In my last column I shared
with you about how North Carolina Baptists are serving through our
international partnership with Biju Thomas and the Transformation India
Movement. As North Carolina Baptists are serving in so many places around the
world through international partnerships, I want to take one more week and
share with you several other opportunities.
If you have not read the
latest issue of Baptists on Missions I encourage you to do so.
In this publication you will
find information and personal testimonies about all kinds of different trips.
For example, our partnership
with Hungarian Baptists and the New Life Gypsy Church in Munkacs, Ukraine.
Volunteers from North
Carolina are helping renovate a building for this gypsy congregation and are
leading Vacation Bible School with gypsy children. These gypsies are among the
poorest people in the country and need our help to meet even the most basic
In July, teenagers from
across the state will travel to Honduras to participate in Deep Impact. Deep
Impact is a weeklong, hands-on missions experience being done in locations
stateside and internationally. Teenagers in Honduras will help with
construction projects, Vacation Bible School, medical clinics, distribution of
hygiene kits and sports ministry.
We have a partnership in
Honduras and Mike and Ginger Greene are our on-site coordinators.
If your church members come
to Honduras the Greenes will help make sure you have what you need to do your
ministry among the Honduran people.
Your Baptist State
Convention staff is involved with partnerships in Ukraine and Honduras, and
they can tell you stories of how God used a mission trip to change their lives.
One staff member and her
husband joined a Ukraine team last year and this month they will lead a team to
Ukraine. Their daughter is also joining them this summer.
Others on our staff have
traveled to places such as Cuba, Armenia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Sometimes they share with us
during a staff chapel time about their trip and it always amazes me to hear how
God transforms their hearts.
They come back with even
more of a burden to see people from all nations come to know Jesus Christ as
their personal Lord and Savior.
I believe the reason why
they experience such a change is because they see firsthand how desperately
people need the gospel — and how so many people have never had even one
opportunity to hear the gospel.
It’s not too late for your
church to visit www.ncmissions.org and sign up to go on a summer mission trip
with one of our partnerships.
If you go, you’ll never be
the same again.
people.” Psalm 117:1