April 2015

Baptists truly are loving, giving people

April 21 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

Every year, North Carolinians bear huge financial burdens as they face serious medical crises in our state. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to care for those who are suffering and to help those in need. Through the annual Mother’s Day Offering, North Carolina Baptists can offer support to those who receive medical care at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. It is through your support that we are able to represent Christ, helping to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of our community.
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina works with Baptist Hospital through FaithHealthNC, a partnership program between faith communities and health care providers. Currently, Baptist Hospital is making strides to return to the purpose for which it was founded: to partner with North Carolina Baptist churches to jointly care for the body of Christ in our state. Through FaithHealthNC, churches are able to join together, working with Baptist Hospital and the convention, to make an impactful change by reaching the lost while providing affordable health care options.
Not only does the money received from the annual Mother’s Day Offering go toward helping reach the lost who face medical hardships, but it also helps our brothers and sisters in Christ. Last year, Victor Church and Betsy Simpson were recipients of this offering. After suffering from a retinal tear, Church needed four surgeries.
One night while he was reading, Church suddenly noticed that half the page went missing – he had no vision in part of his left eye. While dealing with this unexpected medical emergency, Church and his family were faced with thousands of dollars in medical bills. Fortunately, because of the Mother’s Day Offering, Church and his family were able to afford the surgeries that saved Church’s vision. 
Betsy Simpson is another great example of one who has been blessed by the generosity of North Carolina Baptists through this offering. At the age of 64, Simpson found out she had endometrial cancer. At Baptist Hospital, she underwent successful surgery and chemotherapy but had to deal with a high amount of medical expenses. These expenses were so high that Simpson considered going back to work to pay them off, even though she had debilitating arthritis. But by God’s provision, through the Mother’s Day Offering, Simpson’s financial needs were met.
As Mother’s Day approaches, prayerfully consider how you, your family and your church congregation can play a part in this year’s offering. With your compassionate giving, you can help make a difference in the lives of people like Victor Church and Betsy Simpson. As Simpson has shared, “I know that Baptists are loving and giving people. If you can be that person too, that would be wonderful. It’s a gift.”
For more information on the Mother’s Day Offering, visit: mothersdayoffering.org.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Galatians 5:14 (NKJV)

4/21/2015 10:47:42 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments

Join me in Columbus for SBC Annual Meeting

April 7 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

In just two short months, Southern Baptists from across North America, and countries around the globe, will gather in Columbus, Ohio, as the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) holds its 158th annual meeting June 16-17.   
I hope many North Carolina Baptists will make plans now to come join in the worship and celebration of all that God is doing through Southern Baptists as we pray and labor to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission. When you hear the testimonies and reports during this convention meeting of how God’s Spirit is at work, joy will overflow your heart and you will want to share these stories with your church family.
SBC President Ronnie Floyd has challenged Southern Baptists to ask God daily for another Great Awakening in America that would enable His Church to reach the world for Christ.
Will you lead your church family to join you now in praying for this annual meeting in Columbus? He has said that Southern Baptists “need extraordinary prayer for the purpose of revival personally, revival in the church, and spiritual awakening in America, so we can see commitment to the Great Commission escalated, and accelerate to its completion in our generation. I believe this should be our heart and our goal.”
My prayer is that each messenger in attendance will be drawn to pray for revival and spiritual awakening and will become more involved in the mission of God to make disciples of all nations.
At a time when the world is in desperate need of the truth, we have a dire need to plead for God’s Kingdom to come, on earth, as it is in Heaven. I ask that you pray specifically for revival, and pray that God will use you to demonstrate His love and mercy to lost people in your sphere of influence.
As multiple thousands of people move to the United States from the nations, we have a perfect opportunity to witness and pray for God’s light to shine through us.
Is it really your desire that all people groups will one day embrace Jesus Christ as Savior? Isn’t it obvious that God is bringing the nations to this country? Many of these immigrants have never heard the gospel. We cannot afford to squander this opportunity of participating in international missions through evangelizing and discipling those who have come to us from other countries.
In Columbus alone, 139 languages are spoken, and it is the 15th largest city in the United States.
What a wonderful place to host our meeting and see the providence of the Lord!
The time is here and opportunities abound for a spiritual harvest.
I urge you to attend this year’s SBC annual meeting. Registration for messengers is currently underway, and you can learn more by visiting sbcannualmeeting.net. I hope to see you this June in Columbus!
Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” Luke 10:2b (NKJV).

4/7/2015 3:06:14 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments