Our American Baptist family has a profound heritage as a compassionate, engaging and benevolent people. Since 1824, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been declaring and heralding the gospel of our Lord.
Today, ABHMS remains rooted in the Word and committed to responding to the changing needs of our ever-changing world.
The theme for the America for Christ (AFC) Offering 2014 is an appeal to “Seek Justice,” based on Isaiah 1:17, which states: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (NRSV). This is a biblical reminder that Jesus’ public ministry was all about advocacy, engagement and compassion for people in need.
We continue to be faithful to the call for justice as exemplified by women and men who bore witness to the God who had transformed their lives. As American Baptists, let us respond to the AFC 2014 theme to “Seek Justice.” Let us take our place of service, as we seek justice for the most vulnerable in our communities.
The AFC Offering supports our churches, neighborhood action programs, advocacy, training and community impact by facilitating leadership workshops and conferences, promoting excellent discipleship resources through Judson Press and providing opportunities for churches, individuals and youth groups to participate in home mission through Volunteer Ministries.
Please join in giving generously to the AFC Offering 2014 and help us to reach our goal. Together we can change lives as we “seek justice” as followers of Jesus Christ. Together we can make a difference – more than any of us could do alone. You may also watch this short YouTube video clip promoting the offering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iAG7ruIFJs.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Hart at 800.632.2953 ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
by Lynne Punnett
Your Michigan Region of American Baptist Churches is sponsoring another short-term mission trip to Haiti and 1-2 people from any of our Michigan churches are welcome to join this year’s team of 12. Michigan Servants for Christ will travel from Detroit to Cap-Haitien, in north Haiti in early July.
The project will be construction related, but all levels of skill are welcome (including no construction experience at all.) Be aware, however, that the work will be strenuous with humidity and extreme summer temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s so good health is required.
We will contribute to the project financially and work alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters to complete the second level of emergency escape stairs that our January 2014 Region team began at College Practique du Nord and/or work to complete construction and needed repairs at Asile Bethany in Cap-Haitien, a home for adults and seniors and a ministry of First Baptist Church of Cap-Haitien.
The cost per person will not be more than $1,000, which includes airfare from Detroit to Haiti, transportation, meals and lodging in Haiti, travel insurance and more. This rate is only possible because of the generous financial support provided in our Region budget. A deposit of $500 will be due no later than April 30, 2014, and the balance will be due just 30 days later, May 31, 2014.
For more information or to register, contact Region Mission Consultant to Haiti, Lynne Punnett at email@example.com or call 734.834.3886 cell or 517.265.6157 weekdays.
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We have just returned home from the first ever ABCUSA Mission Table held November 11-13 at the Green Lake Conference Center. Here are our replies to the main questions about the Table:
1. What is the ABCUSA Mission Table?
2. Who comprises the Mission Table?
3. What transpired at Green Lake?
What is the ABCUSA Mission Table?
The Mission Table is a totally new thing created in the ABCUSA reorganization adopted in Puerto Rico (2011) at the ABCUSA Biennial. As the ABCUSA General Board was being dismantled and the various national entities given more autonomy, there was great concern about how to provide a setting for the various components of American Baptist life to meet together and chart some sense of common purpose. The Mission Table, with no governance functions like the old General Board, was designed with this in mind. Click for more.