Welcome, new pastor

At a recent Northwest Oklahoma District NMI convention we welcomed each new pastor with a sack full of little gifts. Even with all the items listed below, the total cost per sack (including the sack) was less than $10. Almost all the items were purchased in a grocery store and at Wal-Mart. The darts were purchased in a sporting goods store. The bi-lingual stickers were left-overs from a Work and Witness promotion.

Only a couple of the items listed below relate to specifically to Oklahoma. With very little adaptation, this idea could be used on any district.

Welcome to our district

  1. Wal-Mart Smiley face car aerial ball with cowboy hat
    Welcome to Oklahoma
  2. Big Red brand gum
    Oklahoma is famous for its college football. One nickname for the OU team is "Big Red."
  3. God First - Primero Dios sticker
    Rev. 7:9: "I looked and saw a great crowd no man could number from every tribe, people, tongue and language . . ."
  4. Dart
    Aim high with your local missions goals. And remember, there are still people groups on this globe which no one has yet targeted.
  5. Package of Lifesavers
    Jesus said, "Whoever wants to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
  6. Extra brand gum
    All World Evangelism Fund overpayments go to open new fields.
  7. Strip of 35 mm film
    Pray for the JESUS film and the followup on new converts
  8. Automotive fuse
    Sometimes leaders get discouraged, even frustrated. So, when you blow your fuse, here's a replacement.
  9. Planters brand nuts or sunflower seeds
    We're planting churches among every people group.
  10. Island Twists Kool-Aid
    A reminder of our work in the South Pacific and in the Caribbean
  11. Yeast packet
    Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."
  12. Small candle
    Jesus said, "You are the light of the world."
  13. Fake $100 bill
    Be 100% in participating in world mission emphases and offerings
  14. Tombstone brand beef stick
    A reminder of all those people going out into eternity every day
  15. One Ferrero Rocher chocolate
    A reminder of our work in Italy and other chocolate producing countries
  16. Packet of Good Earth China Black tea
    A reminder of our work in Asia
  17. Abra-CaBubble bubble gum
    A reminder of all those spirit worshipers who hope to keep evil spirits appeased by using incantations such as "Abracadabra"

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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