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MARGARITA, Venezuela — A “Toma” is a “taking” in Venezuela, a term used for an invasion of a territory. Paul and Delia Lozuk have used this strategy for evangelism on Margarita Island, invading the area for Christ as a rescue mission. A man named Omo came out of this “toma” on Margarita. Full Story »

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Right now our youngest daughter is learning to crawl and our older daughter, who is three, is walking as well as her mom and me.  As children, we know that we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run.  The same is true in your church when it comes to being on mission.  Many times people need to do something small before they are ready to do something larger.  Here at the BGCT we have mission opportunities for people at every level.  Whether it’s you or your church looking to get started, we want to help.

We have Disaster Recovery trips for people of all ages. Next summer we will be launching a new program that gets students involved in disaster recovery work during a weeklong mission experience.  If you are ready to expand your missions involvement, we have national and international opportunities through Texas Partnerships and through the Christian Life Commission, which offers work dealing specifically with hunger issues.  We also have ways for you to partner with churches in the Rio Grande Valley and in Mexico with our River Ministry and Mexico Missions staff.

If you are a college student, you can participate in our Go-Now program which sends college students all over the country and all over the world.   Speaking of college students, if you would like to work with international students on a college campus we have opportunities for available.  Through our Hope 1:8 Missionary Initiative people in your church can be on mission on a regular basis, either full time, part time, or once to twice a week.

We also have something called Mission Shaped Leadership training which can get your church thinking about missions in ways you never thought possible.   This training is about the development of disciples/leaders that are shaped by the mission of God.   Do you need training in how to do evangelism when you are on mission? We can help with that!  Would you like to partner with an ethnic church in your community? We can help make those connections!   Do you want to start a church, either an organic church or a conventional church? We can help your church do that!

No matter what size budget you have and no matter how much or little experience you have, there is something to be done, so let’s be on mission this year. It is time to get started and we can help!

Please contact Ryan Jespersen if you are not quite sure what to do yet.  We can help you see where your church is and how you can get started making steps to get on mission.

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Almost three years after I retired as a ministry assistant at my church, I received a Macedonian call to journey to Massachusetts to organize the office of the interim director of missions for the Massachusetts Baptist Association (MBA) located in Northborough. Full Story »

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Praying for missionaries and giving to the three designated yearly missionary offerings pretty much summed up my involvement in missions for 50 years. Then my circumstances changed and I was a widowed grandmother with an opportunity of going on a mission trip. So in 2009 at 70 years of age I signed up for Missionsfest and traveled with wonderful Christian friends to Maine to work at a small church as they reached out to their neighborhood. We prayer walked and made cookies and then delivered cookie baskets around the area. We also set up a church library with hundreds of donated books. Full Story »

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(This letter has been translated. It’s from Dora Isabel Alvarado de Collantes, National Coordinator of PEPE in Peru.)

Beloved brothers and sisters,
Once again, I share great news about the PEPE ministry (Programa de Educacion Pre Escolar)/Preschool Education Program in Peru. This program was started as a means of providing faith-based education to children that live in extreme poverty and whose access to education is very limited. By the grace of God we now have 38 PEPE units, more than 80 missionary volunteers who serve as educators as well as coordinators, 836 children, 554 families that have been ministered to, 166 adults as well as 454 children that attend Sunday school, 25 in discipleship, 9 baptisms and we hold a regional training every month. Full Story »

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WORCESTER, Mass. – When Josh Brownfield’s son was born, he told plenty of people about it. He showed them pictures. He relayed stories. But the pastor of Worcester Baptist Church shared the news with one group of people that stood out from all the others. They’re half a continent away. They’re not even related to him. But they’re definitely family. Full Story »