The Lula Whilden World Missions Offering supports missions not only throughout the world but also right here in South Carolina and across the United States.

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC) supports missions both through one-time grants to local nonprofits and through long-term partner relationships with nonprofit organizations across the state. One of this year’s partner grant recipients is the SC Fair Lending Alliance, which works to advocate fair lending practices for all South Carolinians.

CBFSC has ongoing long-term partnerships with six organizations in South Carolina. Each receives funding to help them carry out their missions in their communities. One partner is the Carolina Immigrant Alliance, which is based in Rock Hill and works for the mutual inclusion of all people through a variety of avenues. Their mission is based on the belief that everyone has something to offer, and communities will become stronger as they include and learn from one another. There are other partners, such as Koinonia of Columbia and Together for Hope—Black Belt who work with those living in these communities “to identify and uplift the strengths that already reside in a community” and work together to meet those needs and improve the quality of life and help them to thrive.

CBFSC also awards grants to partner congregation churches to help realize a local missions project, event or to start a new congregational missions initiative. Please be in prayer for the work of CBFSC and the communities with whom they work across our state and nation. You can also support this work through your gift to the Lula Whilden World Missions Offering.

—Nancy Schlepphorst, Missions & Affiliations Committee

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