April 2009 Newsjournal of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware • www.baptistlifeonline.org
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: March online highights..................6-7 CP/BCM/D giving...........................8-9 CP Insert and Poster................. 11-14 Iron Sharpens Iron Event................15 Associationlife...........................20-21 In October, Deep Creek Lake resort minister, Julie DuVall, and ministry volunteers participated in the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland. page 21.
Return on investment
David Lee BCM/D Executive Director
ore than ever our focus has turned to “return on investment.” The economic downturn has forced us to re-evaluate our priorities and make sure that our spending is in line with what makes the biggest
difference. As a result we examine more carefully and hold to a higher standard of accountability those areas where we make investments these days. That is not a bad thing. Ongoing evaluation is a good thing for us in every area of our lives. Too often in times when the pressure is low, we are prone to float. Things that feel urgent begin to replace things that are really important. “First
here is a term that is used today to express joy and happiness. It is used to express excitement and enthusiasm. People use this term to convey the idea that it is Byron Day now time to relax, BCM/D President rest, and rejoice. and Pastor of Emmanuel Church, Moreover, they use Laurel, Md. it to communicate the idea that it is now time to cease from our labors, put away the troubles of the week and escape from the office, escape from the classroom, escape from the truck, and to escape from the boss. The expression is T.G.I.F. This saying T.G.I.F. at one time had the meaning Thank God It’s Friday. In times past its intended idea was thank God for bringing me through another week. It stood for thank God for allowing me to be healthy, it stood for thank God for keeping me safe, for providing food, clothing, and shelter. T.G.I.F. used
things, really important things,” can get displaced by less important things just because we can “afford” to add other things to the agenda. Yet, when the pressure is on and times get tough, we are forced to reassess, re-evaluate, and make some hard choices about our investments. Churches face the same challenge. I have been listening to pastors and other church leaders. Many of you have shared with me the challenge you face of re-evaluating what you do in light of the economic climate. I want you to know that I am praying for you and your church. I know these are difficult times. I am praying that God will give us faith. Difficult times remind us that we are not in control. Such times re-introduce us to the reality that we are indeed dependent upon God. I am praying for boldness. There is a delicate balance between
the exercise of wise stewardship and bold discipleship. One of my concerns has been that God’s people will retreat from the battle in search of a more comfortable place. I am praying for wisdom. There is no doubt that choices are going to have to be made. All of us hope that these are short-term adjustments. No one knows except God. In the meantime, I pray that God will help us be discerning as we set priorities and as we evaluate what we are to do and be as the Great Commission people of God. Inside this issue you will find a report highlighting the “return on investment” that you have made through the Cooperative Program. I hope you will display the poster in your church. If you have questions, call me. And by all means, if I can assist you as you journey through these interesting and challenging times, please give me that opportunity.
to signify thank God for His many blessings. T.G.I.F. was a God-honoring term. It recognized that God was the reason for our existence. It gave glory to God and acknowledged God’s right to rule in our lives. It acknowledged His sovereignty and majesty and it demonstrated man’s reliance and dependence on God. TG.I.F. was once a God-honoring term. But like so many other things the world has taken God out of T.G.I.F. to Thank Goodness It’s Friday. T.G.I.F. is no longer a God honoring term, but a God ignoring term. There is however, a Friday for which I am eternally grateful. A Friday that occurred about 2000 years ago. For me, what has traditionally come to be known as Good Friday along with Resurrection Sunday is my favorite time of year. Not only is there the beginning of the Spring season which reminds us of the new life we have in Christ but also the blessed hope of our own resurrection. Good Friday was a great Friday, and I always get excited, joyful and glad during this time of the year. I thank God for that Good
Friday because there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through his blood I have the forgiveness of sin, because of Good Friday I have peace with God. What a great time for Maryland/Delaware Baptists to remember God’s grace towards us all. Regardless of the economic conditions or other life challenges we face, we can all say thank God for that Good Friday. We can all join in with the songwriter who wrote: At the cross at the cross Where I first saw the light And the burden of my sin rolled away It was there by faith I received my sight And now I am happy all the day.
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He could have been distracted
aptain Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger and I have something in common. He is the same age as I am. After that, the comparison denigrates quickly. So much Bob Simpson has been written BCM/D Assoc. about Sully’s cool, Executive Director, calm demeanor in BaptistLIFE Editor the face of certain disaster. You will recall that he was the pilot of the ill-fated U.S. Airways flight 1549 that hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia airport on Jan. 15, 2009. Sully is credited with saving the lives of all 155 souls on board that plane. It was the first time in 50 years of commercial jet flight that the captain of a major aircraft executed one of the most technically challenging maneuvers, landing a jetliner on water without any fatalities.
How did he do it? He did it with incredible, laser-like focus. Somehow he was able to overcome the negative thinking that distractions always engender. There were so many things that could have distracted him. For example, he could have been distracted by the fact that he had no thrust from his silent engines. Sully was 3,200 feet in the air, without power, quickly falling to Earth. That would have freaked out most of us right from the outset. He could have been distracted by how to keep the nose of the plane lowered so the plane would glide and not drop quickly. He could have been distracted by all the choices of where he might possibly be able to put the plane down. They included going back to LaGuardia or trying to get to an alternative airport in the New York metropolitan area. He could have been distracted by what he knew to be the fact that no pilot in modern jet aviation had ever pulled off a successful water landing.
He could have been distracted by how to align the plane with the river so as not to hit the George Washington Bridge. He could have been distracted by how to calculate the projected glide path and then set the plane on water at just the right angle so the nose was up and neither of the wings tipped. If the nose or a wingtip hit the water as he approached, the plane could flip, spin out, or snap in two. He could have been distracted by the location of the boats in the Hudson River. He knew he would have to pick a spot on the river that would give his passengers and crew the best advantage to be rescued. There were these distractions and many more. But, Captain Sullenberger’s focus never wavered. He knew what he had to do. He had trained his entire career for this kind of eventuality. He did not let any distraction dissuade him from the main thing. This reminds me of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Scripture says
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“he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” If there ever was a person who embodied the essence of focus, it was Jesus. Even at the age of 12, he told his parents, “I must be about my Father’s business.” Focus is always the main issue. Most of us are too easily distracted. Even churches can be distracted doing good things instead of the main thing. Our main focus is, and must always be, to do what our Lord has commanded us to do. His last words to us before he left the planet were to “go and make disciples of all nations.” That is all we need to stay focused on. We need to simply ask, “What now?” “What next?” and “What not?” It’s the “What not?” part that is the most critical to developing focus. We need to jettison anything that distracts us. We need to free up more bandwidth to be able to move forward and do it with maximum focus. Jesus (and Sully) can teach us a lot about how to focus!
Simpson named president of the SBC Association of State Papers By Sharon Mager Staff Correspondent
COLUMBIA, Md.—Baptist editors from across the country gathered in Horseshoe Bay, Texas in February for their annual Association of State Baptist Papers (ASBP) editors meeting to encourage one another, refocus, listen to special speakers, network and worship God. At the close of this year’s meeting, Bob Simpson, BaptistLIFE’s executive editor, was elected as president of the association. Simpson will plan next year’s meeting, invite the guests and give the annual presidential message. That meeting will be Feb. 9-12 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The new president takes his position at a time when printed state paper subscriptions are declining. Many believe it is due partially to the economy, but mostly because younger Christian leaders prefer to receive their news electronically. Simpson said that in the foreseeable future there is still a market for printed papers, but looking ahead, he sees a time when printed state papers will be no more.
“The younger crowd clearly prefers to get their information and news, religious and secular, in the electronic format,” he said. Simpson is planning a program for next year’s meeting to help editors meet the changing news needs and inevitable transitions. He has invited John Yemma, named editor of the Christian Science Monitor in July, to be the keynote speaker. Prior to his new position at the Christian Science Monitor, Yemma served in senior editing positions for the Boston Globe, most recently as the Globe’s deputy managing editor for multimedia, helping the paper make the transition from an all print to a more diversified delivery system. Yemma is expected to guide the Christian Science Monitor through a similar transition process. Simpson believes Yemma’s experience will be a great resource to Baptist state paper editors, and that Yemma will be able to share the necessary steps to take as well as those to avoid when moving to an all or partial electronic delivery system. Mississippi Baptist Convention executive director, James Futral, will also be a special guest at the meeting, bringing morning devo-
tions for the three-day meeting. BaptistLIFE’s distribution has Reflecting on his 10 years as also changed from being delivered editor of BaptistLIFE, Simpson in printed form eleven months out said he’s proud of how of a year to printing the paper has evolved. six and now offering “We have a unique an electronic version position from many of for the alternating our sister state papers months. In order to in that we are 100 receive the electronic percent Cooperative version, all someone Program funded. Our has to do is provide his paper is free of charge or her email address to any Maryland or and the non-printed Delaware Baptist who version will be sent diwishes to receive it. rectly to them. BreakBaptistLIFE has Gary Ledbetter, out-going ASBP ing stories between a rich heritage. We regular issues can president, hands the gavel to the new have been published in Association of State Papers president, also then be sent to a some name or another Bob Simpson, Editor of BaptistLIFE. person’s email address. for over 150 years,” he Just go to said. www.baptistlifeonline.org to sign up. Simpson explained that like Simpson said state papers, in other papers, BaptistLIFE has had whatever form they eventually take, to adjust to today’s trends – smaller will always be used to continue to attention spans, less denominational tell how God is working through His loyalty and reader desire to hear people. “Each state and each editor does good news as opposed to investigait differently depending on the local tive journalism. The paper uses context. But the tapestry woven by shorter stories, in a positive, inforeach state’s papers produces a powmative manner, focusing on what erful glimpse into the health and God is doing in our churches and soul of who Southern Baptists are in associations across the two-state each respective state.” convention.
Local and national SBC agencies sponsor new raceway ministry outreach, ‘Race with the King,’ at Alleghany County fairground By Sharon Mager BCM/D Correspondent COLUMBIA, Md.—Western and Blue Ridge Associations and the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware are partnering with Potomac Highlands, Conemaugh Valley, Monongahela and Tri-County Associations; the West Virginia and the Pennsylvania/ South Jersey Conventions and the North American Mission Board to sponsor a new raceway ministry outreach. “Race With the King,” on May 3, is expected to draw NASCAR fans from near and far to the Allegany County fairgrounds to meet racing personalities, check out cars, take pictures in car cut-outs, listen to bands, eat lots of food and win NASCAR related prizes.
The family-friendly event starts at 11 a.m. with a worship service.Racing personalities from the three top series are expected to participate, sharing how God has changed their lives and how that change has affected them on and off the track. Mark Joseph, pastor of Canaan Valley Church and a NAMB resort missionary for the Canaan Valley area, is the coordinator of the outreach. Joseph was a director of innovative ministries for the Kansas/Nebraska convention around the time the Kansas speedway was being built and began working to start a Kansas City Alliance Raceway Ministries there. When he came to West Virginia in 2005, he brought his race ministry background with him and saw the
potential for the West Virginia/ western Maryland area. Joseph began talking to associations and conventions to get support and was pleased that everyone embraced the idea. And he knew all about the legendary enthusiasm of racing fans. “Racing people go anywhere there’s racing or where there’s anything to do with racing,” Joseph said. While many won’t listen to just anyone share about Christ, they will listen to Christian racers, Joseph said, emphasizing that there will be opportunities to make decisions for Christ and there is a follow up plan with participating churches to contact new believers and those who are seeking help. Everything is free throughout the day except for food, which will
be provided by local concession businesses. Kenny Heath, Western Association director of missions, is excited about the new venture and believes it will be a big hit with race lovers. “We have many in this area who routinely make the trips to tracks in Dover, Richmond, Bristol and other semi-nearby locations,” Heath said. Those folks, he believes, will appreciate getting a taste of raceway life closer to home while offering new ministry outreach opportunities. Bruce Conley, Blue Ridge Association director of missions, agrees with Heath. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel in a exciting setting,” Conley said.
Climb aboard the Boomerang Express By Sharon Mager BCM/D Correspondent COLUMBIA, Md.—Recently at Severn Run Church folks were using words like G’day mate, Aussie and Dingo. There were rumors of a kangaroo hopping around, though some whispered it was actually someone with a costume. Severn hosted a BCM/D annual regional VBS training expo. Visitors even got to watch Severn Run kids sing the music and do the motions for this year’s LifeWay VBS “Boomerang Express—It all comes back to Jesus,” set in the land down under—Australia. Teachers become “outback guides” and students “kidaroos.” Their rotation sites include worship rally central, Bible study outback, music opera house, crafts crossing, missions harbor, recreation rock and G’Day café. This year’s program follows the life of Peter, from his first encounter with Jesus, through his denying
Christ, Jesus’ forgiveness of him and Peter then going into all the world to share the gospel. “This is an especially good one,” June Holland, BCM/D’s children’s ministry missionary, said of ‘Boomerang….’ “It’s set in a place most people will never go to and they get to say fun things like ‘G’day mate’ to each other.” Holland said the themes work together beautifully and having the music scenes filmed in Israel help drive home the salvation message. The ABC song, which teaches kids how to admit they’re sinners, believe Jesus is God’s son and confess Him as their Lord and Savior, was filmed with Jerusalem in the background. Jeff Slaughter, LifeWay’s VBS music man, who writes the lyrics and music and performs them on video, sings the annual ballad in front of Jesus’ tomb. “To shoot a video there with a song I wrote about salvation is so amazing,” Slaughter said in a previous interview by BaptistLIFE.
