, Thomas’s hands-on meeting, a miraculous fish feast, Peter’s instruction to feed his sheep and even Acts 1:8—but children may not realize that the context of these stories is an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. Choose some or all of these passages to read and discuss together.

Mark 16:12-13 — This is Mark’s shortened version of what happened on the road to Emmaus.

Matthew 28:16-20 — In this appearance, Jesus speaks the Great Commission to His disciples.

Luke 24:36-52 — In this appearance, Jesus confirms what the disciples on the Emmaus Road witnessed when He appears to them all during their report of those events. Jesus shows them that He is not a ghost but a body and bones with wounded hands and feet. He even eats! Jesus explains that He will go up into heaven, and He does.

John 20:19-29 — In this appearance, Jesus confirms what the woman at the tomb witnessed. He appears first to the disciples behind locked doors, and then Thomas puts his fingers where the nails and sword pierced His body.

John 21:1-14 — In this appearance, Jesus gives direction to the disciples fishing from the boat. They have a miraculous catch and enjoy a campfire meal together.

John 21:15-25 — As part of the campfire meal, Jesus has a special conversation with Simon Peter. Jesus asks him to demonstrate his love by taking care and feeding Jesus’ followers.

Acts 1:1-11 — This is Jesus’ final earthly moment with His disciples. He gives them further instruction to witness to others from Jerusalem into the ends of the earth. Then Jesus is taken up into heaven.

Acts 9:1-9 — In this final appearance, Jesus reveals Himself to Saul — a persecutor of the church who would be transformed by this experience into a missionary for God’s kingdom.

April: Surprise Box Pattern

Please refer to p. 33 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader and p. 22 of the Mar • Apr • May 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

To make the boxes described in “Surprise Boxes,” print this pattern on card stock — one per child. Cut out, fold and tape together. 

April: "O, Divna Ljubav"

Please refer to p. 41 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader and p. 27 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Before you teach Week Four, watch this video of a Croatian children’s group singing “O, Divna Ljubav”: You’ll catch on quickly to the tune and the motions!


To learn pronunciation for Croatian consonants and vowels, please view the guidelines below.

Croatian is largely phonetic, so once you learn one of the sounds, it’s almost always the same in every instance. 

The consonants are standard generally.

C is a big exception. It makes a ts sound, as in Ceasar. There are also two other Cs, see below.

J is also an exception. It serves as a Y consonant, never as a vowel. So in Croatia, Yugoslavia is spelled Jugoslavija.

There’s also lj and nj, which are considered individual consonants in the alphabet. They form a sound like lyh and nyh. There really nothing like it in the English language.


A  — ahh like in wall

E — ehh  like in Eric

I — ee like in easy

O — ohh like in open

U — oo like in you

Special cases:

Č — This is the hard ch (It may be hard for a person who doesn’t speak the language to detect a difference between the hard and soft ch sounds. The hard ch is longer, and the soft ch is shorter)

Ć — This is the soft ch      

Đ — Like a J, or the G in Georgia

Š — This is sh as in ship

Ž — This one makes a zzuh sound; it's almost like the sh, but with a z sound instead

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 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 them monthly as a way to encourage their support

April: Missions Photo

Eric and Julie Maroney serve as missionaries in Croatia. They work to share Jesus' love with their Croatian friends and neighbors

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