1. Adopt an Elementary School, Provide for Needs of Families

2. Adopt a Nursing Home

3. Plant a Community Garden

4. Volunteer at a Local Outreach of Food Bank

5. Give Water and Snacks out at Area Parks

6. Visit Homes

7. Community Cleanup

8. Engage the International Population Living in Your Community

9. Open up the Gym

10. Prayer Walk

11. Free Yard Sale

12. Adopt-a-Student at University of British Columbia

13. International Day

14.Multi-Housing/House Congregations

15. Short Term Trip to Border

16. Medical/Hygiene Kits

17. House Church Starter Kit

18. BOUNCE and Urban BOUNCE

19. VBS Kits/Donate Old VBS Materials

20. WMU Projects

21.Take Snacks to Trucking Companies

22. Outreach Event for Oil Field Families at your Church

23. Bibles to Laundry Mats and Hotels

24. Cook Out in RV Parks or Man Camps

25. Encourage Your Church to Give to the Cooperative Program

26. Establish an Endowment for Missions

27. Give to the Pepe Program

28. Lebanon Refugee Relief

29. Give to Mary Hill Davis Offering

30. Basket for Needy Families




1. Adopt an Elementary School, Provide for Needs of Families

There are many ways you can reflect the love of Christ at an elementary school. Provide goodie bags for the teachers during Teachers' Appreciation Day.

  • • Include a note in the bags that lets them know you appreciate their work and that you are praying for them.
  • • Ask the principles if there is a family(s) in need that you could adopt for the holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What are other things your church could do at a local elementary school to shine the love of Christ?

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2. Adopt a Nursing Home

Many times people in nursing homes do not get many visitors. Your church group could encourage this group of elderly people by visiting them.

Here are a few activities you could do with them:

  • • Read to them
  • • Play board games
  • • Have a monthly birthday party
  • • Have a children's Sunday school class make them Christmas cards
  • • Have a concert for them
  • • Pray for them.

This is a ministry the whole church can get involved in.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What could the children, youth and adults do to minister to the people in the nursing home?

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3. Plant a Community Garden

A new ministry that has been having success on the border is the planting of community gardens. Churches and/or individuals plant vegetable gardens and invite the community to participate. The produce is then shared with people in the community. It is a great way to start relationships. All that is needed are packages of vegetable seeds:

  • • Tomato
  • • Carrot
  • • Lettuce
  • • Onion
  • • Garlic
  • • Cilantro
  • • Bell pepper
  • • Cucumber
  • • Squash
  • • Jalapeños
  • • Okra
  • • Pinto beans
  • • Watermelon
  • • Cantaloupe
  • • Cabbage
  • • Spinach

Please check with your local municipality about any legal requirements for a garden like this.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

How can a community garden help a church share the gospel?

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4. Volunteer at a Local Outreach or Food Bank

Much of the world we live in, even in our Texas cities, are impoverished. One very real way for the church to engage this area is for members of the church to begin volunteering in local food banks. In many cases you will have the opportunity to not only pray with them, but also lead them to faith in Christ. It may be that you feel led to begin a Bible study in one of these places. God may use you to lead a new church plant right there in that food bank.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What are some additional places you can volunteer to reach the impoverished in your community?

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5. Give Water and Snacks out at Area Parks

Everyone enjoys a bottle of water on a hot day or a free hot dog as you walk through the park. One of the best ways to get on mission in your community is to begin systematically going to parks and giving away bottles of water, a granola bar or some other pre-packaged snack along with a simple card telling people about your church. You might invite them to a church event or just tell them "Jesus loves you." This may be something you do as a family, or it may be something you do as a Sunday school class or church. Either way it can make an impact.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

Write down a few places where people congregate and where you can be a blessing with a small act of kindness. It may be a park, a mall or it may be somewhere else.

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6. Visit Homes

The best way to witness to people in your community is through relationships. It may be that people in your church do not yet have those relationships. Visiting a home with a gift in your hand can be a fantastic way to reach your community for Christ. Make sure you are sensitive to the time of day (never knocking on doors when it is dark outside) and do not ask 20 questions but simply come with a gift and an invitation to a church event. Make sure you also ask how you can pray for the person, and be sure you follow up on that.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

Take a few minutes and strategize whose door you might need to knock on in the next few weeks with a gift from your church.

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7. Community Cleanup

When people notice you have taken time to serve it changes their perspective of you all together. In general, post-moderns have a difficult time trusting Christians. At some point in their past they have been hurt by the church. People will notice when you take time to pick up trash in your community; it can begin building a bridge of trust between you and your neighbors. Recently, in a church we saw over 50 people come to Christ from one flyer that was passed out on a neighborhood clean up day. You never know how God may choose to use your service to Him and your community.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

Picking up trash is just one way to do this. Take a minute and list some other ways you might serve your community.

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8. Engage the International Population Living in Your Community

It is estimated that we have over 800 different ethnic groups living in the United States. In Texas, approximately 239 different languages are spoken. Through Texas Baptists we are ministering in 69 different languages every Sunday. Many of these churches are small and could use help in teaching English, doing a VBS, an after school program, a block party or any number of ministries that would minister to the population around them. Check with your insurance carrier about proper coverage required for this ministry.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What are some ways you could partner with a small ethnic church?

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9. Open up the Gym

People enjoy sports, but it can be hard to find a place to safely play. If your church

has a gym, then open it up on a regular basis to allow people to come and play. Make sure church members are around to assure things stay safe and that people feel welcome. At some point, it may be appropriate to offer a Bible study, but you may want to start with just prayer. Allow God to open the doors of opportunity for you.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What is a facility, field or parking lot, which could be use for sports for your community?

How can you envision a ministry happening in one of these?

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10. Prayer Walk

God knows the issues of every home in your community. He knows what the families are going through, how they are struggling or what crisis has befallen their life. When you begin to pray for them God may give you an opportunity to make an impact in their lives. A great prayer to pray as you walk your community is this, "God, do what only you can do in this home, and if needed, I am willing to be a part of what you do." This prayer does two things. First God is the one who is going to do something. Second, you are willing to have part in what he is doing. A great resource for prayer walking is the pray4everyhome.com.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

What are specific areas that you, your family, class or church can prayer walk?

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11. Free Yard Sale

A great community outreach opportunity is to have a "free" yard sale. Encourage friends, church members and community members to donate clothes, furniture, appliances, home décor and normal yard sale items to be in a free yard sale. Give the items away to people who may not be able to afford them. Host the sale in close proximity to those who need it the most, meet them where they are. By sacrificially giving, you are blessing others, as well as clearing out unnecessary items in your own life.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/urban.

List some items you can give away today in order to bless someone else.

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12. Adopt-a-Student at University of British Columbia

No, you can't literally adopt a university student, but you can have a long-distance impact on the campus through the ministries of Origin Church. Currently, the UBC community has over 48,000 students and 14,000 employees from 153 different countries. You can join the prayer team of Craig, Ellen, Peter and Michaela. You can help provide funds for the "Welcome Back BBQ" to start the new school year. God may use your interest and involvement, however great or small, in this strategic international ministry to touch the lives of students who will be the future leaders in their home country.

For more information on how you can be involved, Texas Partnerships at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/partnerships.

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13. International Day

Introduce your church to different cultures from around the world by hosting an International Day. Invite missionaries from various countries to bring food and have a booth about the country or people group they represent. Encourage members to get involved with missionaries by praying or supporting financially. Many people are not sure how to be involved in missions but by bringing the mission field to your church they can see firsthand how to pray specifically and meet those serving on the field.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Texas Partnerships at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/partnerships.

Think of people you can contact to ask how you can pray for their people group and possibly invite to an International Day.

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14. Multi-Housing/House Congregations

Starting a house church is as simple as gathering a group of people. We can help you walk through this process.

Start by asking as many people as possible to form a team that agrees to meet at least once a week to pray or enlist supporting people to help the church planter by providing resources, materials, etc. The planter then needs a workers team to develop the specific task to start a new church. This group needs to be trained on how to find people of peace (Luke 10) by knocking on the doors in a specific neighborhood, or having an outreach event to find out some contacts. People of peace are those in an area that God is going to use to open doors for your ministry.

The house church can start meetings once there are at least two people of peace. The meeting will consist of an interactive Bible study, prayer concerns, and perhaps one or two simple songs.

For additional information House Churches at Texas Baptists, or (888) 244-9400 texasbaptists.org/housechurch.

List people you can invite to join with you to start a new house church.

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15. Short Term Trip to Border

The border is still the least churched and least evangelized area in Texas. Your church could partner with a border church to help reach out to their community. Possible activities:

  • • VBS
  • • Sports camp
  • • Back yard bible clubs
  • • Block party
  • • Sports tournament
  • • Free garage sale
  • • Family conference
  • • Bible distribution
  • • Prayer walk

For information on churches you could partner with contact the River Ministry Office at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptist.org/riverministry.

What are some other things your church can do to encourage a church on the border?

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16. Medical/Hygiene Kits

Hygiene kits are a great way to support the medical/dental and prison ministries on the border. Many of the health clinics provide orientation for proper hygiene and dental care but the families do not have the funds to buy bath soap, toothpaste or other

hygiene products. Unlike the prisons in the US, the prisoners in Mexico are not provided with hygiene products. These hygiene kits can truly open doors to share the gospel.

Children's Kit

  • 4oz shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • 2.75oz toothpaste comb
  • toothbrush
  • 4 lollipops
  • 2 laffy taffy crayon box coloring book bar of soap
  • 2oz body lotion bottle
  • 1.5oz roll-on antiperspirant deodorant a card (personal note of
  • encouragement)

Women's Kit

  • brush
  • 2oz body lotion bottle
  • 1.5oz roll on deodorant
  • 4oz shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • 2.75oz toothpaste tube a bar of soap
  • 2 hand sanitizing wipe packages toothbrush
  • 2 pads
  • 2 tampons
  • a card (personal note of encouragement)

Men's Kit

The men's kit are the same as the women's, you just substitute a disposable razor for the feminine products and a comb for the brush.

The card should be a small note of encouragement. Many churches also put in a gospel tract. For the children you can also substitute school supplies for the coloring book or candy. The kits do not have to have everything on the list but you get the general idea of what is needed.

For information on how to package and ship kits, please contact the River Ministry office at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or visit texasbaptists.org/riverministry.

These hygiene kits can truly open doors to share the gospel. What group or groups in your church could take this on as a mission project?

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17. House Church Starter Kit

House Churches are churches that do not meet in a church building to worship. They can meet in homes, garages, parks or under a tree. They gather in these places to worship, fellowship, disciple, evangelize and do ministry just as a traditional churches. To help these churches get started you can provide them with a "House Church Starter Kit". The kit includes two six foot tables, (24) folding chairs, two 10 x10 foot canopies and a small sound system. The cost for this kit is $1,000. All of these items can be ordered through Wal-Mart, which will deliver the items free of charge to a Wal-Mart in the area where the House Church is located.

Contact Texas Baptists to start a House Church by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/housechurch.

How can a House Church help transform a community?

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18. BOUNCE and Urban BOUNCE

BOUNCE is a pre-packaged mission experience that provides students the opportunity to impact disaster-affected areas by being the hands and feet of Christ. This new student ministry platform offers students the opportunity to assist communities in their efforts to BOUNCE back from devastation after a disaster has struck. In addition to disaster recovery projects, a BOUNCE mission features times of worship and reflection designed to help participants encounter and respond to God.

Urban BOUNCE is an opportunity to assist inner city areas in the BOUNCE back process through home rehabilitation projects.

To learn how your youth group can be involved, contact BOUNCE at (888) 244-9400 or visit texasbaptists.org/bounce.

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19. VBS Kits/Donate Old VBS Materials

Many churches on the border are capable of organizing their own VBS but they do not have the funds to buy the VBS material. There are two ways you can help.

You can donate your old VBS Material. Once you use your VBS material you can collect and donate it to a border church or to a local church in your area.

You can provide the church with a VBS Kit. The kit will contain new VBS and craft material for 75 children.

This simple donation can help a church reach its community.

For information on churches you can partner with contact the River Ministry office at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/riverministry.

What are some other things you can do encourage a church on the border?

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20. WMU Projects

Looking for meaningful ways to be more involved in hands-on missions? Here are a few ways you can easily get plugged in and make a difference. Visit wmu.texasbaptists.org. Some of our current initiatives include•

  • Pure Water, Pure Love a clean water ministry
  • Christian Women's Job Corps® and Christian Men's Job CorpsSM provide training in life skills and job readiness.
  • •Project HELPSM, WMU® identifies a social and moral issue and ties in national projects that help lead the church to address it. The current issue is PTSD.
  • •WorldCraftsSM is a fair-trade ministry to help artisans receive sustainable income through sales of beautifully handcrafted products.

For more information on all these initiatives, as well as others, contact the WMU office at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting website.

What are some ways your church can help support and get involved with WMU?

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21. Take Snacks to Trucking Companies

Truck drivers are a huge part of what is happening in the oil field, out ministering to them can be difficult since they are always on the move. One way to minister is to take cookies and chips into trucking companies, leave them there for the drivers, and put a card with your church contact information on it. If you have an outreach event coming up then make sure that information is on the card.

Check with your local health department and the trucking company on the proper way to bring this food.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Oil Field Ministry at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/oilfieldministry.

Think through the various trucking companies in your community, even if you do not consider yourself in the oil field, it is possible that you have a trucking company near you. Write them below.

