Boosting missions: NMI emphases month by month

past NMI President Bev Borbe
 

Calendar of Nazarene missions monthly themes

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

To fulfill its purposes or objectives, each month Nazarene Missions International promotes a particular theme or ministry

ideas by Bev Borbe, past president, NMI

January - Volunteer ministries emphasis

Play a quiz game "What's My Job?" Have a number of people pretend to have different occupations. Divide the audience in two teams. Each team takes turns asking a question of the person about his/her occupation. But they cannot ask what their job is until they think they know the answer. If they guess wrong, the other team wins the point. After each occupation is guessed, the leader mentions that Nazarene volunteers in that particular occupation may be serving in Mission Corps in some country of the world. Include any current Mission Corps information you have. [ more on Work & Witness ]

Mission trips | Missions anniversaries

This is also about the time that some churches take a "forgotten offering" offering to make up for one of the monthly emphasis offerings that slipped through the cracks.

February - Alabaster emphasis

Have someone build a simple, small-sized church in front of the audience. All building materials should be cut out and ready to go. As the church is being built, the leader should talk about how the Alabaster Offering has helped to build churches, houses, schools and other buildings on mission fields around the world.

Note: In the recent two-year long 50th anniversary celebration of Alabaster more than $7.3 million was raised.

More on Alabaster    |    Origin of the Alabaster offering    |   How much to give?    |   Bulletin inserts | Missions anniversaries

March - Easter offering

Have several children partner together. One child in each pair should carry a large card with the words, "Marching for Missions" while the other one is distributing Easter Offering envelopes to seated worshipers. Do this for a couple of services before you take the offering.

More on World Evangelism Fund | Missions anniversaries

April - Global awareness emphasis

Divide your missionary lesson into four parts. Ask four people to study their part and come up with five yes/no questions on the lesson. Prepare an answer sheet with 20 blanks. Give the questions while the audience fills in the blanks. Give a prize for the one with the most right. Have the four people give answers to the questions.

How to mobilize local churches  |  Idea: Ballad promoting NMI reading books  |  Missions e-books  |  Getting books read | Missions anniversaries

May - Missionary medical plan emphasis

Have someone acting as a doctor examine several people. As they are examined, the doctor should say things like:

  • "This patient has a big heart of compassion for the Medical Plan because it provides for our missionaries when they are ill."
  • "This patient will need a transfusion of generosity in order to give liberally in the Medical Plan offering"
  • "The patient is experiencing 20/20 vision in understanding the tremendous role the Medical Plan plays in caring for our missionaries' health needs."

More on missionary medical plan | Order forms: Distinguished Service Award -- Memorial Roll Certificate | Missions anniversaries to top of page

June - World Mission Broadcast emphasis

Buy several large, brightly colored balloons. Attach a string and a large card to each one. The cards should read, World Mission Broadcast goes places missionaries can't go! Read one of the cards. Then, remind people that just as the wind carries balloons to many places we cannot go, so world evangelism broadcasts on television, radio and the internet can go places where missionaries cannot go.

Facts to use:

  • Eighty people die every minute never hearing the name of Jesus.
  • World Mission Broadcast offering began in 1952 as a way to raise funds for Spanish language radio broadcasting
  • World Mission Broadcast now funds radio programs in over 95 languages
  • World Mission Broadcast is a very cost-effective way of spreading the gospel. [ more info ]

Close by giving the balloons away to people who can repeat one of the facts you just read.
arrow   [ Go to official web site ]
arrow   [ World Mission broadcast reports ]

Missions anniversaries

July - International ministry, Bible schools and seminaries

Interview a couple of high school students. Ask them general questions about their school, their assignments, and their future plans. Then ask the students how they would feel if they could not go to school because they could not afford to go, or how they would feel if they had to stay home to help earn money for the family, or if the only school in their area charged tuition and they had no money to pay. After this interchange, challenge the people with the fact that many poor students cannot afford to go to school to study for the ministry. Challenge them to give and to pray for these students. Also, challenge them to pray for their own students - those interviewed, and others.

