Financially, Gospel Baptist Church has long dedicated 25% of the annual budget to be given to missions. We recently added seven more missionaries to our existing forty-eight. Currently, $134,200 is given to missions annually.
In an effort to support our missionaries physically and materially, we are involved in a myriad of creative support efforts. Some of these include gift packages (toiletries, clothes, shoes, needed items and even a car), our Missions Closet (stocked with needed items for visiting missionaries to choose from), our Prophets Room (motel-style room located upstairs that is offered to missionaries who need a place to stay), transportation while in town, meals and planned activities for missionary families while they are in the United States, and many others.
Gospel Baptist Church is also committed to providing support in the field with short-term mission’s trips. In the past, we have travelled within the United States to Army bases and missionary churches to lead revival meetings. For the past three years, we have sent a team to Montego Bay, Jamaica in support of the missionaries located there. Those teams worked to build relationships through house repairs and community cleanup while sharing the Gospel through Bible studies and VBS. A portion of the budget this year includes money allocated towards this trip, and the short term mission’s team will hold three annual fundraisers.
There is power in prayer! Each Wednesday night, as a church, we pray for specific needs for our missionaries. We also encourage our members to pray specifically for these needs during the week. GBC would like to compile a prayer book with each of our missionaries listed and described so that members could pray through the book for each of our missionaries and the areas/people/specific needs of that region.