FBC Missions OutreachTeam
The Missions Outreach Team inspires and stimulates participation in a comprehensive Acts 1:8 evangelism model that reflects our commitment, both individually and corporately, to go and make fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The team seeks to empower and equip our congregation to go, give, send and pray for outreach missions and ministries so that we can take the gospel to all people, locally, nationally, and internationally.
· The team develops, promotes, and/or coordinates missions trips and projects through various FBC ministries and outreach partnerships.
· The team encourages and fosters the organization and leadership of outreach programs to reach persons in The Villages and surrounding communities.
The Missions Outreach Team encourages the FBC congregation to become involved in serving many different ministries and mission efforts. The projects detailed below are current efforts in which our congregation is involved.
The Missions Outreach Team will be hosting a table in The Gathering Hall on Sunday, April 23, to share with those interested the "definitely scheduled" and "potential" missions trips for 2017. Click here to see a flyer being shared at the table.
FBC Mission to The Dominican Republic
A Day-By-Day Report From The Mission Team
Our Mission Team: (L-R) Dave and Patti Jarvis, LuAnn Schiff, Ron Sutton, Debbie Strickland, and Ellen Harrell.
On Saturday, July 16th, the team joined a group of fellow missionaries on a trip to the Dominican Republic. After flying into Santiago and riding a bus to Mao, we prepared to visit churches on Sunday and conduct a Vacation Bible School on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday.
Sunday morning, we attended worship service at the First Baptist Church of Esperanza which was planted by the Marion Baptist Association. Pete Menendez, current pastor of Oak-Griner Baptist in Ocala and former Director of Missions for the Marion Baptist Association, brought the message to the main congregation while Dave Jarvis of FBCATV brought a message in sign language to approximately 35 Deaf congregants.
Sunday afternoon, the team traveled to the site of a mission in Piedra Gorda, where the Marion Baptist Association is building a school. The church service was held in the school house with Emilio Gonzalez, youth leader at College Road Baptist in Ocala, bringing the message. The evening service at a second mission in Boruco, however, was rained out.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were VBS days. Our group of 25 from the US joined a number of members of the local Dominican churches to work with over 300 children that ranged in age from 2 to 15. The children were randomly divided into groups – green (the best group), red, yellow, & blue; and rotated between stations of crafts, music, Bible study, recreation, and snack. From FBCATV, Dave & Patti Jarvis were Green Group leaders, Debbie Strickland & LuAnn Schiff were Crafts leaders; and Ellen Harrell & Ron Sutton were Snack distributers. Ron also did a stint at the beginning of each day at the gate controlling the entry into the school and making sure all children had a colored band on their wrist indicating membership in one of the four groups. On the final day, gift bags of school supplies and personal hygiene products were given to the children as they departed the school.
Thursday saw the team divide into two groups with one going into Santiago on a shopping trip while the other went to the school in Piedra Gorda to work on the bathrooms. At the school, we finished and painted the walls in both bathrooms; and installed a sink, shower fixtures, and toilets in one of them. Construction practices are not the same as we find in The Villages and there were several issues that needed to be resolved before progress could be made, but progress was made! In the evening, the team attended the regular Thursday evening service at Boruco where the Marion Baptist Association constructed a church building three years ago.
Friday was a beach day. Our team along with a number of Dominican VBS workers went to a beach at Punta Ruciz an hour and a half north of Mao. It was a beautiful day and a chance for Americanos and Dominicans to relax and fellowship together. In the evening, we had our final fellowship together sharing what God had done during the week and for each of us specifically. After a group photo, we said our good-byes and prepared to head home the following morning.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world through the distribution of shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts. Annually, empty shoeboxes are distributed to the local church family to be filled with gifts and are then collected and delivered to the local collection site for distribution by Samaritan’s Purse.
Love INC (Love In The Name of Christ) is a Christian-based outreach to needy adults, families and children in Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. It does this in a variety of ways through financial help, family counseling and material/spiritual support. Love INC is a network of 39 local churches (of which FBC is a part), as well as volunteers and community organizations that help churches help people. Their offices and warehouse are located on Hwy 441/27, just north of CR 42, where they operate a retail store called "Centsible Furnishing" selling donated items not needed by Love INC clients.
