God is involving you in His work! That is an exciting reality that our church is discovering. In both local and global missions, we are discovering God’s call to serve Him in numbers of different ways. This page is a resource page for those who are not yet members of the church but are interested in how our church is serving in missions. It is also a place for our own church family to see just how many different ways we are currently serving in missions – both locally and globally.
How can you get involved in missions at BFBC?
The focus and heart of missions should always be to share the Gospel with those who do not have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Some of our missions ministries are viewed as bridge building ministries paving the way for Gospel sharing opportunities. Other ministries have evangelism as the primary purpose. Both are crucial aspects of an effective missions ministry. For example, as our Reaching Center provides for the needs of our community (bridge building), they then have the opportunity to sit down to share Christ with our guests and minister to their needs. Without their efforts in serving, the opportunity to share the Gospel might not exist. The Gospel is always the motivation for missions.
Local Missions Opportunities
We have several local missions opportunities listed below. As was mentioned above, our Reaching Center is our Food & Clothing Ministry (Tuesday mornings). You can assist with stocking, packing on Tuesdays, or speaking with our guests as they arrive. We also serve a local community through our “Berea House” after-school program (Wednesday afternoons) – in partnership with Heller Service Corps of Furman University.
Our church sponsors the Good News Club at Armstrong Elementary. We depend on a great team of trained and screened volunteers to make this possible each week. We would love for you to join the team! Our Children’s Minister can speak with you more about the training process and where you can assist in this missions ministry.
The Backpack Buddy Program
Our Backpack Buddy Program is a partnership with Greenville County Schools to provide basic weekend foods for needy families. These bags feature foods like cereal, grits, peanut butter/jelly, nutri grain/granola bars, pop top soups, and raviolis, oatmeal, fruit cups, mac & cheese, pop tarts, crackers, 100% fruit juice boxes. These bags are provided and packed by our church members.
If you would like to sponsor a school-year of filled bags for a child, please contact our church office to receive more information.
The Berea House began as an outreach ministry of one of our Bible Study groups in 1998. Moved by the call to go beyond the walls of the church and to impact lives in real and tangible ways, this class set out to minister out in the community. Since that first vision, the ministry has thrived through after-school tutoring, mentoring, and activities. Some of the kids of the neighborhood have truly grown up under this ministry. We have an amazing (but small) group of volunteers that have made this ministry happen. If you sense God’s call to move beyond the walls of the local church (or just get active in missions), this is a great place to start. Contact our church office at (864)246-1921 to get involved.
Our “Reaching Center” is our food & clothing pantry ministry. This ministry began just as the Berea House began – as an outreach ministry of one of our Bible Study groups. Realizing there was a great need and due to the availability of facilities, this ministry began many years ago. It is completely staffed by volunteers and the items in the center come from our church family and community. Our guests are able to receive assistance once a month. Guests are interviewed, receive info about our church and the message of salvation, and then receive their needed supplies. We are grateful for volunteers who make this ministry happen every Tuesday morning.
Hands of Kindness Children’s Ministry: Uganda
Our church partners with Hands of Kindness Children’s Ministry to impact children through adults living in Uganda. Our trips feature backyard Bible clubs, Vision and Medical Clinics, Construction Projects, Pastor Training, and Outreach/Evangelism. Our goal is to offer this as an annual trip each July/August. Our next trip is scheduled for July/August 2016 and our team is coming together now. To find out more info about this international partnership, see our Associate Pastor or email him at THIS LINK. He can share more information with you so that you can begin praying about this privilege of serving alongside fellow Christians in Uganda.
Chosen Children Ministries: Nicaragua
Our church is blessed with a partnership with a ministry based in Spartanburg, SC called Chosen Children Ministries. This partnership allows us to love the people of Nicaragua through the existing ministries of this organization. We join with churches all over the United States to minister to and support the churches of Nicaragua. Our trips to Nicaragua have become a Spring Break trip – as this has been the greatest response to the trips. It is a trip that is open to all adults and students who are in their 11th – 12th grade school year. Parents may take their children 13yrs old and up along with them on the trips.
You can see our team from the 2015 trip in the picture. But our partnership didn’t stop there! We continue to have teams going each year to Nicaragua. In fact, below is the video with highlights from the 2016 trip…
ESL: English as a Second Language Classes
While we do NOT have ongoing classes right now of ESL…we are enjoying a brand new partnership with Iglesia Bautista Betania as we offer Spanish Worship Services each Sunday at 5pm. These services take place in our chapel (located directly behind our Main Sanctuary).
Good News Club
Have you ever heard the discouraging word that prayer is no longer a part of the school year? The Good News is that prayer still happens each week at school! It’s through an after-school program called The Good News Club. Our church is fortunate to sponsor a club at Armstrong Elementary throughout the school year on Monday afternoons. Following your training with Child Evangelism Fellowship, you can join this great team of workers who love kids through this club.
This team could really be called the Kentucky/Virginia/Tennessee Team since their work is on the border of all three states! For many years, our volunteers have traveled to Kentucky to love the children and adults of our partner churches. We have watched many of the young children grow up as we have served and taught there. This summer missions opportunity is for all ages! Watch for more information regarding Kentucky Missions 2016.
MissionLab: New Orleans
In 2016, our student ministry is connecting with “MissionLab: New Orleans“. MissionLab is passionate about seeing lives changed through short-term missions. This organization has been loving & serving the city of New Orleans in the name of Jesus since 2000. Serving with MissionLab involves hands-on interaction with the people and needs of New Orleans.