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February 17, 2014

My Journey with Worship-Based Prayer

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by Lyn Byler

We are pleased to have Lyn Byler, pastor of Maranatha Fellowship in Dover, Delaware and owner of Byler’s Store leading our time of corporate prayer at the 2014 CMC Prayer Gathering, October 31-November 1. Lyn is an avid student of worship-based prayer and has a vision for seeing the church grow in prayer.

In the early years of my leadership at Maranatha Fellowship we had explored various models of church life learning many good ideas and principles for church health and growth. At some point I was handed the book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala which opened my eyes to the critical need for prayer in the life of the church in a whole new way. We embraced the call to prayer and spent several years exploring many avenues of bringing prayer to the core of our church life.

When RMM hosted the Prayer Conference at RBC with Daniel Henderson as the leader (April, 2008), Daniel’s introduction to corporate worship based prayer became the “rubber meets the road” of developing a prayer culture in our church. I’ve witnessed this in action through several visits to the Brooklyn Tabernacle for teaching sessions and by experiencing their Tuesday night prayer meeting with up to 4,000 people. My love for corporate prayer has increased by attending and leading various prayer gatherings. It never ceases to amaze me what God does during these times.

"It’s much more than a
list of requests to God...
If prayer is first about worship, our focus shifts from “what can God do
for me” to simply
knowing God."

My personal prayer journey has led me to a deeper understanding that God created us to be dependent people. Prayer is the expression of that dependence. It’s much more than a list of requests to God, but a desire to rely on him for life in general. If prayer is first about worship, our focus shifts from “what can God do for me” to simply knowing God. The much used quote “seeking God’s face versus his hands,” sums it up well.

My dream for our church to have a vibrant worship based prayer service has been replaced with the goal of having a church with a strong prayer culture reflecting a heart of dependency on God. We have seen increasing evidence of this transformation as we continually teach and strive to model the foundational truth of a God who wants us to depend on him.

It has been a rewarding experience to introduce people to a prayer method that involves the participation of many. I’ve heard many statements like, “I’d never pray out loud, but I do in these sessions” and “It is so encouraging to hear the church pray together.”

If you have a desire to foster new dependency on God in your own life and also to create a culture of prayer within your church, please attend the prayer gathering and let’s seek God’s face together. I look forward to the opportunity to walk with others who are on this journey.


Last Month in Bangkok

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Danielle* is currently a student at Kasem Bundit University where she is developing relationships and sharing the love of Jesus. Danielle is preparing to return to the States as she completes her two-year apprentice term. She is in dialogue with RMM and plans a return to Thailand as a long-term worker. These are a few of her thoughts and prayer requests as she prepares to return home.

Hello to all in far off lands!

There is so much to tell and so little time, so let’s start with my departure date. I will arrive in America on the 25th of March. I will stay in Columbus for a week of re-entry and processing. Then I will be going home! I am so excited to see my friends and family! As far as future plans, they are still in process and I will fill you in when I know for sure.

Some really cool news is that my friend Rabbit has shown some interest in the Bible. I have this comic book Bible and she read it and asked me questions about it. Previously she showed no interest in anything, and now she is trying to learn a little more. She was telling me that she does not like the approach of the Chinese missionaries because they come and try to force her to say things that she does not want to say. She said that I never tried to force anything on her, but showed her by example. Let’s keep her in our prayers for this and also for when I leave. It will be very hard on her. We are best friends; she does not have a lot of other friends.

Please also pray for my roommate, Organ. She was pretty sad to hear that I will be leaving. She was telling me that she has no one else to really be open and share with who tries to encourage her as well. It is encouraging to see that I am making some differences here.

Another prayer was answered recently! Last week I was able to go with my friend, Emmy, to her home in Korat. It is around four hours away from Bangkok. She had invited me to go before but I had a class that I could not miss. This time I was able to go! It was great to go into the deep country and be in nature. Ice cold bucket showers and hot, lazy afternoons are always nice. I enjoyed hanging out with Emmy and her family.

Classes here are going well. Finals are coming up at the end of February. I feel pretty good about most of them.

I also ask for prayer as I am preparing to leave. I am feeling pretty worn out. I ask that you would pray for vision for the future and my remaining time here. Pray that I would leave the distractions behind and connect with God!

Thank you all and God bless!

