What is a Faith Promise?
Did you know that kids can make faith promises for missions? Every year adults are challenged with how much to pledge for missions, but the kids also need to be challenged.
BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge) is the missions program for kids. BGMC is used to supply our missionaries with whatever they need to spread the gospel around the world. Missionaries LOVE BGMC because it is so flexible with the kinds of supplies they can buy.
Kids can make faith promises for BGMC! They can hear God's voice and then follow His leading in how much they should pledge to missions and how to earn the money to fulfill that pledge. What a wonderful opportunity it has been to see children sacrificially giving to missions through BGMC. One small church in Minnesota had 31 kids who each pledged to give $5 a month to BGMC. They were in a small church, but they wanted to do big things for God through BGMC. Imagine, 31 kids giving $155 per month or $1,860 for the year. When children make faith promises, God expands their heart for the world. The entire time that the kids are working to earn money for missions, they are realizing that they are helping to reach the lost around the world. This has an everlasting impact on a child. Teach your kids about making faith promises to BGMC.
What is a faith promise?
A faith promise is a goal or a pledge that is set between the child and God. This goal is set for one year. They are to do their best to raise this amount of money. The easiest way is to divide that amount by twelve months so that a monthly goal is established. The child is then to try to raise that amount each month. That amount becomes their monthly pledge. Encourage the kids to pray, to work, and to do their best to meet this pledge. It will become exciting to see how God helps them in ways they never expected. Remember, this is a pledge, but it's not something that HAS to be met. Kids are to do their best, but they are not to feel bad if they don't make it. Don't pressure the kids, encourage them!
If kids still don't know what to make as a faith promise, challenge them to try to give each month to BGMC the age that they are. For instances, an eight-year-old should try to raise $8 per month.
How does a child decide what his/her faith promise pledge should be?
Encourage the child to pray and ask God what is it that he/she should pledge for missions. Have the children talk this over with their parents and with their pastor or teacher. Tell them to read the new booklet from BGMC titled "55 Ways to Raise Money for Missions." This booklet will give them great ideas on how to raise money, and it will answer a lot of questions. Remember that God will lead them and direct them. Some kids will try to earn $5 to $10 per month. Others will earn less and others will earn more. BGMC provides free full-color faith promise cards for kids (item number #715-009).
Listen to these testimonies:
- One girl earned $800 baking dinner rolls and selling them.
- One girl earned $600 baking and selling chocolate chip cookies.
- Two kids worked together and sold pop at sporting events in a park. They earned $500.
- Two kids went door to door with vacuums and vacuumed people's homes.
- One family collected pop bottles and raised a lot of money for BGMC!
Adults can get involved too:
We want kids to learn to give to missions, but we also want the adults to multiply that giving by getting involved in BGMC too. The missionaries need our help. There are three times as many requests for BGMC financial help than what is available. If adults got involved, it would be easier to meet the needs of missionaries around the world.
Help your kids develop a heart of compassion for the world. Help the missionaries reach the lost around the world. Give to BGMC!
Testimonies concerning faith promises:
I just wanted to say that we began the kids faith promise process at our church yesterday. I talked to the kids and told them that we would be ministering overseas and here in the United States. I then had them separate and ask God what they should do for a faith promise. It was the most beautiful process! We have done contests and drives and anything else for BGMC we could do to boost giving, and the kids have always responded with excitement. But when the kids were writing down their goals, they were just buzzing. They were telling me what they wanted to raise and how they were going to do it. They were talking so quickly and excitedly that I could barely get a word in edgewise! I know that this idea was truly inspired by God!
- Angela Nible, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, Spearfish, S.D.
We have 21 kids committed to earning $5 a month for BGMC. Two boys already have gone to work. They decided to go out shoe shining on a Saturday. Each made $10, which helped them meet their goal for two months. Last night one of the boys came to me and gave me another $10 and said he had met his goal for the future. He asked the owners of his mom's work if he could help them with anything. They said they would pay him $3 an hour to vacuum. He vacuumed for three hours, and then they threw in an extra dollar. All that to say God is providing and proving himself to our kids. When they give of themselves and work hard, God meets their needs. How much more awesome for a kid to learn these life lessons than to just ask Mom or Dad for five bucks!
-Sarah Friedel, children's pastor, Christian Heights Church, Sonora, Calif.
You've heard about the boy whose lunch fed the 5,000. Have you heard about four California kids who teamed up to earn $1,100 for missions in eight months? Nicole, Morgan, Geno, and Lindsay of New Life Christian Center in Citrus Hights, California, each made a commitment to earn $5 per month to support several of this year's BGMC projects around the world. The four kids began their efforts by studying the BGMC book entitled "55 Ways to Earn Money for Missions." To earn their first $36, the kids began by selling some old baseball cards, washed the car, swept and mopped the garage floor, vacuumed the house, pulled weeds, emptied the trash, and worked around the yard. The kids then went to Costco and used their $36 to purchase three boxes of extra-large candy bars. They continued to buy and sell the candy in their neighborhood until they were able to give $1,100 to BGMC in just eight months. When asked what she would say if someone told her that it could not be done, eight-year-old Morgan laughed and said, smiling, "Yes, you can. I did it. Anyone can sell candy, clean, and help around the house!"
Each of the four kids admits that the task has not been easy. "We did a lot of walking. Sometimes my tummy hurt, but I kept on walking because I wanted to help the children in Burkina Faso's Christian schools," said 10-year-old Nicole. When the youngest member of the team was asked why she was willing to work so hard, little six-year-old Lindsay replied, "Because it is very fun to give money to other people, and God wants us to do it. God does not want any people to die without hearing about Him."
"But God, that's a lot of money," said a little boy named Joshua Keck from Colchester, Illinois. Josh had asked God how much money He wanted him to give to BGMC as a faith promise for the year. God told Josh to pledge $1,000. That's a lot of money for a seven-year-old, but God said he could do it.
Several kids made fun of Josh, saying it was silly to think he could do that much for God. But Josh knew that he could do anything with God's help. He made his faith promise and then God began to move.
Josh worked and worked. He sold stuff and washed cars. He wrote to people he knew and asked them if they would be willing to help with his pledge. Money began to come in. Josh earned more money and worked harder. Eventually Josh had raised over $800. Then a friend of the family donated some windows. "Let's take them to the auction," Josh's dad said. "Maybe someone will buy them, and we can use the extra money towards your faith promise." Upon dropping the windows off at the auction, the dad told the auctioneer, "Get whatever you can for these. My boys are earning money for missions." The auctioneer heard the whole story and related it to the crowd. Well, over the $200 needed came in to help Josh meet his goal. As a result of this and all his hard work, Josh gave over $1,000 to BGMC that year. This all happened because a boy prayed and told God he was willing, and then followed God's voice.