Associations: Changing lives with NCMO funds
    August 23 2010 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

    Pastor Francisco Ortiz is quite healthy, but thousands of North Carolina Baptists help him step into the pulpit each Sunday.

    His small but growing congregation is “Iglesia Bautista Hispana Cristo el Salvador,” or Christ the Savior Baptist Church, in Jefferson. Most of the Spanish-speaking members are from Mexico, Ortiz said. 

    They meet Sunday afternoons in the building of partnering Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson and are receiving start-up funds from Ashe Baptist Association, the local fellowship of 44 Baptist congregations.

    Ashe, in turn, received the funds to help the new church from North Carolina Baptists through their North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). 

    Each year 10 percent of the North Carolina Missions Offering is distributed to the state’s 79 Baptist associations from which they came for use in area missions and ministry projects.

    Here are samples of the diverse and life-changing ways associations put those NCMO funds work.  

    NCMO: New churches
    The Cooperative Program provides two-thirds of the funds used by the Baptist State Convention for church planting.  

    The NCMO supplements Cooperative Program funds by providing the other one-third.

    Together, these funds supported 98 new churches in 2009. 

    But associations also use NCMO funds to start other new churches locally.

    Greater Gaston Association
    , based in Gastonia, was one of the leaders in church planting — they worked with 19 new church plants in 2009, said Larry McElreath, associational missionary.

    “Some of these received NCMO funds,” McElreath said.

    “Thousands of people’s lives were impacted with the gospel message. Without these funds, we as an association could not have made much of an impact in the community.”

    NCMO funds also helped Greater Gaston send out summer missionaries to hold Vacation Bible Schools and Backyard Bible Clubs.

    “I am more thankful every year that we have an opportunity to be part of the NCMO. I believe that doing together what we can’t do alone makes a huge difference in Kingdom growth,” McElreath said.

    Sandhills:
    New church plant in Pinehurst, new Hispanic ministry in Robbins, plus lifestyle evangelism training for pastors.

    Sandy Creek: New cowboy church and purchase of witnessing tracts for use in public events.

    Raleigh: New church plants: The Creek Church in Cary and The Passage Church in Wendell. 

    New churches are needed throughout the Raleigh area as the capital city’s population has topped 400,000, exceeding the populations of cities such as New Orleans, St. Louis or Cincinnati.  

    NCMO: Outreach, ministry
    Yancey: Witnessing booth and diaper-changing station in downtown Burnsville for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair last year.

    “We had 33 professions of faith,” said Harvey Sharpe, missions director.

    Catawba River: Ministered at the Historic Morganton Festival last September, partnering with volunteer teams from Hull’s Grove Baptist Church, Vale.

    “Hull’s Grove sent their Horseshoe Ministry Team and we passed out over 600 horseshoes, each with the person’s name stamped on it. While they waited (on the stamping), we were able to share the gospel message,” said Phil Oakley, associational missionary. He said 28 people prayed to receive Christ that day.

    Catawba River also used NCMO funds to support their annual Christmas toy store.

    In 2009 the association helped 504 families and gave toys to 1,069 children and 49 people prayed to receive Christ.

    Randolph: Held a Sports Expo in March which drew a whopping 1,200 hunters and fishermen for a meal and evangelistic message.

    “Sixteen were saved and about 13 made rededications to Christ at the event,” said Steve Sells, director of missions.

    Robeson: Supported Hispanic mission in Raeford, constructed wheelchair ramps and repaired roofs on area homes.

    Metrolina:
    Supported three college students for 10 weeks to work with Vacation Bible Schools, youth camps, outreach projects, ministry in multi-housing areas.

    “NCMO has been the primary funding tool for our summer missions effort in Metrolina Association,” said Bob Lowman, missions director.

    Green River: Sponsored worship services during the summer at two campgrounds in the Chimney Rock recreational area.  

    NCMO: Missions trips
    Stanly: Sent dozens of area Baptists on their first missions trips, including some to overseas.

    New South River: Helped high school seniors make mission trips with Baptist Student Union, sponsor a youth crusade, bought resources for churches.

    West Chowan: Sending missions team to Quebec, Canada, this summer.

    Beulah: Sending missions team to Rhode Island; supporting a local pastor and his family serving two years in Turkey. Sent pastor on missions trip to Peru.

    “Each of these has produced Kingdom purpose results and we are so grateful we were able to help,” said Danny Glover, associational missionary.  

    NCMO: Meet needs
    South Fork: Funded local missions projects by Baptist Men.

    “So far, we have helped purchase a used mobile home and renovate it for a woman,” said associational missionary Bob Wise. Her previous house was in such poor condition that Social Services deemed it unsafe; the agency took the woman’s children.

    Three Forks: Local missions projects, including home repairs, handicap ramp construction, roof repair and providing food and heating costs to needy families. “The majority of our funds are set aside for our Oct. 2 Operation Inasmuch Community Blitz Day,” said Barry Neely, associational missionary.

    Macon: Planted garden to feed needy families; ministered to carnival workers.

    Surry: Supplemented support for their Surry Christian Counseling Center, seeing more people because of high unemployment. “Thanks for helping us to help our community with Christian counseling,” said Billy Blakley, associational missionary.
    8/23/2010 7:50:00 AM by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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