*Last name omitted for security reasons.


February 05, 2014

Shooting Stars

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An update from the North Africa REACH team*

Outreach has been going very well. Language training is, as they say it here, “shweeya b’shweeya” (slowly but surely). We finished phase 1A this week and are now looking forward to phase 1B. I feel like we have been advancing at an average pace, but we are doing very well nonetheless. While here in the city our main outreach is making friends and having interactions. We have all started to find our own little things. Our team leader visits many of his friends from last year. I have found two friends; one to drink tea with and another who helps me with my language. Another teammate has joined a gym and been working out there this month. He has already met a couple people that have the potential to be some good workout partners. One of the guys has found a shopkeeper up around the corner that he spends several hours a week with. We all enjoy it very much and are having a great time with building friendships! So all in all I say that things are going pretty well.

It’s hard for me to put into words how I am doing personally. In some regards I would say that I am doing great! I have adjusted to life here very well. Being an outdoorsy guy myself, I have always enjoyed the camping life. Being here is like a combination of everyday life and camping, and boy do I love it. I have enjoyed the culture here very much. I still get laughed at for my lack of language and knowledge of culture, but I have found friends that are willing to help teach me what I am supposed to do. I enjoy the challenge; going to the market to buy foods, making friends with the people that we buy things from every day, and things like that. People realize now that we live here. There’s a café at the end of our street that has a large television inside, and we’re recognized enough now that the owner saved us four seats to sit and watch Barcelona vs. AT Madrid match. We’ve made a couple friends to sit and watch the games with, and the café owner is going to save us a seat every game. Things seem to be going relatively smoothly.

"I told God that I know he’s up there, and I know he’s got a plan as to why this is happening, but that I am very frustrated with this and want to move on."

However, it’s not all sunshine and roses, and I have been dealing with some really hard times. My quiet times, while good, have not felt growing. I feel like there is a wall between me and God, and I don’t know why, where it’s coming from, or how to get through it. It’s been very frustrating to say the least. One night I remember very specifically that I got frustrated and went to the roof (I absolutely love our roof because the atmosphere is peaceful and calming) and I’m not sure how loud I got, but I started talking about my frustrations with our relationship and I definitely showed my frustration, to the point of tears, and then I stopped and looked up into the sky. I told God that I know he’s up there, and I know he’s got a plan as to why this is happening, but that I am very frustrated with this and want to move on. I asked him to bring me through this, but that if this is what he has for me, that he would give me the strength to endure it. I love looking up into the sky and staring at the stars. I was quiet for a while, and then I started talking to him again. I said “all I want to know is that you’re there and you can hear me.” Not thirty seconds later a shooting star went flying across the sky. For me that was his promise that he heard me and he knows what I am going through. I saw a shooting star for three nights in a row, and that was a huge encouragement to me. I needed to see that.

Things haven’t changed since then. I still feel disconnected, and I feel like there are barriers between me and him. But I know that he hears me, and I have seen him working here. That makes it worth it. It’s still not any less frustrating, but I know that he has this in his plan for my life right now. It’s a lot like the stars; even on nights full of cloud cover, when not a single star can be seen, nothing can take away the fact that I know they’re up there. God isn’t any different. I may not be able to see him, but I know he’s there and I know he’s working.

Ways you can be praying for our team:

  • For me (stated above)
  • That we would continue to do well in language
  • That our team leader’s foot would continue to heal
  • Strengthened friendships
  • As we begin to prepare for trekking
*Names omitted for security reasons.


February 04, 2014

How does a people group come to know Jesus?

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by Dan
Note: Last name of writer and country name omitted and names of national workers changed for security reasons.

The world is filled with people groups who do not have a witness of Jesus among them. How does a people group come to know Jesus? How should we be involved in “inviting the nations to worship Jesus”? This is the story of a small but mighty work of God in a South Asian country and the way RMM has participated in his work.

