ALLIANCE OF BAPTISTS

This month marks the beginning of the 7th Annual Lula Whilden World Missions Offering. This is a time of focus on the incredible work of our affiliates – the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina and the Alliance of Baptists – and to help fund their field personnel and other mission partners close to home and around the world. Last year’s collection raised over $132,000. We are again looking forward to our children’s bank collection, the Lulapalooza Poker Tournament on November 19th, as well as other special offerings throughout the season.

The three core values of the Alliance of Baptists are theological home, pursuit of God’s justice and partnership in mission. The Alliance has 37 Hope Building Partners – relationships built on friendship and understanding – that receive grants each year to support their individual ministries in both international and domestic communities. One of these partners is AMOS Health and Hope in Nicaragua where 80% of the rural population makes less than $2 a day and suffers from malnutrition and poor health. AMOS seeks to increase access to health care for the poor and helps them own and manage their own health care clinics to treat and prevent the most common illnesses. To learn more about AMOS and their other partners, visit www.allianceofbaptists.org/partners/hope-building-partners.

As we celebrate Lula Whilden throughout the month of October, please remember to include this important offering in your giving plans. On average, about 30% of the First Baptist congregation makes a donation. Just think what we could do if all members made a contribution – no amount is too small to be put towards these worthy causes.

— Ryan Dennis