Letter From the Pastor

July 2019 

Have you ever heard of the Baptist Global Response?

     I had served as a pastor for over 10 years before U had ever heard the name of such an organization. Let me tell you why they are one of my favorite ministry groups to partner with.

     Baptist Global Response (BGR) is a disaster relief and community development organization with ties to our global SBC work. BGR and their partners respond to people in crisis, “whether needs arise from chronic conditions – like extreme poverty, contaminated water, endemic hunger or natural disaster, personal trauma, or social upheaval.”

     BGR undergirds the work of Southern Baptists worldwide and partners with others who are like-minded. Baptist Global Response is not an official entity of the Southern Baptists Convention, but it is rooted in the soil of Southern Baptist life, and committed to helping Southern Baptists who care connect with people in need around the world.

     Over the last few weeks I have been talking a bit about this great ministry opportunity to our congregation. We now have some catalogs that you can pick up for yourself that talk about their work and give you a way to place an order to bless these families with things like $50 for a pair of pigs for a family, $75 for a goat, a water well for $1,000, a pair of rabbits for $25.

     This is an amazing ministry that gets right to the big needs of people in poverty-stricken areas around the world. They do agriculture, clean water projects, medical help, human trafficking prevention, and disaster response work. This would be a very good outlet for those seeking to make a significant difference in the lives of others.

     What a great way to teach your kids or grandkids about the importance of giving! What about Christmas time? Maybe your family would consider giving such a life-sustaining gift as a celebration of the gift that God has given us in Christ Jesus.

Please consider how you might participate in the special ministry.

 Baptist Global Response is a 501(c)(3) organization and all gifts are tax deductible.

Pastor Jay