Do you have ‘Open Hands’?

August 24, 2018

Scripture continually reminds us of the grace that God has demonstrated to us. One such verse is Psalm 145:16 which encourages us to offer praise to God for all the ways He takes care of His creation. The verse reads, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (NKJV).

Allow these words to remind us that God has opened His hands to us so that we may open our hands to others. Do you have open hands to show and share the love of Jesus Christ with others? “Open Hands” is the theme of this year’s North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO), which is based upon this passage.

September is the month in which the NCMO is highlighted in many N.C. Baptist churches. As you give an offering designated for NCMO, you support vital ministries and mission efforts that impact our state, nation and world for Christ. Your donation also helps others understand the importance of becoming personally involved in doing things that help hurting people.

The ministries that the NCMO supports include N.C. Baptist Men (NCBM), also known as Baptists on Mission. Disaster relief is just one of the 18 different ministries of Baptists on Mission that is supported by the NCMO.

Thanks to your generous support, when hurricanes struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last year, N.C. Baptist disaster relief volunteers responded with open hands to help people rebuild their lives. Through the efforts and witness of these volunteers, numerous victims of the hurricanes and other natural disasters have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The NCMO also goes a long way toward impacting lostness by helping establish new churches across North Carolina. In 2017, our team of church planting consultants worked with approximately 100 new churches that are reaching out with open hands into their respective communities and seeing people who speak a language other than English come to faith.

NCMO not only provides critical support to vital ministries, it also provides opportunities for North Carolina Baptists to get personally involved in missions on the local, state, national and international level.

This special offering funds two mission training camps operated by NCBM in Shelby and Red Springs that offer church groups the opportunity to learn how to do disaster relief and become engaged in local missions projects. Through several national and international partnerships, more and more N.C. Baptists are participating in short-term mission trips across the United States and around the world.

NCMO also helps support a variety of outreach and missions activities right here in North Carolina through partnerships with our local Baptist associations.

I thank you in advance for your generous and faithful support of this offering that is helping to impact lostness and create a culture of disciple-making in our state and beyond. If you have never given a special offering to support missions through the NCMO, I invite you to honor a friend or relative this September by giving an NCMO gift named in their honor.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about the North Carolina Missions Offering and the ministries it supports, visit ncmissionsoffering.org.

by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.  /  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

The beauty of adoption

Mom and dad never called me their adopted son. I was just their son. I was born into an unfortunate situation, but I was adopted into a blessed family. In 1966, adoption was not as highlighted in the American church as it is today. In the spring of 1998, I was a seminary student...

Resolve to pray for and encourage your pastor in the new year

Resolve to pray for and encourage your pastor in the new year Happy New Year! I know that those are welcome words for many of us, myself included. Given the events of the past year, we are all ready to return to some semblance of normal, although normal will undoubtedly look...

Speaker added, registration open for 2021 Disciple-making Conference

Church leadership coach, and author Will Mancini has been added to the lineup of speakers for the 2021 N.C. Baptist Disciple-making Conference, which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 23-24, in a hybrid format. Registration for the conference is now open.   Mancini,...

20 ways to prevent and resolve conflict in the church

The COVID crisis, combined with heightened racial and political tension, has triggered unprecedented conflict throughout our nation, as well as in the local church.   Churches are literally dividing over masks, racial policies and political positions. As a result, pastors are...

How you can be an advocate for life

Throughout Scripture, God demonstrates that He has a particular love for orphans. Psalm 68:5 tells us, “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” The brother of Jesus Christ, James, informs his readers in his epistle that orphan care is a...

Pastor, resolve to care for thyself in the new year

Church consultant Win Arn once surveyed members of about 1,000 churches asking the question, “Why does the church exist?” Astonishingly, 89% of those surveyed responded that “The church’s purpose is to take care of my family’s and my needs.”   I thought, “That can’t be right.” So...

Top 5 resources for January 2021

Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay...

A ready-made family discipleship plan for the new year

The new year is a perfect time for parents to seek the Lord about how He would have you to lead your family. Since parents have been given the wonderful privilege of being the primary disciple-makers of their children, the Lord desires for them to instruct them when they sit at...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay connected by signing up for the N.C. Baptist monthly newsletter.

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!