Local Missions

Usually, teachers ask students to write a “What I Did Last Summer” essay at the beginning of the new school year. Well, here we are at the end of another school year and we have the whole summer laying before us. Let’s start our essay for next fall: “What will I do this summer?”

Here are some suggestions that might be helpful:

  • I will attend church regularly, just like I do the rest of the year.
  • When I take my family vacation, I will find time to worship God, especially if we’re gone over a weekend.
  • I will participate in some kind of mission activity (like Mission Spectacular in Chicago or St. Louis on June 3).
  • I will help with Vacation Bible School.
  • I will bring a friend to church with me.
  • I will get plenty of rest because I know that it is healthy.
  • I will get plenty of exercise because my body needs it.
  • I will find ways to be Christ-like to my friends, family, and neighbors.
  • I will attend (or sponsor) a summer camp for children.
  • I will actively look for a mission trip to grow in my faith.
  • I will start working in one of the on-going ministry efforts of my local church.

Fill your summer with wonderful things to do now and tell about later. Make this the best “What I Did Last Summer” essay you’ve ever written.

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”  —Psalm 86:12


Note: I am a long-time supporter of the Cooperative Program of the SBC. It is a hallmark of how Christians and churches can cooperate toward the goals of the Great Commission. Here is an article which hopefully sheds some light on how cooperation can work when done right.

One of the key concepts in Southern Baptist life is represented by the word “cooperation.” It is the desire of our churches to work together to accomplish more as a fellowship than one congregation could do alone. Today is Cooperative Program Sunday—a day when Southern Baptists celebrate the spirit of cooperation with one another. The idea of the Cooperative Program dates back to 1925, when our convention chose to look for the right kind of method to accomplish more toward missions, evangelism, and church growth—doing it together.

This is the foundation on which not only the convention is based, but also our state association and the local association. It is our privilege to serve together, combining our efforts as well as our financial resources to work toward completing the task of evangelism and missions. Cooperation allows the stronger churches to support the struggling churches, and all of the churches to work together in the fields that are ready for harvest.

Next week, we have an opportunity to put feet to our cooperative spirit by joining one of our struggling sister churches during the evening worship service. Join me as we worship together with other Kaskaskia Baptist Association churches meeting together in St. Elmo for an evening or worship, prayer, and support.

“Everyone should look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)

It’s always heartwarming to a preacher when he sees the church actually being the church. One way that I’ve discovered that helps church members learn to be and do the Christian life the way Christ intended is to plug into a ministry called “Angel Food”. Our church became a host site in November. We held our first distribution on November 17. It was fun and we were able to minister to about 35 families with affordable groceries to supplement their rising grocery bill. Check out the video of the day: