GBC Missions, Part Three

    GBC Missions encourages our congregation to see the world “through the eyes of Jesus.”   Using the model of evangelism spoken of in Acts 1:8, we promote hands-on experiences that support local, regional, national, and international outreach. 

    Locally, we can reflect the love of Jesus to those we see everyday--our family, neighbors, schoolmates, work colleagues, and church family.  Several GBC folk help with the Malta Ministries in their outreach to the homeless and disadvantaged people in our area. 

    Moving outward, GBC Missions sends a variety of “Vision Teams,” encouraging participants to “see” Jesus in a global context.  In the past year, we’ve commissioned seven teams.

    Two regional teams, middle and high school, joined with WorkcampNE in Vermont and New Hampshire.  They served families in need by doing free home repairs throughout a week filled with Bible study, challenging messages, uplifting music, and spiritual encouragement.

    Nationally, we’ve had two teams.  Builders for Christ, an adult team, helps local congregations build or renovate their churches.  In May, BFC helped construct a church in Greenfield, Wisconsin.  In July, a second team of senior high students worked in the Navajo Nation with the Good News Church of Houck, Arizona, doing construction work and leading a VBS program for local children. 

    Three international teams have gone to Haiti to support GBC’s partnership with the Jerusalem Baptist Ministries.  In the past year we have provided over 300 water filters to almost 100 churches, installed two 1000 gallon cisterns for water collection in drought-stricken Wangouman, provided a series of medical clinics and home visits in north central Haiti, helped open a medical clinic in Pignon, and provided a three-day conference for JBM pastors and leaders.

    Let’s be thankful that God has provided these opportunities for     us to “reflect” Jesus to others, and let’s be prayerful as we look toward “servant experiences” in the upcoming year.