"Praying Outside the Box" and "Prayer Ring"
Ideas for Promotion of Week of Prayer for North American Missions
Submitted by Denise Bronaugh, WMU Director, First Baptist Church, Nashville,
During the 2002 Week of Prayer for North American Missions, Denise Bronaugh,
director of WMU for First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., helped her Women on
Mission coordinator organize a "Praying Outside the Box" luncheon with box
lunches containing the name of a NAMB missionary for special prayer. Several
women participated by hosting a table while portraying missionaries. --
Reprinted from November 2002 issue of Missions Mosaic, Woman's Missionary
Union, Birmingham, Alabama. Used by permission. To receive this issue, or
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The mention of this activity in Missions Mosaic sparked our interest, and we
wanted to learn more. Denise shared the following details with us.Praying Outside the Box:
On the Monday during the Week of Prayer, as the ladies arrived, patriotic music
was playing. At the beginning of our time together, we had a pledge to both the
U.S. Flag and the Christian Flag, followed by a blessing.
Box lunches that had been tied with red, white, and blue ribbons were waiting
for our guests. Each table was decorated with a centerpiece representing the
state to be explored. A table hostess was assigned to be the tour guide. The
hostess played the part in first person of the missionary they represented. Not
only were the ladies informed about the missionary's work, but were also given
interesting facts about the state. The tour leaders moved from table to table
as time would allow, sharing about their work.
Small boxes decorated with American flags were at each person's place. They
were instructed to not look inside the box until the end. When time came to
open the box, they were instructed to "pray outside the box." Inside they found
information on a slip of paper about one of the missionaries that had been
discussed. Following a prayer time, the ladies were encouraged to take the box
home with them and continue to pray outside the box for the person they had
been given. An opportunity was given for those who brought their offering to
place it in a decorated patriotic box.
Publicity had been throughout the church, using a box to get attention.Prayer Ring:
On Wednesday night that week, we had a special prayer service and had a guest
speaker. On Thursday evening, we did a Prayer Ring for North America. We gave
out copies of the On Mission Prayer Map (available from NAMB), and each group
was assigned certain states in their prayer ring. By the end of the day, we
covered North American in our prayers. The prayer ring was organized by
assigning a facilitator who started the "ring" by calling the person listed
under their name in our WMU directory. She is to give the specific area of the
country the group is to include in their five minute prayer time along with any
information as to the number of missionaries, etc. The last person on the list
is to call the facilitator, thus the "ring" will be complete and North America
will be covered with our prayers.