There are a large number of rural farming families living in a remote region of a South Asian country who have been Hindus/animists for centuries. They are poor, marginalized, and have been exploited for a long time. Although the soil is rich and there are no stones to hinder agriculture and the landscape is flat, life is difficult because each family only owns a small plot of land and the produce from farming has low commercial value. Extended families live together surrounded by the rice fields they farm. The houses are small, one or two-room structures made of mud and thatch or sometimes tin. A few fruit trees and small garden plots often surround the home. Water is carried home from nearby tube wells. Narrow dirt paths connect each home to others in the village and eventually to the main road where small motorized vehicles take them to the nearest town. Travel to the local bazaar is on foot, by bicycle, “van” (a man-powered three-wheeled bicycle with a flat bed over the back two wheels, capable of hauling produce or people), or rickshaw. Many of the farming families increase their meager income by driving one of these vans or rickshaws or by working for a local “rich man” thus earning a small sum by the sweat of their brow. Women spend their days cooking over wood fires, processing food for local consumption, tending small children, washing clothes by hand or any number of other household chores. Children walk to the local school where they try to learn in small classrooms packed with 40-50 other students.

Coming from traditional animistic tribal ancestors, these families have also embraced Hindu gods and the Hindu system, but their heart religion is animism. Nevertheless they suffer from being at the bottom of the Hindu caste system. This system separates people according to their birth into castes or sub-groups of people who are downtrodden from birth by the more advanced castes like the religious leader castes, the merchant castes or other castes that include social privileges denied to these low-caste families. So they are born into poverty and lack educational opportunities, and are looked down upon by their neighbors. Tea shops and small local restaurants cater to people according to caste and marriage and social interaction between castes is frowned upon.

Prior to 2005 they had only heard about people called Christians, but no one had come to really live among them and present the Living Jesus to them. They had rarely left their home region and felt uncomfortable among people from the “outside.” But it is recognized by more progressive minded rural Hindus that economic advancement can only be achieved through higher education. So Deepak, supported by his father, left to go to a major city to study at a university there.

What a challenge to Deepak! He had never been to the city before and knew no one there. The city is so different—a confusing place where he didn’t know how to get around, knew none of the landmarks, nor how to live in a place so different from his home village. The noise of traffic, the hoards of people all in a hurry, the expense, and ever-present danger added to Deepak’s alienation. But since he had been a good student, had done well on his exams and was guided by an interested teacher from his local high school, he found the university, befriended some students there and eventually adjusted to city life.

Hindu background Christ-followers deep in a manuscript Bible study

During his studies, he met a group of young Christians also from Hindu background and connected to a student hostel in another city (funded by RMM), and began talking with them about their faith. Within a short time, he came to believe in the way of Jesus largely because of their friendship and the spirit of love he saw in them, so he was baptized. Together with his new friends, they set up a “Christian student residence” (patterned after the student hostel in the other city) where they met every evening for prayer, songs and Bible study. Because of Deepak’s academic success and with the hope of financial and social benefits through having a college graduate in the family, several other families sent their sons from that remote area to study in the city. They stayed with Deepak and his new Christian friends. They too heard of Jesus and came to meet him in their evening prayers. They learned how Jesus answers prayers and cares about them even if they are from a poor and marginalized caste. “Somebody up there loves us!” became Good News to them. And several of them also came to faith. Through this outreach to young students, the influence of Jesus’ way of living came to a number of families in their home villages—a distance of twelve hours by bus from the city. When Deepak and his friends returned to visit their village families, there was a new excitement. They were hesitant at first to share openly about their new faith, but they did share privately, especially with some of their friends in the home villages and several more young people came to faith and were baptized.

From 1990-2003
RMM had a small team of workers in this country, but it proved difficult to put together a team of long-term workers from North America. When Dan left the country in 2003, we discussed how to continue the work among Hindus that had begun. Although we don't normally support "national workers," in this case we decided to support a small team of national cross-cultural workers (i.e. tribal Christians reaching Hindus). These workers serve as leadership trainers to facilitate the ongoing people group movement to Christ. From 2004 to the present, RMM has continued to provide a modest budget to support the efforts of this team and their activities related to leadership training.

They began to invite Protap and Hiralal (believers from a tribal background who are working on the RMM team–see sidebar) to their villages to meet their families and share about Jesus with them. Although these men were from another people group, they were so friendly and spoke with grace, knowledge, and authority about the God who came down to earth for each and every person including them. This too was Good News! Could it be true that the Creator God also cares about us? And what about this positive change we are seeing in our sons who went off to the city to study? There’s a new joy on their faces and new faith in their hearts.

