Baptists on Mission celebrates 40 years of ministry
    April 5 2016 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications

    The year was 1976, and Ed Bullock had just been appointed as the executive director of a newly formed auxiliary of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) a corporation called N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM). Now, 40 years later, N.C. Baptist Men, also known as Baptists on Mission, has a legacy to celebrate.
     
    Some of that celebration will take place on April 15-16, when NCBM will host the 2016 Baptist Missions Conference at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte.

     
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    NC Baptist Men and Women Disaster Relief Ministry Facebook photo
    Baptists on Mission disaster relief volunteers serving in Johnsonville, S.C., gather to pray in this October 2015 photo. Volunteers serve in a variety of ministries.

    Open to all Baptist men, women and students, the conference will feature breakout sessions, mission fair exhibits, mission testimonies and a volunteer supper.
     
    Since 1997 alone, NCBM has distributed more than 6.2 million meals and treated more than 58,000 patients on its medical/dental buses.
     
    With 17 ministries that span from agricultural missions to sports and recreation ministries, NCBM has been blessed to be able to serve in a variety of different fields.
     
    Lynn Tharrington has worked for NCBM since 1971 – a time when the office was still the BSC’s Brotherhood department, existing to do hands-on missions for North Carolina Baptist churches.
     
    Tharrington has served alongside all three of the auxiliary’s directors, and the organization has been a source of joy to her as she as seen firsthand the effect that acts of service can have on the lives of others over the course of her 45-year career with NCBM.
     
    She recalled a time when NCBM was embarking on its first disaster relief mission – helping with cleanup after tornadoes ripped through Red Springs in 1984.
     
    “At that time, nobody had ever heard of disaster relief,” Tharrington said. “But God did have that vision. He knew what He was preparing us for.”
     
    In 1992, Richard Brunson was appointed as the executive director of NCBM, a position he still holds today.
     
    He has seen the ministry grow, but he said the focus of NCBM remains the same.
     
    “Our job is to help churches involve their members in missions,” Brunson said. “We want to challenge all men, women and students to be involved in missions.”
     
    Brunson said that a large part of NCBM’s growth over the years had to do with helping Baptists to understand that they can be missionaries in their day-to-day lives. Many people give to missions and pray for missions, but they often don’t see themselves as missionaries, Brunson said. NCBM helps change that mindset.
     
    “We wanted to change the story from missions education to missions involvement, and every Christian is a missionary,” Brunson said. “All Christians are called, gifted and sent.”
     
    If you or your church would like to learn more about becoming involved with North Carolina Baptists on Mission, please visit baptistsonmission.org or contact Lynn Tharrington at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5599, or ltharrington@ncbaptist.org.
     
    Because of the Biblical Recorder’s press deadline, coverage of the 2016 meeting in Charlotte will be in the May 7 issue of the Recorder.

    4/5/2016 9:48:06 PM by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Filed under: anniversary, Baptists on Mission, BSC




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