According to LifeWay’s website, “Vacation Bible School is the premiere outreach event of the year for many churches.” In addition to providing age appropriate ministry, VBS gives all church members a chance to be involved either in classes or helping. Teachers and assistants get valuable reusable training and opportunities for growth. Holland said churches are learning from VBS. They’ve found that using a rotation system with kids moving from one area to another works best. Also, Holland said churches are growing and not just in numbers. They’re learning from year to year what to do to prepare for the next year. They’re getting wiser and planning earlier, networking with other churches and finding ways to promote and follow up. She urges churches to come to the training sessions to prepare early. The conferences are held throughout the BCM/D area. They offer VBS workers hands-on training, tips and
Vacation Bible School Regional Training April 2 6:30-9 p.m. Valley Church 1401 N. York Rd. Lutherville, Md. 21093
April 26 6:30-9 p.m. Calvary Church 206 East Courtland Place Bel Air, Md. 21014
April 18 9:30 a.m.-12 noon Maugansville Church 18024 Maugans Ave. Hagerstown, Md. 21740
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April 25 8:30 a.m.-12 noon Georgia Avenue Church 12525 Georgia Ave. Wheaton, Md. 20906
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networking ideas for setting goals, establishing a VBS prayer ministry, all aspects of promoting, kick offs, administration, teaching and everything else VBS-related. Churches also get tried and true strategies for follow-up. And follow-up isn’t just about making phone calls and visits. “Keep it going,” she encourages churches. “Have thrilling Tuesdays or wacky Wednesdays. “Don’t let VBS end on Friday,” Holland said, reading from a LifeWay article of the same name. Holland also urges churches to observe safety policies. “Church is still looked at as a safe haven,” she said. Holland said VBS is fun, easy and effective. People are saved and lives are forever changed. With “Boomerang Express…,” she said, “It does all comes back to Jesus.” For more information about VBS, including safety information, see www.bcmd.org.
Interesting VBS Facts: • The first VBS was held in a New York City beer hall in 1898. It was designed to minister to street children and it ran for four weeks. • The SBC began using VBS as an outreach in 1924. • 25 percent to 28 percent of all baptisms each year in SBC life are a direct result of VBS. • In 2007, there were 2.8 million enrolled in VBS, 88,097 confessions of faith, 2,380 decisions for church-related ministry and 37,888 new Sunday school members (LifeWay). • VBS conferences are held throughout the BCM/D. The conferences offer VBS workers hands-on training, tips and networking ideas for setting goals, establishing a VBS prayer ministry, all aspects of promoting, kicking off, administration, teaching and everything else VBS-related. Churches also get tried and true strategies for follow-up.
Online March issue of BaptistLIFE In March 2009, BaptistLIFE’s premiere online issue was launched. Many signed up to receive a copy via email, but it was also available at our website: www.baptistlifeonline.org. We didn’t want you to miss the wonderful stories about what God is doing in our convention, so article highlights are provided below. To read the rest of these articles or to sign up to receive them via email, go to www.baptistlifeonline.org. The following items can only be found online: • AssociationLIFE • Classifieds • VBS Training Schedule • Church Media Resources
Perspectives Spring sowing time is here again By Bob Simpson
he cycle of nature is such that every Spring a farmer must reseed the ground in order for there to be a harvest in the Fall. This law holds true in many other areas of life as well. The writer of Ecclesiastes says that “for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under the sun.” As we move into the Spring of 2009, it occurs to me that there are some life principles worth remembering about the sowing/harvesting cycle: (1) We must sow before we harvest. (2) We harvest more than we sow. It is so like God to build into the nature of sowing and harvesting a result that far exceeds the initial expectation.(3) We must never stop sowing. Bottom line: Never stop sowing the seed. Just because we don’t perceive that God is at work in someone’s life, should never stop us from sowing the Gospel seed in the first place. Sow it every day, in season, out of season. Someday we will rejoice in all that God will bring to harvest as a result of our sowing!
Strength for the Journey By Byron Day
ometimes life can drain us of our strength. Decisions, pressures, and commitments can overwhelm us. There are also temptations and guilt that weakens us so that we find ourselves in dire need of help. I have learned over the years that God often allows me to see or hear the testimony of others to remind me that maybe things are not as bad as I thought. An example of this is the story of Nick Vujicic (you can view Nick’s testimony at http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtweZ xNGk1Y&feature=related) an Australian Christian man who was born without limbs. That’s right no arms and no legs. Yet Nick has a powerful testimony for Jesus Christ that reminds us all that God has a purpose and plan for each of us.
Your Church Reisterstown Church discovers and meets community needs
By Sharon Mager, For Embrace Baltimore Through partnership ministry Reisterstown Church has discovered physical and spiritual needs they didn’t know existed in their own
community—kids without shoes and those who didn’t know who Jesus is. The church has had over 30 baptisms since last summer. They started a second service and they’re planning a third service.
Peabody students teach music and share Christ through The Church on Warren Avenue’s Fine Arts Academy By Sharon Mager
The Church on Warren Avenue is reaching its community in a fresh new way through its fine arts academy directed and taught by Christian Peabody students.
Mosaic Language Conference April 3-5 By Sharon Mager
April 2009 The Mosaic Language Conference will offer training, resources, fellowship and worship for various language churches. Sessions will be offered in Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Spanish and English ending with a grand music celebration. The event will be Friday evening, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 with a grand language music celebration at Global Mission Church on Sunday, April 5. “Growing the church; Growing the kingdom” is the theme.
Your Convention “Let’s Go!” from missionsinterchange.com
By Gayla Parker
hen Jesus came to them (the disciples) and said, “… Therefore go and make disciples… And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20 NIV) The Great Commission is probably the most quoted passage of scripture when studying the Biblical basis of missions. As a missionary it is a passage I have referenced many times. God has given us all unique gifts that are just right for sharing God’s love. Our mission field will change with life stages; the key is not missing a single moment. Wherever you are, know that the Lord is there, we are His light, He loves the lost and conquers giants. He wants us to love others and follow His mandate, “Make disciples!”
Living life with purpose
By Dan Hyun, Pastor of The Village Church, Baltimore
he Village Church was started as a core team of 11 commissioned by Grace Life Church in Baltimore. We began meeting in January 2008 and after months of prayer, planning and outreach, we
April 2009 launched publicly this past September. We continue to be humbled by the many new faces God brings our way. Though we are obviously open to anyone connecting to The Village, we have specifically been focused on leading our generation into a thriving relationship with Jesus. Even as many have joined our community, we have also experienced a few who have fallen away in the battle. Yet, in the midst of the often-challenging journey, there have been some practical lessons to take to heart: 1) Present the Gospel; 2) Be honest and 3) Have a missional focus.
year’s RENAISSANCE 516 conference features learning tracks in film (scene development), theater (improv/storytelling), orchestra, vocal, praise band, dance/creative movement, photography, and web design/ new media. Joel Goddard, worship pastor at First Church in Bethlehem, Ga., will serve as conference pastor. This year’s theme focuses on the art of storytelling.
in an effort to build relationships. Blake Hardcastle shares how campus ministry at the college has evolved over the past 13 years. First, Laurel, hosts Worship Together Live event, March 20 By Shannon Baker
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RENAISSANCE 516 connects students, art and faith By Shannon Baker
On July 23-25, 2009, Lamplights Artists will host RENAISSANCE 516: The Performing and Visual Arts Conference for Students in grades 7-12 at First Church, Laurel. A shortened version of Lamplight Artist’s previous Youth Performing Arts Camps (YPAC), this
stained-glass windows of yesteryear? Throughout history, the stainedglass windows found in churches and cathedrals told the story of the Gospel, using elaborate art and decoration. But today’s tools are much different. Are they effective? Greg Atkinson believes they are. Director of technical arts at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, Atkinson believes that there is a shift in the way the Church looks, functions and ministers to the world.
‘Fireproof’ actress praises God for church’s outreach
Spiritual Formation retreats offer pastors a chance to hear God’s voice By Sharon Mager
BCM/D is offering pastors a chance to get away and truly hear God’s voice at spiritual formation retreats. The goal is to disconnect, re-center and focus on hearing God.
Dear Counselor, We have a daughter in the fourth grade who has always been a good student. However, recently she has had repeated absences due to “illnesses” that seem to disappear by mid-morning when she stays home from school. –Perplexed Parent Dear Perplexed Parent, Your daughter may be suffering from School Anxiety, a problem that is not a psychiatric disorder, but affects about five percent of schoolaged children. –Tom Rodgerson
Takin’ out the trash in Jesus’ name By Sharon Mager
First, Laurel, is bringing in the nation’s top worship leaders for an all day training event created specifically for worship leaders, worship team members and worship enthusiasts followed by a special celebration concert on Friday, March 20.
Children’s Ministry Day allows children to shine
By Shannon Baker Organized by the national WMU, Children’s Ministry Day encourages children’s groups in churches to actively serve in their communities for a oneday, concerted effort to minister and witness together. The effort also helps children understand the needs of others and grow in their ability to minister to others as Christ did; and to impact the lives of children, leaders, parents, and recipients of ministry across North America with God’s love.
Your World ‘Church 2.0’ harnesses technology to share the Gospel Kids at the University of Delaware are taking out the trash
By Shannon Baker Could it be that today’s blogs, Twitter, Facebook, iPods, Skype, YouTube, and Flickr ... are the
By Shannon Baker Erin Bethea, the actress who portrayed Catherine Holt, the wife of Kirk Cameron’s character Capt. Caleb Holt, in the nationally acclaimed movie, Fireproof, is a pastor’s daughter. In fact, she is the daughter of Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Church in Albany, Ga..—and one of the executive producers of the 2008 film, which garnered national attention as the No. 1 independent film in theaters last year.
A must read–Todd Starnes’ book–“They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick”
By Joni Hannigan, Managing Editor of Florida Baptist Witness Readers will experience a rollercoaster of emotions while Todd Starnes delivers truisms that take them from the family dinner table to the streets of New York. Avoiding slap-stick humor in exchange for truth, which can be stranger than fiction, Starnes takes those, who won’t be able to put down the book, with him on a vivid journey where he reaches to the bottom of his soul for answers. And when he comes up chuckling through it all, readers, both through smiles and tears, will have connected in a profound way with a storyteller who has found his voice.
