"Growing together for the Glory of God"
Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark - 16:15
"Sharing the WORD with the WORLD"
Our Philosophy Of Missions
The First Baptist Church of Marilla believes that missions is the responsibility of every believer. Jesus said: "Go ye therefore and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. While some are called of God into vocational missionary service, all are ordained to share the good news with those who are lost. The "world" that we must reach is right outside our doors.
First of all, we must reach our own community with the Gospel. The lighthouse in Marilla must ever be pointing those in darkness to the Savior. (See our brochure entitled: "Outreach Ministries") At the same time, we must be supporting those who have devoted their lives to carrying the light to far distant places. About 20% of all offerings received at this church go directly to missionaries.
Our Missionary Emphasis
Each year, the month of October is set aside as Missions Month. Each Sunday evening features a missionary speaker. It is our way of renewing our vision for the fields of the world.
Teen Missions Trips
A group of young people from our church have the joy of experiencing missions work first hand in our annual teen missions trip. We are trying to expose youth to the needs of the world, so that God might call them into His harvest fields. Also, from time to time, college age young adults or eve retired adults, take short term missions trips, and we as a church help with 1/3 of their support.
Ways for our members to get involved!
The Missionary Cupboard
One entire large room on the second floor of our building is devoted to storage of items for missionaries to use when they are home on furlough. All the items are brand new. Bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, personal care items, maintenance supplies, recreational items, baby care items, office supplies, tools, and non-perishable food items are well stocked. Missionaries are delighted to go through the cupboard and choose items they need. Once each year, often at Christmas time, an appeal is made to our congregation to buy an item and donate it to the inventory on hand.
Adopt -A - Missionary Program
We encourage our people to write letters each month to our missionaries. This "adopt-a-missionary" idea fosters personal relationship building and is a good way to get your children interested in missions. It also motivates us to pray more specifically for missionary needs. Is there a missionary family you would like to write to each month? Contact our office for suggestions.
Missionaries We Support
|Bart Allen||New Guinea|
|Chris Brown||Gospel Liter.|
|Mike Carr||Miss. Builder|
|Pat Curby||Eastern Europe|
|Steve Gault||Cameroon, Africa|
|Steve Herzig||Friends of Israel|
|Justin Kennedy||East Asia|
|John Mixon||South Africa|
|Col. John Murdoch||Chaplains|
|Richard Teachout||Bibles International|
|Rod Whitney||Word of Life|
We also support the following institutions:
The Missions Committee
Mr. Charlie Woodard - deacon in charge of Missions
Mrs. Sue Woodard
Mr. Milton Dillsworth
Mrs. Grace Dillsworth
Mr. Harold Gossell
Mrs. Phyllis Gossell
Mrs. Shirley Morris
Mr. Gordon Pike
Mr. Pat Reen
Mr. Kenneth Hoehman
Pastor Richard Seefried
Serving the Lord together to enlarge our missionary outreach.