Are you a team builder with a creative approach and desire to minister outside the walls of the church building? This ministry needs you to help form an apartment ministry team. You will be looking for ways to build trusting relationships with apartment dwellers though a variety of hands-on activities and lead them in Bible study, prayer and worship. Call Hank Henry at 432.683.0628 for more information.
Baptist CRISIS Center
Churches Responding In Support and Service is a cooperative ministry of area Baptist churches ministering to the needs of our community. You can make a difference in the lives of others as an interviewer for financial assistance, helping with benevolence through food and clothing distribution and exploring creative avenues for ministry to those in need. Located at 806 S. Baird. Contact Susan Edwards, Director, at 432-685-1467.
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” Psalm 9:18
Care, concern and common sense are characteristics of the volunteer teams who interview clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Benevolence/Missions office. They share the Good News of Jesus, help with financial needs and lend a listening ear. We also maintain a basic food pantry for people needing emergency food assistance until their needs can be more appropriately met by the CRISIS Center. To make a difference in someone’s life, please call Eva Diaz at 432.683.0656.
Tutoring Elementary Students
Do you want to be part of a team that can change the future of an at risk child? Be a mentor to a 4th grader at Lamar Elementary School (Dream Catchers) or Sam Houston School (Trail Partners). These 4th graders need your help improving their academic skills in reading, writing and math, but most importantly, they need someone that will care enough to show them God’s love. If this fits you, call Margaret Osborn – Dream Catchers at 432.684.5066 or Bill Burchard – Trail Partners at 432.684.4635.
Basin Baptist Literacy Services
This ministry is designed to reach the international/immigrant community here in Midland. First Baptist, in cooperation with other Baptist churches in the Midland area, offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to meet a very practical need for these individuals. One might think of this ministry as International Missions Without a Passport because we are reaching out to individuals and families who have come to us from around the world.While teaching them English is a goal of this ministry, it is teaching and showing them the love of Christ that is the primary goal. As with any ministry, volunteers are needed in any and every capacity from teachers to childcare workers, from record keepers to greeters, from prayer partners to transportation workers - the list goes on and on as God continues to broaden the vision for us to one day reach beyond offering basic literacy services.The classes meet once a week on the FBC campus. Contact Amanda Melchor for more information, 432-352-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes begin August 25 and will be held every Thursday from 6:30-8:15 pm at FBC in D101/102 (use the entrance on the corner of Cuthbert and Garfield). Classes are available for beginning, intermediate and advance English learners.
Take the compassion of Christ to inmates in the local jail by helping lead Sunday services. You can also volunteer as a Bible study correspondence grader, sending out non-denominational Bible studies in English and Spanish to inmates primarily in Texas. There is also a need for volunteers to offer counseling and relocation help for returning ex-offenders. Men and women volunteers are needed. Please call Hank Henry at 432.683.0628 or Louise Goode at 432.683.0656.
International Student Ministry
God is bringing the nations to us here in Midland. There are about 80 international students from around the world studying at Midland College. It is our dream to see an FBC team unite to reach these students with the Good News. We will build trusting friendships through prayer, spending purposeful time with them and understanding how we can encourage them to succeed. Help us make this happen. Please email Stephany Moore.
Retirement Center Ministry
Do you find joy in teaching and encouraging others who are always appreciative and eager to receive your ministry? You will find no one more worthy of your efforts than retirement center residents. Please consider giving a little of your time and talents on Sundays to bless these people: Polo Park—10 AM, Saddleridge—10 AM, Trinity Haven—10 AM and Manor Park—4 PM. To serve, call Hank Henry at 432.683.0628.
Silent Friends Deaf Adult and Deaf Student Ministries
If you or someone you know is deaf and communicates with sign language, First Baptist Church provides opportunities for you to worship, study the Bible and make new friends with other signers. Deaf signed interpretation is provided each Sunday in the 8:30 a.m. worship service.The Wednesday student worship service is interpreted at 6:50 p.m. in The Garage. Deaf teenagers Bible Life Group meets each Sunday at 9:50 a.m. in room E212. The Silent Friends Adult Bible Life Group meets at 9:50 a.m. in room E121. Please contact Daniel Campbell for more information at 432.683.0847.
The SONshine House
The SONshine House is a hospital hospitality guest-house located at 2202 W. Cuthbert, immediately north of the FBC campus. It serves the West Texas region by providing affordable short-term lodging and Christ-centered ministry to loved ones of those hospitalized. The house has four wonderfully furnished guest rooms with comfortable areas for eating and relaxing. Since its opening in 2000, the SONshine House has hosted families from 26 communities in four states and Mexico. The house is also utilized by those facing extended outpatient care, where commuting would be difficult. Volunteers assist in making our guests' stay as pleasant as possible by bringing breakfast items and desserts, household supplies and helping maintain the house. For information or reservations, please contact Ofelia Ortega at 432.683.0623.
Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team
Texas Baptist Men (TBM) has been involved in disaster relief in Texas and around the world since 1967. TBM trains volunteers and coordinates efforts in providing prompt assistance to disaster victims. The Permian Basin Unit maintains fully-equipped mobile disaster relief feeding and water purification units. They coordinate their work with the other disaster relief organizations throughout the state to provide emergency services. If you like hands-on ministry, call Gary Hoke at 432.686.8859 or 432.528.7411.
Each December we have the opportunity to serve with several other SBC churches to provide Christmas gift boxes and basic food staples for families living near Ojinaga, Mexico just across the river from Presidio, TX. Because of the economic difficulties and the escalated violence along the border, these gifts are especially appreciated. This outreach entails prayer-walking, Christmas gift distribution, food distribution, and ministering in community. Please call Rob Lovelady at 432.813.6332.
This annual ministry takes place in the FBC Activities Building where families-in-need "shop" for free, new, toys for each child in their family and have these new toys gift-wrapped by FBC volunteers. Each family is also given a Bible, and presented with the Gospel message. In 2010, more than 400 families came through the Christmas Store receiving toys for 1,268 children and 61 adults chose to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!
Make this Christmas season a time for your family to bless the community of Midland through your volunteer service at this outreach. You can serve by helping with registration, setting-up the gift store, sharing the Gospel as an interviewer, providing toys, wrapping gifts and many other ways. Do you want to serve? Call Ofelia Ortega at 432.683.0623.
Before Christmas each year, a Sunday evening service is dedicated to collecting food for the hungry in Midland. The food is wrapped in white paper or plastic sacks and brought to the worship service. On the following Monday, volunteers unwrap, box and deliver the food all across the city. Share the love of Christ in a practical way by delivering food boxes and praying for those in our community in need. This is a great way to involve your entire family in missions right at home. Experience the true spirit of Christmas! Call Ofelia Ortega at 432.683.0623.