Some three million people in Louisiana do not know Christ, estimates the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board.
STATEWIDE – Some three million people in Louisiana do not know Christ, estimates the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board.
Thanks to Louisiana Baptists generous gifts to the Georgia Barnette State Missions offering there is a “light rising in the darkness” as churches are started, needs of care and share ministries are met, and new ministries to the unreached are launched.
This year Louisiana Baptists are asked to embrace Isaiah 58:10, “if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. As they give to the 2008 state goal of $1,600,000 for the Georgia Barnette State Mission Offering, lives are changed through the light of the Gospel.
Mark your calendar for the Week of Prayer for State Missions and the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, Sept. 14-21.
Featured this year are: Miguel Barrios, I-20 Catalytic Missionary; Becky Clausen, Community Ministries; Parkview Baptist Church; Tony Bourque, The WatersEdge Church; Jeff Hoffman, Second Chance Ministry; Randy Smith, Cross Brand Cowboy Church; Kelly O’Connor, Carver Baptist Mission Church; Matt Coussan, Duson Baptist Church; Brenda Winburn, Care and Share Ministry.
In addition to praying for and giving to state missions, churches are encouraged to participate in the statewide prayer walk day September 14. This is an event to kick off the week of prayer — enlist volunteers and prayer walk your community. Suggestions for an effective prayer walk are available atwww.georgiabarnette.org.
“Prayer builds the foundation for ministry in our state. Prayerwalking our neighborhoods, business districts, schools and communities puts us where the needs are, and where it counts,” Janie Wise, Louisiana Baptist Convention Women’s Missions and Ministry Strategist said.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering helps support new mission churches, assists college students acquire a liberal arts education with a Christian worldview at Louisiana College, start new ministry centers in Louisiana and much more.
“Your support is more than an offering. It is an investment in eternal life changes which is quickly evident in so many. Thank you and may God continue to bless you as you cheerfully give and expect great results for the Kingdom,” Matt Coussan, mission pastor Duson Baptist Church, said. Duson Baptist Church is featured in promotion material this year.
For more information about the State Missions Offering or resources available for your church to promote the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, contact the Louisiana Baptist Convention Women’s Missions and Ministry team at 1.800.622.6549, or 318.448.3402.
Video downloads, tools, skits, speaker’s bureau information and additional information are also available on the offering’s website: www.georgiabarnette.org.