For the 17.3 million children in the United States affected by poverty, Christmas does not always come with the promise of gifts—or even a Christmas meal. Every day is more about survival than celebration. But you can help change that. Five hundred thousand of those children live in Appalachia, and an additional 600,000 live in the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi River Ministry and Appalachian Regional Ministry work with more than 450 compassion ministry sites and church plants across 18 states to deliver backpacks filled with necessities, along with lots gifts and goodies, to impoverished children at Christmas time. Not only do these children receive physical gifts, they also receive a copy of the Christmas story and an opportunity to join the Mailbox club—an age-appropriate Bible study by mail. The 2017 collection goal is 65,000 backpacks. This year, you and your church family can contribute to that number. For more information contact the FCBA Office @ 706-291-0904.
Disaster Relief is a ministry-based approach to impacting people for the Kingdom of God. The Disaster Relief motto of Serving Christ in Crisis has two implications: Disaster Relief Volunteers serve Christ to those persons who are victims of disaster. When we minister to persons in need, we are serving Christ Himself (Matthew 25:40). The goal of Disaster Relief is to provide some measure of normalcy for the victims of a disaster event.
PLANNING: GA Baptist Disaster Relief offers two opportunities for planning for disaster response: Individuals who want to serve as credentialed Disaster Relief volunteers need to attend a GA Baptist Disaster Relief Phase 1 event. Churches who want basic information on how to minister during the time of a disaster can host a seminar on Family and Church Preparation.
OPPORTUNITIES: Disasters provide many opportunities for believers to be the “hands and feet of Jesus”. Many people have a natural and emotional desire to help other people when tragedy strikes. In order to be the most effective, here are some thoughts to keep in mind: Attend one of GA Baptist Disaster Relief scheduled Phase 1 events. The best response is Prayer and Financial Support. Please refrain from collecting unsolicited items and please do not self deploy.
For many years now, churches and associations have conducted truckloadings to collect some much-needed items for the children being cared for by the GA Baptist Children's Home. Typically non-perishable food items and paper goods are collected, helping to stretch the budget for operating the cottage homes. In addition to non-perishable food items, gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Publix) have proven to be a great resource for the Children's Home campus. Our Association typically holds the truckloading in the Spring of each year. The Chidren's Home works closely with their campuses to provide an up-to-date list on current needs. Not only do the collected items help with the day to day needs and to stretch financial resources, but they also show the Chidren's Home clients that there are people who are praying for them, supporting them, and loving them. Contact the Floyd County Baptist Association at 706-291-0904 for more information about LOAD THE TRUCK.
SAVE THE DATE:
Load the Truck for the GA Baptist Children's Home
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Floyd County Baptist Association, located at 17 Burnett Ferry Rd.
9:00am - 12:00pm - Please note that All Donations must arrive by 12:00pm
**The GA Baptist Children's Home asks that all donations be listed with a dollar amount rather than pounds of food. Please make sure that you bring an estimated cost of your items.**
Collection Items needed for 2017:
- Pudding Snack Packs (Chocolate, Vanilla, etc.)
- Individually wrapped granola bars
- Individually wrapped cheese crackers
- Individually wrapped cookies
- Nilla Wafers
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Tissue
- Gift Cards
The Floyd County Baptist Association partners with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. As an Acts 1:8 association, We believe that we are to take the Gospel to every part of the world. Floyd County Baptist Churches support International Missions by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the Cooperative Program, and by taking Mission Trips all around the world.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8 (KJV)