Some of you are asking yourself right now what is BGMC. You have heard that term used around the church, but you just don’t understand what it stands for. “BGMC is the AG missions program for kids that instills a heart of compassion to reach the lost through praying, giving, and going. All funds raised through BGMC go to meet critical needs around the world such as feeding programs, water wells, Bible schools, curriculum, and whatever else a missionary needs in their part of the world.” Missions is a big focus her at River of Life, and River Kidz. We hope through our passion the kids will also get passionate about Missions.
Each year we select 1-2 missionaries to support as a children’s ministry, and we have a goal we set.. Last year we had a goal of $7,500 to raise for BGMC and Africa Tabernacle Evangelism. We were able to help ATE build a church in Africa because of the money raised through River Kidz.
This year we have a new goal and two new Missionaries we are working with to help see their visions become a possibility. This year we have set a goal of $10,000 and raising this money for Vanuatu Well-Drilling & Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch.
Vanuatu Well-Drilling – Every Ni-Vanuatu citizen should have access to safe water in sufficient quantities to meet basic needs, including drinking, cooking and sanitation. The sad fact is kids living in this area don’t know what clean water is. The think diarrhea is normal. We want to bring a well to every village, so that every child and their family has clean water. Please help us reach this goal of $5,000.
Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch – Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch is a humanitarian ministry of the Assemblies of God, Philippines. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the transformation and defense of abandoned, and trafficked children in the Philippines. Happy Horizons is dedicated to helping these children get out of “hellish situations” and back on the road to meaningful and productive lives. Our pledge of $5,00o will help these children have a safe house, which gives a protected environment that helps rescued girls develop long-range goals and inspire a desire for an independent and productive life. After their stay at Happy Horizons Children’s Ranch, they continue to be assisted with further education, job training and job placement to make sure theirs is a Happy Future.
Ways To Help & Give:
There are many ways this year to help us reach our goal. Through out the year we will be having events that will raise money for these two ministries. So please keep your eyes open for ways to get involved. Also the first Sunday of every Month is BGMC Sunday in Kids Church. These Sunday’s the kids are encouraged to bring in their Buddy Barrels full of change. If they do they get to silly string a leader. They can also buy a can for $7 to silly string a leader. All this money collected on the First Sunday of each month goes to BGMC.
We also encourage the kids to find ways on their own to raise money for BGMC. Last year one of the River Kidz raised over $500 on his own by finding creative ways to collect money. He came up with the Rent-A-Chick program where you could rent a baby chick for a week, he also sold flowers on Mothers Day. We encourage every child to find creative ways like Caden did to raise money for Missions. It takes us as parents to also help get our kids excited about missions, and find ways for them to be involved.
Next Month Pastor Kevin and I will be doing something special to raise money for BGMC. Stay tuned for more information!!! We will also be launching a brand new site just for BGMC and all the ways you can get involved and help us reach our goal. If you have any questions on how you could help River Kidz reach their goals this year please contact me at Mike@theriverorlando.com I would love to talk to you.