Missions is a vital part of our culture at Parkway. It’s not merely something we do occasionally, it’s an extension of who we are. Over the past decade, I have rejoiced to see our growing commitment to take the gospel across the street and around the world. We’re extending into our community through individual relationships, bringing people to our campus through our bus ministry, and partnering with mercy ministries in our town. We’re also sending short-term teams and career missionaries, supporting other ministries through mission offerings, and investing a significant portion of our missions budget into church planting.
This week six of our members are working alongside International Mission Board and Baptist Global Response personnel in Sub-Saharan Africa while another member is working with North American Mission Board Disaster Relief teams in Texas. In addition, our members will work with local mercy ministries – The New Life Center and Room in The Inn – to meet practical needs and use their platform for gospel conversations. Sill more, our members will infiltrate local schools, businesses, and organizations doing God-honoring work while ministering to others, building relationships, and sharing the gospel. Missions isn’t merely something we do, it’s an extension of who we are.
While we labor in our field, we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our work through training and equipping. To this end, I’m excited to invite you to join us on November 1 and 2 as we host one of our mission partners, Baptist Global Response (BGR), for a special training event.
“BGR is a disaster relief and community development organization with a heart for helping people in desperate need.” They seek to demonstrate the love of God by meeting practical needs and leverage those opportunities for the gospel ministry. Practitioners from all over the world will share inspiring testimonies, train volunteers to minister in local communities, and equip them to join BGR in future projects.
“Mercy ministries are those ministries oriented towards meeting the basic human needs of people – food, water, shelter, health, etc. They are an outflow of the compassion of Christ and his Spirit living in us and can be effective at not only providing practical help but engaging the unreached of the world. But what are some of the strategies that work? More importantly, what are some pitfalls in utilizing mercy-oriented projects in our missions efforts? If you or your church are going on mission trips and doing acts of mercy – medical/health care, disaster response, community development – this equipping event is for you.”
Jeff Palmer, BGR
This training will be valuable for any and every one, including:
Those who are planning to participate in any international mission trip in the future;
Those who participate in local mercy ministry through our Single Ladies Oil Change, our Parkway Passengers ministry, Room in the Inn, Bread for Life, The New Life Center, etc.;
Those who provide mercy ministry through their vocation as a health care provider, social worker, public educator, etc.; and
Those who have never joined in any mercy ministry.
Regardless of your age, background, or ministry gifting, this event will open your eyes to the needs around us, teach you practical steps to implement mercy ministries, and even provide potential connections for overseas service opportunities.
As a benefit for hosting the event, BGR is offering our members a special rate of $20 (compared to $50). Simply use the Coupon Code “PBC” when you register here, kybaptist.org/2m2e.