SOMEONE ASKED ME…for directions this past Saturday. (I’ll give you time to stop laughing and then I’ll write some more. Go ahead. Get it out of your system.) The obvious festival- going-tourist pulled alongside my VW at a traffic light. As we waited for the signal to shift from red to green, they rolled down their window and asked directions to Falls Park. I paused for a moment, took a deep breath, told myself I’ve been here long enough to do this and then explained to them how to take a left at the next intersection – that’s Main Street – and go straight until they see it on the left. I drove away with a huge smile of contentment on my face and a feeling of warmth in my heart. And then I remembered Main Street was closed for the festival. Oh well, I hope they found it… I HAVE ASKED…you to take seriously the Lula Whilden Committee’s goal of $100,000. As Baptist Christians, we have placed missionaries and mission support personnel in cities, towns and villages throughout the United States and around the globe. It’s a difficult thing to land in a new place where culture, language, and streets are strange. It takes time to build enough knowledge and trust to offer spiritual direction to those in need. Once trust is gained, sometimes all it takes is one simple word of direction to get a person on the path. Other times, it takes a lifetime of work. I want us to support the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina as they do this good work. I don’t want to ‘hope’ the rest of the world hears the word of life, I want to ‘know’ they’ve heard and seen it through our gifts. Let’s break the six-figure barrier for the first time in our church’s mission offering history. Let’s choose to live and give generously. $100,000. We can do this. And if you’re not sure how to make a donation, I’ll be happy to give you some directions…

Jim