About a week ago, members of our staff returned from a Southeast Asia vision tour. They met with International Mission Board missionaries and spent time in villages with local believers. They also explored opportunities for North Carolina Baptists to engage this area of the world with the gospel, which is home to more than 340 unreached, unengaged people groups.
Our Office of Great Commission Partnerships, led by Michael Sowers, is doing a tremendous job helping N.C. Baptists reach lost people not only in Southeast Asia, but also in Moldova through a partnership with the Baptist Union of Moldova.
I was blessed to join members of our staff last year for a mission trip to Moldova and saw firsthand the great need for evangelism and discipleship. A group of pastors participated in a weeklong Moldova vision tour last fall with the Office of Great Commission Partnerships, and as a result, N.C. Baptists are now engaged in five of the nine regions in Moldova. Jimmy Huffman and Camp Caraway staff returned not long ago from a camping summit in Moldova, helping train leaders in how to use camps to reach people for Christ.
Through the Office of Great Commission Partnerships, N.C. Baptists are also committing to strategic, intentional partnerships in Boston, metro New York and Toronto. Three new partnerships have already formed this year in the Boston areas of Falls River, Lowell and Charles River.
Twenty-one churches are now focused on partnering in the Greater Toronto Area, home to nearly one out of every five residents of Canada. More than 140 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto.
I am also excited to tell you that plans are already underway for this year’s Coats for Queens outreach in New York. Last year, with the leadership of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. Baptists spread out in Queens and Brooklyn to give away free coats to anyone in need, and to pray and share the gospel with people. This year, the goal is to collect 50,000 coats and distribute Jesus videos in various languages.
I want to ask that you please begin praying for a group of students who will serve two weeks later this month in metro New York as part of their second year of training through the Next Generation Missional Journey. This three-year initiative, sponsored by Great Commission Partnerships, trains young mission leaders.
These students will serve alongside the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) and work among the Sri Lankan people on Staten Island, an area MNYBA is targeting for a new church plant.
I am grateful to God for Baptist people who are investing their lives in these partnership areas so that we can see God’s Kingdom advanced.
As you rejoice about all of this mission involvement, realize that you are helping make it all possible when your church supports missions through the Cooperative Program. Has your church accepted the 1% CP Challenge?
“And 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