Churches giving to the Cooperative Program and BCM/D in 2008 CP BCM/D Arundel Association Abundant Life Korean 660.00 0.00 Broadneck 0.00 0.00 Centerpoint, Annapolis 150.00 0.00 Christ’s Community 500.00 0.00 College Parkway 17,531.61 2,664.35 Crossroads 0.00 0.00 Elvaton 10,893.52 0.00 Emmanuel, Gambrills 8,937.04 0.00 Faith, Glen Burnie 128,238.71 0.00 FBC, Crofton 21,628.94 1,111.32 FBC, Eastport 1,497.00 0.00 FBC, Edgewater 2,746.24 0.00 FBC, Kent Island 6,625.42 0.00 FBC, Shady Side 100.00 0.00 Glen Burnie 101,956.88 0.00 Grace Mill, Hanover 300.00 0.00 Grace, Sunset Beach 28,243.23 0.00 Heritage 500.00 0.00 Iglesia El Camino 104.23 0.00 Iglesia Hispana Nueva Esperanza 937.23 0.00 Jessup 16,802.26 0.00 Lake Shore 2,880.00 2,503.47 Living Water Comm. 2,225.00 0.00 MD Central Korean 1,000.00 0.00 New Beginnings Church & Ministries 75.00 0.00 New Hope Community 8,656.17 0.00 North Arundel 6,136.08 0.00 North Glen 1,861.67 0.00 Riva Trace 9,258.29 0.00 Severn Korean 550.00 50.00 Severna Park 17,755.31 0.00 South Shore 31,088.72 0.00 The Bridge 9,256.52 0.00 The Church at Severn Run 26,909.50 0.00 The Journey Church 1,385.40 0.00 The Life 0.00 0.00 Weems Creek 47,730.71 0.00 Total CP Arundel 515,120.68 6,329.14 Baltimore Association Arbutus 0.00 0.00 Beacon 100.00 0.00 Bethlehem 200.00 0.00 Brantly 3,000.00 0.00 Calvary, Towson 250.00 0.00 Canton 2,037.83 0.00 Catonsville 5,043.55 0.00 0.00 2,600.00 Chestnut Ridge Cockeysville 504.00 0.00 Colgate 282.32 0.00 Colonial 51,360.96 0.00 Cristos 150.00 0.00 Crossroads 2007 0.00 0.00 Crossway International 0.00 0.00 Edgemere 1,164.40 0.00 Emanuel Baptist Church 0.00 0.00 Faith International Bible 0.00 0.00 FBC, Brooklyn 9,394.63 0.00 FBC, Dundalk 7,986.00 10,594.00 FBC, Essex 4,253.84 0.00 FBC, Gray Manor 0.00 0.00 FBC, Lansdowne 3,000.65 0.00 Forest Park 0.00 0.00 Gallery Church of Baltimore 750.00 0.00
CP BCM/D Garden Community, Baltimore 100.00 0.00 Gethsemane Bible 250.00 0.00 Grace Life Stepping Stone 700.00 0.00 Grace Life, Baltimore 1,250.00 0.00 Grace Life, The Light 2,250.00 0.00 Graceway 750.00 0.00 Hampden 3,504.00 0.00 Harbor Heights 0.00 0.00 Hazelwood 10,221.62 0.00 Horizon Church of Towson 0.00 0.00 Iglesia Bautista de Middle River 184.18 0.00 Iglesia Bautista de Patterson Park 390.00 0.00 Iglesia Cristiana de Armistead Gardens 156.74 0.00 Immanuel, Baltimore 9,571.54 0.00 Joppa Road 2,766.63 0.00 Lee Street Memorial 200.00 20.00 Loch Raven 2,145.00 0.00 Long Green 24,967.40 0.00 Mars Hill 7,560.38 0.00 Middle River 30,422.98 0.00 Nepal, Baltimore 1,585.95 0.00 New Christian Bible 1,100.00 0.00 New David 0.00 0.00 New Day 10,998.58 0.00 North Point 650.00 0.00 Northeast 0.00 0.00 Northside 7,040.63 7,365.71 Open Bible House 0.00 0.00 Parkville 26,962.56 0.00 Patterson Park 4,596.84 0.00 Peninsula 300.00 0.00 Pilgrim’s Way Bible 405.00 0.00 Pleasant Rock 100.00 0.00 0.00 19,562.85 Reisterstown Riverside, Baltimore 6,850.68 0.00 SBC Global Mission, Balt. 1,274.00 0.00 Second & Fourth 1,963.91 0.00 Seventh 1,000.00 0.00 Shelbourne 3,322.50 0.00 St. Timothy’s 0.00 0.00 Streetlight 0.00 0.00 Tabernacle 21,530.03 0.00 Temple 10,108.40 0.00 Total Praise Fellowship 4,971.15 0.00 Valley, Lutherville 12,912.32 0.00 Vietnamese 794.00 0.00 Watersedge 9,703.06 0.00 White Marsh 7,166.75 0.00 Woodbrook 603.62 4,400.00 Woolford Memorial 2,000.04 0.00 Total CP Baltimore 346,971.52 22,379.71 Blue Ridge Association Covenant, Shepherdstown 32,000.00 0.00 Crossroads Community 5,998.42 497.63 Daybreak 2,518.49 0.00 Destiny Church 0.00 0.00 Faith, Knoxville 25,510.41 0.00 FBC, Brunswick 4,940.63 0.00 FBC, Frederick 4,982.57 7,170.71 FBC, Hagerstown 4,456.28 0.00 FBC, Thurmont 11,093.71 0.00 Fellowship, Middletown 0.00 0.00 Frederick Korean 3,600.00 0.00
CP Greenbrier 2,483.98 Iglesia Bautista Fuente de Vida 0.00 Maugansville 837.91 Myersville 7,087.49 New Life Community 400.00 North Star 6,619.00 Paramount 50,759.84 Pinesburg 0.00 Pleasant Valley 16,698.00 Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Hagerstown 0.00 Real Life Community 600.00 Rock Spring Church 0.00 Smithsburg Valley 17,793.50 South End 72,549.34 Summit Trace 1,712.56 Valley, Middletown 4,646.00 Virginia Avenue 8,445.00 Waynesboro Korean 0.00 West End 749.76 Zion of Jesus Community 0.00 Total CP Blue Ridge 286,482.89 Delaware Association Bethany 11,296.36 Campus Christian Church 0.00 CenterPoint Community 600.00 Community Mission 330.90 Covenant, Chestertown 405.00 Delaware Korean 1,400.00 Emmanuel Haitian 0.00 FBC, Marydel 0.00 Filipino American Christian 170.39 First Korean 1,300.00 First Pilgrim Haitian 0.00 First Southern 39,346.36 Friendship, Newark 7,583.73 Greensboro 70,690.15 Harrington 1,855.76 Healing Water 100.00 Hockessin 54,395.00 Iron Hill Community 1,200.00 Latter Day 750.00 Lighthouse Comm., Smyrna 345.37 London Village 1,300.00 Mission Fellowship Church 1,101.78 North Baptist 600.00 Ogletown 94,518.52 Seaside 7,745.60 Solid Rock 160.00 Total CP Delaware 297,194.92 Eastern Association Allen Memorial 41,888.95 Berlin FBC 467.17 Cordova 360.00 Faith Baptist Fellowship 8,000.00 FBC, Cambridge 44,252.52 FBC, Crisfield 13,544.89 FBC, Delmar 12,512.90 FBC, East New Market 1,351.90 FBC, Easton 59,953.63 FBC, Fruitland 2,336.36 FBC, Girdletree 4,093.62 FBC, Hurlock 8,007.31 FBC, Mardela Springs 3,792.99 FBC, Pocomoke City 25,730.35
BCM/D 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,668.34
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,668.21 200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,868.21
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
FBC, Princess Anne 10,709.99 0.00 Fenwick Island 7,200.00 0.00 First Haitian, Seaford 50.00 0.00 Gathering Tree 2,784.64 0.00 Goodwill 4,853.01 0.00 10,231.56 0.00 Grace, Seaford Harvest 10,639.97 0.00 High Tide Mission 15,743.40 0.00 Immanuel, Salisbury 47,131.50 0.00 Laurel 1,198.21 0.00 Lynnhaven 43,781.31 0.00 Marion 0.00 0.00 New Bridge 0.00 0.00 Nuevo Amanecer 844.88 0.00 Oak Ridge 70,082.95 0.00 Ocean City 15,742.10 0.00 Pitts Creek 1,326.07 391.44 Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Cambridge 1,255.39 0.00 Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, Seaford 0.00 0.00 Rehoboth 0.00 0.00 SonRise Church 2,966.91 0.00 Soul Discovery 7,893.05 0.00 Spence 20,552.42 0.00 Templo Bautista para todes as Nacoes 1,805.10 0.00 World Mission 1,200.00 0.00 Total CP Eastern 504,285.05 391.44 Mid-Maryland Association Antioch Korean 420.00 0.00 Bethany Lane 5,200.00 0.00 Bethel 47,769.03 0.00 Church of New Nations 0.00 0.00 Church of the Wonderful Light 660.00 0.00 Columbia Fellowship 500.00 2,955.28 Columbia Chinese 800.00 0.00 Cornerstone 700.00 0.00 Covenant Korean 300.00 0.00 Covenant, Ellicott City 31,139.60 0.00 CrossLife Community 3,889.15 0.00 Elders 68,968.00 0.00 Elkridge 7,640.92 0.00 Faith Family, Finksburg 17,235.00 0.00 Faith Renewal 114.14 0.00 FBC, Savage 7,368.70 0.00 Forest 381.00 0.00 Fountain Community 600.00 0.00 Friendship 89,511.05 0.00 Gethsemane 43,893.02 0.00 Gethsemane Korean 1,800.00 0.00 Gunpowder 30,135.00 0.00 Hampstead 200.00 0.00 Hanover Fellowship Church 2,077.44 0.00 Hope 29,847.09 0.00 Hope Fellowship, Greenbelt 2,356.13 0.00 Horizon 0.00 1,200.00 Hosanna Korean 1,320.00 0.00 Iglesia Cristiana de 3,488.56 0.00 Columbia Iglesia Hispana de Reisterstown 168.65 0.00 Laurel 1,700.00 0.00 Liberty 15,746.80 0.00 Linthicum 15,609.65 0.00 Manchester 4,200.00 0.00
April 2009 CP Mason Dixon 12,060.00 Metanoia Church 2,393.16 Mount Airy 26,654.15 Nadulmok Community 1,785.00 Northwest 37,506.00 Open Korean 300.00 Rolling Hills 4,320.00 South Columbia 84,440.00 Tamil Christian 100.00 Taneytown 21,210.10 The Village 3,700.00 Tri-County 4,000.00 Tyrannus Korean 12,000.00 Westminster 65,819.53 Total CP Mid-Maryland 712,026.87 Montgomery Association Agape BC of Washngton 500.00 Ashton 20,895.47 Barnesville 21,412.79 Burtonsville 12,000.00 Calverton 1,849.27 Christian 0.00 Colesville 5,574.00 Crossroads Mont. County 0.00 Disciples Fellowship Int’l 2,200.00 Eglise Baptiste du Calvaire 500.00 Ebenezer Church, SBC 0.00 FBC, Damascus 5,309.85 FBC, Rockville 62,243.70 First Hispanic, Adelphi 0.00 Georgia Avenue 14,984.90 Germantown 31,945.00 Glen Echo 0.00 Global Mission 66,000.00 Glory Korean 200.00 Greenridge 140,602.00 Hoi Tranh 2,692.00 Iglesia Bautista Alpha Y Omega 75.00 Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel 825.00 Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Gaithersburg 300.00 Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Rockville 0.00 Iglesia Bautista Comunidad de Fe 2,637.63 Iglesia Bautista de Washington 200.00 Kensington 921.82 Korean of Washington 0.00 Liberty Korean 0.00 Maryland Chinese Mission 0.00 Montgomery Chinese 2,400.00 Montrose 500.00 MorningStar Community 0.00 New Life Korean 450.00 Olney 13,629.06 Parker Memorial 0.00 Phillippine Int’l 2,600.00 Poolesville 200.00 Redland 21,173.02 Seven Locks 1,500.00 Sizang Burmese Mission 3,380.39 Together 165.00 Travilah 3,912.00 Upper Seneca 7,686.68 Viers Mill 12,852.96 Viers Mill Spanish 500.00 Wheaton Woods 0.00
BCM/D 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,155.28
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 499.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Wildwood 5,950.00 0.00 WorthyLife 1,500.00 0.00 Total CP Montgomery 472,267.54 499.00 Potomac Association Bayside 1,336.83 849.59 Callaway 5,436.00 0.00 Calvert/Charles County Hispanic 0.00 0.00 Christian Family 800.00 0.00 Christian Fellowship Calvert 0.00 0.00 Christian Unity 0.00 0.00 Cobb Island 483.00 0.00 Dunkirk 51,284.45 0.00 Emmanuel, Huntingtown 3,000.00 0.00 Faith Family Fellowship, Waldorf 0.00 0.00 FBC, La Plata 22,124.96 0.00 FBC, St. Charles 0.00 8,186.65 FBC, Waldorf 64,860.80 0.00 FBC, Welcome 874.62 0.00 Grace, Bryans Road 11,096.65 0.00 Hughesville 21,837.00 0.00 Indian Head 16,890.00 0.00 Joy Christian Fellowship 0.00 0.00 Kingdom 0.00 0.00 Leonardtown 70,267.98 0.00 Lexington Park 37,805.44 2,786.56 Lighthouse 1,200.00 0.00 Marbury 24,506.00 0.00 Maryland Point 1,328.48 0.00 Ministry of Christ in Love 2,355.76 0.00 Nanjemoy 15,815.14 805.00 Potomac Heights 44,008.69 0.00 Southern Calvert 19,403.66 0.00 The Potter’s Place 2,170.98 0.00 Trinity 6,276.60 0.00 Waldorf Korean Baptist 80.00 0.00 0.00 White Plains 22,107.56 Total CP Potomac 447,350.60 12,627.80 Prince Georges Association Abyssinia 0.00 0.00 Atlantic Street 0.00 0.00 Belair 0.00 0.00 Berean 0.00 0.00 Berwyn 3,002.94 0.00 Bowie Holy Spirit 0.00 0.00 Calvary, Upper Marlboro 500.00 0.00 Cedar 100.00 125.00 Cedron Brook 50.00 0.00 Central 60.00 0.00 Christ Creative 100.00 0.00 Church of Great Commission 0.00 0.00 Clinton 0.00 0.00 Clinton Korean 250.00 0.00 Cornerstone Peaceful 0.00 0.00 Cresthill 5,139.87 7,709.81 El Bethel 1,500.00 0.00 Emmanuel, Laurel 18,750.00 0.00 Expectation Bible 0.00 0.00 Faith Community 0.00 0.00 Faith, Laurel 5,000.00 0.00 FBC, Beltsville 3,902.00 0.00 FBC, Capitol Heights 3,000.00 1,500.00 FBC, Laurel 45,169.30 0.00 FBC, Mount Ranier 7,894.15 0.00 FBC, Suitland 32,066.84 0.00 FBC, Temple Hills 0.00 0.00 First Vietnamese 0.00 0.00 Forestville New Redeemer 0.00 0.00
