All across our state, nation and world, men, women and students are preparing the way for Jesus thanks to your support of the annual North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO).
“Prepare the way” is the theme for this year’s NCMO. When you go, pray and give to this offering, you are directly involved in preparing the way for Jesus.
All of the regular budget for N.C. Baptist Men, also known as Baptists on Mission, comes from the NCMO. Some of the ministries that the NCMO makes possible are disaster relief, two medical/dental buses, the new health screening ministry bus and mission camps in Shelby and Red Springs.
NCMO also provides numerous opportunities for individuals to serve on missions teams here in North Carolina, across the country and around the world in places like Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Armenia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine and elsewhere.
Recently I was asked why we do the ministries that we do. My response was “to glorify God and prepare the way for Jesus.”
There are many verses in the Bible about glorifying God. In John 15:8 Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.” In Luke 10:1, Jesus sends out the 72 “two by two to every town and place where he himself was about to go.” Jesus sent them out to prepare the way for Him. In verse nine, Jesus told them how to prepare the way. He said don’t worry about what you will eat or where you will stay. He instructed them to heal the sick and proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
Your investment in NCMO enables us to do as Jesus instructed. By caring for the physical needs of people, we prepare the way for Jesus to meet their spiritual needs, as well.
The volunteers who serve at our mission camps aren’t just helping people, they are glorifying God and preparing the way. Volunteers serving on the medical, dental and health screening buses aren’t just fixing teeth and checking blood pressure, they are glorifying God and preparing the way.
Right now, the disaster relief volunteers who are working in flood-ravaged West Virginia aren’t just helping people clean up and rebuild their homes. They are glorifying God and preparing the way for Jesus.
Through our national missions partnerships, volunteers in the Appalachian coalfields, Pennsylvania, Vermont, the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii are doing everything from leading Vacation Bible School and sports camps to construction and evangelism. But the greatest thing they are doing is preparing the way for Jesus. Around the world, volunteers are teaching English in Hungary, building a seminary in Cuba, and conducting sports and medical projects in Honduras and Guatemala. They aren’t just building homes for widows, they are building relationships with Jesus. You are a part of all of these things and so much more. Thank you for going, praying, and giving to the North Carolina Missions Offering.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – To learn more about the North Carolina Missions Offering, visit ncmissionsoffering.org. Richard Brunson serves as executive director of Baptists on Mission, also known as N.C. Baptist Men.)