Monthly pastor's newsletter article
September is the month in which Louisiana Baptists turn their attentions to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. Every year, Louisiana Baptists pause to reflect upon the many missions and ministries sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Convention and funded through the Georgia Barnette Offering.
Gifts through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering are used in various ways, all for the purpose of doing God’s work through missions in Louisiana. Our convention leaders have spotlighted several priorities:
PRIORITY 1: Major population growth in the New Orleans and the Northshore corridor points to the need for new, vibrant church plants that will reach out and pull families into life with Christ and fellowship with His church. Through Bible study, worship, discipleship and ministry, church plants will take the gospel into developing subdivisions and communities.
PRIORITY 2: The economy is forcing more and more of Louisiana’s population to look for food and clothing assistance in greater numbers. Louisiana Baptists are there, providing comfort, encouragement and evangelistic witness through Compassion Ministries.
PRIORITY 3: In the coming year, Louisiana Baptists will absorb mission budget items that were previously provided by the North American Mission Board. This will necessitate an increase of $700,000 in missions budgeting in the coming years. The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering will make this happen.
As you pray for God’s work in Louisiana:
THANK GOD for the church planters, compassion ministry leaders and other mission leaders, including state missions’ personnel, who are working to reach Louisiana for Christ.
PRAY FOR those who serve as volunteers in Disaster Relief and mission building, at compassion care sites and on church planting teams, asking God to direct their footsteps, using them in mighty ways across our state,
PRAY FOR countless opportunities to share the Gospel in our state and for a desire for revival as seeds are sown daily for Christ.
PRAY FOR the hundreds, even thousands, in this state who have not heard that Christ died for them to give them salvation. Pray that the lost will hear—and respond in saving faith.
PRAY THAT Louisiana Baptists will give selflessly, generously and sacrificially to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
ASK GOD to make each of us aware of missions and ministry needs in our own communities, as well as in every community in the state.
LIFT UP our efforts of giving and receiving the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering that we will recognize the utmost importance of both our individual and cooperative gifts.
Our Elm Grove Baptist Church goal for this special missions offering is $750. Prayerfully consider how you will give.
The shepherd loves the sheep!