Last month, N.C. Baptists got to hear from Brian and Allison McClure, two missionaries who were celebrated at the Sending Celebration during the N.C. Baptist annual meeting. Read more about their story in this Q&A below.
Last month N.C. Baptists from across the state gathered at the N.C. Baptist annual meeting to celebrate men and women who have made the decision to go to the nations. During this Sending Celebration, N.C. Baptists heard from missionaries and joined together to pray that the gospel would advance among the lost.
Two of the missionaries celebrated were Brian and Allison McClure from Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh. The McClures are no strangers to missionary life: Having served in Prague, Czech Republic, for more than 10 years, they are returning to the field to continue making disciples among the lost in central Europe.
N.C. Baptists recently sat down with the McClures to hear more about their story. In this Q&A, learn about the McClures’ background in ministry, their calling and direction for 2024, and more ways N.C. Baptists can be praying for them.
Tell us a little bit about your story. How did God lead you to serve on the mission field?
I (Brian) grew up in a Christian home that taught me about Jesus from a young age. I became a believer when I was young and was baptized in a Baptist church. When I was 17, my parents moved to an area where I knew no one, and God placed a pastor who mentored and taught me theology and Greek. He encouraged me to pursue a secular degree and then go to seminary. I graduated with an accounting degree and then went to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
After a mission trip with Bay Leaf Baptist, I believed the Lord was leading my wife and me to pursue international church planting. Through praying and asking the Lord to guide us in that process, He laid Prague on our hearts. I had never been to Europe, but I knew from my seminary education that church buildings were being converted to coffee shops and stores. God used these stories to give us clarity and direction.
Last month, N.C. Baptists got to hear some of your testimony during the Sending Celebration at the 2023 annual meeting. What role have N.C. Baptist churches played in preparing and supporting you for missionary work?
God has used N.C. Baptists in our lives in many ways. Without N.C. Baptists I would not have met my wife or lived in Prague. My wife grew up in Catawba County and was saved and baptized in a Baptist church. We were led to the nations through our church’s focus on reaching East Asian peoples. This focus and direction changed our vision and passion for the nations. The support and encouragement from our N.C. Baptist brothers and sisters has been instrumental to us staying on the field for the past 13 years.
This month, we’re taking time to celebrate the impact the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) has on Great Commission efforts. How have you seen the LMCO make an impact on the field?
The LMCO has been the key for us to live and work in Prague. Our presence among a post-modern, post-Christian, atheistic community has been essential to seeing disciples made.
During COVID-19, God brought a delivery man who had recently recovered from a life-threatening car accident. He delivered a package to a believer whom we had trained in sharing the gospel. This believer shared the gospel. The delivery person showed great interest in studying the Bible and learning about Jesus. The delivery person later accepted Jesus and was discipled to follow Jesus.
Without our presence none of the training or discipleship would have been possible. God’s grand invitation unfolds through personal proclamation, where presence becomes the key that unlocks hearts toward Him.
As you look ahead to 2024, what do you expect ministry to look like for you next year?
We are excited about a couple new groups that will be started in 2024. We often use classes to introduce people to the Bible. One of these classes is called “Exploring Christianity.” Also, there is another group that the Lord has laid on our hearts to start among people the Lord has put in our path, which will be a Bible study. We have several people that are interested in being a part of this group.
We also will be partnering with Richland Creek Baptist Church to do an English camp that whole families attend. Last year, we had over 120 people who attended. This is a large event for us, and we are praying for God to prepare people who will embrace Jesus as King.
What are ways N.C. Baptists can be praying for you and your work?
We are planting Czech-speaking churches, and we desire to plant healthy churches that do not need foreign support. We are transitioning from a leadership role to a support role in our church plant in Barrandov in the next 18-24 months. We love our church and have grown through what God has allowed us to be a part of, but we know God desires for us to release the church to move on to the subsequent work. Pray for leaders to rise up and disciples to continue to be made through and after this transition. God loves His church, and we want to do the same.
Join N.C. Baptists across the state as we continue “Praying for the Nations,” praying throughout 2024 over 24 unreached people groups who live across North Carolina. To learn more about the 2024 initiative, visit praync.org.