This year we celebrate our 11th annual Lula Whilden World Missions Offering. While we give to the offering throughout the year, we focus a little extra during this season on the opportunity to support the mission work of our affiliates—the Alliance of Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina. For those newer to First Baptist, sometimes you will hear us refer to these affiliates by their acronyms or nicknames—AOB or “the Alliance,” CBF and CBFSC or “state CBF”—and you will often hear us refer to the offering as “Lula.” Gifts to Lula go directly to missionaries and mission partners in our state and around the world who are serving through AOB, CBF and CBFSC. As of the end of October, we have collected $22,217 of our $100,000 goal. We can easily reach our goal with everyone’s participation! Go to https://firstbaptistgreenville.com/who-was-lula-whilden/ for more about who Lula Whilden was and why we renamed our world missions offering after her in 2010.
In the coming weeks, we will highlight some of the missions you make possible with your Lula offering. This week we are focusing on the Alliance of Baptists (www.allianceofbaptists.org), a justice movement and community of faith which began in 1987 and represents 4,500 individual members and 140 congregations. The Alliance has 26 Active Hope Partners—relationships built on friendship and understanding that offer the world hope while working for justice. Each partner receives grants annually with the aim of increasing their capacity to respond to needs in their context and chart their own course for ministry.
One of these Active Hope partners is AMOS Health and Hope (https://www.amoshealth.org/) in Nicaragua. AMOS Health and Hope is dedicated to reducing preventable deaths and improving the health and well-being of people who suffer from the unjust conditions of poverty. Through a community-based model, AMOS trains and empowers health promoters in rural areas to identify and treat common illnesses, right in their own villages.
Please remember to include this offering in your giving plans. You will make a difference in Nicaragua, within South Carolina and across the globe!