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Be Genuine

Dietzes at worship service

Jason and Cheryl Dietz were appointed to serve as church planters in Dresden, Germany, in 2006. The part of the world they live in has been called the most secular region on earth. Religion and faith are almost a foreign concept for most, and the Dietzes’ approach is to initiate spiritual conversations with everyone they come in contact with. “Those who show interest hear more and more from us, the whole gospel presentation, and an invitation to respond,” said Mr. Dietz.

What to Do for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

First Steps 23

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. Perhaps you meet on Sunday, the month has a fifth session, but Mission Friends Leader has only 4 sessions, based on Wednesday meetings.

Preschool Missions Focus

Dietz 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.

When Trauma Is Ongoing

Helping preschoolers

When we think of preschoolers who experience trauma, we might think of a child who has gone through a tornado or house fire, a car accident, or witnessed a violent event. These are all one-time events, even though the consequences of these events might last a long time. What about preschoolers who deal with trauma on a regular basis? I’m thinking of a preschooler who is dealing with a serious chronic health condition or has a family member with a continuing health condition. Some preschoolers live with the ongoing trauma of living with a parent who has an addiction or substance abuse disorder. Other examples are preschoolers who live with a parent or sibling who has mental illness or those who live in a household in which there is domestic violence and emotional abuse. These preschoolers live in a constant state of fear because their trauma is ongoing.

Serving Him by Teaching and Encouraging

While taking a philosophy class in college, Bart Gibbs was assigned a book titled, Man’s Search for Meaning. After reading the book, he was drawn to continue seeking God’s leading to find true meaning in life. Through volunteer experiences, while visiting Burkina Faso in 1981, he “found meaning in life through serving the Lord in bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God to people in West Africa,” shares Bart. Bart and Jane Anne Gibbs met while in college at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), at Calvary Baptist Church, and were married in 1983. They have 2 daughters and a son.

Building with Blocks

Amazon Pool

Do you ever notice when your group of Mission Friends tend to gravitate towards certain activities? My group this year seem to be drawn to the Blocks area. Every week, that is the first interest area that they go to. It is not just our boys who gravitate towards activities in Blocks. Some of the girls are in the Blocks area each week, also. Our preschoolers, who are 3s and 4s, spend a lot of time building really elaborate structures. A couple of our preschoolers concentrate so much on what they build, that sometimes the Blocks area is the only interest area in which they play in 1 session of Mission Friends. I have to make sure they learn about missions in this interest area.

Organizing for Mission Friends

Art supplies to clean up

Summer is a good time to go through your Mission Friends classroom to clean and organize. Take a look at your room and see what needs to be spruced up. We share some ideas to freshen up your classroom.

Promotion Day

Promotion Day Good Outcome

Promotion Day Story 1

First-grader Olivia walks down the church hallway, not really sure which room is the Girls in Action (GA) room. This is promotion day when she will go to GA for the first time. She hears children in the first room. When she steps in the doorway, she realizes the children are all boys so this must be the Royal Ambassadors (RA) classroom. Olivia continues down the hall to the next room. When she comes to the door, she sees 2 women with a group of girls. She thinks that she has seen 1 of the women at church before, but doesn’t know the woman’s name. A little unsure, she stands in the doorway for several seconds. She cannot see what the other girls are doing, so she just sits in a chair near the doorway. Some of the other girls look bigger than she is. Olivia decides to sit quietly, and in a few minutes one of the leaders notices her.

Free Downloads for Mission Friends

WMU provides a number of free Mission Friends downloads for your church and families. Scroll down the page to see all our downloads.


Digital Template: Mission Friends Banner

Spark interest in Mission Friends with a fun printable banner. The banner will print at 3 feet long. Download the file, and send it to a printing service, such as an office supply store, to print on a banner printer. Here are some thoughts on ways to use your Mission Friends banner:

Summer in Mission Friends

Preschool Summer Fun

Put some zest in Mission Friends this summer! Times at church might be more relaxed during the summer, so it’s the perfect time to do something a little different such as going outside for an activity. Keep the energy going in Mission Friends with these ideas to try throughout this summer.

  • Go outside for Group Time. Once a month, or maybe even more, take your preschoolers outside to tell the mission story and have Prayertime. I put a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth down on the ground for my preschoolers to sit on, and this gives them a parameter for our Group Time outside.

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