Maguire State Mission Offering for Florida
Florida Baptists look to the fall as a time of awareness, reflection and prayer for the many opportunities God has given His believers in the Sunshine State. With 75 percent—or 15 million of the state’s population without the redeeming love of Christ, the challenge to reach Florida is looming.
Jesus Christ has called Florida Baptists to share His grace from Pensacola to Key West, from Fernandina to Naples. For every believer that mission is personal, because Jesus Christ demonstrated such grace to each one of them.
The Week of Prayer for State Missions, most often observed during the first week of September, concludes with Florida Baptists giving to support missionary needs through the Maguire State Mission Offering.
The offering is named for Clyde and John Maguire, whose visionary leadership guided the Florida Baptist Convention through one of its greatest periods of growth and Great Commission outreach. He served as the sixth executive secretary-treasurer from 1945-67.
Understanding that the growing missionary needs in Florida cannot be met by Cooperative Program gifts alone, the offering complements Florida Baptists’ commitment to the Great Commission and their mission field.
The offering has a missionary purpose—helping new congregations through no-interest church site loans, supporting partnership pastors and spreading the gospel through evangelistic ministries.
The theme for 2015, Grace Unimaginable, is taken from the passage found in Hebrews 13:16 - “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." (NRSV)
Through the Maguire State Mission Offering, Florida Baptists are demonstrating their own good works and pleasing God with their gifts.
The Offering provides funding for 25 compassionate ministries designed to fulfill God’s purpose in Florida and the Great Commission among its mission partners. Without funding from the offering, many of these ministries could not be accomplished.
During the next few weeks, churches and individuals who are beneficiaries of the gifts to the Maguire State Mission Offering will be introduced to Florida Baptists.
One of those is missionary Michael Daily who uses funding for the offering to share Christ‘s love with those in need in Miami. “Dozens, if not hundreds, of people in Miami-Dade have come to know Christ through the generosity of Florida Baptists’ giving to the Maguire State Mission Offering,” he said.
Another is Madeline Rogers, a college student who has dedicated her young life to telling others about Christ through words, deeds and mission trips. Funding from the Maguire State Mission Offering made many of these trips affordable.
“For those of you who are praying and giving, thank you,” she said. “I don’t know where I would be without your prayers and without your gifts.”