generation.” If you haven’t heard this phrase yet in your church, I hope very
soon you will be hearing it often, as it is the theme for the 2010 North
Carolina Missions Offering.
Since next month kicks off
our annual offering promotion, it is important for you to understand how vital
this offering is to helping make life-changing ministries possible.
The NCMO is presently
helping fund 179 church planters who work with the Baptist State Convention’s
church planting ministry.
Last year, we helped
Southern Baptist church planters start 98 new churches across this state.
These new churches represent
various ethnicities and backgrounds, including 25 Asian, two Chinese and two
With more and more people
moving into our state from all over the world, church plants are critical in
reaching them with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our God is truly bringing the
nations to us, and I am excited to think that because of church plants people
in North Carolina can worship and learn about God in their own language.
The NCMO provides almost all
the support for the work of N.C. Baptist Men.
Each year N.C. Baptist Men
carry out 14 ministries in North Carolina and around the world. Last year this
group trained thousands of North Carolina Baptists to serve in ministries such
as disaster relief and the medical/dental bus ministry.
In 2009, the medical/dental
bus ministry went to 152 locations and provided free care to nearly 5,000
Your sacrificial giving to
the NCMO allowed physical needs to be met, and in turn, our medical volunteers
were able to share the gospel with many people.
In addition to church
planting and N.C. Baptist Men ministries, your gifts to the NCMO support
associational mission projects, missions education and promotion, and two
mission camps — one in Red Springs and one in Shelby.
Our NCMO theme this year,
based on Acts 1:8, is a reminder that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, have
been given the responsibility of sharing the gospel with people in our
community, in our nation, and in the world.
We do not have time to
waste. An estimated 5.5 million people in North Carolina do not have a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ. The Joshua Project estimates that 2.7 billion
people in the world are part of an unreached people group, meaning they have
little or no access to the gospel.
North Carolina Baptists, we
have much work to do. The call is urgent and our days are numbered.
We have many resources
available to help you with NCMO promotion and planning. If you visit
www.ncmissionsoffering.com, you will find videos, news articles, brochures and
a host of other resources.
I ask that you prayerfully
consider supporting missions through the NCMO.
Your gifts will help send
the gospel across our state and around the world.
power…and ye shall be witnesses unto me…..” Acts 1:8