First Baptist Moline has a long and rich tradition of supporting both local, national, and international missions. We give of our time, talent and treasures to mission projects within our community and around the world.
Missions in Action
For the last seven years, we have put our strong interest in missions into action. We work with Lillian Solt, an American Baptist missionary working with Latin American Ministries. Every year we go to Costa Rica to work with the following groups:
CEDCAS is a medical clinic in San Jose. We do whatever they need us to do, including vacation Bible school type activities in two areas, reaching 150 children with the Bible message. Part of our mission is to teach the local women in four locations to sew. Not only can they now make clothing for their families, but some have developed their skills into small profitable businesses. Over the years we have taken 14 new sewing machines and new sergers.
We also go into the mountains of the south to meet with the ladies at ASOMIBI. These ladies have banded together to produce and process coffee. We help with packaging, drying the coffee in the sun, building a shelter for young plants, and painting the coffee processing equipment.
HOUSE OF HEALTH
For three years we have helped change a vacant house in San Jose into the House of Health. This building is beingused as a civic center for health related meetings, educational activities, and other projects.
Lillian always insists that we have one day to do tourist activities. They have included riding a zip line through the canopy of the rainforest, taking a boat to Turtle Island in the Pacific, visiting a volcano, and swimming at a resort at Puntarenas on the Pacific.
The cost for this mission trip is about $1,200 and includes everything; air, food, land travel, tips, treats, etc. If interested in joining us, please contact Bill Lee cell: 309-235-8033 or home: 309-762-0884 or contact the church at 309-762-4581.
On a global level we also support the United Mission Program, International Ministries and our Partner Missionaries Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga who are missionaries to Haiti. Kihomi and Nzunga serve as a vital link between International Ministries and the Haitian Baptist Convention. Nzunga teaches theology at the Christian University of Northern Haiti, trains assistant professors in teaching and writing books, administers a scholarship program, and visits and preaches in churches. He also administers the "Kids for Kids" goat projects, and provides needed school and personal supplies for children and university students.
Kihomi works with families in areas of counseling, family planning, and women's health issues. She also coordinates and advises the women's association of the Haitian Baptist Convention, representing women of all the Baptist denominations of Haiti at international conferences.
Through our annual budget we also support the following:
We help support local groups such as;
Our Mission Board, partnering with World Relief, also works with our Karen brothers and sisters in personal item collection, and moving to new apartments. Our church has welcomed many Karens, both moving from other areas of the USA and from Thailand.
At First Baptist Moline we also support the following mission effects with a once a year mission drive for the following offerings:
America for Christ gifts support Christ centered ministries that are transforming lives across the United States and Puerto Rico - from addressing Children in Poverty initiatives and resettling refugees violently driven from their homelands to providing evangelism training, developing discipleship recourses and leading ministry workshops and conferences.
Through One Great Hour of Sharing, we care for God’s treasures. By sharing some of our earthly treasure—our money, our time, our energy—aid is sent when disaster strikes. Refugees receive help in the long term as they rebuild their lives. People receive education, health care, tools, seeds, and resources to improve their communities.
Since 1935, American Baptists have contributed to special offerings received in their churches for retired ABC ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses. The Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) was established in 1977.Through this annual offering, American Baptist congregations say thank you in a tangible way to the denomination’s retired ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses.