An article was recently published in the Biblical Recorder (July 20 issue) and on our Convention website about the first Pakistani church plant in North Carolina. This is a testimony to God’s power and grace, as He has brought a man all the way from Pakistan to help North Carolina Baptists reach Pakistani Muslims with the gospel.
This story is just one of many that can be told about how God is working among new church plants across our state. Another vibrant church plant called Campus Church is having great results in reaching and discipling college students and adults. It began earlier this year on the campus of Western Carolina University.
Last year, the Convention’s church planting team participated in helping start 101 new churches. You help make these church planting efforts possible through your gifts to the Cooperative Program budget and the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). NCMO provides about a third of our church planting budget.
Your financial support of the NCMO makes it possible for North Carolina Baptist Men to stay in business. The missions offering underwrites the 14 ministries of Baptist Men, including disaster relief. Baptist Men has sent thousands of volunteers to help New Jersey and New York residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. Soon after a disaster strikes, our disaster relief volunteers prepare meals, engage in recovery projects, provide child care and offer assistance in numerous other ways. Forty-one percent of the missions offering supports Baptist Men.
NCMO also helps fund the two Baptist Men mission camps in Red Springs and Shelby. Each year volunteers come and stay at the camps, become equipped for doing mission projects and then go out into the community to serve and share in Jesus’ name.
Ten percent of the NCMO is given back to North Carolina Baptist associations for use in mission projects. The amount returned to each association is contingent upon how much churches in an association contribute to the NCMO.
The theme for this year’s NCMO is “Compelled by Christ – Proclaiming Release, Relief & Redemption.” This theme is based on Luke 4:18. The offering goal is $2.1 million.
We want to send your church some great resources to help you understand why it is so vitally important to support this missions offering. We have produced videos you will enjoy watching, posters, bulletin inserts, PowerPoints, offering envelopes and a promotion planning guide. You can access these resources at www.ncmissionsoffering.org or call the Baptist Building at (800) 395-5102 for materials.
Although this offering promotion is highlighted in September, you are welcome to give anytime during the year.
Thank you in advance for asking your church family to pray for and to give to the North Carolina Missions Offering. This offering is vital to what we can do through North Carolina Baptist Men and to push back spiritual darkness in this state, where almost 80 percent of residents are not active in any church and 5.8 million residents do not profess Christ as Savior.
“…preach the gospel … heal the brokenhearted … set at liberty them that are bruised …” Luke 4:18