World Mission Offering

Jan 29, 2020

Give to the World Mission Offering

WORLD MISSION OFFERING

SUN, FEB 23

Each year, the Houston’s First family gives to a special offering that directly supports the heartbeat of our church — the World Mission Offering. Our annual church budget sets aside millions of dollars for missional efforts thanks to your ongoing generosity. However, the World Mission Offering is a specific expression of our church’s whole-hearted support for what the Lord is doing through missionaries serving in our state, across the nation, and around the world. It is an opportunity for Houston’s First to send a united message that we long for people to hear the Good News of Jesus and know Him as their Savior.

Giving to the World Mission Offering has increased dramatically in recent years — from about 700 donors in 2017 to more than 2,600 in 2019. Among those givers last year were 398 people who gave for the very first time! Of course, as the number of givers has increased, so has our impact as a church on missional efforts. Historically, we have been among the top-giving churches. Last year, Houston’s First was recognized by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention for giving more than any other church in Texas to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program to support missions.

Let’s continue to make a difference in 2020!

Our goal for this year’s World Mission Offering is $1,400,000, to be distributed as follow:

  • International Mission Board$1,000,000
  • North American Mission Board$300,000
  • Southern Baptists of Texas Convention$100,000

What if we raise more than our goal?

If more than $1,400,000 is contributed, the additional funds will go to these projects and organizations:

  • Faith Center-Spring Branch Remodeling$150,000
    • Replace A/C (total cost of $250,000)
  • Local Pro-Life Causes$100,000
    • Houston Pregnancy Help Center
    • CareNet
    • Ft. Bend Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Scripture Translation$100,000
    • Seed Company
    • Word for the World
  • Church Planting in India$90,000
    • Nine Indian church planters at $10,000 each thru the IMB
  • Houston Welcomes Refugees$50,000
  • Legacy 685 Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care$50,000

How can I give?

On Sun, Feb 23, we’ll bring our contributions forward in each worship service at every campus. If you’re unable to be at church that day or prefer to give online, you can give online here or by texting HFBCGIVE to 41411. Pray about how God would have you support missionaries and the furthering of the Gospel — and what He might have you sacrifice to make that possible.

Beyond Giving: Caring for Missionaries

Financial support is vital for missionaries, and so is prayer, connection, and encouragement. Our Missionary Care staff members and volunteers seek to provide just that for men, women, and families serving on the field and when they return, too. Houston’s First members can also play a role by participating in our Adopt-A-Missionary program.

Our church supports over 200 missionaries serving in more than 35 countries. Currently, around 50 of them have been adopted by Life Bible Studies, families, or individuals. Once you attend a Missionary Care Contact Lunch & Learn offered each quarter, you can choose a missionary that you’ll commit to pray for, contact regularly, and get to know well. After a year of relationship building, Care Contacts are encouraged to visit their missionaries on the field if possible — and our Missions office can help make that happen.

In addition to the Adopt-A-Missionary program, our Missionary Care ministry also supports these global workers through:

  • International and local retreats
  • Housing and transportation needs for returned workers
  • Counseling and debriefing
  • Home Group (a Bible study for returned workers in a small setting)


Missionary Care Contact Lunch & Learn

Sun, Mar 1 @ 12:30-2:30p — The Loop Campus (Rm 262)

Open to church members from every campus, this training will equip you to become a Missionary Care Contact. At the end of the training, you'll be able to choose one of our missionaries to adopt through our Adopt-A-Missionary program. RSVP for the event here.

Contact

Have questions about Missionary Care at Houston's First? Get in touch with these ministry leaders:

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