Each year as Memorial Day draws near I find myself thinking
about the great sacrifices men and women have made throughout our country’s
history. I will share more about that in my next column, but one thing I do
want to express to you now is how grateful I am that we enjoy religious freedom
in this country.
Earlier this year I was reminded that many, many people in
the world do not enjoy this freedom. In March, several of our staff members
traveled to Moldova to help kick off our Convention’s new partnership with the
Baptist Union of Moldova. They shared with me how they met believers who lived
in Moldova while the country was part of the former Soviet Union. During this
time believers were not allowed to worship publicly, and some were put in
prison and persecuted for their faith.
is home to 3.5 million people, and less than two percent of them are believers
in Jesus Christ. However, I want you to know that those who are believers are
hungry to learn more about God.
The partnership with Moldova
is a partnership through our Office of Great Commission Partnerships. We
started this new office last August for the
purpose of assisting North Carolina Baptist churches and associations in
developing, implementing and maintaining an effective strategy for missions.
The first teams from North Carolina Baptist churches will be sent out later
this year to Moldova.
It’s not too late to pray about having a team from your church on the ground in
You also still have time to make plans to head to Toronto
where approximately 5.5 million people live in an area that is less than five
percent evangelical. Our Great Commission Partnership in Toronto is very much
focused on connecting North Carolina Baptist churches with church planting,
whether that means supporting a new church plant or actually taking the lead
and planting a church in Toronto.
Remember our partnership opportunities in New
York City and Boston.
Our work with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association began again last
year and more than 400 Baptists participated. Already more than 500 people have
committed to serve this year.
Teams are also serving in the urban center of Boston,
where less than three percent of the population is evangelical. More than 1,000
towns in New England are without an evangelical witness.
From just up north, to just over the border, to across the
ocean, people all over the world need to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We know the good news and we also know that Christ commanded
us in Acts 1:8 to be His witnesses at home and abroad. I’m asking you: where
will you go in obedience to the commission Christ has given to you?
If you would like to learn how your church can get involved
in one of these partnerships, visit www.ncbaptist.org/gcp or call (800)
395-5102, ext. 5654.
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