Your gifts through the Cooperative Program are making a difference in lives across Florida and around the world…
Cross Brand Cowboy Church
Billy Keith knows cowboys. He knows their likes and dislikes. Communicating in their unique language, he shares the gospel and rustles them into the fold of the Kingdom. Keith planted the Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Williston to provide a non-threatening place where the Good News of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed. In emulating the acceptance of Christ, the congregation is not concerned about the clothes you wear, the baggage you carry, or your reputation. In the early days of the new church, the cowboy pastor received church pastoral assistance from the Cooperative Program. Through the Great Commission commitment of Florida Baptist churches, nearly 70 new Christians have been baptized.
Family of God Church
Ministering in the African American community in urban Panama City, Kenric Conway is developing Kingdom fruits and deep roots. “We want to see developmental growth as a quality of faith,” said the pastor of Family of God Church.
Roy Saint in Florida Baptists’ leadership and life development department, walked with Pastor Conway in his journey, mentoring him and providing him resources. Among those resources were “Disciple Making: Stepping Stones to Developing Your Church’s Strategy”—which Saint himself wrote to help church develop members with Christlikeness.
The church is transforming the neighborhood, bringing as many as 200 neighborhood children to the church campus each week for a hot meal, spiritual guidance and discipleship making activities.
The Church @ Lake Yale
When he retired from his long-term pastorate, veteran pastor Ronnie Walker felt called to plant a new church in Lake County where thousands of new homes had been built in the past decade. He had long supported church planting efforts as a pastor, now he intended to get personally involved in the task. He partnered with the Lake County Association and the Florida Baptist Convention, which provided him with church planting assistance, start-up funds and a place to meet at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, all underwritten by Florida Baptist gifts through the Cooperative Program.
In less than a year’s time, the new church developed a core group and began ministries within their community, including partnering with a nearby school where 87 percent of their students qualify for free lunches. “We are becoming more scattered rather than gathered people,” Walker explained.
Planting churches in Swaziland
Florida native Monica Allen, her husband Steve and their school-age children Lacie and Nathan, serve in Mbabane, Swaziland, where they start new Bible studies that lead to new churches. Today, about 30 Swazi Baptist churches reach out with the gospel throughout this small South African country. The Cooperative Program is vital to all they do, said Monica.
“Without the Cooperative Program, we would not be able to support our Southern Baptist missionaries all over the world and the opportunity for all nations, tribes and tongues to all hear about Jesus Christ. We are blessed and thankful for all our Southern Baptist churches that faithfully give to the Cooperative Program.”
Florida Baptist Children's Home
After her mother’s death and her father’s neglect, Desiree Montgomery and her two sisters were placed in a series of foster homes. But it wasn’t until Desiree and her sisters found a place in the Cooperative Program-supported Florida Baptist Children’s Homes that she ever felt at home. “I’m part of a normal family and a real home where the staff are Christians,” said the high school valedictorian. “Since being here I have accepted Jesus Christ which brought new meaning and purpose in my life. Thank you Florida Baptists.”
NAMB Missionary in Miami
“The Cooperative Program is the lifeline of all we do,” said Michael Dailey, who serves as a North America Mission Board appointed missionary in Miami. As he develops ministries to migrants, families in need and health care for county’s uninsured, he has led many to Christ and started new churches. “It’s like Jesus with the loaves and fishes. We take a little, then God blesses it and multiplies its usefulness to His Kingdom.”
IMB Missionary Family
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