Number of Bible colleges and students | Missions anniversaries

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August - LINKS emphasis

Every two years Nazarene congregations have at least one missionary family assigned to them by their district NMI leadership.

Place note paper and pencils in baskets to distribute to the audience. Give a brief update about your LINKS (Loving Interested Nazarenes Knowing and Sharing) missionary family. Ask everyone to write them a note. When they are through, collect the notes and pencils. Pass out other baskets filled with a small candy treat. Mail the notes to the LINKS missionary. When they respond, read the letter to your group.

more on LINKS | Missions anniversaries

September - Membership, Alabaster

  1. Make bright and colorful name tags that say, "I LOVE missions." and pin them on everyone in attendance.
  2. List all the things members can do throughout the year to help support the program. Some of your NMI members may not know what they are supposed to be doing. Challenge them to give, to pray, and to learn. Call for their involvement. Describe how they can be involved in Compassionate Ministries, Work & Witness, and Mission Corps.
  3. Have little children come in carrying a banner which says, "Future missionaries? Pray for us!" Have prayer for the youth and children of the church. [ "We pray for the children. . ." ]

More on Alabaster   |   Origin of the Alabaster offering   |   Daily Alabaster giving suggestions | Missions anniversaries

October - Mission Priority One awards; Thanksgiving offering in Canada

This emphasis used to be called "Mission Award." The program to give local churches guidance in fulfilling their part in the Great Commission was renamed in 2001.

  1. Scramble the letters of the phrase "Mission Priority One" and print them in large size on a chalk board or paper.
  2. Let the audience try to figure out what the three words are.
  3. Give a prize to the person who unscrambles the words.
  4. Write the words correctly and tell people that to keep the NMI goals unscrambled and stay on a straight course to be a Mission Priority One church we must be involved in:
    • Working with children and youth in missions
    • Praying for missionaries
    • Reading and learning about missions
    • Giving to the World Evangelism Fund.
  5. Discuss how your church is meeting these goals.

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November - Thanksgiving offering in the U.S.

Have a Thanksgiving Harvest march offering to God for His bountiful provisions. Inside a wheelbarrow, place a large box of red apples. Push the wheelbarrow down the aisle of the church and place near an offering collection plate. As each person comes by the wheelbarrow to give their offering, they take an apple. Even those who give no offering should be encouraged to take an apple.

November is also when one Sunday is set aside for special prayer for the Persecuted Church.

Parable of apple pickers | PowerPoint on World Evangelism Fund | Missions anniversaries

December - Nazarene compassionate ministries; Thanksgiving offering in countries other than Canada and the U.S.

Challenge everyone to do one compassionate deed each week of December. This could be a phone call to a sick person, a plate of cookies to a needy shut-in, or a plastic bag of food to a homeless person on the street. Suggest a good deed for one week would be to contribute an offering to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Fund. In January, have testimonies about the blessings received from participating in this month-long compassion emphasis.

There are mission field ministries asking for used greeting cards, used clothing and sample medicines. Contact the NMI office in Kansas City for the current list of missionaries requesting such items.

December giving calendar | United Way giving to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (N C M) | Crisis Care Kits: | More about Compassionate Ministries | Bible passages related to Compassionate Ministries | Bible: Caring for the poor | e-book on Haiti | Missions anniversaries

End of the year party - Celebrate all the emphases

At the end of the year, set up booths with displays for each one of the monthly emphases. Serve cake and refreshments. Invite the people to browse and enjoy the displays. Gather together for a short program in which each council member tells what has been accomplished through their particular emphasis throughout the year.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

More ideas in "Mission Connection"

More ideas on promoting each month's emphasis can be found in Mission Connection magazine which is sent each quarter to all Nazarene churches.

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
 
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