Each year, Auburn First Baptist makes a commitment to its Global Ministries Offering, which begins each March. It is an annual offering above and beyond the church’s budget, focusing on local, regional, and global needs. The church will vote to approve its GMO budget for March 2020-2021 on Thursday, February 20 at a special-called Business Meeting.
Our Global Ministries Offering Sunday will be March 1, where we will begin to make commitments or to make gifts to this offering. We are thankful for this opportunity as it supports field personnel, or missionaries, with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. It also addresses the needs of food insecurity, disaster relief, and poverty. It contributes to the ministries of AFBC, including the Jail Ministry, Conversational English, Brotherhood, and Brazil Mission Team.
We are thankful to partner with others and to participate in such good work. The word mission is from a Latin word that means, “I send.” On occasion, we are sent to other places to serve, teach, or comfort. On other occasions, we will send our gifts to meet a need or to support others, who are working on our behalf.
In Lomé, Togo, Lynn and Mike Hutchinson work with others in desperate situations. Bruno and Fafa, and their two children, Romerik and Yahira, were striving to survive. Bruno could not find a job, which paid him enough to support his family.
Lynn and Mike Hutchinson, who are field personnel with the CBF, were looking for a director of the Togo House, a center for helping the people of Lomé. Bruno was hired as the director of the ministry.
Togo is a West African nation, which is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Togo House provides the people of Lomé with an opportunity to use their skills in profitable trades. At the Togo House, neighbors work in collaboration with one another, children often learn English, and Bible Studies are offered. A garden is maintained, which provides income and food for many.
Even though we have to look closely at the GMO Budget to see these stories, they are there! We are thankful we can join with others, enabling us to do more together than we could by ourselves.