May 2010

Clean water for India

May 17 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

It’s amazing what we take for granted. Even during this hard economic time, I doubt many of us have had to go without something like running water. Yet, in many parts of the world, running water is not the issue — they don’t even have clean water.

Take Bihar, India, for example. Of the 85 million people living in more than 45,000 villages of Bihar, most do not have access to clean water.

Most of the sickness in Bihar is a result of water-born diseases. Bihar is the poorest state in India and nearly half the population is illiterate.

About 80 percent of the population is Hindu, with less than 0.5 percent claiming the name of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

Many of you are aware of the work being done by North Carolina Baptists in Bihar. N.C. Baptist Men are partnering with Biju Thomas, founder of the Transformation India Movement (TIM), to get the gospel to where it has never been before. Through TIM, Biju started a training school for church planters, an orphanage for at-risk children and a sewing school for women.

He has a great burden to reach his nation with the gospel.

As you plan for summer mission trips and even mission trips later this year, I want to remind you that our international partnerships, such as Bihar, are a great way to get involved. Biju joined us in early April in Charlotte for the N.C. Baptist Missions Conference and shared about how you are making a difference in India.

North Carolina Baptists have provided 460 new wells in Bihar.

Each of these new wells is dedicated with a Christian service and Scripture is written on the well that speaks of Jesus as the only One who can give living water. 

North Carolina Baptists are adopting villages in Bihar, and so far you have adopted 80 villages.

By adopting a village you provide a clean drinking well, hymnals, Bibles, literacy help and a one-time medical clinic.

When we provide a well for clean drinking water, it is not uncommon to see a new church planted in an area near the well.

North Carolina Baptists have also helped sponsor 24 church planters in Bihar. TIM uses the funds you give to train church planters, and then assigns them to different villages in which to focus their work.

In a place of spiritual darkness, God is at work. God is changing lives and God is bringing salvation to people in Bihar.

You can watch videos or read articles about the ministry in Bihar, but I challenge you to get involved, whether by giving, by going, or by doing both. The BSC and N.C. Baptist Men want to help you be on mission and see firsthand what God is doing among the nations. To learn more, visit www.ncmissions.org.

“… The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
5/17/2010 6:28:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments



‘In the name of Jesus Christ and His love’

May 3 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

For the past week many of you have been participating in the Week of Prayer for North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Thank you for praying for the patients and their families, as well as the staff, of our Baptist Hospital.

The Week of Prayer helps us focus our hearts as we prepare to give to the Mother’s Day Offering for Baptist Hospital. This offering helps ease the financial burden of patients at Baptist Hospital. Recipients of this offering have nowhere to turn for financial help, and their lives are changed when they receive a letter that begins something like this: “Your hospital bill has been paid by compassionate and mission-minded North Carolina Baptists in the name of Jesus Christ and His love.”

In 2009, North Carolina Baptists gave $663,013 to the Mother’s Day Offering so that more than 150 patients could be helped. Not long ago an article ran on the BSC web site about the Beck family and their struggle to pay for their seven-year-old daughter’s medical bills at Baptist Hospital.

Teri Beck called the gift from the Mother’s Day Offering an “an absolute blessing” and said she is amazed that people who did not know her daughter or their family would care enough to give to an offering in order to help them and other families like them.

I am very grateful for the ministry of Baptist Hospital. When Baptist Hospital began in 1923 I doubt anyone imagined just how influential and critical this ministry would become. During its annual meeting in 1920, the BSC voted to establish a Baptist State Hospital Committee to study and make recommendation to the Convention efforts necessary for the establishment of a Baptist Hospital in North Carolina.

One year later, that committee had these words to say before the Convention: “The whole meaning of the movement is to bring the healing art more definitely under the dominion of the Great Healer.”

The Great Healer — He is why we minister and He is why Baptist Hospital exists. Our prayer is that patients of Baptist Hospital will come to know the only One who is able to heal not only physically, but spiritually as well.

The leadership of Baptist Hospital continues to make certain that meeting physical and spiritual needs is priority. Donny Lambeth, Baptist Hospital president, has been on staff with Baptist Hospital in some capacity since 1988.

He understands the value in this work and he truly has a servant’s heart. I am glad to have someone like Donny serving in this role.

Baptist Hospital is indeed a place where the love of Jesus Christ and compassion for others is displayed for all to see. As we seek to serve the Great Healer, let us each be reminded of how He has healed our broken, sinful hearts — and may we go and share healing with others.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
5/3/2010 9:08:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments