Do you ever wish you knew more about the results of state missions and the Eliza Broadus Offering? Ever wonder if your offering dollars make a difference?
I feel the same way at times. I know that our praying and giving is having an impact, but there is nothing like seeing the results or receiving an email with a story about someone coming to faith through state missions. I received such an email just before Christmas.
The email included a link to a video of the baptism of a student from Japan at Murray’s First Baptist Church. Keith Inman, pastor and former collegiate ministry director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, was so excited to be baptizing this student.
In the video, another international student read the testimony of the Japanese student who is studying ESL (English as Second Language) at Murray State University. The great thing about his testimony is the connection of international missions and state missions. The first Christian this student met was a missionary in Japan who did student work. He would hang out with the Japanese students, play Frisbee or cards, or visit coffee shops. After seeing how kind this Christian missionary was, the Japanese student became interested in his faith. The missionary shared stories from the Bible, explained who God is, and what makes Christianity different from other religions.
Then Tucker (American name that he chose) came to Murray to study. There he met students from the BCM (Baptist Campus Ministry) who befriended him and shared their faith. Over Thanksgiving break, Tucker went home with another student and began to realize that God had been orchestrating his life for many years. In the car, he believed that God is holy and that he was separated from God by his sin. In that moment he believed in what Jesus had done for him
Before baptizing Tucker, Keith asked everyone who was present who had any part of his journey to faith to stand, including things like giving him a ride to Walmart and the subject of Jesus came up. Keith said, "You never know how God is going to use the faithfulness of His people to help a young man or a young woman to understand that God is at work."
Thank you for your gifts to the Eliza Broadus Offering which provides funding for Baptist Campus Ministry and outreach to international students. You were a part of Tucker’s salvation story.
Focus on WMU will be observed in February. We are asking every WMU group to receive a Focus offering for EBO. The timing of the 2017 hurricanes impacted EBO giving, yet state missions needs go on. Your gift now will make an impact.
And if you want to see the video of Tucker’s baptism and share it with others, it is available online and may be downloaded to share with others. https://vimeo.com/249523940. The video will touch your heart and allow you to see EBO at work for yourself!