In everything we do as Christians, we are called to give glory to God and pave the way for others to come to the knowledge of Christ. This year, the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) will focus on that fact.
The NCMO theme for 2016 is “Prepare the Way” based on Luke 10:1: “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.”
“This heart of this theme is that wherever we go, whatever we do, we are supposed to prepare the way for Jesus,” said Richard Brunson, executive director of N.C. Baptist Men, also known as Baptists on Mission. “When we do missions, it’s to prepare the way for Him.”
Brunson said that this theme gives a new light to the idea of service. He said that in the same way that Jesus sent His disciples out to prepare a way for Him, He has equipped all believers with unique skills, talents and abilities to do the same thing.
This theme of “Prepare the Way” is especially relevant because the NCMO supports a wide range of ministries.
God has equipped those who serve in those ministries to serve others according to their gifting – and it’s in this way that the NCMO is a great opportunity to impact lostness in our state.
“In the service that we do, we plant a seed,” Brunson said. “What we’re doing is much more than disaster relief, medical ministry, dental ministry or some other ministry – it’s preparing the way for Jesus.”
Received in September of each year, the NCMO supports various ministries in North Carolina and beyond. The offering supports the 17 different ministries of Baptists on Mission, along with church planting, mission camps, associational projects and mobilization ministry projects.
The goal for this year’s offering is $2.1 million. In 2015, gifts to NCMO exceeded $2.15 million, which eclipsed the giving goal of $2.1 million for the first time since 2006.
“Jesus wants us to prepare the way for Him,” Brunson said. “I think it’s important to help people to realize that there are things that people do and things that people have that God can use.”