Love INC is always in need of volunteers to help with its many support programs. Below is a list of the types of help that are needed:
In The Warehouse:
· Client Delivery Driver/Helper—Loads delivery truck, drives to client location and unloads appliance and furniture (critical need)
· Donations Clerk—Receives donations, completes tax forms if necessary, and sorts and stores items in correct warehouse locations
· Warehouse Support—Organizes incoming donations, separates items for resale and client use.
· Secretarial Support/Primary Phone—Assists with non-computer activities such as copying and filing
· Clearinghouse Receptionist—Answers phones and schedules interviews
· Clearinghouse Intake—Performs phone interviews with potential clients
In the Centsible Furnishings Store:
· Store Cashier—Bags sold items and operates cash register
· Store Clothing Display—Manages clothing section as needed
· Store Receptionist—Answers phone and directs calls
· Centsible Grocery—Assists clients in selecting needed food
For more information about Love INC or to volunteer in any of the areas listed above, please contact Dwayne Norris at 719.322.3786 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.
Haven of Lake & Sumter
Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. was established in 1977 to meet the needs of domestic violence victims.
Their primary objectives are to provide these victims with alternatives to abuse or life-threatening situations, and with empowerment to establish a violence-free life.
First Baptist Church At The Villages participates in Haven's ministry by collecting items needed by the women and children who have been victims of abuse. They need like-new clothing for women and children, household items, cleaning and paper supplies and child-appropriate games, videos and books. Items collected are delivered to the Haven Thrift Store in Leesburg.
Haven Collection at the church is the third Sunday of each month. A truck will be waiting near the Tower entrance where volunteers will receive your donations as you arrive for worship services.
Interfaith Emergency Services
Interfaith Emergency Services
Interfaith Emergency Services is a Christian-based, non-profit, community called by God in 1983 to offer emergency assistance and provide basic needs (shelter, food, medical assistance, etc.) to enhance the quality of life for many families and individuals, especially those who are homeless or veterans, or who have recently fallen on hard times and need just a bit of help to get them through the storm. They have a short-stay homeless shelter, women’s shelter, weekend manna bag program for children in need, and a thrift store which helps fund a variety of bills and medications.
In July 2016, our Missions Team discovered IES' supply of diapers, used to assist mothers with babies, was at a critical low. After an "Emergency Diaper Drive" appeal to the church family, 6040 diapers, 6494 baby wipes, and 3 playpens were collected. As a result, IES will be able assist to many more mothers with babies.
FBC Leesburg Christian Care Center
Christian Care Center
The Christian Care Center of FBC Leesburg is a multi-pronged ministry of FBC Leesburg serving the area with eight different ministries. These are Pregnancy Care, Children’s Shelter, Samaritan Inn, Men’s Residence, Women’s Care Center, Benevolence Ministry, Fresh Start Job Program, and Medical Care Center.
The Operation Inasmuch Team, coordinates and facilitates concentrated, single-day, efforts to help neighbors through a variety of community service projects. They plan and promote annual Operation Inasmuch Day, developing several projects for a large number of volunteers. They also plan, promote, and recruit volunteers for quarterly single-day projects.
The Sozo Kids Program provides hope and opportunity to the children of the Ocala National Forest. A food bank and multiple feeding sites serve 5000-7000 people every month with emergency groceries and hot meals. Turning Point Mentor Centers provide safety, homework help, tutoring, food, school supplies and more to 40 children at a time. The Filling Station is a restaurant that was opened with the sole purpose of giving Forest youth the opportunity for a better life, by teaching a work ethic and providing much needed experience and skills leading to a gainful employment.
The Manna Bag Program for Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School provides food to Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School children who would otherwise not have adequate access to food during the weekends and school breaks. Food is purchased through a local food bank at reduced rates and stored it at the church. The food is packed in “manna bags” and delivered weekly to the school for distribution to the children.
The Jail Ministry, in partnership with the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, ministers to women inmates at Lake County Correctional Institution in Tavares, FL. They conduct weekly church services, Bible studies and classes for women inmates. Books and materials are provided to disciple inmates who have established a relationship with Jesus Christ. Volunteers also serve to pray for specific needs/requests of the inmates.