BGMC/STL Booster Challenge Contest
Look what’s New!!! We have kicked off our new BGMC/STL Booster Challenge Contest. You could win an all-expense paid Boosters’ Challenge Trip. The trip will be an opportunity to be exposed to BGMC in action on the Mission Field. Download the contest guidelines. Let’s make this year the best ever for STL!
STL 2013 Contributions
2012 Total: $67,557.86
January - $2,188.97
February - $3,410.93
March - $1,330.31
April - $4,547.82
May - $6,833.43
June - $6,971.73
July - $2,134.84
August - $5,348.32
September - $4,415.91
October - $3,693.22
Total To-Date - $40,875.48
Recent STL Completed Projects
• Jim Book - Global University - Vehicle
• Diane Peters – Paraguay – Toyota SUV
• Jim Billings - Latin America – Ford Fusion
• 11 motorcycles for Church Planters in Cambodia
• Portland Teen Challenge Metro Center - 15 Passenger Van
• Tamara Henkes - Romania - Toyota RAV 4
• Steve Kramer - Netherlands - 3 Wheel Scooter
Speed the Light
The work of telling others the Good News is not yet FINISHED. There are still way too many in Oregon and around the world that have yet to hear the Good News. As leaders of this next generation, it is our responsibility to make sure we are teaching our kids and youth to FINISH the work of God. One way to this, is to teach them to participate in Speed the Light. When we teach them the value God’s Mission, we help them gain the mindset Paul speaks of in Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” God desires to rise up a selfless generation that values nothing above finishing God’s work, of telling the world the Good News.
Speed the Light is an excellent Missions Education and Discipleship Program for youth within the Assemblies of God. STL provide resources to help teach youth about missions, while supporting Oregon missionaries on the field of ministry around the world.
We are currently in need of raising over $500,000 in STL funds for approved missionary projects. Each year we select certain missionary STL projects to focus on for the year.
Our current STL Missionary project is Billy & Meredith Redd, newly appointed missionaries to Cambodia. The Redds hope to be in Cambodia early next year to start language school. Once their schooling is complete, they plan to work in the northern region of the country, planting churches where there is little to no Christian presence. To do what God has called them to do they are going to need a STL 4x4 Truck. Youth Pastors together we can make this happen, together we can help FINISH the work of sharing the Good News around the world.
You can learn more about Billy & Meredith at their website.
You can also follow them on Facebook.
For more information about STL visit www.stl.ag.org
Note: All STL offering checks should be made out to STL. Send your offerings to: STL 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. All offerings must be postmarked by December 31st in order to receive giving credit for that year.
Missions 1:2:3 Strategy
How do Youth ministries use STL in their churches to effectively raise funds for missionaries, teach about finances, and not burden the church?
Here is how: it’s called Missions 1:2:3.
What is Missions 1:2:3?
Simply it is: 1 leader, 2 minute sermons, and 3 month goals.
This ideally is a children's pastor/worker who can empower volunteer leaders, and students. This is a leader who can make a faith-stretching goal, a leader who can model the desired behavior before their kids. This most likely will need to be a key leader.
You ask, “Why not once a month? Why each week?” Each week creates a habit that is important. Some kids may want to give but might not be present the week you receive the offering, if it’s done only once a month. Plus, receiving the offering each week keeps the need in front of them.
Take 2 minutes to present an offering sermon. This is not a typical offering appeal, but a mini-sermon. To help you with these 2 minute offering sermons, Next Generation Ministries has developed 52 offering sermons. This way all you will need to do is schedule time for the offering, present the 2 minute sermon and receive the offering each week. Download Missions 1:2:3 2-Minute Sermons
3 Month Goals:
There is nothing magical about 3 months; it’s simply easy for kids to remember shorter goals then year-long goals. 3 month goal setting is something you can repeat throughout the year. Maybe have a 3 month goal focus 3 to 4 times a year.
Now, you may be wondering, what role do church offerings and fundraisers play? If we follow the Missions 1:2:3 strategy this becomes the foundation of giving; the church offering becomes the cheering section and a couple well planned fundraisers become icing on the cake rather then the cake itself.
Let’s make sure to teach this Next Generation to be biblical givers; To give in a way that honors and pleases God.