Connections: David and Mary Boyd
Mar. 9, 2014
Pointing Kids to Missions
David and Mary Boyd have been involved in children’s ministries for more than three decades. They have served in national leadership for the Assemblies of God since 1999, including the National Children’s Ministries Agency. They currently serve as directors of Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. Pentecostal Evangel Editor Ken Horn recently interviewed the Boyds.
evangel: How did you get involved with BGMC?
DAVID BOYD: We were children’s pastors for 17 years. BGMC Director Sandy Askew had a great influence on our lives. She challenged us to teach the kids in our ministry about the lost of the world. It became our passion.
MARY BOYD: Often, the churches where we served became one of the top churches in the nation in BGMC giving. Our last children’s pastorate was at First Assembly in Fort Myers, Fla. Pastor Dan Betzer’s missions heart really bonded with our heart for missions. His desire to participate in missions and support missionaries knew no bounds. He had a great impact on us.
evangel: What is the current thrust of BGMC?
MARY BOYD: We want to see every Assemblies of God church participate in this ministry. Every child should have the opportunity to be taught to have a heart of compassion. Even churches that don’t currently have extensive ministry to kids can do their part by having a change bucket in the foyer and collecting change from the congregation. This will multiply what the kids give.
DAVID BOYD: Every established BGMC church can help us by mentoring another church. Churches that have seen the benefits of BGMC among their kids can connect with church plants or churches that are unaware of this ministry and show them how awesome it is to teach their kids about missions.
Missionaries who have seen firsthand the effective ways in which these funds are used can help us by talking about how BGMC is helping them. Whenever missionaries visit a church, they should ask to go into the kids’ areas and share their passion for the world.
Senior pastors can help us by promoting BGMC and allowing all the loose change in the offering one Sunday a month to go to BGMC to augment what the children are giving.
With churches and missionaries and pastors working together, kids will discover a heart of compassion and together we can support our missionary heroes around the globe.
evangel: Over the past few years, you have had opportunities to take BGMC around the world. Talk about those experiences.
DAVID BOYD: In 2008, we attended the African regional missionary retreat in Togo in order to talk to missionaries about BGMC, and we led a team of children’s pastors to El Salvador in order to teach the first international conference for the leaders of King’s Castle Ministries from 21 different nations.
MARY BOYD: The past three years have opened some wonderful doors for BGMC. In 2011 we took a team to Tanzania to do the first ever national children’s ministries training conference. David took teams to Romania and Madagascar to hold services and offer children’s ministries training. We were back in Africa the next year when we were invited to Rwanda to host a national children’s ministries training conference.
We also ministered in Thailand and Bangladesh in 2012. And last year, we led a team to the Philippines to do children’s ministries training, services, and a kids camp.