Missions is a vital component of who we are and what we do at Second Baptist Church. Our commitment to missions takes us across the street, around town, throughout our nation, and to the ends of the earth. We're resolved to live out the Acts 1:8 directive.
We have a wide array of local missions opportunities in which we're involved. In addition, we are involved in the support of many local ministries through giving and hands-on assistance.
Second Baptist has done missions work throughout the United States, and we partner with church planters in various locations across North America.
Denver - Our current North American Partnership is located in Broomfield, Colorado. Broomfield is a suburb of Denver and is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Denver. Our partnership is with The Living Stone Church and Pastor Keith Baldridge. There are a number of ways we partner with The Living Stone. If you would like information about this partnership, contact David. If you would like to learn more about The Living Stone Church, visit http://thelivingstone.church/
Second Baptist has sent laborers into the harvest field all over the world. We have several international partnerships with missionaries in multiple continents. Teams are sent on a regular basis through these partnerships, and we also have teams traveling to meet other needs in various parts of the world as God directs us.
Second Baptist Church is currently involved in the following international partnerships:
East Asia -We're working amongst an unreached people group of 300,000 people with very few known believers. We are prayerwalking, storying, and sharing the gospel.
Strategy Coordinator: David
Prayer Coordinator: David
|Bolivia - Our primary focus is in the small remote village of Santo Corazon, an area with approximately 80 people with little access to the Gospel. We are storying and sharing the gospel there, as well as reaching out to explore neighboring areas where there are no evangelical churches.
Strategy Coordinator: Ray Sapp
Prayer Coordinator: Amy Vincent
West Africa -Second Baptist Church is involved in a church planting work in West Africa in cooperation with the Moriah Baptist Association.
In this greatly unreached people group, we are seeing men and women beginning to respond to the gospel, follow in believers' baptism, and begin discipleship. Current teams continue to spread gospel seeds but are also transitioning into a heavy emphasis on discipling the new believers.
Strategy and Prayer Coordinator for SBC: Barbara Whitaker
Mexico - We are working with a church planting effort in Mexico, entering into areas where there are no evangelical churches to prayerwalk, share the gospel, and connect with people who are seeking to know God.
Strategy Coordinators: Mark & Susan Blackmon
South Asia - We are working in an area of South Asia where there is approximately 500,000 people and only an estimated .12% are followers of Jesus
In addition to our partnership missions teams, God is sending teams into other areas of the world to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
Global Harvest Ministries exists to encourage, equip, enable, and educate the body of Second Baptist Church to engage in God's call to international missions.
Second Baptist Church has a desire to pray, give, and go into the international harvest field for God's glory. To assist in fulfilling this high calling, Global Harvest was launched in 2005.
The International Mission Board (IMB) has commissioned full-time missionaries throughout the world, and these missionaries have issued the plea for volunteers to come to the field for short periods of time to work alongside them in accomplishing the task of reaching people with the gospel. Mission teams do a variety of tasks, including evangelism, prayerwalking, VBS, women's ministry, leadership development, medical assistance, youth ministry, and disaster relief.
Global Harvest provides a variety of helps in international missions for Second Baptist Church, including:
Lottie Moon, the namesake of the International Missions offering, has become something of a legend to us. But in her time Lottie was anything but an untouchable hero. In fact, she was like today's missionaries. She was a hard-working, deep-loving Southern Baptist who labored tirelessly so her people group could know Jesus.
Her mission... When she set sail for China, Lottie was 32 years old. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God's lead. Her path wasn't typical for an educated woman from a wealthy Southern family. But Lottie did not serve a typical God. He had gripped her with the Chinese peoples' need for a Savior. For 39 years Lottie labored, chiefly in Tengchow and P'ingtu. People feared and rejected her, but she refused to leave. The aroma of fresh-baked cookies drew people to her house. She adopted traditional Chinese dress, and she learned China's language and customs. Lottie didn't just serve the people of China; she identified with them. Many eventually accepted her. And some accepted her Savior.
Her vision... Lottie's vision wasn't just for the people of China. It reached to her fellow Southern Baptists in the United States. Like today's missionaries, she wrote letters home, detailing China's hunger for truth and the struggle of so few missionaries sharing the gospel with so many people—472 million Chinese in her day. She shared another timely message, too: the urgent need for more workers and for Southern Baptists passionately supporting them through prayer and giving. In 1912, during a time of war and famine, Lottie silently starved, knowing that her beloved Chinese didn't have enough food. Her fellow Christians saw the ultimate sign of love: giving her life for others. On Christmas Eve, Lottie died on a ship bound for the United States.
Her legacy…Her legacy lives on. And today, when gifts aren't growing as quickly as the number of workers God is calling to the field, her call for sacrificial giving rings with more urgency than ever. The great part about The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is that we get to partner with other Southern Baptist around the world in carrying out the Great Commission. The Lottie Moon Christmas offering accounts for 50% of the IMB's budget. This fact alone should cause us to appreciate the importance of this offering.
Operation Christmas Child is a mission work sponsored each year by our very own Senior Adult Ministries here at Second Baptist.
For more information on Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child, click here
Shoe box collections will be November 12 - 19 this year.