Each September, our church emphasizes mission efforts in our own state, which is becoming more of a mission field.
We encourage giving to the Georgia CBF State offering and/or the Georgia Baptist Mission offering. All money stays here in Georgia to spread God’s Word.
Half of the money given to the Georgia CBF offering this year is being used to help support a new church start in Blairsville, Georgia. Blue Mountain Church, started by Nathan and Carrie Dean and their family, is already under construction. They need our continued support to complete construction, expand their programming and fellowship opportunities, and to reach out to their community in the Blairsville area.
Mission Georgia Emphasis Month encourages us to Pray, Give, and Act in order to bring transformation and hope to the many issues that are evident throughout our state.
Mission Means Action!
1. One of the areas of emphasis is human trafficking. It is happening in every county in Georgia. Four of every 100,000 people in Georgia are human trafficking victims. Georgia ranks 7th highest in the U.S. in human trafficking. Churches can stand against it and serve victims through prayer and by partnering with ministries who can provide guidance to make a difference.
2. A second area of interest is foster care. There are 11,o00 children that are in foster care in the state of Georgia. Many children arrive at a foster care home with only the clothes on their backs and a few things thrown into a garbage bag. First Baptist Bainbridge set up a shop for foster families to pick out needed items such as clothes, shoes, and toys. Thanks to Mission Georgia Offering, they were able to purchase a large freezer for food. Churches in the area drop off food to be put in the freezer so when the foster families come to shop they can pick up food.
Both Mission Georgia and GA CBF seek to address issues within our own state, our own mission challenge.
Another of the emphases for this year’s September offering for CBF-GA state work is our collegiate ministries throughout our state. State Mission Offering funds, as part of our efforts to rekindle CBFGA college student ministry in Georgia, will help offset costs for the statewide Spring Break Mission Trip to Washington, D.C., in conjunction with CBF’s Advocacy in Action emphasis and expanding programming and fellowship opportunities for college students in our state. It is very important for our college students to be ministered to by our Baptist organizations. Half of the funds given to CBF-GA state offering will be dedicated to this endeavor. May we continue to pray for and support these missions not only through our CBF state offerings in September, but all year long.
Additional areas served by your offering to Mission Georgia include these ministries:
Outreach to internationals and refugees. At the present time, about 1 million people living in the state of Georgia were born in other countries. They suffer from the effects of moving into an unfamiliar country. They need assistance in adjusting to life in our state.
Many Georgia students have fallen behind in reading. Almost half of children in Georgia’s public schools do not read at grade level. To fall behind in reading can cripple for life. Mission Georgia supports a program called Read Georgia that is helping address this deficit.
Pre and post natal care are needed in many situations. Of 159 Georgia counties, 82 counties—more than half—have no pre-natal medical care. Even with many avenues of support for women during and after pregnancy, Georgia’s maternal mortality rate is almost twice the national rate.
Partnership with Mission Georgia makes it possible to unite local churches and communities to gospel-centered care for neighbors who need it most. Our church is encouraged this month to give both prayers and financial assistance by supporting the CBF-GA and Mission Georgia State Offerings.