NCMO: Will you give?
    September 7 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Each year in September we encourage churches to promote and support the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). When you give, you are giving to more than just an offering. Your generosity makes it possible for the gospel to be shared through unique ministry opportunities across this state.

    You may not be aware just how many ministries NCMO supports. Within 72 hours of the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier this year North Carolina Baptists were already in the country and on the ground caring for the victims. This kind of immediate response requires training, coordination and funds for supplies. N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM) continues to excel in this type of response. Disaster relief ministry is made possible by your gifts to the North Carolina Missions Offering.

    Another vital ministry: church planting. In 2009, about half of the new churches started were ethnic churches. Our state is home to more than 230 language/culture groups.

    Through church planting, we are able to reach out and minister to people from all over the world.

    For example, last year a Burmese church was started in New Bern. This city is a receiving area for a large number of Burmese people who come to the U.S. from a refugee camp in Thailand.

    This year the North American Mission Board named Ralph Garay, one of our Convention’s church planting consultants and a native of the Philippines, Asian Church Planter of the Year. In 2009, Ralph helped start 25 Asian churches in North Carolina.

    NCMO also supports church planting around the world. When you give, you help fund new church planters in South Africa. Many of these planters serve in rural areas where there are no other churches.

    Local Baptist associations play a vital role in Kingdom work in our state. A portion of NCMO funds is sent back to the associations for local missions efforts. An article that ran on the Convention web site not long ago talks about the many different ways associations use these funds to make an impact in their community (Aug. 28 print issue of the Biblical Recorder as well as online).

    Associations are, because of NCMO, able to host Vacation Bible Schools, train pastors, support food and clothing ministries, send people on mission trips, sponsor youth outreach, purchase Bibles and tracts, do home repairs for families in need, and sponsor new churches. Most of these ministries help us fulfill the Great Commission and the Acts 1:8 mandate beginning here in North Carolina.

    These are just a few examples of how your giving truly makes a difference. If you would like to find out more about the North Carolina Missions Offering you can visit www.ncmissionsoffering.org.

    Just as the IMB and the NAMB of the SBC are dependent upon special mission offerings in addition to what they receive from the Cooperative Program budget, the NCMO offering is extremely vital to the support of NCBM and church planting. Will you join us as we seek to penetrate the lostness of this state and beyond? Will you give this year?  
    9/7/2010 7:56:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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