Mission News: August 2016

WORK WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

Take a look at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website at www.abnhms.org next week for daily updates from this year’s “Home Mission: ‘Til the Work is Done” ecumenical work week in New Orleans.

Featured are photographs and comments from volunteers helping to rebuild New Orleans by painting, laying sheet rock, cutting grass and tending community gardens, among a variety of other activities, July 31 to August 6. In addition, volunteers will be provided the opportunity to minister to and worship with residents.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. In response, ABHMS has been coordinating the annual week-long volunteer effort since 2006. Since 2007, ABHMS has been partnering with local nonprofit organizations, such as Camp Restore, Lower 9th Ward for Sustainable Engagement and Development and, now, Lower 9 Resilient, to work throughout the city of New Orleans. Rick, Dona, and Betsy went in 2007 with a larger group from the Bay Area and worked in the Music Village. Continue reading Mission News: August 2016

American Baptist News (5/2016)

American Baptist ChurchesNew Leadership

International Ministries has called the Reverend Sharon T. Koh as Executive Director to begin at the end of August when IM Executive Director Dr. Reid Trulson retires.  Reverend Koh now serves as senior associate pastor of the Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles where she has served since 2004.  Koh was born to missionary parents in Singapore where her parents worked with Campus Crusade; she has also lived in the Philippines, Korea, and the United States.  She received degrees at Westmont College and Fuller Seminary.  In her current position, Koh provides leadership, especially in the area of cross-cultural mission outreach, both locally and globally, and nurtures the congregation’s growth in discipleship through small groups and teaching ministries.  According to Dr. Trulson, ”Sharon Koh brings a love of Jesus, a sensitivity to the Spirit, and a knowledgeable commitment to the mission of God that will enable her to give wise and creative guidance to IM in the years ahead.”

The Home Mission Society called Dr. Jeffrey Haggray as Executive Director to work with national and regional American Baptist-related organizations to provide a clear vision of mission, cultivate relationships, and develop resources for transformational ministry with congregations, communities, and regions across the United States and Puerto Rico.  For twenty years, Dr. Haggray served as pastor to congregations in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Georgia including leading the Washington D.C. Baptist Convention for nearly a decade, which has provided him with a broad perspective about ministry.  “The USA is a strategic mission field for proclaiming the Christian gospel, developing Christian disciples, promoting justice, and collaborating and networking for ministry…..As we impact America for Christ, we impact the world, ….as American Baptists develop strategies, resources and leaders for discipleship, evangelism, mission engagement, community-building, and justice-making here (in the USA), we also strengthen the Christian witness globally,” he said.  His wife, the Rev. Shelby Martin Haggray, is also an ordained American Baptist minister.

Recognition to Ramesh Kumar of Balasore Technical School

The treasurer of IM, Paul Vick, attended the India Property Committee and ABFM Legacy Trust Board Meeting in India in April. Recognition plaques were presented to the Reverend Imo Aier of Northeast India and Ramesh Kumar, Principal of Balasore Technical School, for their “tremendous contributions on property settlement and reviving churches in India.”  Income from the property settlement, related to properties formerly belonging to ABFMS, has provided significant financial support to the ministries of our partner conventions in India and to the important ministries on religious liberty, anti-human trafficking, youth and women issues and leadership development in India, according to Reverend Ben Chan, IM Area Director for East Asia, China, and India.

“Partner conventions” in India include the Telegu churches in South India, the BOBBCA (Bengal Orissa Bihar Baptist Churches Association), and the CBCNEI (Council of Baptist Churches of North East India).  Ramesh Kumar along with Imo Aier (who also served as a “missionary” in BOBBCA) provided many hours of work on behalf of IM, settling these property matters in the courts.

World Mission Conference

 This year’s World Mission Conference will be held:

July 4 – 9, 2016
Green Lake Convention Center
Greenlake, Wisconsin

Registration for the conference opened on March 10th. For more information, see:
http://www.internationalministries.org/read/60276-2016-world-mission-conference-dates

Mission Offering for March: America for Christ (3/30/16)

America for Christ offering

Our March Special Mission Offering is the annual America For Christ offering for the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ,” based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (NRSV).

The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico.

We have received $650.50 toward our goal of $850. Please help to support these good works.

Mission Offering for March: America for Christ (3/23/16)

America for Christ offering

Our March Special Mission Offering is the annual America For Christ offering for the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ,” based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (NRSV).

The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico.

We have received $430 toward our goal of $850. Please help to support these good works.

Mission Offering for March: America for Christ (3/16/16)

America for Christ offering

Our March Special Mission Offering is the annual America For Christ offering for the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ,” based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (NRSV).

The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico.

We have received $300 toward our goal of $850. Please help to support these good works.

Mission Offering for March: America for Christ

America for Christ offering

Our March Special Mission Offering is the annual America For Christ offering for the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ,” based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (NRSV).

The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico.

We have received $145 toward our goal of $850. Please help to support these good works.

Special Mission Offering for March: America for Christ

America for Christ offering

March is the month when we take our America for Christ Offering. The theme for 2016 is “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ” which is based on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” (NRSV)
Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, ABHMS writes the following eloquent letter, which I chose to reproduce for our offering promotion.

Our American Baptist family has a profound heritage as a compassionate, engaging and giving people. Since 1824, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been declaring and proclaiming the gospel of our Lord in word and deed. Today, ABHMS remains rooted in that Word and committed to responding to the ever-changing need of churches and communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

This scripture (Ephesians 2:10) asserts that everything offered by the Lord is via God’s grace, God’s mercy and God’s love. In a marvelous manifestation of God’s ability, we have been transformed to produce good works. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of Christ’s wisdom, power, love, life, character, peace and joy. God is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing marvelous masterpieces to be put on display – we, in fact, are God’s masterpieces. These virtues are to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another and meeting each other’s needs.

Do you know how many good works God has prepared for you? The situations are there, ready and waiting for you to embrace, as you depend upon Christ, walking in faith and trust. God has called you to good works.

As you answer, you become a vivid manifestation of the heart and hands of Christ.”

The America for Christ Offering supports our ABC church programs that seek to meet the needs of refugees, children and youth, those in prison and others in their communities here in the United States and Puerto Rico. Our goal this year is $850. Please help to support these good works.

Carolyn Shepard