August 2013

Baptist Men provide opportunities to serve, share gospel

August 26 2013 by Milton A. Hollifield, BSC executive director-treasurer

As we come to the end of August, and I reflect on the missions and ministry efforts our Convention staff and churches have participated in this summer, I realize we have all been very busy! For example, this summer middle and high school students, as well as their leaders, served in various mission projects across the state through Deep Impact, which is a weeklong camp that provides youth a hands-on missions experience in unique contexts. Some youth even served through Deep Impact in New York City, Honduras and Cuba.
 
Deep Impact is just one of many ministries sponsored by N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM) in which lives are being transformed by the gospel.
 
Through NCBM, North Carolina Baptist men, women and student volunteers traveled all over our state, country and world this summer to share the gospel. We sent teams to Romania and Hungary to work among the Roma Gypsy people; to Honduras to lead construction projects and Vacation Bible School; and to India to help dig wells so people can drink clean water. Throughout the year teams also serve in places such as Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Armenia and Lebanon.
 
Nationally, our NCBM volunteers serve in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Vermont and the Rocky Mountain and Appalachian Coalfields areas.
 
Here in this state, NCBM operate two mission camps, one in Shelby and one in Red Springs.
These camps house thousands of volunteers each year who come and serve in the community. Many people respond in faith to the gospel through the witness of these volunteers. Another unique ministry that N.C. Baptists support is the NCBM medical/dental ministry.
 
The two NCBM mobile medical vehicles are available to churches and associations across the state. Last year, more than 4,000 people were treated by volunteer medical personnel on these mobile medical offices in 131 locations. When asked why they do what they do, volunteers tell how they can share the love of Christ with people in need. Numerous people are coming to faith in Christ as a result of this ministry
 
Of all the NCBM ministries, you are probably most familiar with disaster relief.
 
Our disaster relief volunteers are such a tremendous blessing. Whenever disaster strikes, our staff and teams are on alert and ready to respond whenever and however they are needed.
 
Our disaster relief ministry is committed to ongoing assistance after a disaster. More than 1,000 volunteers have assisted in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, treating more than 160,000 medical patients, constructing 800 shelters and building 46 homes.
 
N.C. Baptist Men ministries are made possible in large majority by your gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). Your church should have received in the mail NCMO resources and promotional materials, and if you need additional materials I encourage you to visit.
 
If you would like to learn more about N.C. Baptist Men and how you can get involved, visit www.baptistsonmission.org.
 
“And the King shall answer and say unto them … Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
8/26/2013 11:38:56 AM by Milton A. Hollifield, BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



NCMO helps support Kingdom missions and ministries

August 12 2013 by Milton A. Holllifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

An article was recently published in the Biblical Recorder (July 20 issue) and on our Convention website about the first Pakistani church plant in North Carolina. This is a testimony to God’s power and grace, as He has brought a man all the way from Pakistan to help North Carolina Baptists reach Pakistani Muslims with the gospel.

This story is just one of many that can be told about how God is working among new church plants across our state. Another vibrant church plant called Campus Church is having great results in reaching and discipling college students and adults. It began earlier this year on the campus of Western Carolina University.
 
Last year, the Convention’s church planting team participated in helping start 101 new churches. You help make these church planting efforts possible through your gifts to the Cooperative Program budget and the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). NCMO provides about a third of our church planting budget.

Your financial support of the NCMO makes it possible for North Carolina Baptist Men to stay in business. The missions offering underwrites the 14 ministries of Baptist Men, including disaster relief. Baptist Men has sent thousands of volunteers to help New Jersey and New York residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. Soon after a disaster strikes, our disaster relief volunteers prepare meals, engage in recovery projects, provide child care and offer assistance in numerous other ways. Forty-one percent of the missions offering supports Baptist Men.
 
NCMO also helps fund the two Baptist Men mission camps in Red Springs and Shelby. Each year volunteers come and stay at the camps, become equipped for doing mission projects and then go out into the community to serve and share in Jesus’ name.
 
Ten percent of the NCMO is given back to North Carolina Baptist associations for use in mission projects. The amount returned to each association is contingent upon how much churches in an association contribute to the NCMO.
 
The theme for this year’s NCMO is “Compelled by Christ – Proclaiming Release, Relief & Redemption.” This theme is based on Luke 4:18. The offering goal is $2.1 million. 
 
We want to send your church some great resources to help you understand why it is so vitally important to support this missions offering. We have produced videos you will enjoy watching, posters, bulletin inserts, PowerPoints, offering envelopes and a promotion planning guide. You can access these resources at www.ncmissionsoffering.org or call the Baptist Building at (800) 395-5102 for materials.
 
Although this offering promotion is highlighted in September, you are welcome to give anytime during the year.
 
Thank you in advance for asking your church family to pray for and to give to the North Carolina Missions Offering. This offering is vital to what we can do through North Carolina Baptist Men and to push back spiritual darkness in this state, where almost 80 percent of residents are not active in any church and 5.8 million residents do not profess Christ as Savior.
 
“…preach the gospel ... heal the brokenhearted … set at liberty them that are bruised …” Luke 4:18
8/12/2013 1:53:15 PM by Milton A. Holllifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments