Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Over five thousand missionaries within the Southern Baptist Convention have committed their lives to spreading the Gospel in the United States and Canada. March 5-12 has officially been designated as the Week of Prayer for North American Missions. Each day during the emphasis the North American Mission Board highlights a particular missionary and their work. Today's feature missionaries Randy and Denise Chestnut, use non-traditional methods to reach out to their community in Cleveland, Ohio. With over 177 nations represented in Cleveland, the Chestnut's have the opportunity to spread the Gospel among a culturally diverse people. Through hosting block parties, basketball tournaments and health clinics they are able to share Christ with people who might never walk into the doors of a Cleveland church.

The Chestnut's along with the rest of our NAMB missionaries are supported each year by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. The national goal for this year's offering is 56 million dollars, of which 100% will go to support mission work in the United States and Canada - an area where statistics tell us that three out of four people do not know Christ. I encourage you to give and pray. Both actions are a necessity for our missionaries, and a great priviledge for us.
posted by Christie