The First Baptist Church of Lake City recently completed a summer of mission work that challenged the congregation to take the gospel across the country and around the world. Sixty-four volunteers traveled to Anaconda, Mont., in July to assist a small Southern Baptist congregation with door to door surveys and visitation, backyard Bible schools, and block parties.
First Baptist's mission statement of: Reach, Tech, and Multiply Believers, was put to the test. Anaconda is basically an unchurched region. While there, however, much was accomplished for the community and Mt. Haggin Baptist Church. During the backyard Bible schools and the community block parties, there were 24 salvations.
In addition to traveling across the nation, two groups from First Baptist Church traveled world-wide to carry the message of Jesus. Six team members worked in Kenya, Africa, from June 22 until July 7. While there, team member Greg Rainwater worked the first week in a high school in Nyeri, Kenya. He taught classes, worked with the school basketball team, and spoke at several churches. Brother Ron Langston, former missionary to Africa, taught in seminary at Brackenhurst near Nairobi, Kenya.
Also, while in Africa, the team saw the need for a water well to be drilled at the local school. The head of the agriculture department of the school indicated with a new well much needed crops could be grown to feed the impoverished townspeople. Now the people are carrying water for miles and this makes he job of irrigating crops infeasible. The cost of a new well is approximately $35,000. First Baptist Church has established a Well Fund for those n the area wishing to help make he well a reality. Contributions may be mailed to first Baptist Church, 400 Fourth Street, Lake City 72437, ATTN: Greg Rainwater.
Also this summer a group of 11 people from four different churches in northeast Arkansas traveled to Poland with locals Travis Mays, Jessica McCormick, Pat McCormick, and Kevin Winford. Their mission was to share God's word and his love. While in Poland the group worked at a church camp for underprivileged kids. At the camp the kids who usually do not have enough to eat and are not treated properly were treated to new clothes (bought by the team members), plenty of food, attention, and love. Even though language was a barrier, the team soon realized that God's love is a universal language.
Lake City First Baptist realizes that God desires mission work to continue on a daily basis. With this in mind, the church is offering many on-going programs. Weekly mission classes are conducted for children four years old through sixth grade on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Youth classes are conducted on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and adult mission classes are offered once a month.
Opportunities for participating in mission work in the community are offered daily.