***2019 Motto = Abide & Abound ***
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19
This command of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20 is what we call the “Great Commission.” It was his way of calling his disciples to impact the world with the good news of the gospel. As Baptist Christians, we live out the great commission through a variety of ways. First, we support the work of missionaries around the world through our financial gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Annie Armstrong, Lottie Moon, and the Global Mission’s Offering are a few examples). You can see the names of specific missionaries that we support in the mission’s section of our church budget (I will not list names here to protect their identity). We also pray for the work of missions through a special section on our weekly prayer list. While praying and giving are very important, they are no substitute for actually going! The first action word in the Great Commission, is the command to “Go.”
November 15-22 five men from NCBC will be heeding this command of Christ as we go to Cuba on a mission trip. Howard Penny, Alex Adams, Bartley Adams, Josh Andrews, and myself will join with six others from Kennebec Baptist Church to travel to Santa Clara at the “Mi Campimento” Mission Camp owned by the Eastern Baptist Association of Cuba. This camp is the site of a seminary/youth camp that is currently under construction. This Mission Camp holds tremendous possibility for the spread of the gospel in Cuba because 1) It is centrally located on the island, 2) It is only 20 minutes from an airport, 3) It has enough land for a seminary campus and also to serve as a Christian retreat center, 4) Pastors can attend 3-4 week seminary classes to be trained in vocational ministry, 5) Christian youth camps and Vacation Bible Schools can be held at this site during summer months when seminary classes would not be in session. In summary, this Mission Camp can be a real sending point for the spread of the gospel to all of Cuba.
Our team will be doing construction work which will consist of mixing cement and laying concrete block for a building which will serve as a dining/fellowship hall. Classes can also be taught in this building in between meal times. During the week we will also have opportunities to worship in local Cuban churches and to witness for Christ in the com-munity of Santa Clara. Please pray that God would use us in all capacities—through our physical labor, through our ministry efforts, and through the supplies/funds we will deliver.
On Sunday November 3rd, we will have a Cuba Mission Team Commissioning Service at 11am. Rev. Rafael Ramirez (a Cuban pastor) plans to be with us to share his testimony and to pray for our trip. On behalf of the team we are so very grateful to NCBC for all your prayers and financial support that make this trip possible. The NCBC Baptist Men were very generous in supplying the $1500 needed for our construction materials. Due to the lack of internet and cell phone capabilities there will probably be no communication from our team during the week we are in Cuba. However, when we return, we look forward to sharing with you all we experienced while on mission for God! Please join us in prayer for the following:
Pray for the Team Members (Pastor Chris, Josh Andrews, Howard Penny, Bartley Adams, Alex Adams, and those from Kennebec Baptist).
Pray for safe travel and safety while our team does construction on the fellowship hall at Mi Campimento.
Pray for opportunities to share the gospel in word and deed while in Cuba and for our team to see salvations!
Pray for Pastor Renee, Pastor Gregorio (and his wife Marlena) who oversee the ministry of Mi Campimento, and for our translators.
Pray for the ongoing partnership (15+ Years) of NC Baptist on Mission and the Eastern Baptist Association of Cuba.