October 2013

Thanksgiving Offering helps bless children in need

October 21 2013 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

When Kimani was 12 years old he weighed 32 pounds and wore size three in toddler clothes. Throughout his childhood he was physically abused and often did not have food to eat. He had never attended school or learned how to do things like other children, such as riding a bike.
 
“I chose the word ‘hopeless’ to describe my life before Baptist Children’s Homes because I had no hope. I didn’t think I had anything to be hopeful for; I didn’t know what love was,” Kimani shares during a recent video for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.

Now, five years after coming to Broyhill Home, Kimani describes himself as “transformed, renewed, changed and rescued.”
 
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“If it hadn’t been for Baptist Children’s Homes, I honestly don’t think I would be alive. They have shown me love and they have shown me Jesus,” he says during the video testimony.
 
If you will visit www.bchfamily.org/offering, you will thank God for all the ways He is using North Carolina Baptists to help change the lives of children like Kimani.
 
Kimani’s story is just one of several stories featured in the promotional materials for this year’s annual Thanksgiving Offering for Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). The theme for this year’s offering is “Blessed,” based on Mark 10:16. The offering goal is $1,475,000.
 
About 70 percent of BCH residents arrive there unchurched and unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The BCH staff and house parents faithfully invest their lives into the children and teenagers God brings to BCH.
 
They not only care for their physical needs, but demonstrate to them unconditional love.
 
They model a life of service unto Jesus and help the children believe they can find hope in Christ.
 
Throughout the years BCH has expanded its outreach through additional residential facilities, ministry to teenage mothers, and programs to help young adults transition to independent living.
 
The BCH developmental disabilities ministry recently reached 100 percent occupancy in all nine of the group homes. I am grateful for the outstanding leadership of BCH president Michael Blackwell and his staff, who continue seeking to provide additional ministry opportunities to people in need.
 
In addition to viewing videos at bchfamily.org, you can download free promotional materials such as photos, posters and bulletin inserts. You can also read more stories of life transformation.
The week of prayer for BCH is Nov. 17-24.
 
Please pray for the ministry of our Baptist Children’s Homes, and please give to the Thanksgiving Offering. You can help make this year a year of unprecedented spiritual impact among children and teenagers across our state.
 
In addition to this special Thanksgiving offering, you also support BCH each month when your church contributes to Cooperative Program giving.
 
Thank you for giving because of your love for Christ and so that ministry and mission opportunities are met in our state, nation and world.
 
“And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:16
 

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10/21/2013 6:58:04 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments



Annual meeting set for Nov. 11-12

October 7 2013 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

It is hard to believe that our annual meeting is coming up in just a few weeks. For many months now our program committee has diligently worked to make all the necessary preparations for our time in Greensboro.
 
The program committee, which is comprised of North Carolina Baptists from across the state, also spent a significant amount of time in prayer and discussion about the theme for this year’s meeting. I am excited about the direction in which they feel God leading them and this convention. I join them in their desire to continue encouraging churches to pray for spiritual awakening, as this was the focus of last year’s meeting, but to also challenge churches to take that next step. Our prayers for revival should not just result in personal growth and sanctification – we pray for spiritual awakening in order that we might see God’s eternal Kingdom advanced.
 
This year’s annual meeting theme of “Arise” is based on Isaiah 60:1-3 and our desire to see North Carolina Baptists “arise” and obey the Lord’s command to share the gospel and make disciples. I hope you will join us for the Tuesday morning session (Nov. 12). I will share how you and your church can take the next step to “Arise” by joining our convention’s new five-year strategy to impact lostness through disciple-making.
 
You can also learn more about the new strategy by participating in the Tuesday afternoon breakout sessions. Our staff will lead in sessions about the eight population centers, collegiate partnerships and how to develop a disciple-making culture. More information about the strategy is also available at ncbaptist.org/strategy.
 
Our staff will be available to meet with you in the exhibit hall. For our annual meeting regular attenders, you will notice a different look in the exhibit hall. Our convention staff exhibits will be organized according to our new convention staff structure. The new structure will help staff more effectively implement the new strategy. Several new groups and teams are now part of the new structure, and I encourage you to spend some time in the exhibit hall becoming familiar with our ministry areas.
 
I especially want to encourage you to stop by the booth area for the new Strategic Focus Team, which will lead the work in eight population centers across the state. These centers represent the most concentrated areas of lostness. This team has some very special things planned for you in the exhibit hall.
 
We are blessed to have Fred Luter with us this year to deliver the Convention sermon Tuesday evening. Rev. Luter is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. Mark Harris, our convention president, will preach during the special “Arise” worship service Monday evening (Nov. 11).
 
Please plan to come a little early and enjoy the many speakers featured during the Pastors’ Conference, which begins Sunday night (Nov. 10) at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro. All annual meeting sessions will be held at the Koury Convention Center. 
 
More information about the annual meeting and conference is available at ncannualmeeting.org.
10/7/2013 6:41:26 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments