Friday, November 29, 2013

Sample Interview with a Missionary

The following is a simple interview with a missionary that you may use to promote your Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Young people or adults can use a script to do "pretend" interviews. Look in your missions magazines (all age levels) to find stories about missionaries in various places around the world, then write your scripts to sound like an interview. This one is geared toward an adult SS class, but you can adapt it to younger children and youth. This is like a little mini-drama. Your young people will enjoy active participation, so call on them for these interviews. Have people ready for the interviews four to six Sundays before you plan to take the offering. This should not take more than
5-7 minutes of your Sunday School class time.

Mrs. Johnson: (to Sunday School class) Good Morning. This is Julie Pickern. She and her husband Gene are missionaries in the Dominican Republic. She has agreed to an interview that will help us understand a little about what her life is like on the mission field.

Stan (Sunday School Teacher):  Julie, we are so pleased to have you visit with us today. Tell us about your call to missions. How did that happen.?

Julie: When I was a senior in high school, I asked Jesus to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. That summer I went on a mission trip to Mexico and from then on I knew God was calling me to missions. In college I met my husband Gene, whom God had also called to be a missionary.

Sometimes the path God puts us on is confusing, and we often wander before we find our way. Gene was called to pastor right out of seminary and his ministry was very successful. We thought maybe that was where God wanted us to serve for a while. Then there were children and family. One thing after another seemed to keep us from going to the mission field. When we finally applied, the International Mission Board told us our children were too old, that they did not send people whose children were over twelve years of age to the foreign field. We were somewhat discouraged, but Gene just kept preaching and God kept blessing. When the last child went away to college, we applied again, and in 2001, we were appointed to serve in the Dominican Republic.

Stan:  Where are you ministering now?

Julie:  We are church planters in Santa Domingo, a city of over four million.  We work in one of the poorest parts of the city. In spite of their poverty, the people are very hospitable and have welcomed us into their homes to visit and to do Bible studies. Bible studies in homes are my favorite thing because that's where we are able to teach them and win them to Christ.We have come to love them very much and some of them are like our extended family. If the women work, they clean houses. A lot of men work construction; some work as retail clerks, and some find one temporary job after another. There are not enough schools and the children go to school in shifts, sometimes three shifts a day.

Stan:  What is a typical day like for you on the mission field?

Julie:  Well, we have developed a routine that suits our needs and the needs of those to whom we minister. We spend the first part of the morning in quiet time together with God, studying the Word and praying about the work. Afterwards Gene takes care of business and answers emails while I do household chores. Afternoons are usually spent doing Bible studies---several a day, and of course we attend church on Sunday. Because traffic is horrific and lines are long, we try to avoid going into town unless it is necessary. We usually devote one day a week to going into town to pay bills, buy necessities, and run errands. We have a very busy life, but we love every minute of it.
God has really blessed our work with the Dominican people.

Stan:  Where do you get your support for your mission work?

Julie:  Without people like you there would be no missionaries. All of our support comes from faithful Baptist churches who give to the Cooperative Program and from WMU's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Every penny of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes directly to missionaries. So I want to thank you for supporting us and praying for us.

Mrs. Johnson:  I wish we had more time, but Julie has to visit another class now. Bye.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lottie Moon Skit

by Ann Knowles

Scene 1  The stage has been decorated like the deck of a ship.

(The fog horn blows and the lights come up on Lottie standing at the railing of the ship. She is dressed in clothing appropriate for her era.)

Lottie:  God, I am finally on my way to China! I certainly never thought I’d be doing this. Back in Virginia, growing up with my sisters and brothers on that big plantation
. . .such a thing never crossed my mind. As a matter of fact. . .I was probably the most unlikely person to ever become a missionary!

I got into so much trouble and mischief as a girl. . .My parents would never have dreamed I'd be a missionary one day.

Instead. . . there’s no telling what I may have ended up doing or being with all my education and everything.

