Meet the Characters
Buddy Barrel is the mascot for BGMC. When BGMC started in 1949, supplies were shipped by boat to the missionaries in barrels. Barrels were used because they could be sealed tight and made waterproof. This way the supplies would not get wet or ruined. As a result, Buddy Barrel was created. Small wooden barrels were designed for the children to save their coins in. These barrels have now changed to larger yellow plastic barrels. Kids are encouraged to save their money in these barrels and turn their money in once a month.
Winnie the World
Winnie the World gives us facts about the different countries around the world. She just loves missions! She tells us how many missionaries are in each country and what missionaries do. She also keeps track of how many churches, Bible schools, and Christians are in each country. She knows what each country is like, where it is located, and how the people live in that country.
Speedy D. Light
Speedy D. Light represents the Speed the Light missions program for teenagers. They raise money to buy vehicles for our missionaries. These vehicles are used to transport the materials purchased by BGMC. They also take our missionaries wherever they need to go in order to reach the lost. A Speed the Light vehicle can be a car, van, motorcycle, bicycle, or even a camel! It can be whatever the missionaries need in their part of the world. Speedy also helps the older kids (grades 5 and 6) to transition into the youth group by becoming familiar with the youth missions program, which is Speed the Light. Giving kids turn into giving youth who turn into giving adults.
Pencil Pal gives us the names and addresses of the missionaries. He encourages us to write to the missionaries and to pray for them. It can sometimes be lonely being very far from home with no family or friends. We can be Pencil Pals with our missionaries. Missionaries enjoy receiving letters from America telling about what is happening here and just sharing with them how we are earning money to put in our barrels. Many missionaries have children your age, and they love to get birthday and Christmas care packages. Pencil Pal also wants us to be prayer pals. We need to pray for our missionaries: for their protection, their health, and for the work they do. Without God's help, it would be impossible for the missionaries to do anything. Prayer is the key!