just about two weeks North Carolina Baptists will join with believers all
across the nation and the world in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord
His birth, Resurrection Sunday would not be possible, but without His bodily
resurrection, His birth into this world would have had no meaning.
challenge you to pause and remember that there are many, many people who will
not join us in celebrating Resurrection Sunday because they have never even
heard about Jesus.
of these people live right here in North
Carolina and in communities throughout this
North American Mission Board (NAMB) tells us that about 259 million people in
the United States and Canada do not have a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
is working with churches, state conventions and associations to try and get the
gospel to these people.
recently held a commissioning service for 81 newly appointed missionaries.
missionaries are leaving their homes and family in order to go tell others
about Jesus Christ. They will be serving in efforts such as church planting,
chaplaincy, college ministry, youth ministry, and many types of intentional
2010, through partnerships with state conventions, associations and churches,
NAMB saw 1,271 new churches started in the United
States and Canada.
began in 1997, and since that time, Southern Baptists have started more than
20,000 churches — an average of more than 1,500 new churches every year.
addition to married adults, NAMB also involves high school and college students
in short-term mission efforts.
year more than 1,600 students got involved in such mission efforts.
Gardner Webb University was recently
recognized by NAMB for providing many of these students. What
makes all of this possible?
gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This year’s offering goal is $70
million and the theme is “Start Here.”
“Start Here” means that each of us examines our own heart and prays about what
God would have us do when it comes to being obedient to the Great Commission.
“Start Here” also means that each of us begins to consider how we can impact
those around us with the gospel.
has many excellent resources available for you and your church to use at
web site is also a good place to read testimonies from NAMB missionaries about
how God is working through them and the ministry to which He called them.
pray about how God would have you support the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
hope you will join me in giving a generous love gift to help support this
important missions offering so that many others will individually hear the
story of Jesus and accept Him as Savior.
how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are
the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things!” Romans 10:15
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