Partnerships advance the Great Commission
    May 9 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Each year as Memorial Day draws near I find myself thinking about the great sacrifices men and women have made throughout our country’s history. I will share more about that in my next column, but one thing I do want to express to you now is how grateful I am that we enjoy religious freedom in this country.

    Earlier this year I was reminded that many, many people in the world do not enjoy this freedom. In March, several of our staff members traveled to Moldova to help kick off our Convention’s new partnership with the Baptist Union of Moldova. They shared with me how they met believers who lived in Moldova while the country was part of the former Soviet Union. During this time believers were not allowed to worship publicly, and some were put in prison and persecuted for their faith.

    Moldova is home to 3.5 million people, and less than two percent of them are believers in Jesus Christ. However, I want you to know that those who are believers are hungry to learn more about God.

    The partnership with Moldova is a partnership through our Office of Great Commission Partnerships. We started this new office last August for the purpose of assisting North Carolina Baptist churches and associations in developing, implementing and maintaining an effective strategy for missions. The first teams from North Carolina Baptist churches will be sent out later this year to Moldova. It’s not too late to pray about having a team from your church on the ground in Moldova by year’s end.

    You also still have time to make plans to head to Toronto where approximately 5.5 million people live in an area that is less than five percent evangelical. Our Great Commission Partnership in Toronto is very much focused on connecting North Carolina Baptist churches with church planting, whether that means supporting a new church plant or actually taking the lead and planting a church in Toronto.

    Remember our partnership opportunities in New York City and Boston. Our work with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association began again last year and more than 400 Baptists participated. Already more than 500 people have committed to serve this year.

    Teams are also serving in the urban center of Boston, where less than three percent of the population is evangelical. More than 1,000 towns in New England are without an evangelical witness.

    From just up north, to just over the border, to across the ocean, people all over the world need to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    We know the good news and we also know that Christ commanded us in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses at home and abroad. I’m asking you: where will you go in obedience to the commission Christ has given to you?

    If you would like to learn how your church can get involved in one of these partnerships, visit or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5654.

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    5/9/2011 4:48:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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