Missions

“Christ has no body now but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks with compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” — St. Teresa of Avila

We have a heart for missions! We believe mission involvement is the natural result of a real faith. When our hearts are filled by God, we naturally want to share God’s love with others.

We believe that every person has a mission and their own place to serve. Finding their place of service and becoming the presence of Christ to others is the first step in building the kind of relationships that will take Christ’s love to the world.

Following Christ’s command to “Go therefore and make disciples,” our church supports missions through our praying, our serving, our going, and our giving. Through summer mission trips, family mission projects, and local mission organizations, our congregation works to serve and share with people and communities in need.

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES 2016

Marfa 2016
We are excited to offer a return mission trip to Marfa, Texas this year.  Once again we will be doing literacy work and other projects in connection with the Marfa School District. Presido County, Texas, where Marfa is located, is one of the poorest and most isolated counties in the United States.  The trip will take place the week of July 31st and the anticipated cost will be around $750 per person.  Please be in touch with Tommy Cox or Rickey Letson to express interest or for more information.

Baptist Disaster Relief
South Carolina Disaster Relief Training Opportunities are coming up February 20th, March 19th and April 16th. The training opportunities are one day events and allow you to be credentialed to respond as a volunteer with South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief in the event of a flood, hurricane, tornado or other similar natural disasters. If you are interested, be in touch with Rickey and he will be glad to provide you with locations for the training and other needed information.

Spring Allendale Trip 2016
This year’s spring trip to Allendale, which is the poorest county in SC, will be Friday/Saturday, April 15-16.  While there we will be working on a community center that will be used for after school opportunities for children.  We have room for 20 participants and all skills levels are welcome.  This year, we will be staying in Allendale on Friday night and working there all day Saturday.  Departure time will be late Friday afternoon with our group returning late evening on Saturday.  The cost is $25 per person and includes transportation and accommodations on Friday night.  Please contact Tommy Cox or Rickey Letson for further information.  The deadline to express interest is March 31st.

FBC Backpack Ministry
First Baptist continues to partner weekly with Laurens Elementary School to provide backpacks filled with weekend meals for 50 children. Each week volunteers gather at FBC to pack for the weekend. We also have volunteers who shop for the ministry and who help keep the Backpack supply room in order. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this ministry, please call the church or contact Gwen Adams at hcadams@prtcnet.com.

The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
During the Easter Season, Baptists traditionally focus on giving to support the work of our missionaries who serve us in North America. Just as Christmas is a wonderful season to promote giving to International Missions, Easter is an equally meaningful time to give to missions at home. As a church, our goal is $13,000. Please pray about what part you can play in this work. As you do and as you prepare to give, please note that your March packet will include a special envelope for this offering. We will be happy to receive your gifts through the end of April. To date we have received: $3,698.00.