Glenda Bashlor explains Second Baptist Church’s Creative Women’s Ministries and the various ways the women are able to both encourage folks and be a witness. This includes work in schools, hospitals, and with shut-ins. SECOND BAPTIST/Special
WAYCROSS — The Missions 1:8 Conference, held Oct. 26 at Second Baptist Church, worked to help smaller churches recognize the opportunities and resources available locally and globally, said the churches missional development coach, Clint Bowman.
Bowman considered the event, a first for himself and the church, a success. Attendance exceeded 50 and included those from surrounding Georgia counties as well as at least one from north Florida. Ages represented were “all across the board,” said Bowman. “There was one teenager with his mom, possibly being called to missions.”
One Second Baptist member in attendance was Stancil Strickland, who said he was there to help and to attend some sessions. Strickland said the church “had plenty of people there to help people know where to go.” Sessions he attended included Bill Barker speaking about his work in ministry in Appalachia as well as Southeast Georgia Missions Consultant Eric Rentz, who shared about work going on in the Bahamas. “It was a great learning experience,” added Strickland.
First Baptist Cairo members Greg and Rhonda Keve cut short their regular volunteer work at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa to attend Missions 1:8.
Rhonda Keve attended the Ladies Ministries session, one of the most widely attended. In this session, Glenda Bashlor shared several “out of the box” ways to minister to women in the community.
Gary Keeve said he “very much enjoyed” learning about the Backpacks to Appalachia ministry. He will be sharing with his church all he learned at the conference at an upcoming prayer meeting. “We took away a lot of good information,“ he added.
Debra Sheuring serves as WMU director at Yeoman’s Chapel Baptist in Pierce County. She came away with “lots of good ideas” to take back to her WMU ladies.
Excited about missions
Sheuring was particularly excited to learn about the Kingdom Care Ministry, led by Lisa Mathis. Kingdom Care is a free clinic serving Waycross and surrounding counties. In the session, Mathis shared about the many volunteer opportunities for those with or without medical training. They also learned about ways to be involved in medical missions in other areas.
“It just got you excited about missions,” said Sheuring. “I just wish more people had known about it.” Sheuring added that she thought the conference offered “a great networking opportunity.”
Janet Taylor of Haywood Baptist took advantage of the networking opportunity. Taylor attended the session led by Mike and Cammie Smith, who have ministered to refugees in the Mediterranean region. The Smiths introduced Taylor to a retired missionary who then agreed to come to her church to teach about Lottie Moon.
Taylor also learned new things about prayerwalking during the session taught by Harriet Bowman. In particular, she noticed the importance of developing a prayerwalking strategy and knowing exactly what the practice entails.
“It gets you excited again about things you were called to do that you put on the back burner,” she said.
Along with the breakout sessions, displays provided information on local ministries such as the Mary Street Mission run by the Piedmont Okefenokee Baptist Association. Information on other groups included Baptist Global Response and Voice of the Martyrs.
Andrea Duggan is a writer based in Macon. She is a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, where her husband, Jim, serves as pastor.