Elkin Baptist Association
Friday, January 22, 2021

A Missionary's Corner

 

 

175 YEARS

175 MILLION

 

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is an annual offering collected by believers around the world to support international missions.  The offering was officially named in 1918 by Women’s Missionary Union in honor of the missionary to China who urged churches to start it and to give sacrificially.  The goal for 2020 is $175 Million.

 

This offering is unique from other mission offerings in that 100% of gifts provide for International Mission Board Missionaries all over the world.  It is a valuable part of Southern Baptists’ 175 year history of reaching the nations with the gospel.

 

TOGETHER

 

We’re able to do so much more than if we chase this vision alone.

 

GLOBAL IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

Figures from the field reporting on 2019 work.

 

827 People Groups engaged by the IMB . . . . 535,325 Heard the Gospel Message . . . . 47,929 Baptized

12,368 New churches started

Your generosity sends and supports missionaries

33,068 Received advanced theological training

214 People groups with self-sustaining ownership in the mission work

3,623 IMB Missionaries worldwide as of May 31, 2020

 

NEWS FROM OUR ASSOCIATION

 

This year the Toy Store Ministry will be using a different strategy to provide toys and share the gospel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Below is summary of this strategy.

The safety of our workers and families receiving the toys will be a top priority for us.

All workers will be required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available for everyone.

Families referred to our office will register and pick up toys outside the associational building during December 11-12.

The gospel will be presented by use of a megaphone.

Stephen Robbins, Associate Pastor at Elkin Valley Baptist Church, and four of his children will prepare a video with a gospel presentation.  This video, with instructions on how to use it, will be given to each family receiving a bag of toys. However, we want to accomplish more than just give videos to families. Our goal is to have the opportunity for someone from our association to talk to a member of the family about the video and register them for a drawing to give 9 families bags of groceries worth $100.00.   Well, how shall we work to accomplish our goal?  Here is our plan:

We will need at least 25 people, pastors and laity, from our association “to do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5).  We are planning on having at least 100 families receiving toys and that would mean at least 4 families assigned to each person from our association.  There may be more than 100 families and therefore adjustments may need be made in the number of families assigned to an evangelist.

Those individuals who are willing to serve as evangelists will have their names and phone numbers given to at least four families.

The families receiving the videos will be encouraged to watch the video and then someone from the family is to call the name of the person from our association assigned to them.  The family member will verify they have watched the video and give the code at the end of the video.

The evangelist will have instructions on how to talk to the family member about the video and register them for the drawing of one of the 9 bags of groceries. We can certainly pray that during these conversations there can be those who will receive Christ and follow Him.

Every year our churches have the opportunity to give an offering to the North Carolina Missions Offering. The Baptist State Convention of North Convention returns 10% of the total given each year to our association.  In the past we have used these funds for our budget.  However, I am encouraging our association to use these funds for missions and human needs.  We do want you to know that the $900.00 that will be used to provide 9 bags of groceries to 9 families is the 10% of the total our association gave to the North Carolina Missions Offering. 

 

Pray that we will hear of people coming to Christ and have an effective follow-up with them because of a video made by 4 children and 25 people from our association were willing "to do the work of an evangelist.”

Grace be with you all..  Amen.. (Hebrews 13:25).   Larry