March Madness

Are you ready for March Madness? Every year, during the month of March, we get to follow the top NCAA Basketball Teams competing for the national championship. This is an exciting time because there is always an underdog, cinderella team to cheer for and believe in.


March is also a great month to focus on Missions, both BGMC and STL!


March is a good time to connect your youth to our 2011 “Adopt a Missionary” projects. We are currently updating our STL webpage, so make sure to visit the site to learn more about these Missionaries and their projects. This year we are focusing on the following four projects:

  • Montie Annear “Eurasia” - Toyota Land Cruiser  
  • Portland Teen Challenge – 15 passenger van
  • Cambodian Field Ministries – 15 church planting motorcycles
  • Repairs and refurbishing of missionary vehicles


March is also the month that BGMC runs its annual March Missions Madness Challenge. BGMC has created special March Missions Madness posters to hang up around the church and in your classrooms so that you can record your goals for March Missions Madness. To receive a detailed packet on how to get involved in this challenge and for great ideas, go to the BGMC website at:


Don’t forget National BGMC Day this year is Sunday, March 13.


Let me finish today with a missions giving testimony from Lonelle Anderson, Childrens Pastor at Valley Life Center in Dallas.


I thought I’d share with you what we did to celebrate reaching our giving goal to BGMC.  Last January in kids church I was telling the children about the polar bear plunge that David Boyd did for BGMC.  In that service, one of our volunteers dared me to do my own polar bear plunge if we reached our giving goal for BGMC for 2010.  The original plan was to do it in the LaCreol Creek which is nearly across the street from our facility.   However, with recent floodings it was not safe to do that this time of year. So as an alternative someone loaned us their inflatable hot tub and we filled it with cold water and ice cubes.  


We captured the event on video and in pictures. I posted the photos on Facebook and have included bellow a link to the album.  It was a fun way to celebrate missions.  AND it proved to be a great incentive.  When December came we were still a couple hundered dollars away from our goal and several adults pooled together to fill in the gap to ensure that I would have to do the plunge in January.  Our goal was $1600, and we raised $1585 for BGMC.  Praise God!  Not only did the kids enjoy it but I had a pretty large audience of adults as well. 


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brian [dot] eno [at] oregonag [dot] org (Brian Eno)
Director of Next Generation Ministries