My BCM/D Family Nov. 3
We are so thankful to God for all He is doing throughout BCM/D churches! Below is just a sample of the various ministries, outreaches and events in Maryland/Delaware.
Immanuel Baptist Church, Salisbury, kicked off a new initiative highlighting missions each month. November‘s focus was Turkey. Adults and children enjoyed learning about the country and churches in Turkey through local missionaries. Senior Pastor Andrew Morgan said it was a fun evening, especially the “taste and see” part trying out Turkish food – rice and beans and some sweet and salty snacks.
The church heard the prayer needs of Turkish pastors and spent time closing the evening praying for the country, people, churches and pastors.
They’ll focus on another country each month. Morgan said it’s a great way to experience culture.
Adult Disability Group Has Fun and Learns About Jesus
The 12nine Group at Bayside Baptist Church, Chesapeake Beach, had a fun Fall Bonfire and Game night last night. They had dinner, crafts, s’mores, and a Bible devotion. 12nine is the church‘s ministry to adults with disabilities. The group is close-knit and enjoys fellowship, fun and learning about Jesus together.
OCBC Reflects on Summer Blessings Though Thanksgiving is near, Ocean City Baptist Church is still giving thanks to God for an amazing summer season. With a BCM/D State Missions Offering grant, the church was able to magnify their mission work. Pastor Sean Davis, in a letter to the BCM/D, wrote, “As you may already know, Ocean City Baptist Church (OCBC) sits in the resort town of Ocean City and is home to 8000 full-time residents, but in the summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors come each and every weekend to vacation or work on our beautiful beaches.
“OCBC sees this as a great opportunity to fulfill the great commission without ever having to leave our own city. But we are a small church and most of our members work 60-80 hours a week in the summer. Without the support and cooperation from the BCM/D, we would not be able to do all the ministries that we currently do.
“With the help of the BCM/D, we were able to host seven college interns and four local high school interns. The interns this summer came from Mississippi, West Virginia and Maryland. These interns did a variety of ministries. Every weekday morning, they were busy doing a camp for the community. In the afternoons and evenings, they ministered to international students by doing a coffee house, helping with free meals, assisting in free surf lessons, or just spending time with them in some capacity. These interns helped reach students from over 35 different countries.
But what was most impressive was the fact that these interns learned how to get out of their comfort zones. Because of their commitment to Christ, they were able to share the Gospel with many of these students. We also were able to reach many families, witnessed one young lady give her life to Christ, and watched 15 others take the next step in their faith and follow Jesus in believer’s baptism.
Davis shared that the funds received from the grant provided the funds to help feed, house, and give a small stipend to the interns. “We were also able to give over 500 international students health kits as a gift from BCM/D churches. It was an amazing summer filled with great experiences, gospel presentations, and life-changing relationships.”
Georgia Avenue Baptist Church, Silver Spring, hosted a prayer workshop last month. In addition to times of prayer, the church worshipped together and enjoyed a fellowship meal. BCM/D Executive Director Tom Stolle was the special speaker and BCM/D Payer Coordinator Adaron Dozat closed in prayer.
Send Us Your Stories and Photos
What’s happening in your church? We’d love to hear about it. Send your news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re especially interested in upcoming holiday events and ministries!
Feature photo: Immanuel Church, Salisbury, enjoys learning about Christians in Turkey.(Facebook photo)