As a girl. . I imagined and entertained grand ideas of where my studies in Greek and Hebrew and French might take me. . .not to mention my Spanish and Italian.

(Pause for reflective thought.)

Funny. . .now that I think back—that very Sunday back in Virginia, when I was 18 years old...that moment when I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Savior
. . .that very moment. . .God knew that He had prepared me through my studies in languages. . .that He would use me to take the message that His Son Jesus had lived and died and was raised again—to draw all men. . .and women, and boys and girls to Him. . .to take that wonderful news to the Chinese people!

Scene II

(Lottie is walking around in her room—hands on her head as she starts to talk about her frustration with her work in China.)

It’s just so frustrating! Trying to teach 40 boys. . .and most of them don’t care; they don't want to learn. Besides that, most of the other mission work is being done by the married men who are missionaries. They will only allow women to work with women and children! So sometimes I feel like I’m just wasting my time! I’m just sure that God has brought me here to bring the light of Jesus to the Chinese people. . .and to start new churches.

One thing is for sure. . . these past ten years have made me come to love the Chinese people. They are so wonderful. I used to think the Chinese people were inferior
people.  . .but the truth is. . .they have taught me so many things.
I wear their clothes now. . . speak their language. . .and I am trying to learn all I can about their culture! They are really beginning to warm up to me. . .and most of them seem to love and respect me.

But there are so many here who don’t know Jesus. . .and there are so few of us to tell them. I wish there were a thousand of me to give to China. I just love these people with all my heart and I want them to know about Jesus. 

Scene III

(Lottie is sitting at her desk preparing to write a letter home. She says the words as she writes.)

Dear Family,

Today is my birthday—I’m 45—my, how time flies! I have the best birthday present possible. I have moved to the interior to P’ingtu and my new assignment is full-time evangelism. This is what I have waited for since the day I got here. There is so much to be done and so few to do it. The Methodists women are doing a great work here. Last year they raised $66,000 for missions. I asked a dear Methodist friend the other day how they raised so much money in one year. She said it was done through prayer and self-denial. So I’m asking everyone to pray every evening for six months for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Women’s Missionary Society. Then I think we should take an offering for missions around Christmas time. That’s the season when God gave His greatest gift, Jesus. It’s also the time when families and friends exchange gifts. It just seems like the appropriate time for us to give a portion of what God has blessed us with to spread the good news about the Savior to the whole world. Don’t you agree? I think it will be positively wonderful to take the missions offering as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The children come up and call out:  “Miss Lottie. Miss Lottie.”

I hear the children calling me. They probably smelled the cookies baking. When the children learn to love and trust me, they take me to their homes to meet their parents and that gives me a chance to tell them about Jesus. So the children and I are missionaries together.

(Lottie leaves her letter, picks up a plate of cookies and goes to meet the children. She sits down with them and shares her cookies. During this time the young people give out “Lottie cookies” to the congregation.)

Lottie:  I will teach you to sing a song about Jesus. Listen.

Lottie teaches the children to sing “Jesus Loves Me” in Chinese and English.

Ye Su ay wo. . .This I know.

For the Bible tells me so.

Little Ones to Him belong.

They are weak, but He is strong.


Yes, Ye Su ay wo.

Yes, Ye Su ay wo.

Yes, Ye Su ay wo.

The Bible tells me so.

 The lights go out

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You can end your program here, or you can have someone speak about Lottie Moon, how she went on to serve in China; how she died on the ship coming back to America. (She had starved herself, giving her food to the Chinese people.) Tell about world missions resulting from Lottie’s work. Tell about WMU, their vision and mission—how WMU has sustained mission work around the world and given over three billion dollars to missions. Half of all the money for International Missions comes to the SBC through WMU’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. We need to continue supporting WMU as they strive to carry out Lottie’s dream of taking the Good News to all the world.
Proceed to the part of your program where you take the Lottie Moon Offering.