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Freedom Way 0.00 0.00 Galilee 1,100.00 0.00 Glenn Dale 3,276.88 0.00 Good Shepherd 135.00 0.00 Greater Fellowship 0.00 0.00 Greater Spiritual 0.00 0.00 Greenbelt 2,400.00 0.00 Holy House Community 0.00 0.00 Iglesia Bautista Nueva Jerusalem 250.00 0.00 Infinity 2,700.00 0.00 Jesus Christ Good Shepherd 0.00 0.00 Joshua Bible 588.90 0.00 Kent 19,136.00 0.00 Kettering 27,000.00 0.00 Landover Hills 19,146.31 0.00 LeDetroit 0.00 0.00 Little David 0.00 0.00 Maryland 0.00 0.00 0.00 Maryland City 6,692.92 Meadows 0.00 0.00 Mt. Sinai 0.00 0.00 New Bible Church 600.00 0.00 New Fellowship 0.00 0.00 New Hope of PG 1,944.00 0.00 New Horizons, Landover 0.00 0.00 New Image 650.00 0.00 New Solid Rock 0.00 0.00 New Song Bible Fellowship 2,000.00 0.00 New Zion 0.00 0.00 Open Bible Deaf 0.00 0.00 Oxon Hill 3,983.00 0.00 Riverside, Oxon Hill 0.00 108.00 Sharon Bible Fellowship 0.00 0.00 St. James 750.00 0.00 St. James Inspirational 0.00 0.00 Tabernacle 0.00 0.00 Threshing Floor 0.00 0.00 Tumaini 800.00 0.00 Unity 0.00 0.00 Uplift 0.00 0.00 Victory Filipino 0.00 0.00 Victory Temple 0.00 0.00 Village 600.00 0.00 Washington Street 0.00 0.00 West Hyattsville 0.00 500.00 Whitehall 26,875.35 0.00 Total CP Prince George’s 247,113.46 9,942.81 Susquehanna Association Aberdeen Church of Md. 1,990.00 0.00 Bel Air Korean 300.00 0.00 Bel Forest 0.00 0.00 Calvary, Bel Air 89,949.31 0.00 Calvary, Rising Sun 8,559.53 45.00 Carsins Run 500.00 0.00 Church at Riverside 14,508.00 0.00 Conowingo 20,686.57 0.00 Dublin Missionary 2,373.19 0.00 Edgewood 2,050.00 0.00 Faith Southern 10,457.38 0.00 FBC, Aberdeen 8,923.00 0.00 FBC, Elkton 8,434.50 5,270.50 FBC, Havre de Grace 13,670.04 0.00 FBC, Kingsville 1,036.81 0.00 FBC, North East 20,315.57 0.00 FBC, Perryville 16,539.01 0.00 Grace Community 828.85 0.00 Maple View 5,599.37 235.00
North Harford 31,972.28 0.00 0.00 Oak Grove 289,765.17 Pathways 2,255.00 0.00 Pine Grove 36.00 0.00 Pleasant View 31,551.62 0.00 Prince of Peace 1,364.31 0.00 Real Life Church 2,000.00 0.00 Room at the Cross 30.00 30.00 Towne 35,109.63 0.00 Vision 600.00 0.00 Total CP Susquehanna 621,405.14 5,580.50 Western Association Christ Memorial 6,285.79 0.00 Cumberland Community 6,066.38 0.00 Deep Creek 5,496.30 0.00 Ebenezer Full Gospel 300.00 0.00 FBC, Cumberland 2,400.00 0.00 FBC, Keyser 1,437.00 0.00 FBC, Westernport 5,053.00 0.00 Ferndale 0.00 0.00 First English 6,541.49 0.00 Grace, Cumberland 13,697.47 0.00 Graceland 3,101.00 465.00 LaVale 9,674.92 0.00 Little Meadows 637.64 0.00 Oldtown 2,765.70 0.00 Pleasant View 10,256.54 0.00 Rush 500.00 0.00 Second 16,486.55 0.00 Stoney Run 2,324.00 0.00 Welsh Memorial 3,353.27 0.00 Total CP Western 96,377.05 465.00 BCM/D Non-Associational Alpha 0.00 0.00 Baltimore Chinese 4,800.00 0.00 CrossRoads Comm., Harford 1,344.81 851.92 Disciples Bible 50.00 50.00 Emmanuel United 0.00 0.00 FBC, Baltimore 0.00 0.00 FBC, Upper Marlboro 73,073.25 44,505.94 First Haitian Berachah 350.00 0.00 Germantown Korean 480.00 0.00 Good News Bible 0.00 0.00 Grace, Baltimore 0.00 0.00 Grace, Westminster 250.00 0.00 Hanuri Korean 0.00 0.00 Huber Memorial 0.00 0.00 Huntingdon 0.00 0.00 Ichthus Mission 0.00 0.00 Kendall 9,101.80 0.00 Life Church, SBC 40.00 0.00 0.00 Living Word Bible 500.00 Maryland Korean Church of Love 0.00 0.00 Memorial Heights 16,836.00 0.00 Merritt Park Baptist 0.00 0.00 Miracle Korean 0.00 0.00 Mt. Calvary 0.00 0.00 New Beginning Bible 160.00 0.00 New Covenant Fellowship 0.00 0.00 Onnuri Korean 0.00 0.00 Power House 100.00 0.00 Progressive First, Baltimore 650.00 0.00 United 13,349.92 0.00 University 500.00 500.00 Washington Sung Hyun 0.00 0.00 Total CP Non-Assoc. 121,585.78 45,907.86
To the ends of the earth and beyond By Randall Blackmon Pastor, Faith Fellowship, Cambridge, Md.
ast January, while on a discovery mission trip to Mali, West Africa, Scott Mills and I were approached by a young boy who welcomed us with the words, “Welcome to the ends of the earth.” An earlier acquaintance quipped, “You’re going to the ends of the earth…and a little farther.” Our church is trying to be faithful to our Lord Jesus’ command, and the church’s purpose statement; “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Working with International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries and other Great Commission partners in the West African region of Timbuktu is part of fulfilling Faith Fellowship’s Acts 1:8 strategy. Scott Mills, chairman of the
church’s Acts 1:8 missions group, jumped at the opportunity to lead the church to partner with IMB missionaries, Brad and Sally Womble, and share the message of Christ with people who had little or no access to the gospel. Almost two years ago, Faith Fellowship entered into a “PrayerPLUS Partnership” with the IMB to pray for the gospel to penetrate the spiritual darkness of the 3.5 million, almost all Muslim Songhai people of Nigeria, one of the least evangelized regions of the world. Through much prayer and God’s leading, the Wombles, strategy coordinators for the Songhai of West Africa, directed the outreach to take place in Mali, instead of Niger, more specifically to the villages of Gourma-Rharous and Bamba, a three-hour, desert road trip from Timbuktu. In a place where there is no electricity and no running water, we
were privileged to be among the first to introduce people to the Source of Life and the Water of Life, Jesus Christ. January’s mission objectives were to prayerwalk and to distribute cassette tapes of biblical stories translated in the Songhai language. One of the most memorable miracles occurred in Rharous, a village with a population of approximately 25,000 people. The day after we arrived in the village, the local solar-powered radio station began broadcasting the cassette that we distributed. The radio station was co-sponsored by the United Kingdom Islamic Relief Co-op. So, for an hour, God used that Islamicsupported station as a mouthpiece for the gospel. The Lord knew that we wouldn’t be able to visit the village of Bamba. So, He arranged to beam the gospel by radio to Bamba instead.
Though the travel was long and expensive, we planted the seed of the Word and we trust that others will be obedient to water the seed. This trip wasn’t just two men going on a safari. Faith Fellowship Church partnered with many others, including IMB and BCM/D. We attribute the success of the mission to the Mustard Seed Prayer ministry of the church, which began shortly before we left for Africa. Many in our congregation continue to fast and pray one day each month for the salvation of the Songhai people. Faith Fellowship is partnering with other churches in Texas and South Carolina to plan return trips to the Songhai villages. For more information and to learn more about the efforts of sharing the gospel with the Songhai, visit the web at www.seekingthesonghai.net.
Terror in Mexico used by God for His purposes By Fernando and Marcella Mangieri and Sharon Mager, BCM/D Staff Correspondent SILVER SPRING, Md.—Threeyear-old Joel Mangieri clings tightly to his father. His eyes follow when his daddy gets up from the table. He doesn’t want him too far away. Little Joel doesn’t really understand the trauma his family faced. He only knows he had to move to a foreign country and had to leave his father. “Until Sept. 29, 2008, we were living a very comfortable life in Juarez, Mexico. I was serving in a church as the pastor, teaching in the seminary, coordinating mission trips and leading two church planting groups. My wife took care of our home and we were enjoying our two kids and our own house, bought with effort and provision from God,” Fernando Mangieri said. “The terror began when I answered the phone. When I hung up, our lives had changed forever,” Mangieri sadly recalls. The caller, suspected to be a member of a group known as Zetas, demanded $20,000 within 48 hours. “They said they would come to
our house in 30 minutes. I could either give them a first down payment or one of my children. I hung up and trembling, I tried to explain to my wife what was unexplainable,” he said. Marcela, Fernando’s wife, knew it wasn’t a joke. Her uncle had been kidnapped for ransom. Another uncle was shot in the leg. She quickly picked up their one-year-old baby girl, Sarai, and little Joel and the family immediately left to stay with a cousin who lived in a secure area. They contacted local officials but weren’t taken seriously. Fernando and Marcella then went to the United States Consulate. Marcella was born in El Paso and was a U.S. citizen. Consulate officials suggested Marcella and the kids go to El Paso, but said they were not able to help Fernando. “After leaving the Consulate those were days of fear, tension, confusion and feeling powerless,” Fernando said. The family went to various friends’ homes to stay at nights. “Our children were confused. They couldn’t understand why we could not go back home,” he said.
Finally, Fernando said good-bye to his family as he watched them leave to go to Texas. “The people from my church were my only support,” he said. Fernando pastored a local Baptist church that his brother, Guillermo Mangier, now pastor of Iglesia de Bautista de Washington, had earlier started. Fernando had to return to the house to look for documents. Several church members went with him. While Fernando entered the house, his friends waited, hidden. After a few minutes, a truck with no tags came and began circling the house, slowing down in front and looking for movement inside. Those waiting called Fernando who ran out of the house. He and his friends left in three different vehicles. The truck chased one of the cars, but not the one Fernando was in. “Our church was praying continuously. I was also told that there were people praying for us in Mexico, United States, Argentina, Spain, Uruguay and other countries. Knowing this refreshed my heart and brought peace in the storm,” Fernando said. Meanwhile, Guillermo Mangier
contacted Texas U.S. Senator, John Cornyn, who helped expedite getting Fernando out of Mexico. “On Thursday, Oct. 17, I received a Visa. That same night I crossed the international bridge and reunited with my family. There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing my (then) two-year-old boy as he ran to me. All we could do was to hug each other, cry together and thank God for freeing us from death.” The couple came to Maryland to stay with Fernando’s parents and felt this is where God wanted them to stay. They are now finishing BCM/ D’s church planting assessment and hope to start a Hispanic church in Annapolis. Marcella said after they left, four other Baptist pastors were threatened. One, in Tijuana, was kidnapped and tortured. The couple acknowledges that leaving their home and church family was extremely difficult and that they’re all still trying to adjust. But they believe God allowed all of it to happen for His purpose. “We know God did this. That is what keeps us in peace,” Marcela said.
Our God is in control By Tom Stolle, BCM/D Chief Financial Officer and Missionary for Ministers’ Compensation/Church Treasurers/Stewardship
s I am writing these words, I am taking note of the following news items: • The U.S. Census Bureau reports new home sales declined in January 2009 to their lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking this back in 1963. • The DOW and the S&P 500 have fallen to their lowest level in approximately twelve years. • Weekly jobless claims have risen to a 26-year high. While the facts and many of the other continuous flood of the financial “doom and gloom” news reports that we seem to hear constantly certainly weigh heavy on us, believe it or not I actually have some good news: Unlike the economy, our God is unchanging. Aren’t you glad that God does not suspend his faithfulness or his promises based on current global economic indicators? The Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I have more good news! The Bible states the following in Phil. 4:19
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. In these tough financial times, I believe we as Christians need to examine our hearts, asking ourselves a question: “If I really trust God,
shouldn’t I be confident that He will meet my needs?” Concerning God, there is no economic depression, no plunging stock values, no massive job losses and no failing banks. God still owns it all and is in control. Consider this: perhaps instead of responding to this economy by “pulling back” on giving perhaps we should demonstrate our trust in God and belief in His word by GIVING MORE! Sounds crazy? Maybe, but
consider these verses from God’s Word: Ecc. 5:10 “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” Matt. 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Mark 12:41-44 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” In this issue of BaptistLIFE, the 2008 total year giving figures for Cooperative Program and BCM/D Cooperative Gifts are published by
church for your reference. If your church has not participated in giving through the Cooperative Program, I encourage your church to consider giving in this manner. If your church does give through the Cooperative Program, I encourage you to continue practicing biblical giving through the Cooperative Program. I also want to thank you for partnering with us to share the Good News of Jesus to the world! I believe that the Cooperative Program is the single most effective method for missions giving! Did you know that Cooperative Program giving supports various evangelism efforts, new church starts, missions education, domestic and foreign missionaries, training future leaders through Baptist seminaries, and many other Christcentered causes? Enclosed in this issue of BaptistLIFE, you will find an insert highlighting some of the many ways that your generous giving through Cooperative Program impacts Maryland, Delaware and the world. Our God is still doing great and mighty things! I look forward to seeing the wonderful things that God will do in 2009.
Planning for the future seminars available By Conrad Burch COLUMBIA, Md.—In the current economic condition that find many of us looking back and saying, “If only …”, the Baptist Foundation of Maryland/Delaware offers four seminars to help members of our churches to better plan for the future (listed to the right). The seminars help Baptists to look forward to a financial future that will be a blessing to themselves, their heirs and to God’s kingdom here on earth. For additional information, please call Tom Stolle, ext. 207 or Conrad Burch, ext. 206 at 800-466-5290.
Christian Estate Planning Basics
Estate planning basics—why you need a Will; making provision for children and other dependents; planning for incapacity; and death taxes.
Ways to Make Gifts to Your Church
Legacy giving ideas to encourage church members to take stewardship to a deeper level— what to give, how to give, and why they should give.
A Budget/Savings Plan for Everyday Life
A plan for financial management— how to save and how to get out of debt.
Stewardship Management Ages 18+ from a Biblical Perspective
Explore the scriptures about putting God’s financial principles into practice.
were discipled at this year’s Boys Camp in August;
Last year, six trained disaster relief teams were deployed in response to Hurricane Ike: one team served as part of a mega-kitchen site in Galveston, Texas, that prepared over
Provided scholarships to 12 seminarians and six college scholarships through WMU to pastors and pastors’ kids; and supported theological education through the six SBC seminaries.
ministers, their wives and families as well as long-term coaching;
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130 BCM/D e-quip.net on-demand training videos were ﬁlmed with over 3,000 viewings. BCM/D provided continuing education for pastors and leaders; trained over 300 small group leaders; provided tax training in multiple languages for 100 pastors; trained 1,500 VBS leaders; and provided support for
and their families) participated in week-long summer Children’s Arts Camps (All About Kids Productions) co-sponsored by the BCM/D and Lamplight Artists;
1,200 students participated and 110 made decisions for Christ at Uncharted, last year’s Youth Evangelism Conference; 16 churches (600 kids
total) through BCM/D’s Partnership Missions; also, several BCM/D churches have established partnerships with Kentucky Baptist churches and even more churches sent mission teams to Kentucky last year.
4 teams went to China last year (19 people
in Baltimore; many other families have been touched by Embrace Baltimore;
40 families participated in this past summer’s WMU-sponsored FamilyFEST
54 campuses across Maryland and Delaware;
going to Brazil as summer missionaries; and ministered to students on
Established a new work at Morgan State University, where four students are
Assisted church plants, including Korean, Chinese, Hispanic, Anglo, and Bhutanese churches! Worked with several language minisry groups, including Chinese, Deaf, and Korean and held a Hispanic pastor retreat and a Leadership retreat; the BCM/D also sponsored a Language Music Celebration at Global Mission Church, which highlighted 11 language groups;
staff provided services and resources to 84% of our churches within the last 12 months), you were able to accomplish much for God’s Kingdom, including the following:
Through your faithful giving to the Cooperative Program through the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (whose
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missionaries (as of Jan. 09).
22 church planters serving in Maryland/Delaware); and
support 5,611 NAMB missionaries (as of Dec. 2008); (North American Mission Board provided funding for 32 missionaries and
In the Southern Baptist Convention, your Cooperative Program dollars
accounting controls for churches; and offered to BaptistLIFE to all church members.
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Horizons training retreat; provided ConďŹ‚ict Intervention for churches; provided guidelines for internal audits and establishing business and
30 Pod-casts, full of training and Q&A; trained 155 church leaders through
Ocean City; 1,860 adults attended campground worship; and 13 decisions for Christ were recorded! Additionally, BCM/D held Stewardship Seminars; produced
2,585 international students in Ocean City, Md., (representing 31 countries, including Kazakhstan, Yemen and Turkey). 1,723 children were ministered to through the Surf and Sand Clubs summer outreach in
the Gulf or operated a mobile laundry unit. A chainsaw team responded to tornados in Kentucky and 25 Korean pastors were trained in Disaster Relief.
500,000 meals in two weeks while others did mudout work in homes along
What if we didn’t have the Cooperative Program? By Sharon Mager Staff Correspondent COLUMBIA, Md.—In the February “Baptist Digest,” the Leadership News Journal of the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Convention, Editor Timothy Boyd wrote an intriguing column about the Cooperative Program (CP). Here is a portion of that article with Boyd’s permission: “Recently, I was wondering what the Southern Baptist Convention would look like in a post Cooperative Program world. The thought was scary. I could imagine two or three of our seminaries going out of business. I could imagine the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board combining to make the best use of severely decreased resources. What would a Southern Baptist Convention without the Cooperative Program be? One thing is for sure. It would be much weaker. Some might ask, “How do you know?” I know because that is what the Convention was like before the Cooperative Program. All of our agencies struggled. Churches were constantly harassed by agents seeking funds. All in all, it just did not work well. There are days when I believe that we are heading toward the end of the Cooperative Program. I hope it doesn’t happen, but I know that the trends show a continuing decrease of support by churches. It may not happen while I am still active in ministry, but those who are just beginning their ministries may have to face that reality.”
Imagine a pastor getting really sleepy at a church business meeting and stepping out for a few minutes to take a walk in the woods behind the church. He falls asleep in a remote area and no one can find him. He does a Rip Van Winkle sleep for 20 years. His congregation has moved on, calling another pastor. When Pastor Rip wakes up, amazingly the church is without a pastor again so he steps back in. The church is amazed and thrilled.
a call to the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to realize it’s now NAIMB—that NAMB and the International Mission Board (IMB) joined together to send out a fraction of the missionaries they once did. Rip frantically seeks information on Centrifuge, disaster relief, and the RA and GA curriculum—it’s all gone! The state newspaper is gone. He reads Baptist Press and realizes the reason for the sad shrinking of resources is due to a drastic reduc-
What Rip doesn’t realize is that a lot has happened since he fell asleep. While counseling a youth who feels called to the ministry, Rip enthusiastically encourages him to attend Rip’s alma mater, a Southern Baptist seminary near and dear to his heart. But when he calls, he finds that it closed many years ago. In fact, he finds there is only one seminary operating and the tuition is very high. He makes
tion in CP giving. In fact, the reports say CP is dying. Missionaries have had to leave the mission field; baptisms are at an all time low. The energy of new church planting has gone. Rip wants to go back to sleep. Rip realizes we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. While looking at all of the incredible resources CP provides, imagine an SBC world without those resources.
The reality is that CP giving is down. Tom Stolle, BCM/D chief financial officer and missionary for ministers’ compensation, church treasurers and stewardship, believes, as Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders across the country do, that there are many reasons. The economy is certainly one, he concedes, but there’s more to it. Young pastors and planters aren’t always aware of the benefits of CP giving—not just the benefits to the SBC but to the givers. They may not be seeing the faces of those being changed as a result of CP giving. Often, it’s just a lack of education on what CP does and how it blesses. Stolle said many churches are taking mission trips and that’s wonderful, but without CP there may not be a steady missionary presence. How much greater is the impact of someone who is staying in the field making an ongoing impact on a people group? Because of CP there are 5,363 missionaries engaging 1,170 people groups in 184 nations; there are 836,898 worldwide baptisms annually, SBC has the third largest disaster relief program in the country. Children of AIDS victims and kids with the disease are rocked every day and cared for by missionaries, supported by CP money. While we can’t always go, our CP dollars continue to be used 24 hours a day 365 days a year to reach the lost. And everyone Southern Baptist can be part of that. “The great thing about CP is everybody can be on mission, through giving,” Stolle said.
Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to headline ‘As Iron Sharpens Iron’ event in October By Shannon Baker BCM/D National Correspondent COLUMBIA, Md.—Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will give the keynote address at an inaugural “As Iron Sharpens Iron” leadership training event for church leaders, to be held at The Church at Severn Run in Severn, Md., on Oct. 29. Huckabee, who ran for the nation’s highest office in the past national election, is the former twoterm governor of Arkansas from 1996-2006. He is the host of FOX News’ “Huckabee” and a daily ABC Radio broadcast show. As a candidate who earned victories in eight primaries and caucuses, Huckabee withdrew from the campaign trail in March 2008 when Sen. John McCain secured the Republican nomination. Huckabee’s numerous television appearances (“The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Colbert Report”), along with the release of his latest book, “Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s
Bringing Common Sense Back to America,” portray Huckabee’s wit and wisdom, and most importantly, his vision and values. Huckabee also will host a book signing at this event. With a background in advertising, broadcasting and as a Southern Baptist pastor, this Hope, Arkansas native has demonstrated a Godgiven ability to effectively connect with people of all backgrounds, from the common man to the corporate executive. “Although Huckabee is, by definition, a politican, this is not a political event,” shared organizer Bob Simpson, associate executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. Simpson points to Huckabee’s Southern Baptist roots, which gives the former presidential candidate a unique perspective of what it is like for the church leaders across Maryland and Delaware. According to Baptist Press, Huckabee is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and studied at Southwestern
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Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He was an Arkansas pastor, serving Immanuel Church in Pine Bluff and Beech Street Church in Texarkana. He also served as president of the Arkansas State Baptist Convention. “Huckabee has been in the same shoes as many of us,” shared Simpson, who also serves as interim pastor at Severna Park Church in Severna Park, Md. “He understands the issues in our churches. He understands the urgency of the Gospel. He understands that our leaders need to be encouraged—and sharpened.” This event, named after the Proverbs 27:17 Bible verse that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” is the first in a series of training events that will feature high profile speakers, shared Simpson, who also serves on the board of the Baltimore-based Christian Professional Network, an organization to promote Christian principles among business owners and professionals. CPN’s goal is to provide a framework for practical help for businesses and ministries, by integrating sound business principles with Christian faith and biblical values. CPN works across denominational lines to seek a unified testimony to Jesus Christ in the business community.
Simpson, who holds a master of science degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins University, also sees the value of working crossdenominationally with the larger evangelical community to assist each other to accomplish the Great Commission. “That mandate to ‘go and make disciples’ can’t be accomplished by one group of people,” Simpson noted. “And, it can’t be accomplished by just the pastors in our churches,” he added, noting that the “As Iron Sharpens Iron” leadership training events will move beyond church staff to include also the lay leaders who give of their time and heart to make a difference for Christ. “I envision seeing pastors bring three or four of their leaders to these high profile training events, where their vision can be strengthened, where their efforts can be more unified, and where each person feels encouraged,” he said. The cost of the all-day event, with breakout session as well as Huckabee’s address, will be $25 per person, which includes lunch and a copy of Huckabee’s new book.
For more information, stay tuned to www.bcmd.org or contact Lauren Rodriguez at (800) 290-5290, ext. 246.
‘After its own kind’
here are many scholars that believe the seeds for all of our foundational Christian theology can be found in the first eleven chapters of the book of GenDavid Jackson esis. Within these chapters, you find BCM/D Missionary creation, sin, refor Church demption, the person Multiplication and work of God, the Trinity, the nature and purpose of man and on and on you could go. If you subscribe to this theory—and I do—then what do you do about the church? After all, the ekklesia is not found here in its most obvious form— it’s a Greek word and a New Testament teaching, right? To be sure, there is truth in that statement. Yet, one of the basic theological tenets we as Southern Baptists firmly believe is that the church is a living organism; God, who alone is the Creator (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16) has brought it into being. This is not a human invention; it is a divine creation! Jesus tells us He will build His church (Matt. 16:18); the Spirit’s presence on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) “brought it to life!” Its “life” is solely due to God! Inanimate objects are rarely (if ever) used to refer to the church in the Scripture. True, it is called
a “building” by Paul in 1 Cor. 3:9, almost in passing; but Peter later on explains this as organic, too, since we are like “living stones” and make up the material of this building (1 Peter 2:5). Jesus’ primary image was to call the church “a flock” (as with sheep). This image is thought-provoking in many ways; yet, all would agree that one essential characteristic of a “flock” is that it’s alive. Paul’s primary image in referring to the church is “the body” (of Christ). In all of these instances in Scripture and in many more, the church is seen as far more than a man-made organization or a business-run institution. It is alive with Christ as the Head! The reality of this affects everything we do. We shouldn’t be talking about “what’s our vision for the coming years?” Rather, we should be asking “what’s His vision for the coming years” and then “what’s our part in that vision?” Our vision should only be His vision; our thoughts, His thoughts; our feelings, His feelings, and so on. We talk about being “His hands and feet,” and rightly so. I’m wondering then why our view of being His living Body is not more comprehensive than what we typically suggest. All living organisms, created by their Lord, have been brought into being to fulfill His mission and to glorify Him. We know this to be true from the teachings of Scripture. We
have been given the Great Commission and Great Commandment, and most churches do their best to live out these realities in their own world. But how do we do this? Is there something in our “living” systems that we might be missing? Back in Genesis, chapter one, we find that God’s fundamental command to man and woman in the Garden of Eden was to “be fruitful and multiply…” (Gen. 1:28). We rightly understand this to mean they are to reproduce offspring. As a living entity, this chapter also teaches that one living organism after another was created by God to reproduce “after their own kind” (Gen. 1:11, 12, 21 twice, 24 twice, 25 three times). The principle seems obvious to me: every living organism created by God is intended to reproduce after its own kind. By now most of you have discovered the logical outcome of this progression in thought. What this means in the living church, as I understand it, is that disciples are to reproduce disciples, leaders are to reproduce leaders, cell groups are to reproduce cell groups…and churches are to reproduce churches. This is God’s plan and intent for His regenerate flock. A corollary truth to this is that people of character do not live their lives merely for their own survival and comfort. Rather, these people have an innate desire to provide for
those who will come after them. The cost is real, but the reward is great. It enables their life to be larger and more meaningful than their own personal capacity or longevity. After all, Christ sacrificed on our behalf; His commission shouts we ought to do the same. A couple of years ago I served as the interim pastor at one of our churches, which also operates a Christian school. At graduation in the year I arrived, the commencement speaker got up and made a statement to the graduates and their families that I have never forgotten. He reminded everyone, “You teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are.” I think he’s right! And if he is, what does that say about our reticence to reproduce after our own kind? If we are unwilling to model reproduction at the macro level (churches), how can we truly expect disciples to reproduce at the micro level? God says, “Be fruitful and multiply…” What’s keeping His congregation where you attend from doing what He asks? David Jackson can be reached at (800) 466-5290, ext. 225 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resort Ministry warms hands and hearts By Julie DuVall, Deep Creek Lake Resort Minister, and Sharon Mager DEEP CREEK, Md.—Deep Creek Lake Resort minister, Julie DuVall, and ministry volunteers gave away 230 hand warmers, labeled with the resort website and the ABC’s of becoming a Christian, to folks who came to the “Winter Dunk” in February. The “Dunk” is similar to the Polar Bear Plunge. Brave souls take a dip in the cold waters of Deep Creek Lake to raise money for Special Olympics. “People are always grateful to receive the hand warmers,” DuVall said. “What really warmed my heart
this year was having my eight-yearold son, Elijah, help me pass them out. At first, he was not that interested in standing out in the cold. Then, I read to him the label on the hand warmer and he replied with, ‘You mean someone might come to know Jesus, because I gave them a hand warmer?’ I couldn’t get him to quit giving them out after that,” DuVall said Deep Creek Church, the Duvall’s home church, is located across the street from where the “Dunk” event happens each year. The church ministered by opening their parking lot to visitors. Members also gave out hot cocoa and other goodies. The resort ministry is growing. Duvall and other volunteers
regularly visit the Wisp Ski Resort and share Christ casually, talking with people as they ride the lifts or relax in the lodge. They give out care packages with granola bars, hand warmers, tissues, hot chocolate packets and evangelistic tracks. Julie and her husband, Bill, also pray for those who get injured and are transported by ski patrol. This summer, several mission teams are scheduled to help minister on weekends at the lake helping with children’s ministries, campground services and other events. In October, DuVall and helpers will man a tent at the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland offering a baby comfort station and Kids Ministry site with free food, hand
washing, face painting and clowning. DuVall said she is praying that several churches will come alongside her and help with this project. “God has been so good to us in this past year. Without His great work here and without the prayers of our churches we would not be able to do what we do. We are so grateful to be able to see the doors God is opening. We are also very grateful and appreciative of all of the churches and volunteers that have supported us financially or come out to help us this past year,” DuVall said. Churches interested in helping with the resort ministry can contact Julie Duvall at (301) 501-6775 or e-mail her at deepcreeklrm@gmail. com.
Be on the lookout for...
his past summer I witnessed an attempted robbery in downtown Baltimore. It was not one of my better days downtown! Several months later I received a letter in Gayla Parker the mail informing WMU Executive Director/WMU,SBC me that I was being Missions Innovator summoned as a witness for the prosSpecialist ecuting attorney. I Missionary for Missions Education/ spent an entire day sitting at the courtCustomization house waiting! It is amazing what all you will read while sitting and waiting and sitting and waiting. I read every magazine, flier, poster, newspaper and name plate at least three times. One thing that caught my eye over and over again was the “Be on the lookout for…” posters. We have all seen them. They are often hanging in the Post Office, the Courthouse, the Police Department and even Wal-Mart. Under the picture is a complete description of the person for whom the police are looking. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you ever actually saw one of those “Be on the look out for…” people? We might stare for a few minutes in disbelief. We might avoid the person at all costs for fear of our lives! We might call 911 to inform the police. Most likely, we do not leave the bulletin board with the intention of going out to look for one of these individuals. But there is one group of people we are to be intentional about looking for and those are the people who are in need of Jesus and His love. Jesus, in His ministry was always on the look out for people who needed His love. He found many throughout His ministry. Zacchaeus was one of those whom Jesus found. Zacchaeus heard Jesus was coming to town and he was curious about this man he had heard so much about. Rather than fight the crowd he chose to climb a tree. Zacchaeus knew his own reputation and perhaps he feared Jesus would not be interested in a man like him. He may have feared the anger he might experience from the crowd. It may have
been because of his short height. For whatever reason, Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus from a tree. Even though he was having a difficult time seeing Jesus, Jesus saw him. As a matter of fact he was on the lookout for him and was making plans to be at his house. When the crowd realized Jesus was going to spend the day with this man, they were horrified. Zacchaeus was hated and despised. He was a tax collector who had cheated many people. Surely Jesus could not know what kind of man Zacchaeus was; if He knew He would surely avoid and reject such a horrible man. They were expecting Jesus to react like we might react if we saw a “Be on the lookout for…” person. Not because Zacchaeus was dangerous but because he was a hated outcast. Jesus did not run when He saw Zacchaeus; instead Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus. Because of the acceptance and love Zacchaeus experienced when he met Jesus, he was dramatically changed. Not only did Zacchaeus change the way he did his work he took steps to correct the wrong he had done. Zacchaeus paid back all the money he ever collected with interest! He didn’t stop there, he made sure his family had the chance to meet Jesus. By the end of the day the entire household was changed. I wonder if the person I saw attempt to rob a young nurse last summer had met Jesus prior to that episode, what would be different about his life? Would he be doing something different with his life? Would he be trying to right some of the wrongs he had done? Would his family and friends see such a radical difference in him that they too would experience the love of Jesus in their lives? If his life were changed like that of Zacchaeus, I would assume yes. Unfortunately there are not “Be on the lookout for…” notices for people without Christ. But Jesus knows each and everyone of them. He came to “seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). He will reveal them to us if we are looking. Are you on the look out? Be on a mission this month to seek the lost and point them to the One who came to save them.
Block celebrates 20 years at Camp Wo-Me-To
Aquilla Smith, former BCM/D WMU director, with Ben Block as he celebrates 20 years of service with Camp Wo-Me-To in Jarrettsville, Md. Benjamin Block, Camp Wo-Me-To’s operations manager celebrated his 20th anniversary serving the WMU camp in March. Jean Swain, WMU’s treasurer presented Block with a plaque during the Hat’s Off Retreat on March 7. Later in the day, family, friends and camp workers gathered for a celebration lunch, catered by the Eric and Debbie Jones. Eric is Block’s assistant and Debbie is the camp’s secretary/bookkeeper.
‘Open Door’ patiently and diligently opens doors to help others By Shannon Baker BCM/D National Correspondent
BALTIMORE—It’s an economic reality. The poor are becoming poorer. As the economy continues to spiral out of control, those with sixth grade educational levels are suddenly losing their entry-level service jobs to high school and college graduates. And without a fair chance to work, the poverty-stricken are left to roam the streets in a survival mode that often includes drugs, crime and despair. Nestled in a row home in what he calls the “poorest neighborhood in Maryland” in McElderry Park, Bill Simpson’s office is surrounded by this distress. Within just a 0.33-mile radius of his office, 846 households live on less than $15,000 a year—30 percent below the U.S. poverty level for a family of four. The number triples to 2,559 households when extended to a 0.66-mile radius. “Twenty-four percent of our folks live on less than $10,000 annually. In any given month, about 60 percent are unemployed. Our high school drop-out rate is over 65 percent, and our teen pregnancy rate exceeds 80 percent,” shares Simp-
son, who serves as executive director of Open Door Community Development Corporation. “Business as usual won’t get it done here.” For Simpson, who moved his office to this location in the summer of 2008, it is worth the hourlong commute through 36 traffic lights to simply be a presence that “shows up” and seeks to make a difference in the hurting community. That community is comprised of four lower East Baltimore neighborhoods: Baltimore-Linwood, Ellwood Park/Monument, McElderry Park and Patterson Place. It is a place that Simpson feels is “quarantined” from the rest of the city, because of its overwhelming needs. But it is also a place where he knows that through Christ much can be accomplished. “Emphasizing the redemptive principles of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation, we believe it’s wrong for 140,000 Baltimoreans to live in poverty in the nation’s most affluent state,” Simpson shares. “We are strong advocates for addressing the generational poverty that devalues life, immobilizes families and communities, and feeds a cycle of failure and futility.” He explained that Open Door’s mission is three-fold: “(1) to be a source of hope and encouragement for people who need a new start; (2) to be a community hub that links folks to positive and constructive activities; and (3) to be a safe haven where God’s heart for hurting people and struggling families is made real every day.” Simpson shares that Open Door’s efforts include adult learning, workforce development, life skills and soft skills training, computer literacy, family wraparound services, and information and referral. “We also place a strong
emphasis on emergency compassion outreach and strategic community organizing,” he adds. “In the final analysis, we’re convinced that if you help parents and adults with their education, employment, housing, and other ‘felt need’ issues, you re-
ally are helping the whole family and the larger community.” That recently became a reality when Open Door assisted a 45-yearold man finding a full-time job for the first time in his life. “We helped him develop a resume, strengthened his soft skills [appearance habits, ability to fill out forms, communication and motivation skills], and practiced interviewing with him,” Simpson shares. “It felt really good to know that we helped him get meaningful employment.” Simpson notes that in spite of the great challenges, the people Open Door serves are remarkably proud, resilient, determined, and optimistic. “Most believe that life can be better for their families. Nearly all just need a helping hand from someone who cares,” he shares. Simpson says that because the need in the community is so great, Open Door staff members ask that interested parties meet face-to-face with them so as to better understanding their life circumstances. “Our goal is to not only provide short-term emergency relief, but to also form relationships that can help
lead to larger life solutions for those in need,” he says, explaining that Open Door’s ministry is a “long-term proposition.” It is necessary to build trust in the community and that takes time. “Trust becomes a real commodity,” he affirms, noting that his goal is for Open Door to be that place to turn to if people needed food for the day or simply needed somebody to talk to them. “We may not be fully resourced, but they can see us work to help them,” Simpson shares. To that end, Open Door works collaboratively with schools, civic groups, businesses, foundations, government agencies, congregations, and other nonprofits to identify resources, build community capacity, and coordinate solutionfocused holistic responses to community needs. As part of their ongoing mission to offer compassion and encouragement to hurting people, Open Door provides limited “emergency” food, clothing, and financial assistance to families in crisis. Like other nonprofits, Open Door is only made possible through the generous donations of organizations and individuals. “It is only through the donations of food, clothing, and financial support from our many friends and partners that we are able to provide emergency assistance. Because we greatly appreciate their generosity, we make every attempt to be good stewards of our emergency relief resources,” Simpson says. “Never underestimate your influence with others— many of our current individual and congregational donors first became interested in supporting Open Door because someone encouraged them to get involved.” For more information on how you can partner in this vital work, contact Open Door at (410) 522-0044, email@example.com or online at www.opendoorbaltimore.org.
