Boys & Girls Missionary Challenge is the Assemblies of God’s premier discipleship tool in teaching this next generation of kids to give generously and sacrifice deeply for God’s mission.
Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge instills a heart of compassion to reach the lost through praying, giving, and going. All funds raised through BGMC go to meet critical needs around the world such as feeding programs, water wells, Bible schools, curriculum, and whatever else a missionary needs in the area of the world they serve. BGMC funds also return back to local networks to help fund US missions, such as Youth Alive, Chi Alpha, Home Missions, Teen Challenge, etc.
Summer BGMC PROJECT
This summer for BGMC we are partnering with veteran missionaries Daren & Heidi Walker in Guatemala. The Walkers have been missionaries for the past 10 years and are currently work with a program called ChildHope serving the children of Guatemala. Their mission is the transformation of children by means of a relationship with Jesus Christ through a quality education and other ministries of compassion. They work with 22 schools and churches in Guatemala and serve more than 6000 children daily. Through their ministry, they provide practical improvements to children and families in need. One of the ways they do this is through water filters distribution services. Water filters help bring clean water to families which improves their health. This $30 tool allows them to share the gospel by comparing Jesus’s forgiveness in our lives to how the water filter cleans and purifies the water. Our BGMC goal this summer is to raise $15,000 to provide 500 water filters to needy families. Would you please consider adopting this One Oregon BGMC Project in your Children’s Church or VBS programs this summer?
The easiest way for your church and kids to participate is to send in your Summer BGMC offerings, to the National office, with their Special Target Form. You can download this form on our BGMC webpage.
Note: All BGMC offering checks should be made out to BGMC. Send your offerings to: BGMC 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 children’s ministries use BGMC 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.