A WORD FROM OUR MISSIONS PASTOR
When I was younger, I thought “missions” was something only done by missionaries. My job was simply to pray for them and possibly send an offering once in a while. It was later that I understood that Jesus has called us all to be missionaries. We should all give and pray, but also we are all called to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those who are lost. Jesus gave us a mission to go and make disciples.
Does this mean we all have to sell our homes and move overseas? No, you can be a missionary right here! You can start at your school, workplace and in your neighborhood. People all around you are looking for hope, purpose and peace. Jesus gives this and more to those who accept Him.
You might think there is no way I can be a missionary. This promise from Christ should help as you seek to be “on mission” for Him. Jesus said, “But you WILL receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you WILL be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
You have the Holy Spirit! You have the power! You have the promise! So go be witnesses because THE MISSION STARTS HERE and the MISSION STARTS WITH ME! – Steve Allen
GLOBAL MISSIONS CELEBRATION
OUR COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL MISSIONS
1. PRAY: THE MISSION STARTS HERE!
Global missions brochures are available at the Welcome Desk, highlighting our Northside on mission work. Use these brochures at home during the year in family devotions, so that your family can pray and learn more about the mission work going on at Northside.
2. GIVE: THE MISSION NEEDS YOU!
Your sacrifices help get the gospel from our own community to some of the darkest places on the globe. We ask that you pray and ask how God can use you to financially support the mission work of Northside.
Commitment cards are available at the Welcome Desk. Please return to church by October 10.
3. THE CHALLENGE: THE MISSION STARTS WITH ME!
PRAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS – Sign up for Bless Every Home, an online help that provides all the tools to get to know your neighbors by name so that you can begin to build relationships with them, pray for them and become a light for Christ in your neighborhood. CLICK HERE to sign up.
SHARE YOUR FAITH – To help equip you to be a part of The Great Commission and share the gospel, we encourage you to register for the class, Pass It On, a one session class, offered on Sunday, October 10, 2 – 6pm. CLICK HERE to sign up.
NORTHSIDE ON MISSION Interest Meetings
During our GLOBAL MISSIONS CELEBRATION, members were given the opportunity to meet our NORTHSIDE ON MISSION teams and learn more about their work. If you were not able to sign up for an interest meeting, please sign up today to attend an interest meeting. You are not committing to anything, but to attend an interest meeting to learn more and see if this work would be a good fit.
Let us know you will attend! Email Diana Moore at email@example.com and let her know which interest meetings you will attend. We look forward to serving alongside you in His mission!
Appalachia – November 7, 4 PM, Room 133
South Asia – October 24, 9:00 AM, Room 134 and 12:15 PM in Room 134
Baltimore – October 10, 12:15 PM, Room 133
Brazil – October 24, 12:15 PM, Room 133
Refugee Ministry – October 10, 12:15 PM Room 132
Chile – October 24, 12:15 PM, Room 132
Aibun People Middle East – November 14, 12:15 PM, Choir Room 135
Southeast Asia/Indonesia – November 14, 12:15 PM, Room 132
Haiti – October 24, 12:15 PM, Choir Room 125
Outside the Walls – October 31, Choir Room 125, Immediately following the 11:00am service
MORE INFORMATION – Let us know if you are interested in receiving more information on any other of our mission work, see below.
Meet Our Northside On Mission Groups
AIBUN PEOPLE – MIDDLE EAST
The Aibun People are predominantly Muslim. However, their traditional animistic beliefs (belief that non-living objects have spirits) are still mingled in with their Islamic practices. Northside has adopted this unreached, unengaged people group. We are now supporting 2 family units who share our desire to reach the Aibun People with the gospel of Jesus Christ and plant churches among this people group.
For the past 16 years, folks from Northside have gone into the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to share God’s love with a culture that desperately needs hope. While there, this group puts together vacation Bible schools for both children and adults. Adult VBS is held in adult centers and a nursing home. Children’s VBS is held in the morning at a Daycare and in the evenings at different churches. They conduct a food drive at local grocery stores to replenish the food pantry, “kit up” several boxes of the food and go into the hollers to share the love of Jesus along with the food. Family friendly mission work.
AWADHI PEOPLE – SOUTH ASIA
South Asia has been a land of darkness for many years. The area of the Awadhi is now on the top-10 watch list for Christian persecution. As reported by Open Doors USA, in the most recent year at least 12,500 Christians and about 100 churches have been attacked – and this is only from documented incidents. The good news is that God continues to work in a mighty way, making His name known to Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. In our 17th year of ministering in South Asia, we are incredibly blessed to partner with our national pastor, a dedicated man of God who, with his family and staff work tirelessly to spread the gospel to the unreached people groups of South Asia.
Northside has partnered with Josh Turansky, pastor of Haven City Church, located in Southeast Baltimore, in the inner-city. The Compassion Center, a ministry of Haven City Church, focuses on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of residents. The building is open to the public and stocks clothing, household items, linens, food supplies, books and emergency resources for the homeless.
Mark and Lisa Williams
Beach Reach is a mission trip experience where servant evangelism takes the form of free van rides and pancakes. Thousands visit Panama City during spring break and many are hurting and searching for meaning. College students provide simple acts of service that open the door to life-changing conversations about the hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Northside partners with World Nations International to strengthen local partners and equip nationals in Brazil. We hope to multiply our efforts through leadership training to encourage nationals to reach their own people. Areas available to serve: Biblical foundation training (teaching about spiritual discipline, Christian family, Pastoral counseling, God’s character, evangelism). Leadership skills and management (project management, fundraising, cultivating partnerships), Construction project, Kids ministry and Evangelism with local missionaries.
