April 2016

See God’s loving nature through Mother’s Day Offering

April 19 2016 by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

As we near Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that we spend some time thinking about our mothers. What an important role that mothers have in our lives.
They nurture us as children but do not stop caring for us as adults. I truly believe that mothers are ordained by God to show us a tangible example of His caring nature and lovingkindness toward His children.
It is around this time of the year that North Carolina Baptists also give a special focus to the Mother’s Day Offering, which benefits patients at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Thanks to your generous support, many patients at the hospital who were burdened financially due to medical bills received monetary assistance.
When the Grant family welcomed their daughter, Stella, into the world at Baptist Hospital, they didn’t know that she would soon have unforeseen medical issues.
Stella, born with Down syndrome, had stomach problems soon after her birth, and the doctors had to resort to exploratory surgery to help her thrive.
The doctors were ultimately able to give Stella a diagnosis and cure, but not before she endured a 22-day hospital visit. This stay caused a great deal of financial stress on her parents, Josh and Gina.
They were overwhelmed, talking about bankruptcy and even considering a second mortgage, when they received a call informing them that their bills had been paid in full by the Mother’s Day Offering.
Steve Ashley was also blessed to have his medical bills covered with funds from the Mother’s Day Offering after an old high school injury flared up again 25 years after the fact.
When the medical bills accumulated and became too much, the father of five began to pray for God’s direction.
The next day, he and his wife received a letter in the mail saying that the Mother’s Day Offering had covered their medical bills in full.
Thanks to your generous support, families like the Grants and the Ashleys have had financial burdens eased.
They have seen the providence of God in ways that they never expected, and it is thanks to you for being obedient to God’s call to give.
This year, once again, I pray that you will join me in being a part of the Mother’s Day Offering. It is a truly wonderful way to be used of God to see His Kingdom come on the earth.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2.

4/19/2016 9:34:26 AM by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments

A call to awake, unite and pray in St. Louis

April 5 2016 by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

It’s that time of the year again – the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is nearly two months away. This year, the meeting will take place June 14-15 in St. Louis, Mo., and I believe that it will once again be a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship as we work to make the name of the Lord Jesus known to the nations. I hope you will take this opportunity to represent your church and North Carolina Baptists as you participate in meetings and vote on decisions that will govern the work of our national convention.
Last year, the SBC Annual Meeting was a great time of joy and prayer as we experienced the obvious presence of God and prayed for a great awakening in our nation. Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, led us all in a time of earnest prayer for revival that I still reflect on.
I am confident that we will once again experience a work of God while we are in St. Louis. Continuing the momentum from last year’s meeting, the theme for 2016 will be, “Awaken America: Reach the World.” Pray that this theme will unite Southern Baptists in a movement to reach others with the gospel like never before.
We will elect a new president of our convention in June. Many of you have heard that a North Carolina pastor will be nominated. He is J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham.
The Summit Church is a church that is impacting lostness through disciple-making in unique ways. I appreciate Greear’s leadership in facilitating a disciple-making culture among the congregation he serves, the pastors he mentors across our state, the missionaries the Summit sends and the churches they plant. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, Tenn., and David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, will also be nominated as candidates for SBC president.
I hope to see you at the annual meeting in St. Louis, and I do pray that God will awaken His Church to another period of revival. With nearly 2.9 million people living in the city, St. Louis one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Pray for effective results in evangelistic events that will be conducted prior to and during the meeting.
Remember that it is our responsibility to pray not only for those who are lost in this nation, but also those living in other nations of the world. As we pray for the Lord to bring about an awakening, may we join together in a spirit of unity as the revival of God’s church begins in our hearts and continues to the next generation of Christ followers.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – If you or your church would like more information about Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, please visit sbcannualmeeting.net.)

4/5/2016 1:42:11 PM by Milton A. Hollfield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments