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 October and November ideas.

 


October 2017 Ideas


October: Fingerspelling Names!

Though languages like American Sign Language use signs rather than fingerspelling words, fingerspelling is still a way to communicate. Here’s a website that shows a fingerspelling chart: asl.ms/()/fingerspellingchart.htm.

Want a fun way to see names and other words fingerspelled? Go to this website: fingerspell.net/#/spell

Using these two websites, guide boys to fingerspell the following:

  • His first name
  • His last name
  • His best friend’s name
  • His mother’s first name
  • His father’s first name
  • His pet’s name
  • The name of your town or city 

October: American Sign Language and Bible Stories

Doc and Dee Douglas* realize that one need for global Deaf community about Jesus is Bible translations in local sign language.

To see the importance of this, go to the ASLV tab of this website and watch a video of at least one chapter of the Bible in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos vary in length, so choose one that best fits your chapter schedule: deafmissions.com/videos/.

Show this chapter to the boys you teach.

Then, go to the video tab and watch one or more of the Bible stories told in American Sign Language. If possible, show all or part of a Bible story to the boys.

Discuss how having the Bible and Bible stories in sign language could help deaf adults and children to learn more about Jesus.

* Names have been changed. 


October: Esther 

Doc and Dee Douglas* pray each morning for God to lead them to people who are ready to know about Jesus.

One day, after praying that prayer, they were on a train. They met an Asian woman named Esther. Doc asked her if she knew where her name came from. She didn’t.

That gave Doc the opportunity to tell her the story of Esther found in the Bible. Esther was interested in the story. “Are there more stories like that?” she wanted to know.

Doc shared almost 20 stories with Esther. In less than the 2-hour train ride, she began to understand God’s message. She became a follower of Jesus by the time she got off the train!

Doc says that they try to find out a little about the people they are talking to. Then, they offer to tell them a story that matches their situation. Doc and Dee tell them Bible stories, just like Doc did with Esther. Those stories often lead to conversations about Jesus.

*Names have been changed. 


October: Courage on the Metro

You might think that Doc and Dee Douglas* only share Jesus with deaf people. Instead, they are always on the lookout for anyone who needs the gospel message. They often share Jesus with hearing people. That’s what happened on the metro.

One day, Doc was riding a crowded metro car in a big city. The car was very crowded. He was surrounded by Muslims. He began sharing a Bible story with a man who spoke English.

Suddenly, Doc realized that about 6 other people were listening to every word he spoke. He knew they must understand English to be paying such close attention. It can be dangerous to share Jesus in public in that part of the world. Doc said a silent prayer and asked God to give him the courage to finish the Bible story.

Doc did finish the story. He knows God will use the Bible story he told to help those who heard it come closer to Jesus.

Would you say a prayer right now for the people who heard the Bible story that day to believe in Jesus?

*Names have been changed. 


October: Iron-On Transfer Patterns 

Refer to p. 42 in the Sept • Oct • Nov • issue of GA Leader, as well as p. 28 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • issue of Children in Action Leader

Download these iron-on transfer patterns to use during the "Sign Language Transfer" Project in Week 4.


October: Sign It!

Refer to p. 24 in the Sep • Oct • Nov • issue of Children in Action Leader

Download this manual alphabet chart to use during "Sign It!  in Week 2, "Sign It, Again" in Week 3, and "Bible Verse in Sign" in Week 4. 


October: Hit the Road to Pray

Download this poster to use with the "Hit the Road to Pray" activity found on the CA Extras page!


October: Web Links

"Abram's Story in Sign" (Week 3, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader) and "Tell the Bible Story by Signing" (Week 4 in RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): bible.is/deaf/ASESLV/Gen/12 

"Sign Language Transfer" (Week 4, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader): deafpeoples.imb.org


October: Children in Action Extras

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


October: 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.


October: Missions Photo

Doc and Dee Douglas* share Jesus with Deaf people groups around the world. 

*Names have been changed. 


November 2017 Ideas


November: GA Chef Correction

Refer to p. 52 of the Sep • Oct • Nov • 2017 issue of GA World. 

GA leaders, an ingredient for "Brownie in a Mug" was left off the supply list. Please add 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract to your ingredients for this recipe. 


November: Understanding the Needs of College Students

Leaders, think back to your college-aged years. Who were you? What role did church have in your life? In what ways were you involved in sharing the gospel with others when you were a college student? Or what ways do you wish that you had known about opportunities to hear the gospel in your college-aged years?

Share a story about what you were like in college. Bring photographs or other mementos to share with your GAs, RAs, or CAs. Teach children a cheer for your university sports team. Or, let them know in advance and ask them to wear your university’s spirit colors to your meeting.

Talk with children about how college campuses are important missions fields, yet they are still overlooked. Recognize any college campuses in your community. Pray for the students who attend those campuses. Pray for the ministry teams and missionaries who have a presence on those campuses. Pray that the gospel will spread among the college campuses.


November: Special Guest

Invite a college student to speak to your missions group. Suggestions are listed below:

  • Invite someone who was a former GA, RA, or CA in your church who would be willing to come back and speak to your group about his or her missions involvement at her campus as well, as well as involvement on missions trips.
  • Contact your local Baptist student ministry about having someone on the leadership team come and share about the opportunities that he or she has to share the gospel with others.
  • Invite a college student who is actively serving in your own church to come and share about how he or she is inspired to stay involved in church during this phase of his or her life.
  • Contact a college student who meets one of the criterion listed above with a video call.

Allow your guest to share a story about the importance of college missions and ministries to his or her growth as a follower of Christ and in his or her passion to share the gospel with others on the college campus as well as all around the world.

Allow time for your GAs, RAs, or CAs to ask questions about college life. It would probably be best to have them write down their questions beforehand so you can decide which ones are most important and to avoid repetition.

Conclude your visit with a special prayer for the college student, his or her faith, and his or her academic endeavors.


November: Visiting Collegiate Church Plants

Brian and Heidi Frye are busy helping collegiate church plants in Ohio and in other places around the United States. Preview these videos and plan to show them to your group, as time permits:

Resonate Church—vimeo.com/67592137. This tells the story of a couple that answered the call to serve as church planters in the Northwest.

Lifepoint Delaware—vimeo.com/166593971. This video tells about the partnerships between the North American Mission Board and a new church plant launched in Delaware, Ohio.

Use these questions to discuss these videos with your group:

  1. Where is this church being planted?
  2. What is the name of the church?
  3. What are some of the things they are doing to share Jesus with college students?
  4. In what ways do these church planters need to have courage to do what they are doing?
  5. How can you pray for this church plant?

November: Adopt a College Student

Choose a college student from your church congregation to “adopt” as a “big brother” or “big sister” to your chapter. Or, contact a ministry or church plant for a local college or university and get the name and contact information for a student you can “adopt.”

Send the student a questionnaire. Ask the student to list his or her favorites: color, sports team, candy, ice cream flavor, pizza topping, and so on!

Create an introductory video to send the student (with parental approval). Provide an opportunity for each child in your chapter to introduce himself (first name only) and tell a little bit about himself. Be sure to include at least one child praying for the student.Each month, send the college student a card and a small care package. Include in the care package some of their favorites and handwritten/hand-drawn notes from your group. Include pictures of what your chapter is doing. On special occasions (such as birthday and Christmas) send another video message, too! Remember to pray for the student every week.

If possible, invite the student to join your group for a party, complete with his or her favorite pizza and ice cream. Give the student a Bible in which each member of the chapter has marked his favorite Bible verse.


November: Web Links

“College Dorm Food” (Week 2, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader): afternoontea4two.com/2016/05/23/5-minute-mug-cakes/

“Engage 24 Project” (Week 2, GA Leader, RA Leader, and Children in Action Leader): vimeo.com/121510255

“Storytime” (Week 3, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader):

  • Resonate Church vimeo.com/67592137. This tells the story of a couple that answered the call to serve as church planters in the Northwest.
  • Lifepoint Delaware vimeo.com/166593971. This emphasizes the partnerships between sending churches and NAMB and a new church plant launch in Delaware.
  • Salt Network vimeo.com/163997090. This emphasizes how churches multiply and multiply on collegiate campuses and through student ministries

“Growing Salt Crystals” (Week 3, RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): youtube.com/watch?v=QroTXBMb2Dg&feature=youtu.be

“Salt Crystal Observation” (Week 3, RA Leader and Children in Action Leader): youtube.com/watch?v=74-pq7eGWAo&feature=youtu.be

“Plan a College Worship Service” (Week 4, RA Leader): vimeo.com/137741069

“Collegiate Church Service” (Week 4, GA Leader and Children in Action Leader):

  • vimeo.com/137741069. This short video depicts a worship gathering on a college campus. The students gathering, the message presented to them, college students sharing the gospel with others, and worship.
  • vimeo.com/145413680. This short video depicts some college students sharing their profession of faith and getting baptized. Some of these stories mention drug use, criminal activity, and emotional distress.
  • vimeo.com/67850443. This short video depicts a worship gathering and college students celebrating being baptized.
  • vimeo.com/143674878. This is a short video where college students talk about get a variety of different jobs (in Southern California) but spend their summers serving and living missionally and church planting. The students talk about how their faith grows in the midst of everyday living.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms/159647571. This is a short video that depicts college students getting baptized and participating in the Lord’s Supper.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms/89316709. This is a short video that shows the set-up for a baptismal service and worship gathering.
  • vimeo.com/channels/h2obaptisms. There is a series of college students' 1–2 minute testimonies on this channel. Preview and choose one of those testimonies to view.

November: Children in Action Extras

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


November: 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. 


November: Missions Photo

Brian and Heidi Frye, along with their sons Ian, Scott, and Connor, serve in Columbus, Ohio. The Fryes share the gospel with college students. 

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