John and Joye Bailey
Northside partners with a small church and Pastor Miguel Morales to help grow one of their mission church plants in Catemu, a rural community north of Santiago, Chile. They conduct Backyard Bible Clubs, teach evangelism classes, minister to the men and women in the community, hand out tracts, visit countless homes and share the Gospel in a variety of ways. Our team assist the church in reaching their community and invite them to their activities. Pray as the church in Catemu is hoping to plant a new church.
DISASTER RELIEF SOUTH CAROLINA
John and Joye Bailey
Disaster Relief (DR) is an excellent ministry for people who enjoy serving others. Some DR work interacts directly with the victims, some is behind the scenes, some is physically demanding, and some is less tiring. John and Joye have served in DR since their retirement in 2008 and have learned that most people can participate in some aspect of DR, which include: mass cooking, chain saw, child care, laundry, shower, mud out, ash out, chaplaincy, rebuild and others. The Baileys have served in Texas, Maryland, Alabama, and Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Chile, and several times in South Carolina.
Northside partners with World Nations International in Indonesia, where we assist with a Mission Training Center in Indonesia. We work with over 100 college students training them in theology, sustainable agriculture, business as mission, and community healthcare. Our desire is to see these students work among the unreached people groups of Indonesia to multiply disciples and plant churches.
Ronnie Bullock / Iris and Steve Baston
Mission Columbia is a community outreach ministry that provides a food pantry and free clothing distribution to needy Lexington County residents. This ministry was started by Bill Windham, and is now in its 32nd year. Ronnie Bullock has served as the coordinator for 11 years and the mission presently has about 13 volunteer staff members. Mission Columbia serves as an agency with Harvest Hope Food Bank to obtain and distribute food throughout the year. Mission Columbia and members of Northside Baptist Church assist with the Food From The Heart annual food drive.
NORTHSIDE REFUGEE MINISTRY
EMBRACING REFUGEES IN FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE
Northside has embraced a legal refugee family from Burma. We support the refugee family as they rebuild their lives and are recognized as positive contributors to society. Northside collected furniture, household items and food to set up their apartment before they arrived. We welcomed them at the airport and continue to assist them with transportation to appointments, outings and education. We desire to be their friends and take every opportunity to show them the love of Christ. Family friendly mission work.
OUTSIDE THE WALLS
Rashaun Ford and Travis Salsbury
Outside The Walls began when a couple of guys got together and envisioned using their talents and skills with construction “outside the walls” of the church. They found that the need is great among, primarily, the elderly and single moms, who could not repair or perform needed projects for their homes. Many times, these people would just “make do” and go without. Reaching out to those around them, they were able to coordinate a group of individuals who had the same vision to reach these folks by helping them with their home repair project, but even more importantly, reaching out to them with the love of Christ and sharing the gospel. Family friendly mission work.
Bill and Gina Rogers
Bill and Gina have worked with Christian ministries for more than 20 years, lived and served in Romania, and are licensed professional counselors, offering direction and guidance to individuals, couples, and families. They lead the Romania team who serve with Speak Out Romania Camp, where native speakers join Romanian high school students in a camp setting, to learn English, play sports and games while building relationships. English will be the bridge used to share the gospel. Close to 70% of the students are non-Christians.
Meet Our Northside On Mission Partners
CONNIE MAXWELL CHILDREN’S HOME
Connie Maxwell Children’s Home provides a safe, secure, loving environment for some children who have been abandoned neglected, or abused and others who are placed there by loving caregivers who are experiencing difficult situations. Family friendly mission work.
Daybreak is a faith based, pro-life ministry, advocating for abundant life in Christ for all those in our community, especially those facing unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion. The Lifecare Center provides consultation on all options and points clients to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP MINISTRIES
Dr. Aluri serves as president of International Friendship Ministries, which provides local churches opportunities to share God’s love through hospitality and practical help, ministering to the spiritual needs of international students, scholars and their families. USC in Columbia alone has 1966 international students representing 96 countries.
LAVIE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER
LaVie is a ministry dedicated to saving and transforming lives through Christ-centered services and programs. LaVie is located in Lexington County and serves women and men facing difficult pregnancy decisions. LaVie offers life-affirming alternatives to abortion, promotes sexual integrity and facilitates restoration and healing to women who are suffering from trauma of a past abortion.
LIGHTHOUSE FOR LIFE
Lighthouse for Life exists to raise awareness about the realities of human trafficking while restoring victims to wholeness. Lighthouse for Life educates the public about the current plague of human trafficking, not just globally or nationally, but right here in their own communities. They provide direct assistance to adult survivors connecting them to resources to empower them in their journey to healing and freedom.
OMF INTERNATIONAL IN SAPPORO, JAPAN
Evan and Audrey Eusey
The Euseys are working to share the Gospel in ways that effectively engage with the Japanese worldview which is less than .2% Christian. The team’s vision is to launch the first-ever network of Hokkaido house churches through Bible-storytelling and other strategies that new Japanese believers can easily reproduce on their own.
WORLD NATIONS INTERNATIONAL
Matt is the founder and Executive Director of World Nations, a non-profit organization that aims to fight hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture and community development projects in vulnerable communities worldwide, as a platform to reach unreached people groups. Their main project is a Mission Training Center in Indonesia, with over 100 local Indonesians training in theology, sustainable agriculture, business as mission and community healthcare. They are also entering neglected places in South America, Africa and Asia. World Nations’ offices are located in Austria and USA. This year they are planning to open a new base in Southeast Asia.
OUR MISSION is “to make disciples” by urging all people to BELIEVE in Jesus, BELONG to His family, and BECOME like Him.
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Sunday Service Times: 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am
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Sunday Service Time: 11:00am
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