Today, I’m missing a meal…on purpose.
I’m joining the International Mission Board’s “Miss A Meal” campaign to help spread the gospel to all nations. So, instead of that PB&J I usually eat for Monday lunch, I’m leaving my plate empty and donating 10 bucks to #ForTheMission.
The Miss A Meal campaign is: “a simple and practical way for individuals and families to join the yearly Christmas offering IMB receives primarily through local churches—100% supports missionaries and their work in spreading the gospel around the world, particularly among unreached peoples.”
Want to join in? Miss your next meal and donate what you would have spent for food at imb.org/meal or by texting 4mission to 80888. Then post a picture of you & and your empty plate with #ForTheMission to help spread the word. Find out more about text messaging rates here.
Want to enlist others? Here are some more ways you can help get the good news across the oceans.
—Enlist your small group to take the Miss a Meal challenge. Instead of offering refreshments at your next gathering, power up your laptop and let people donate on site.
—Utilize the Miss a Meal campaign as a family missions moment. Pull out a globe or use this fantastic map online to introduce your kids to God’s heart for the nations. Ask your kids if they would be willing to forgo lunch (or a snack if your children are younger). If your children are too young to skip a meal, you can still donate as a family.
—Make family meal prep missional. Let your children earn money this week preparing dinner, setting the table, or washing dishes. Help them donate the funds they’ve earned during your “Missional Meal Week” to #ForTheMission. Then take them out for ice cream to celebrate their involvement and heart for missions.
—Get your women’s ministries involved by issuing a church-wide challenge. The Miss a Meal campaign is an easy global mission project that encourages missional living and missions awareness with absolutely ZERO set up! As the leader, set a goal for the total number of meals missed and a projected completion date. Issue the challenge and see how many donations you can collect! Be sure to retweet and share your church members’ photos on your church’s social media sites to snowball your efforts.
Ready? Set! Go Miss a Meal!
But be sure to come back, because starting this week I’ll be serving up some fresh ideas to help you make Christmas meaningful for your whole family!