“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 2020
FBC Backpack Ministry
First Baptist continues to partner weekly with Laurens Elementary School to provide backpacks filled with weekend meals for 75 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 Julie Hobbs here or Susan Johnson here.
Alaska Mission Trip 2020
Our dates for this year’s Alaska Mission Trip will be June 24-July 2. We will again be working with Mark & Nicola Faires outside of Fairbanks in the community of North Pole. The Faires are with SEND North which is the same missions organization that Steven and Natalie Hall have served for a number of years. Our focus will be helping the Faires with projects around their home including the hanger where Mark works on the planes, their residence where the Faires live with their children and the guest house where missionaries on leave stay while in Fairbanks. We will have projects for all skill levels. The expected cost is $1,200. This includes- meals, accommodations and travel. Other expenses will be a few meals out and some local excursions while we are there. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please let Rickey know by April 1.
FBC Handyman Ministry
We are interested in establishing a group of individuals who have a gift for and willingness to do basic home maintenance projects for older, shut-in members of our church who cannot take care of these tasks for themselves. Simple projects such as changing light bulbs, unclogging a drain or fixing a leaky faucet are the types of tasks we have in mind. Our goal is to keep a database of needs and then assign them to volunteers who can accomplish the task on their schedule and when convenient for the person in need. For now, however, we simply want to create a list of those interested in helping out. Jim Cothran will lead the ministry. If you have an interest, let Jim know by connecting with him at church or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Promise of Laurens County
First Baptist participates as one of 13 partner congregations with Family Promise of Laurens County. Family Promise is a national organization with local chapters dedicated to addressing family homelessness. Once a quarter, we host up families in our facilities for one week by providing a place to sleep, meals, homework assistance to children as well as plenty of love and support. The are opportunities to serve in this ministry on all levels including being an overnight host, helping with setup, assisting with a meal, offering homework help, etc. To find out how you can be a part, contact our First Baptist Church Coordinator who is Kerri Tumblin at email@example.com or you can contract Rickey Letson in the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 984-7500.