Bring food items in January and July for the waiting areas for the families of children who are in the hospital.
Many of these children spend months at the hospital with critical illnesses. This is an opportunity for us to minister to their parents who may have to stay at the hospital with their child for that entire duration. You may bring your food donations to the church office.
This mission project is also known as the Shoebox Ministry of Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse. Shoeboxes filled with age appropriate gifts for the children are delivered at Christmas time to children around the world by Samaritan's Purse. Alta Woods participates by packing shoeboxes every October for delivery in November to our local central collection church. Rufus and Velma Stevens head up this mission project for Alta Woods. Thank you to everyone who participates in packing shoeboxes for children whom you will never meet unless you meet them in heaven one day.
Every year at Christmas our Baptist Convention collects a nationwide missions offering from local churches for missionaries who are serving overseas. Every penny goes directly to the missionaries, nothing is kept for administration costs. Administration costs are covered by our cooperative giving each week and month. The offering is named for Lottie Moon who was a missionary to China from 1873 to 1912 and literally gave her life sharing Jesus with the people there. Seeing the hunger of the people, she pleaded for money from the foreign mission board but they were too deeply in debt to help. So she gave her Chinese friends her food and her personal money and starved herself until she weighed but 50 pounds. In 1912, her fellow missionaries sent her back to the United States but she died before she arrived.
Our missionaries serving all over the world today serve at personal sacrifice to themselves and their families. They receive a monthly stipend for their living expenses and ministry needs. This offering gives them additional support for carrying the good news of Jesus Christ to the people in their country.
This offering accounts for 49% of NAMB budget, with 100% of offering gifts going directly to the field for missionaries and their ministries. None is kept for administrative purposes. Your generous giving will help equip them for God's call on their lives to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionaries and chaplains serving in the Southern Baptist North America Organization need our prayers and our support. Pray for the power of God's Holy Spirit to help them be effective. Pray for their personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and their families and their ministries. Many are seeing God move in remarkable ways.
Some areas of service include - Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Canada, Boston, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Toronto, Las Vegas, Cleveland, etc.
(Report from 2019) We have expanded our mission involvement at the Port Ministry (formerly called the Seaman's Center) on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. We traveled on Tuesday. Then Wednesday we worked at the center cleaning and preparing for feeding the ship personnel on Thursday at noon. Wednesday afternoon we drove onto the Port of New Orleans with the staff of the Port Ministry to get an idea of the scope of their ministry. On Thursday the 4th, we cooked and served meals and witnessed to cruise ship workers at the Center. Friday, we attended the Senior Fest Celebration at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
For 2020, the trip is cancelled due to the corona virus outbreak.
September is the month designated to collect a special offering for Southern Baptist mission projects in the state of Mississippi. It is named Margaret Lackey Mission Offering, in memory of Margaret, a native of Copiah County. A graduate of Hillman College in Clinton and because of her great desire for missions, she became the first salaried corresponding secretary of Mississippi WMU in 1912. Upon her retirement in 1930, she also became an unofficial chaplain of Mississippi Baptist Hospital. Our giving is combined with other Southern Baptist Churches to support efforts as: Camp Garaywa and Conference Center in Clinton where hundreds of girls attend this Christian camp every summer; Central HIlls Retreat center at West where many boys attend camp each summer; Mission volunteers who need financial assistance in making mission trips; New church starts; Various community mission projects in areas of great need; Disaster Relief; Criminal Justice/Prison ministries; College ministries; Christian Women's/Men's Job Corps; Cross-cultural Evangelism; Language/Deaf Ministry; Port Ministry.