As a national nonprofit, Operation Inasmuch employs proven models to motivate, train and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve their communities.
Operation Inasmuch began in 1995 when more than half of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church’s congregation in Fayetteville, N.C. went out to serve the neediest in their community.
David Crocker, executive director of Operation Inasmuch, Inc., said, “In 2008, when North Carolina Baptist Men first promoted a statewide Inasmuch, more than 240 people were saved as a direct result of North Carolina Baptists serving them at the point of their need.”
In 2014, North Carolina Baptists across the state are encouraged to use Inasmuch projects as a way of reaching people for Christ. Events such as Inasmuch Day or Inasmuch United will be hosted on Apr. 26 and May 3.
“Rampin’ Up” is the state’s 2014 theme for the missions blitz event.
Crocker said, “North Carolina Baptist Men are again helping churches learn how to conduct Inasmuch events through a series of regional training sessions. These training sessions will help churches capitalize on the opportunities to share the gospel with their neighbors naturally created by serving them.”
Training will be provided in January and February to help churches with organizing an Inasmuch day. In addition, Rampin’ Up training will be offered following each of the OIAM-NC training events.
Training sessions are available at no cost and reservations can be made on Baptists on Mission’s website (see their website below).
Operation Inasmuch of North Carolina (OIAMNC) hopes to have projects in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. On these two days, hundreds of churches and thousands of volunteers will share the love of Jesus with those who have never heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each North Carolina community is unique, and OIAMNC wants to help North Carolina churches to consider the needs of their communities and work to meet those needs.
More than 1,200 churches conduct Inasmuch events across North Carolina with tens of thousands of believers reaching out to “the least of these” as the foundational Bible verse of this model of community service.
Possible projects include Backyard Bible Clubs, sewing projects, home repairs, wheelchair ramp construction, homebound visitation, yard work for elderly, blood pressure checks, affirmation of public servants, prayer-walks, block parties, garden projects, child care and nursing home ministries.
If churches plan on participating, Operation Inasmuch would like to communicate directly with these churches through their website: www.operationinasmuch.org.
Participating churches are also invited to report their activities here: www.operationinasmuch.org/churches/reports/inasmuch-report/.
Training session reservations can be made on Baptists on Mission’s website at baptistsonmission.org/ncoiam.