For the past 25 years, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC) has been leading efforts into some of South Carolina’s most destitute areas, most of which are not more than three hours away from Greenville. It has successful community development initiatives in Allendale and Metanoia, and disaster relief teams ready to mobilize when called.

Metanoia is discovering and growing assets to create sustainable change in their neighborhoods by working alongside its own residents. Metanoia’s first initiative was the Young Leaders, a leadership-based afterschool program for elementary students. It has since expanded to both middle and high school aged students – called Civic Leaders. Both the Young and Civic Leaders work year-round to build their character, commit to excellence and to exhibit the presence of a leader. Visit to learn more about Metanoia.

The incredible work of CBFSC reminds us that field personnel don’t just exist halfway around the world. There are dedicated individuals and organizations working right here in our own communities. As CBFSC is a direct beneficiary of the Lula Whilden World Missions Offering, portions of all donations stay right here in South Carolina. When these local efforts are combined with the national and international work from CBF and the Alliance of Baptists, it demonstrates how our commitment to missions funding is impacting thousands of lives.

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 FBG congregation makes a donation. Just think what we could do if all members made a contribution.

It’s time to register for the Lulapalooza Poker Tournament on November 19. No experience is necessary as the evening starts with an hour of instruction before play begins. Visit to sign up and find out if you can beat the experts while raising money for a great cause.

— Ryan Dennis