Cook named as executive director of CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. By Shannon Baker BCM/D National Correspondent ROCKVILLE, Md.—Kim Cook, a licensed clinical social worker for the state of Maryland, has been named executive director of CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. Since 2003, Cook has served as therapist and clinical director at CentrePointe Counseling, Inc., where she helped provide mental health counseling to individuals and families; supervised, assisted in hiring and orientating clinical staff; maintained insurance credentialing for agency therapists; oversaw the billing process; and worked to insure agency accreditation and compliance. “I am humbled at the calling to lead this talented staff as we continue to help hurting people with competent and compassionate services,” Cook shared, explaining that CentrePointe is on the cusp of doing exciting new things. “The board is focused on taking the agency to the next level of professionalism, development, and service delivery. The staff has already begun implementing the strategic plan. I will focus on helping the counselors and board to reach these goals, as we use our gifts and talents together.” The ongoing vision of Centrepointe is to have a counselor within 45 minutes of each individual in Maryland. CentrePointe is continuing to grow geographically—currently, the agency has 23 locations with 14 counselors, but is looking to add more staff and more sites. Cook said that CentrePointe will also continue to develop their breadth of services. The established plan calls for adding more educational opportunities for churches and their communities. “On the scholastic side, we’d like to offer
training events that will help promote wellness and work more in the area of preventative care,” she said. Previously, she served as program manager at Baptist Family and Children’s Services, where she handled similar management responsibilities as well as provided counseling and case management to clients, including agency foster care children. Cook has also worked for Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities. She has developed programs, provided counseling, and participated in community partnerships. While in seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, Cook served as a Prevention Specialist for the Fort Worth Independent School District, where she provided counseling, classroom education,
and peer mediations. In particular, she worked with students and their parents to prevent disciplinary expulsions. Prior to that, she supervised social workers and after-school staff at five Title I schools through a non-profit social service agency. In that capacity, she handled the case management and counseling of students in specific clinical need and worked with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, and United Way to help promote greater community involvement. Cook is a native of Maryland. She was baptized at Middle River Church as a child. However, she spent most of her school years as a member with her family at Oak Grove Church in Bel Air, Md. One formative ministry experience was serving as a state Acteen’s panelist. Her involvement
in WMU was central in her calling to study social work and to develop a specialty in church and community ministry. Cook, received a master of arts degree in church and community ministry from Southwestern Seminary in 2002. She also earned a master of social work degree, with a clinical concentration and specialization in family and children’s services, from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1999; and a bachelor of science degree in Social Work from Messiah College, in Grantham, Pa., in 1998. While at Centrepointe, Cook had been an instructor at Villa Julie College’s Human Services Program, where she taught undergraduate classes, supervised practicums and internships, and coordinated the placement of students into internships. This opportunity developed key administrative relationships for Cook at numerous social service, faith-based, government, and hospital agencies in the Baltimore-DC area. Cook has written for Parent Life, a magazine published by LifeWay Christian Resources, and for HelpMeet, a BaptistLIFE feature targeting ministers’ wives. She also has an established speaking ministry, having spoken to many area churches on the topics of family ministry involvement and leadership. Cook has a heart for families and children in need. She shares this ministry passion with her husband, Bobby, who is the Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at Redland Church in Rockville, Md. His responsibilities include children, youth, recreation, and families. The Cooks have three sons and live in Rockville. To find out more about CentrePointe Counseling, Inc. or to schedule an appointment, please call (410) 882-1988 or toll free (800) 491-5369; or visit www. centrepointecounseling.org.
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Twenty-seven volunteers from New Hope Community Church, Weems Creek Church, First Church Kent Island, The Bridge and Faith Church, Glen Burnie, will travel to New Orleans April 25 - May 2. Team members will do construction work, helping to rebuild homes from hurricane damage. They’ll also do street level work such as surveys, inner city ministry, an after school ministry and an “annual” birthday barbecue for the homeless, celebrating everyone’s birthday at once. They’ll work with churches in and near the Ninth Ward, the area that is the poorest and was the hardest hit from Hurricane Katrina. The team will work with Edgewater Church; Sojourn Lakeview Church; Grace Church and Crossroads and they’ll partner with Habitat for Humanity and Operation Noah Rebuild, a partnership project between New Orleans churches, associations, the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board to help rebuild New Orleans, to start and strengthen churches and reach people for Christ. This is the third associational mission trip to New Orleans. John Brittain, Arundel Association’s director of missions, said the association has planned for a total of ten trips. New Hope Church, Curtis Bay, will send a mission team to Matamoros, Mexico, July 18-25. The team will minister to children in an orphanage and others in the surrounding communities through hosting Vacation Bible School. New Hope has had an ongoing relationship with the people of Matamoros and has been sending teams there for over six years. Church member Kailyn Jensen will participate in a Global Expeditions trip to Uganda on June 14-July 10 to minister to children living in displacement camps and to ex-child soldiers in Uganda. North Arundel Church, Glen Burnie, will begin having services at 5 p.m. on Saturdays beginning April 4, in addition to the two they have on Sundays in Glen Burnie and one at NAC’s new campus, Grace Place, in Dundalk.
First Church, Dundalk, had a children’s movie night last month with pizza, sweets, drinks and an animated movie about missionary Jim Elliott. Blue Ridge Association Blue Ridge Destiny Church, Martinsburg, W.V., will have revival services April 7-9 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Stephen J. Russell. North Star Church, Ijamsville, had a free video training seminar taught by a former NBC video producer. The church is planning a mission trip to Guatemala in July. Pleasant Valley Church, Rohrersville, has a card ministry. Members gather together for fellowship and to write cards to those who are sick, shut-ins and others who need encouragement. Delaware Association Delaware Bethany Church, Wilmington, will have a ladies tea in April. Grace Church, Seaford, Del., has an English as a Second Language (ESL) class every Tuesday night led by Bertine Alfreide. The class size ranges from 8-12 people. A free ESL class is a great way to reach out to those who are new in the area and are struggling with English. Ogletown Church’s middle school youth had a lock-in last month. The church’s Joy Group had a talent show/pizza night fellowship. Eastern Association Eastern First Church, Easton, will host games, Bible stories and a cookout at a local apartment complex on May 30. The church is ministering internationally with two mission trips planned for Turkey and one to Mexico. Lynnhaven Church, Pocomoke City, is fostering some parent-child bonding time. The church recently had a daddy/daughter dinner followed by a mother/son indoor campout. The church will have their annual Easter egg hunt on April 4 for children in grades 2 and under. In
the evening, the older kids will meet for a “glow in the dark” egg hunt. Mid-Maryland Association Mid-Maryland Bethany Lane Church, Ellicott City, will host an original Easter production entitled “The Payment” which portrays the events of the first Easter. Sherrie McKay, Bethany Lane’s minister of music, wrote the music for the program and Jason Brown, music director of First Church, Upper Marlboro, arranged it. The show will feature Elizabeth Miller, an internationally recognized dancer along with a cast of 100 singers, dancers and actors. Admission is free but seating is limited. The performances are at 7 p.m. on April 8-10, and at 3 and 6 p.m. on April 11. Other Easter events at the church include a pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt on April 4. About 80 children came to the hunt last year, plus their parents. Children’s minister, Rachel Williams, expects more this year. Christian magician, John Carrington, will be the special guest at the egg hunt. Carrington will present the gospel message through his magic act. Afterwards, the kids will be set free to hunt for more than 3,000 eggs. For more information or to reserve tickets for the Easter Production call (410) 465-0150 or see www. bethanylanebaptist.org. Adam Feldman, pastor of Metanoia Church, Ellicott City, baptized nine people on Feb. 15. After an abbreviated service, church members had a big potluck dinner then headed to Bethel Church for the baptism celebration. Metanoia Church meets at a recreation center on Sunday mornings, so they use the baptistery of one of its partner churches – either Bethany Lane, Cornerstone Community or Bethel. In warm weather, the church gathers at a local swimming pool, or even at the Potomac River for baptism celebrations. South Columbia Church has many activities this month for Easter. The youth will give a banner presentation on April 5. A Good Friday service will have the theme “Through the Seven Last Words of Christ.” On Easter Sunday, there will be special music by the sanctu-
April 2009 ary choir and a brass ensemble. The youth will also present a dramatic interpretation. The church’s women’s ministry will host a spring craft extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 30. Ongoing women’s ministries include a ladies’ Sunday school class, a Tuesday morning and a Tuesday evening Bible study; LIFT (Ladies in fellowship together ) every Monday evening and WOW (Women on Wednesdays), a mid-week casual small group. The ladies also participate with “blankets of love,” a quilt making ministry for needy recipients. Montgomery Association Montgomery Kensington Church ordained Kim Hyekyung Ock to the gospel ministry on Feb. 8 and commissioned him and his wife, Ihn, as missionaries to the Korean community. The couple started the Rock of Salvation Church that is meeting in the Burtonsville area. Lexington Park Church has a divorce care ministry to help people who are or have gone through divorce or separation. For more information see their website, www. divorcecare.org. Redland Church, Rockville, sent a team of 29 members to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic from Jan. 10-17. They partnered with Pastor Carlos Soegaard and his church Cristiano Shalom doing construction projects, leading vacation Bible school and hosting a medical clinic. The construction team built two homes for needy families from Carlos’ congregation while the VBS team ministered to over 300 children in several local neighborhoods. A medical team was comprised of two family practice physicians, one dentist, one physician’s assistant, one pediatric nurse and seven fourth year medical students. They attended to, treated and prayed with over 500 patients during the week, and were blessed to see several of them make confessions of faith. “God blessed our week with safety, team unity and the blessing of seeing His powerful hand at work all around us. Many of our team shared how this week in the Dominican Republic helped revive their faith in Christ and renewed
their passion for sharhad a missions study last ing the gospel with their month focusing on North neighbors at home,” American Missionaries wrote Daniel Adams, a Daniel and Kimberly Goombi team member and son of and Brenda Crim. Mark Adams, pastor of The Goombis serve as Redland Church. missionaries on a Native The ladies of RedAmerican Indian reservamond welcomed guest tion in Kansas, which is the speaker Peggy Morse, a home of the Prairie Band Pomissionary to Romania tawatomi Indians. They use as their special speaker Vacation Bible School, carniat a ladies night out last vals, and other programs to month. reach the Native Americans Viers Mill, Silver with the love of Christ and Spring, will host the His salvation message. Easter cantata “Raise Brenda Crim coordinates the Crown” on April 5. Southern Baptist volunteers The women of Viers Mill at the Alaskan Iditarod. The led worship on Baptist volunteers do the jobs that Women’s Day on Mar. 22. Redland Church, Rockville, sent a team of 29 members to Hato Mayor, Dominican others do not want to do like There was also a special Republic. The medical team treated and prayed with over 500 patients during the week, take food to the dog teams. and were blessed to see several of them make confessions of faith. women’s choir. The volunteers also give each racing team a bucket with deliverance for the Jews will arise Potomac Association candy and a Bible. They give out from another place, but you and Potomac your father’s family will perish. And free hot drinks outside and work Lexington Park Church had the concessions stand at basketball who knows but that you have come a “How to fireproof your marriage” games while giving out Bibles and to royal position for such a time as overnight retreat at Camp Wabanna this?” sharing Christ with people. in Edgewater. After watching some video clips Members of West Hyattsville Seven Locks Church, Potoand hearing about the missionaries, Church celebrated their 50th annimac, will join with other churches the Paramount youth were given an versary on Mar. 7 with a community for a mission trip to Jefferson City, opportunity to help. In response, the health fair. Tenn., this summer. They will help youth signed a basketball, which has build and repair homes and work been mailed to Brenda Crim to use Susquehanna Association Susquehanna with Backyard Bible Clubs in conat the basketball games in Alaska. junction with Appalachian Outreach Also, some verses were highlighted First Church, Havre de Ministries. Grace, will host “Run to the Pantry in a Bible that was signed by the Trinity Church, Waldorf, youth. This Bible has been sent to Motorcycle Rally” on April 11. The started a new worship service on the Rugged Cross Motorcycle Ministhe Goombis to be given to a Native last Wednesday of every month. The try will lead the worship service. American at the reservation. subject matter and music is geared The youth who participated Fresh Fire band will provide music. toward teens and young adults. included Christian and Joshua ColRugged Cross will collect nonliflower from Williamsport, Abbie perishables as part of their ongoPrince George’s Association and Esther Hayes, Madison Lewis, ing ministry to the needy. A short Prince George’s Spencer Lunsford and Tony Owuor run motorcycle ride, will follow the Clinton Church recently service, ending at a nearby diner for from Hagerstown. hosted a “Practical guide to grant The ladies of Welsh Memolunch. writing and fundraising” seminar. rial ministered to their local police Oak Grove Church, Bel Cornerstone Peaceful Bible department as a special missions Air, will host a National Bible Bee Church moved to their new locaproject for February. The women on Sept. 12. The Shelby Kennedy tion at Frank Tippett Road in Upper Foundation is sponsoring the contook two large trays of cookies, cupMarlboro. cakes, brownies, candies and fruit to test. The competition begins with Faith Fellowship Church the Frostburg Police Station. They local contests in September. The top will have their annual men’s retreat left the “goodies” along with a card 100 finalists from each age group June 19-21 at Refreshing Mountain telling the police officers and staff advance to the national level in Camp, Stevens, Pa. how much they are appreciated and Washington, D.C. on Nov. 5-6. The The Prince George’s Associa- deadline to enter a local contest is that the ladies of Welsh would be tion’s Women on Mission hosted a praying for them. April 30. For more information see ladies spring tea last month. The Western Association will have http://www.biblebee.org. theme was “For such a time as its annual youth camp July 12-17 at this…”, referencing Mordecai’s Camp Frame, Hedgesville, W.V. Western Western Association words to Queen Esther, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and Youth at Paramount Church
BCM/D April, May & June Events April 3-4 Mosaic Annual Conference, Friday 5 pm - Sat. 5 pm (ext. 221) 5 Language Music Celebration, Global Mission Church, 5 pm (ext. 221) 12 Happy Easter! 17-18 Ministers Wives Retreat, Doubletree, Annapolis (ext. 211) 25 Bulding Powerful Ministry Teams, BMRC, 9 am (ext. 222)
May Health Kits (ext. 231) 5 - June 29 Rockbridge Seminary Summer Term (rockbridgeseminary. org) 8 PC Overview, BMRC, 9:30-4:30 pm 10 Mothers Day 18 Children’s Ministers Seminar, BMRC, 10 - 2 pm (ext. 233)
June 21 Fathers Day 21-22 WMU Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY, (ext. 231) 21-26 Centrifuge Week 1, Skycroft, (800-536-6759) 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention, Louisville, KY 28-Jul 3 Centrifuge Week 2, Skycroft, (800-536-6759) 30-Aug 24 Rockbridge Seminary Summer Term (rockbridgeseminary. org) For detailed information, go to www.bcmd.org/calendar or call 1-800-466-5290 and dial the extension listed.