Among those who came to faith was another university student, Madan, who is still the only believing member of his family. He was excited, but then a personal temptation came his way and he fell into Satan’s trap. Because of shame and alienation, Madan cut himself off from all communication with his Christian “family” for several years. But like the Prodigal Son, he recognized what he had lost and tentatively sought out God through his Christian family. They openly received him after he expressed regret for what he had done and a desire to come back to Jesus. Now he has been restored to faith and has developed an extensive vision for how God can change his biological family and the surrounding village families. After graduation, he hopes to return to his home area and lead his people in knowing Christ and the blessings he brings.

At the end of one of my trips to that country, I was pleasantly surprised as I left for the airport. Hiralal had invited four students to come to meet me before I left. When we got there, we hopped into a taxi and headed for a pond right at the end of the runway just outside the airport. There, as jet planes flew overhead, two young men, Dipak and Sabir, were baptized by Deepak in the pond! As three of us stood at the pond’s edge praying and rejoicing at the new life God gives to all who hear and come to him, Deepak with his village friends entered the water and in a simple ceremony under the tropical sun, the two men confirmed their faith to God and to us few privileged to attend. Around us we could see the bustle of life in the distance, some fishing, others washing and still others traveling to town, but we rejoiced that God was at work and that he will reach the multitudes around us through young people like these. What a blessing to share in this event and see the fruit of many prayers and the faithful sharing of God’s people! Dipak has gone on to be a quiet advocate for the way of Jesus, both among university students in the city and back in his home village. Through his testimony several others have come to believe.

How are more village people coming to hear about Jesus? Hiralal decided that because of the open door in this region, he would move his family (his wife Bindu and their two young sons) to the main district town to be more accessible to the people there. Their house is open to receive guests from the villages who have heard of them and want to know more about Jesus and his way. They are also discipling in their home several of the young men who have come to faith so that they can share with others in their villages. Their rented house in town is made of cement has a small living room, two small bedrooms, and a tiny kitchen. When guests (sometimes couples, more often young people) arrive from the village, they sit down and chat while Bindu prepares some cookies, crackers and tea. If they decide to stay for the night, the boys move out of their room to the living room to let the guests stay there. Depending on the number of guests, makeshift beds are made up on the cement floor. For any regular meals they serve, Bindu must cook the rice and dishes to go with it from scratch, often taking several hours to prepare the delicious, spicy food. They will share together the evening family devotion with songs, Scripture reading and prayer. In this way, Hiralal’s family models the life of a Christian family.

Hiralal and Bindu’s two sons (Abhra and Sagnik) also participate in the call of their parents, having left grandparents and other relatives and friends to move to a new place. They did not know anyone at the local school when they moved to this district town, but quickly made friends with some of their Muslim and Hindu classmates. There are many students from the villages who come to the district town and Hiralal and Bindu are sharing with them. In this way, the gospel is spreading to a number of the villages surrounding the town.

Seminar participants from the village who came to learn about Jesus

Bible seminars also play a role in the spreading of the gospel. Once or twice a year, Protap and Hiralal arrange a seminar in another part of the country where they can share freely about Jesus. One of the first participants was Durjoy who is a middle-aged man and an open seeker after Jesus. He brings a nice group of 15-20 young people from the villages to each seminar. For many of these youth, it is their first time out of their region and the first time they can openly interact with Christians. They learn songs, Scripture verses, and the Good News about Jesus. Durjoy has recently expressed his desire to be baptized along with his wife and two sons. When he and his wife are baptized, they will be the first of the older generation of their people group to be baptized. The parents of Rahul, another young believer, are also very interested. It seems to take longer for those of this older generation to make decisions to follow Christ, but once they do, they add stability and maturity to the young churches.

Although most of the baptized believers so far are young, unmarried men, their sisters are also hearing the gospel. Girls in the villages live a very protected life, so it takes more time to reach them with the gospel message. But several young women were able to participate in the latest seminar and one of them came recently with her parents to Hiralal’s house in the town to hear more about Jesus. If she comes to faith, she can share more easily with the other girls in her village. There are many young women students from Hindu families in the main district town where Hiralal lives. Among them is Saibal, whom Hiralal has hired to teach his two sons academic subjects. While interacting with the family, she is hearing about Jesus too. They have a vision to share Jesus with village girls who live in rented rooms in the town as they study. What is attractive about the gospel to these young girls? They too have direct access to the Creator God through Jesus His Son. He answers their prayers and has a plan for their lives. Women from Hindu background who come to faith in Jesus have a unique role in raising their children in their new faith and sharing with other women in the village.

The church has been given the task and privilege of seeing the Kingdom of God extended to unreached people groups like the one described above. How is your local congregation involved in catching the vision, seeking God’s will regarding who to send, preparing them to go, sending them in the name of Christ, and supporting them as they engage an unreached people group?

Key Factors in Reaching a People Group for Jesus

Key People—God opens the hearts of key people (in this case Deepak and his friends who first came to faith) so that through them others come to faith and fellowships of believers are formed. So an early task for those who go, is finding the key person or people that God has already prepared to receive him and open a door to the Good News for others from that group.

Prayer is another important aspect of reaching a people group. Seekers learn early on that Jesus answers their prayers and this encourages faith. Many receive healing after praying in Jesus’ name and the fear of evil spirits is overcome. But they also learn (often after baptism) that Jesus doesn’t answer all their prayers in the way they want. He is not a Divine Genie who gives us what we want. He is a God who is infinitely wiser than we are and knows what he wants to do in our lives. So, even challenges offer an opportunity to know Jesus in a more complete way.

Church fellowship is another way they learn more about Jesus. They are not isolated believers, but learn to see Jesus in the sharing of life together. They learn to assist each other, forgive each other, and to appreciate the different gifts each person has been given for the good of all. And they continue to see new ways God is blessing their lives and families. For example, in recent national school exams, young believers from this and two other people groups ALL passed their high school graduation exams–an unheard of blessing for these students from poor families when they were walking in Hinduism/animism. They celebrated together the blessing of God and they now see how God leads them to new horizons in life.

“Outsiders”—Christians from outside the people group have the purpose of being God’s instrument to facilitate a movement to Christ among unreached people groups. It takes vision and faith, recognizing the openings God creates and taking the initiative to follow up on these openings—often at personal sacrifice. Although outside money is used sometimes, what is happening is not and should not be dependent on outside money. The key is people, not money, and the flow of God’s Spirit through people of faith. Christian teaching, encouragement in times of difficulty, and just being there requires “outsiders” to be close enough to walk with them as brothers and sisters. And that often requires that these outsiders make significant sacrifice to be available for teaching and encouragement. They must be mobile—to follow up on the people coming to faith wherever they live. They cannot be bound to the location where they have lived in the past. In the case of Hiralal and his wife Bindu, they had to leave their families and home area (think Abraham and Sarah) to move to a new town ten hours away where they were “strangers in the land.” Hiralal spends considerable time traveling on dangerous roads, visiting the scattered believers where they live and study. Narrow roads are filled with trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and human powered vehicles all moving at different speeds and vying for road space, so there are many accidents which kill and injure people. During frequent political clashes, buses are set on fire and vehicles travel at the risk of being beaten with rods or bombarded with stones or bricks. But the risk is worth it when Hiralal sees believers meeting together and sharing their faith with others.

Intercessory prayer is also very important. Many within Conservative Mennonite Conference have been interceding for this people group, for those coming to faith, and for those working with them from the outside since the beginning of the work. Faithful intercessory prayer is required for the spirit of Hinduism to be broken and for families bound by spirits to be released into the freedom Christ offers. Intercessory prayer moves the protective hand of God over these people and the entire movement to Christ.

Jesus—The principle role is always taken by Jesus himself. He loves each person of that people group and he has prepared “key people” in the group to be the first to know him.
The time is here, God is at work and CMC churches need to join with his work so that the harvest can come in. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Luke 9:36-38, NIV)


Dan serves as RMM’s strategic missions catalyst and is based in Bangkok, Thailand. He works with the RMM and Latin American Missions Partnership (LAMP) teams there and also teaches English to university students. In addition to his work in Thailand, Dan oversees RMM’s work in the South Asian country described in this article. Dan mentors a team of church planters who are working among Hindus in this country. Dan also serves on the committee that gives leadership to LAMP. He has served in various locations with RMM since 1973.



February 03, 2014

Locally Grown: 58,000 Pencils

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Interview by Candice, RMM staff writer

Lori Maust is the chairperson of the Missions Committee at Pigeon River Mennonite Church in Pigeon River, Michigan, which means she is a cheerleader for missions in her congregation. Lori agreed to answer a few of our questions about the missions project that she helped organize for the kids in her church this past summer.

1. Can you describe the missions project that the children in your church were a part of?

We sent home globe banks and the children raised money for a missions project. My goal was to foster the love of sacrificial monetary giving to others, even if it means DOING something to gain the funds to give away. Pigeon River Mennonite has always been such a supporter of missions—both in sending people and supporting workers and projects throughout the world and in our community—but I asked myself, “ how can we make sure this continues?” I think it is something we have to teach and model for our kids.

Putting $2.00 to Work:
Stacia (age 6): I had a lemonade stand. Favorite part? That I gave for missions. Learned? I learned how fun it was to raise money.

Jared (aged 12): I had a kickball tournament. Learned? That a lot of people like kickball. Favorite part? Winning at kickball.

Abraham (age 6): I had a bike race. The bike race was part of a going away party for Uncle Andrew. Learned? I didn't learn anything. It was a lot of work. Favorite part? They gave me money and I put it in my bank.

Some of the other ideas the kids had for fundraising: cupcake bake sale, selling toys at a garage sale, giving birthday money.

2. Where did the idea for the project come from?

When my husband Marv was growing up, each child in the church received a silver dollar as seed money. I'm not sure what their instructions were, but they were to use it to raise money to give to missions. My sister-in-law remembers raising vegetables in the garden to sell. I liked the idea because it sounded like it could be a way to help the kids think about what it takes to raise money and to give it away too, and that it can be fun and a joyful activity.

3. How much money did you give each child and what were the rules?

We raised the amount of seed money each child received to two dollars (inflation!) and we told the kids that they were to use it to raise money for missions. Besides that, we gave them two rules:
  • No begging for money—they had to do something to earn it.
  • No bragging about how much money they raised. The amount was to be between themselves and God so that it was not a competition.

4. How much money did the kids raise all together?

Last year they raised around $1,900 and this year around $2,400.

5. How did you use the money you made?

Last year we sent the money to Mennonite Central Committee—Great Lakes for relief kits. This year we decided to give a portion to our local food distribution center (Thumb Breadbasket) and to buy supplies and assemble school kits to send to MCC. Elaine and Duane Ropp were our buyers and purchased all the supplies for 700 kits

Many hands make light work. People of all ages were involved in packing the 700 MCC school kits at Pigeon River Mennonite Church.

(that's 2,800 notebooks; 58,000 pencils; 700 pink erasers; plus rulers, school kit bags and boxes of colored pencils!). We assembled the kits between our church service and Sunday school time. We had three lines with all the supplies in different piles, and we asked each person to grab a partner and start filling the bags. Nearly everyone participated and we got them filled in half an hour! People were even refining our system by jumping in and counting out pencils in advance to make things go even more smoothly! Seeing church members of all ages working together was a good visual of the church "in action" supporting missions!

6. How did the project impact the kids at Pigeon River?

It’s hard for me to say what the impact on the kids actually was. Maybe like many things that we "catch" versus "learn" as children, the lessons are learned in the rear view mirror. I hope that the kids know that every little bit that they do for and in the church counts in the Kingdom.

7. What lessons did you learn through heading up the project?

Besides the fact that 58,000 pencils are a lot of pencils? That it takes effort and intentional effort to teach about giving, and sometimes you're not sure you are getting through to the kids, but nothing is gained by not trying. Also that giving can be fun, creative and inspiring to others.

8. If you would give advice to another church wanting to foster missions giving in children, what would your advice be?

Just do it. And keep doing it. Let the kids know that it's important—that what they give matters and will make a difference for someone that they don't even know.


A Note from RMM Director of Donor Relations Andrew Miller: As you can see, the people at Pigeon River started with what they had and multiplied it into something much bigger that God could use to build his kingdom. Our hope at RMM is that their simple idea would call each of us to do the same in our own backyard. Start with what you have, creatively find ways to honor God with it, and carry it out into completion. As you do this, you are not only reaching out to the rest of the world, you are modeling this behavior to others who can do the same.

What is it that you have? How can it bless others? It may appear small, but the small ideas that God births in peoples’ hearts are the most effective ones. Much like the mustard seed, they can grow into something far more than we could ask for or imagine. As you do this, share your ideas with us and others, that we could all be blessed and encouraged to do the same.