Offering for Global Missions
“Because of the Offering for CBF Global Missions, field personnel and other expressions of CBF Global Missions, you and I are being the presence of Christ and sharing the love of God in significant and profound ways. The CBF Global Missions enterprise is financed, to a very large degree, through the Offering for Global Missions (OGM). This offering is received all year long, but many churches focus their efforts to promote the offering during the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter. I’m embarrassed to admit that until recently, I didn’t realize how critical this offering is to our global mission efforts. I was under the false impression that basic global missions needs were provided by regular contributions to the CBF budget, and that the OGM was a bonus for special projects. Basically, I thought that when it came to CBF Global Missions, the regular CBF budget was the “meat and potatoes” and the OGM was “dessert.” I have since learned that nothing could be further from the truth. The funds raised through the OGM are absolutely essential for the basic, ongoing operations of CBF Global Missions, including support for field personnel. Approximately one-half of the CBF Global Missions budget is provided through the OGM. Without the OGM, there would be no CBF Global Missions. I am proud of the contribution CBF Global Missions is making to the larger efforts of the Kingdom of God. Our Global Missions field personnel are doing faithful, effective work, sharing Christ’s love around the globe, often in challenging circumstances and with limited resources. I pray that our contributions in support of their efforts will be up to the challenge as well.”
—Larry Hovis, Coordinator, CBFNC
CBFNC supports and participates in missions outside our state, including the missions efforts of the larger CBF movement for Global Missions.
CBF Global Missions mobilizes field personnel to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ in over 25 countries and regions around the world. Responding to God’s call and empowered by the Holy Spirit, field personnel cultivate beloved community, bear witness to Jesus Christ and seek transformational development among people who have been forgotten and forsaken by others. Our field personnel serve alongside congregations and local ministry partners within three primary contexts: global poverty, global migration and the global church.
The Offering for Global Missions secures the long-term presence of all CBF field personnel, while field personnel raise support from friends, family and other partners to fund their mission programming. 100 percent of your church’s gifts goes to missions funding and keeps CBF missionaries serving on the field sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Don’t forget to supplement your planning by visiting the Offering for Global Missions website. Here, you can click on the box for logos and promotional materials to find great ideas, or contribute a few of your own.
CBF Field Personnel with NC Roots
Chaouki & Maha Boulos | Beirut, Living Faith Ministry
Chaouki and Maha minister to the people of the Middle East. An evangelistic weekend celebration is held in the spring and an open-air, seven-day event called “Celebrate Jesus” is held every summer. Mission teams can help with the following: camps for orphan kids, refugee kids, and sports camps; Celebration events; women’s ministry Bible studies; and humanitarian ministries among the most neglected people. Food packages and other help for the millions of Syrian refugees are greatly needed. They also work with refugee assistance in the distribution of more than 500 food packages to refugee families every 5-6 weeks, assisting medical & dental teams who provide free medical & dental work to all needy persons.
Matt and Michelle Norman | Barcelona
Matt and Michelle, are partnering with the Union of Evangelical Baptists of Spain working with immigrants and refugees from North and West Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. Mission teams can participate in the Mission Learning Lab, Pivot, a spiritual formation process that helps a church discover and engage with the most neglected in their own community. The Normans are looking for churches willing to covenant long-term in friendship and ministry.
Anna & LaCount Anderson | Together For Hope – Eastern NC Poverty Network
Anna and LaCount are involved with a community in eastern North Carolina, Conetoe, in helping to provide resources. Conetoe is commonly called a “food desert” and they work with Rev. Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, which seeks to improve the health of the youth and community by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing physical activities and providing access to health services. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty by improving the resources available to families, specifically children.”
Gennady & Mina Podgaisky | Kiev, Ukraine
Gennady and Mina facilitate the ministries of the Village of Hope, a ministry center that assists foster families and families in transition. They also lead Bible studies, provide counseling, organize and lead family seminars/couples retreats, partner with a refugee center and provide training on the Life-Skills Manual for Youth. Gennady and Mina helped to establish the Village of Hope in 2003 when seven buildings in different stages of deterioration, located on a 16-plus acre former communist pioneer youth camp in the town of Bucha, Ukraine were purchased. The Village of Hope currently hosts three Ukrainian foster families with a total of 25 children as well as one refugee family forced to flee the war zone that exists between Russia and Ukraine. The Village of Hope also offers year-round camp facilities for local churches, Christian camp organizations and other groups to rent.
Lesley Ann Hix Tommey | NYC
Lesley-Ann partners closely with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, NYC, offering support and leadership for their programs and investing in the lives of Veterans who have experienced homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and students seeking greater educational opportunities
Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries seeks to encourage the social, educational, spiritual and economic growth of the Hell’s Kitchen community, offering non-sectarian, multifaceted educational opportunities and direct services to community residents through partnerships among Metro Baptist Church, area residents, missions organizations and community service providers. Metro Baptist Church is a consistent and life-giving presence among the city’s most marginalized white, black and Latino communities, and founded Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in 1995 to serve as home for their many social ministries.
Carson & Laura Foushee | Japan
For their first three years , Carson & Laura served alongside Japan Baptist Convention churches in Kanazawa and Toyama by leading English ministries in both congregations. Carson and Laura helped to bear witness to Jesus Christ in regular preaching through translation in both congregations, as well as by leading English Bible studies for adults at various levels of English abilities. Carson and Laura also cultivated beloved community through activities like weekly English classes for kindergarten mothers and English summer camps for families. They welcomed Japanese and internationals interested in Christianity and English to join in worship and fellowship at Kanazawa International Baptist Church, the English ministry of Kanazawa Baptist. Their work helped to connect the Japanese congregations with both Christians and non-Christians in their areas. Recently, Carson & Laura have been in language school as long-term field personnel.
Marc & Kim Wyatt | Research Triangle of NC
Kim and Mark partner with CBFNC churches and individuals connecting resources and mobilizing churches to welcome and love their international neighbors. In October 2015, they established Welcome House Raleigh shaped after their previous ministries to refugees in Canada. Seven Welcome Houses have been established across NC and two apartments for ESL and other ministries. Welcome House is a temporary reception home for refugees who are resettled in the area that do not have a place to live upon arrival or a longer term residence for refugees gaining education or job skills. Welcome House provides a safe home, settlement assistance and bridges into the community. The main goal at Welcome House is to share the love of God in Christ Jesus through the ministries of hospitality and friendship. Volunteers and local partners furnish the home, provide appropriate groceries and help their new friends discover their new American neighborhood.
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