Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)
The Lord Jesus Christ intends for every member of the church to do the work of the ministry. The intention of ministry is to build up each other’s faith and love. God’s design is to use human support and encouragement to sustain the faith of God’s children and to lighten the burdens they bear in the service of love for their community.
February is the time of year American Baptists promote our annual America for Christ (AFC) Offering. Our national goal for 2019 is $1,200,000. The “Healing Communities” theme is a passionate reminder to join with diverse communities in engaging existing resources, expanding our understanding, and nurturing community healing that encourages mutual transformation. Your generous AFC gifts supported the following ministries last year:
Additional supported ministries that impact thousands include: ministries with marginalized children, disaster response, prisoner re-entry and aftercare, immigration and refugee resettlement, community outreach, providing resources that equip Christian leaders and chaplains who bring comfort to those in hospitals and nursing homes, and so much more.
American Baptists minister as God’s heart and hands, healing the broken and the downtrodden. Congregations and individuals serve on the front lines of local communities, opening wide our doors, intervening amid the messiness, healing the broken-hearted, and caring for others amid disaster and devastation.
The AFC Offering is distributed in 3 parts:
There are 2 videos available online that you may use to promote this offering to your congregation. Go to abhms.org and click “Learn More” in the America for Christ box.
Through our caring actions, Jesus touches those who are hurting and dying. AFC 2019 encourages us to engage in service to the church and the community. For many, that may be the way they experience the love of Christ in us. I ask that you may prayerfully give sacrificially to this annual offering to make a difference around the world. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Hart at the Region office at 800.632.2953 ext. 221 or . Thank you and God bless!
“And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”
2 Corinthians 8:5