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22. Outreach Event for Oil Field Families at your Church

Many times, Oil Field workers bring their families into the oil field. These families are away from home and in many cases they have left friends and relatives behind. We have a great opportunity to minister to them. Provide transportation to an evening event at your church for oil field families to enteract with one another and church members. Also have games and open up the gym or play area if your church has one. They are miles from home, but show them they are not alone.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Oil Field Ministry at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/oilfieldministry.

What would be a few simple things your church could do? Remember, it does not have to be complicated.

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23. Bibles to Laundry Mats and Hotels

Take Bibles, with response information, to laundry mats and motel lobbies.

The Oil Field Christian Bible can be a powerful tool in reaching oil field workers for Christ. Putting Bibles out in the motels and laundry mats where oil field workers frequent with contact information for a person in your church who can be a listening ear can be a great way to do ministry. There are several stories from the oil field of people being saved by this very method. The oil field Bible is available at www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Oil Field Ministry at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/oilfieldministry.

Are there 4 places in your community where Bibles like this might be a blessing to people?

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24. Cook Out in RV Parks or Man Camps

Everybody loves food! Man camps are all over oil field towns and a great way to minister to the people there is to have a simple cook out. Gathering together with food is a great way to form relationships and meet a practical need. The relationships built may lead to small groups and Bible studies forming at the man camps. A way to prepare your volunteers is to host Community Missionary training in your church.

Check with your local health department about the proper procedure for bringing food to these parks or man camps.

For additional information on how you can do this contact Oil Field Ministry at Texas Baptists, (888) 244-9400 or texasbaptists.org/oilfieldministry.

List nearby RV parks or other places where cookouts can be held to reach out.

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25. Encourage Your Church to Give to the Cooperative Program

The Cooperative Program, or CP, really isn't a program at all. At its core, it is a cooperative way of financially supporting missions both locally and globally. It is a way of combining resources to enable more missions, evangelism and ministry to those in need and those who have yet to hear the gospel.

Working through a missions co-op allows people to pool their resources and talents to feed more hungry people, start more churches, fund more missionaries, reach more people in prisons, clothe more needy and share the hope of Christ with more people who so desperately need to hear it.

For more information, contact the Texas Baptists Treasurer's office by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/give.

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26. Establish an Endowment for Missions

Through an endowment for Texas Baptists, a gift you give today can provide income for future missions work. An endowment can even be left in your estate. In fact, the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation has ways that a gift will provide for missions in the future and also provide assistance in estate planning.

For more information contact the Texas Baptists Missions Foundation by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/give.

Today, take time to pray about an area in Kingdom work that you feel passionate about. Journal about it and when you are ready, contact the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation to discuss establishing an endowment for missions.

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27. Give to the Pepe Program

The Pepe Program (Programa de Educaion Pre Escolar) is committed to providing preschool education to children between the ages of 4 and 6. Most of these children live in poor communities and with limited access to education. The purpose of the program

is to help families and their children get a head start in education and to develop their potential in a Christian-faith environment. For many families, this is their introduction to the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

For additional information on how you can do this contact the Missions Team at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/missions.

How will this money be used? The places where the Pepe program is being offered

need student desks, educational materials, fans, roofs and basic student school supplies.

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28. Lebanon Refugee Relief

More than 1.5 million refugees have fled from Syria to Lebanon seeking safety. As the winter months approach, many refugees don't have the resources they need to survive. Most of them have little money and no place to live. Lebanese Baptists are working to winterize an office space with beds, blankets, heaters, and other necessities. Texas Baptists have an opportunity to help through a partnership with Lebanese Baptists. With financial support, Baptist churches in Lebanon will provide necessities so the refugee families can prepare for the coming winter months and will also share the gospel through a pictorial Arabic Bible and/or a scripture summary.

For additional information on how you can help, contact Texas Partnerships at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/lebanon.

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29. Give to Mary Hill Davis Offering

The Women's Missionary Union of Texas strives to strengthen and support Texas missions opportunities through the Texas Baptists. One way they do this is the Mary Hill Davis offering—an offering designed to advance missionary efforts to help people come to know Christ.

Contact WMU, Women's Mission Union, at Texas Baptists for information on how you can give to Mary Hill Davis by calling (888) 244-9400 or visit wmu.texasbaptists.org.

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30. Baskets for Needy Families

Many people struggle to meet their basic needs all year long. Providing for the needy (not just on the holidays) can motivate your church members to take part in missions all year long. Put together baskets consisting of prepackaged meals, hygiene items, toys for kids, or other necessities to help lift the burden of a family going through a rough time.

Write down some items that you think you'd want during a time of need. For additional information on how you can do this, contact Urban Missions at Texas Baptists by calling (888) 244-9400 or visiting texasbaptists.org/urban.

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