What’s your mission? By Baptist Press Staff
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—The North American Mission Board has many opportunities for you or your church to serve in short-term missions. The Bridge (www.thebridge. namb.net) is an online volunteer/ project management system where missionaries and churches post missions opportunities and volunteers find places to serve. Here are some ways to serve: Operation Noah Rebuild is a partnership between New Orleans’ area associations and churches, the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board. Skilled and unskilled workers are needed to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Visit www.OperationNoah.net for more information. Wondering how you can leave a
legacy of missions to your children and grandchildren? How about a mission trip for the whole family? Families on Mission is a pre-packaged, week-long family mission opportunity that allows everyone to be on mission together. Visit www.namb.net/ fom or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Every year, Baptist Builders respond to hundreds of requests for church construction assistance. Visit www.namb.net/bbuilders or e-mail email@example.com. If you like the open road, Campers on Mission is your highway to spiritual fulfillment. Campers on Mission is a national fellowship of Christian campers who combine their love of the outdoors with ministry in North America. Ministry opportunities are posted at www.TheBridge. namb.net. Visit www.namb.net/ CampersonMission to find out how
you can join these active volunteers. Southern Baptists are the thirdlargest provider of disaster relief services in North America. State Baptist conventions have trained more than 85,000 volunteers to respond to national and international disasters. To find out how you can join this volunteer force, contact your state Baptist convention disaster relief office. Also visit www.namb. net/dr. World Changers offers preplanned, pre-packaged, week-long mission projects for junior high and high school students, where you and your team help fix up homes and serve low-income communities in many ways. As you serve, you’ll have opportunities to share the love of Christ and tell others how He’s transformed your life and wants to transform theirs! Visit www.WorldChangers.net.
PowerPlant is a pre-packaged student mission experience that involves and educates students in church planting and evangelism. During a project, students are placed on ministry teams to work alongside a church planter. Visit www.PowerPlant.net to find out how you can participate in this amazing ministry. Student Mission Groups: Throughout the United States and Canada, hundreds of Southern Baptist ministries need your help. You can find project needs in North America by visiting www.TheBridge. namb.net. Need help planning the trip? You’ll find free resources to assist you in planning the perfect trip at www.StudentMissionTrips.net.
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Eight tips for a mission trip By: Deborah Avery
CLEVELAND, Ohio (BP)—As you begin planning your next mission trip, here are eight tips for success. Please pray about where God would lead you to serve and learn from our experiences. Get an early start. The earlier you’re able to plan your trip, set your date and location, the better chance you have of finding affordable lodging, especially if you’re planning to stay at a church; they tend to fill up quickly if a lot of mission teams are coming to that area. Pre-trip advantages. If you plan to lead a mission team, never underestimate the value of going on a pre-project visit. A pre-trip allows you to connect with the local church or missionary you’ll be serving and get familiar with the area. Take time to scope out possible accommodations, the mission site, and recreation opportunities. Train your team. Always train prior to your ministry experience to ensure time for clarifications and overall effectiveness. We suggest requiring a couple of training sessions to ensure people are committed
strategy in place by the to serving and to build community time you come. within the group. Train your volunteers in what you’ll be doing before Budget extra. you leave. Make sure this training Extra costs tend to includes how to effectively share come up. Budget with the Gospel with the culture you’re a minimum cushion of ministering to. Don’t forget to include $20 a person. This way, training on your specific mission should there be unextasks. Get materials in the hands of pected expenses, you’ll teachers as soon as possible. be covered. If the extra Find the right housing. Take money goes unused, advantage of housing opportunieither refund the team ties offered by local churches. Many members or give a spechurches offer space to stay, meeting cial gift to the ministry space and kitchens for meals. If you you came to serve. plan to stay in a hotel, find one with Make sure you wait Shannon Baker, BaptistLIFE’s national correspondent, on a mission trip in kitchens available in some or all the Guinea, Africa. until you’re home before rooms in order to save money, rather doing this. You never than eating out all the time. Take ad- to serve. Remember, they know their know what unexpected vantage of hotel services such as free mission field the best. Set aside your things can happen on the way home! own agendas and serve alongside the breakfasts. This can save around Tax-exempt savings. Make sure local church’s purpose. Be flexible $5 per person per day. Some hotels to take advantage of your tax-exempt -- you may train for block parties and status when paying for restaurants may offer grocery service or meeting rooms in which to serve meals or have then it rains. Don’t get discouraged! and hotels. Give your service person devotional time; others may even have God has you there for a reason; look advanced warning so your bill can be laundry service at minimal cost. Don’t for those unexpected opportunities to totaled correctly the first time. serve. forget, many hotels offer discounts Ask about follow up. Ask the with local restaurants. Deborah Avery served as Cleveministry leaders about their plan Be flexible. Enter your area of land Hope mobilization associate for follow up with people your team ministry with a teachable heart and in Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently connects with. Ask about follow up a listening ear. Listen to the minisserving alongside her husband at in advance so the church can have a try leaders you’re coming alongside The Bridge church in Perry, Ohio.
Baptist Family reports strong 2008 results By Tim Durkin
COLUMBIA, Md.—The staff, trustees, donors and clients of Baptist Family are very grateful to Maryland/Delaware Baptists for your generous and continuing support. Thanks to your prayers and donations, 2008 was a banner year for Baptist Family. Our programs served more people than ever before, and we were able to add significant capacity, improving the quality of our care in equal measure to the increase in quantity. We are pleased to report the following progress: Record-breaking material assistance. As in years past, Baptist Family headed efforts to provide poverty-stricken families with support at back-to-school time and Christmas. Funds and supplies were raised from a variety of sources, including individual donors and Baptist churches in Maryland and Delaware. Four thousand three hundred one kids were served in these combined events, up 60 percent from 2007. A year of strong fund raising was critical to this effort, as it allowed us to upgrade the staff person responsible for these two projects from part-time to full-time. Her extra hours returned extremely good results. Families have told us many times that without our assistance they would not have been able to provide anything for their kids at back-to-school and Christmas. We have been blessed by strong partnerships with local churches that care deeply about their communities. Record-breaking information and referral. Strong fund raising also allowed Baptist Family to hire a part-time staffer to man our information and referral hotline. Families in all kinds of crises (financial, psychological, medical) call Baptist Family for help. To assist
families whose needs for help are beyond the scope of our programs, we have long maintained a directory of local organizations whose services complement our own. In 2008, we focused on updating and improving the quality of that directory and increasing the number of hours staff were available to answer calls for help live, rather than responding to a message left on voicemail. These efforts paid off, as GSN staff responded to 411 calls for help in 2008, an increase of 64 percent over 2007. God has given us many opportunities to provide clients with a listening ear, encouragement, and prayer. One caller prayed with Baptist Family staff and even accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord. New opportunities in transitional housing. In 2008, we also saw GSN’s acquisition and lease of two new single-family homes that the program will use to provide transitional housing services to homeless families. One home, in the Pen Lucy neighborhood of Baltimore City, is already in use. The other, in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood and a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, is currently being outfitted with furniture and supplies. The impact of this program is massive. The family in our Baltimore City house is a young married couple with an infant. We have been blessed to help them grow and mature, and to raise a healthy child while working and going through school. Foster care goal well met. Our CHOSEN Treatment Foster Care program met its 2008 goal, caring for 70 children. CHOSEN receives children via referrals from county-level Departments of Social Services. It then matches referred kids with trained treatment fos-
ter parents. CHOSEN kids are treated by individual families in individual–not group–homes. The child’s treatment is implemented by our foster parents and overseen by skilled Family Treatment managers employed by CHOSEN. Major success was accomplished in transforming foster families into adoptive ones. Of the 70 children in our care in the past year, 12 have been adopted by their foster parents or are in the final stages of their adoption. This
is a fantastic result, which shows that we have matched our foster kids with the best possible foster families. Two of our foster children are preparing for baptism into the churches of their foster parents. Please pray for them and for all of our kids. In all, we at Baptist Family are proud of the work we accomplished in 2008. We took major steps in the service of our mission, and laid solid foundations for future work.
CLASSIFIEDS DAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR— First Baptist Church of Laurel, Md., is accepting resumes for the position of Day School (PK through 8th Grade) Director. Applicants can send their resumes to Mr. Robert Hales, Church Administrator, FBCL, 15000 First Baptist Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 or to bhales@firstbaptistlaurel. org. This is a full-time/twelvemonth paid staff position. Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in school administration, and hold an advanced degree in Childhood Education. MINISTER OF MUSIC/ WORSHIP — Needed at Rolling Hills Baptist Church, Clarksville, Md. Approx. 20 hours per week for a loving person with music leadership experience who’s passionate about Jesus and sharing Him with others! If interested, please contact the RHBC Personnel Committee at (410) 381-5077 or the Pastor at (410) 997-1436. PART-TIME PASTOR— Calverton Baptist Church is seeking a part-time Pastor. Applicants must be an ordained Baptist minister with at least a Master of Div. from a Baptist Seminary. The Pastor must embody the beliefs that our primary source of guidance and unity is Jesus Christ our Savior, and that the Bible represents the
inerrant and inspired Word of God. This is an ideal opportunity for a retired Baptist minister who is interested in staying involved by continuing to preach the word of God. Please send resumes to Calverton Baptist Church, Pastor Search Com., 12625 Galway Dr., Silver Spring, Md. 20904, ATTN: E. Williams. MAIL, E-MAIL OR FAX YOUR AD Deadlines are the second Friday of each April for the following April’s issue. Classified advertising is 75 cents per word ($18.00 minimum) for BCM/D churches and church members; 85 cents per word ($20.00 minimum) for nonprofit organizations; and 95 cents per word ($25.00 minimum) for commercial organizations. Word count does not include words with two letters or less. Contact us for display ad pricing. Acceptance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement of any advertiser’s products or services.
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