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MISSIONS / INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
 


OUR MISSIONS
 

Members of First Baptist Church West Hartford give to four annual special offerings:

The Retired Ministers And Missionaries Offering is used to provide emergency aid to these retirees and their spouses, and to give them a Thank You check to supplement their monthly pension payments.

The America For Christ Offering supports over 1,300 chaplains. Pastoral counselors, new-church planters, and workers in 20 Neighborhood Action Christian Centers in the USA and its territories.

The One Great Hour Of Sharing Offering is sponsored by nine denominations and Church World Service. It aids refugees of war and victims of natural disasters (for example, the victims of Haiti's earthquake in January 2010).

The World Mission Offering supports more than 130 American Baptist overseas missionaries, adding to what was pledged to the United Mission program.

For more on our wider American Baptist Mission, go to
www.abc-usa.org.

This commitment is also demonstrated by the stewardship of our building. We provide space to the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford, the Center For Serenity (www.centerforserenity.org), Hopeworks (www.hopeworkscentral.org), Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Our Children’s Center (a day-care center), Dr. Henry Millan (a pastoral counselor), and the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (www.irejn.org)


In addition, several adults and youth from our church served meals and interacted with senior citizens at the Manna Senior Café sponsored by Center City Churches in Hartford. Other members served meals at Loaves &  Fishes in Hartford, which ministers to the hungry. Many others donate back packs, Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, and Easter baskets to Covenant To Care. Others give used clothing to the poor through Shiloh Baptist Church. Still others deliver Meals On Wheels to the elderly, while others raise money for Food Share. Our Sunday School raises money for Heifer Project International (www.heifer.org), which provides animals and tools to low-income people around the world.In 2008, we sent FBC members to Mississippi to held re-build homes after Hurricane Katrina. Also, since 2006, we have sent both youth and adults to La Romana, an area where Haitian sugar-cane workers live in poverty. 

We also fund mission projects through our Christmas and Easter offerings, and our Deacon’s Fund.


The Women’s Fellowship of our church also supports our mission through donations to Love Gift, White Cross, and Church World Service www.churchworldservice.org.  See the Women's Fellowship page on our web site.

 
AMERICAN BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES



 
Kristy Engel is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a special interest in nutrition issues facing children. After 12 years working in La Romana, Dominican Republic with medical mission teams, she is currently the Healthcare Relief Resource regional missionary for Iberoamerica and the Caribbean. Her role is to help bring medical relief to resource poor areas throughout this region by building relationships and providing care in clinics, during natural disasters and with program development. Kristy continues to live by her saying, “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, in the moment you are given” by using her gifts to bring hope to those in the most critical health care situations throughout Iberoamerica and the Caribbean.  The languages used in her ministry are Spanish and Haitian Creole.

The following are team opportunities that Kristy has for 2015:

COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA  IMMEDIATE TEAM NEED
In January 2015 Kristy Engel will lead a team of 7 healthcare individuals to Cochabamba, Bolivia to partner with the House of Hope and their medical ministry. Are you interested? Kristy hopes so!  She is looking for seven individuals who are interested in continuing to build relationships with the people of Cochabamba, work with a diverse health team, focus on patient care and learn about the local culture. If you are interested, contact Kristy immediately or click here to Learn More


BLUEFIELDS, NICARAGUA  HEALTH CARE DISCOVERY TEAM
For the first time ever, International Ministries is sending out a Discovery Team that is focused on Health Care! Are you one of the many health care professionals in American Baptist Churches or other congregations that are looking for ways to connect your church to health ministries around the world? Maybe you just want to learn more about health in a developing country or third world setting? Then this is the trip for you! From April 15-22, 2015 Kristy Engel will lead the first ever health-focused Discovery Team to Bluefields, Nicaragua; one of the poorest areas in the western hemisphere, second only to Haiti. We will partner with missionaries Ketly and Vital Pierre to understand the health needs in this region as well as begin efforts in teaching, education of health principles and mobile medical clinics. If you are a nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, physicians assistant, physical therapist or other ancillary medical person and this sounds like a trip you would be interested in joining, you can find out more information about it, as well as the costs and specific details by clicking here: Bluefields Discovery Team.

To contact Kristy:  kristynurse@gmail.com

 
Do what you can, with what you've got, in the moment you're given.