On Sunday October 20th, the Faith On Mission Team asked our church family to DVR their favorite football team and cut short their Sunday nap to bring their family to our 2013 Faith Missions Fair. The fair was hosted on our campus and was a church wide event.
The truth is there is nothing innovative about hosting a Missions Fair or Missions Conference. Churches all over our great city and throughout the country host such events quite often. These missions events come in all shapes and sizes with varying elements, themes and decorations. Pastors, missionaries and the foremost Christians personalities often come from all over the world to fill shoes as the keynote speaker.
So when our Faith On Mission Team set out to cast vision for the 2013 Missions Fair, we wanted to do so with great intentionality. In fact, it led us to the following vision statement for the event:
…to raise education and awareness through participation…
On an almost weekly basis church members will ask me “How can I get involved?” There is no doubt God is alive and well in our church family and because of that fact, many feel the draw of the Spirit to become more engaged to fulfill The Great Commission with their everyday lives. The Fair existed as a way to do just that.
Our hallways were full of intentionally invited ministries that could provide our church family with the chance for immediate involvement. Through Orphan Care ministry, Church Planting and local ministry opportunities through Engage Memphis, participants could meet ministry leaders and take home a bag full of information on ways to become more involved. It was really exciting to spend time with new ministry friends and long-running ministry partners.
Perhaps the most exciting form of participation was our Skype Stations. Each room equipped with a television, laptop and live host to lead a conversation between missionary and church member. Countries participating in the Stations included Costa Rica, Kosovo, Brazil and Guatemala.
So no matter what event or emphasis we host at Faith through our Missions Ministry, my commitment is to lead us through a process of intentional action. That nothing we do is for our glory or to pat ourselves on the back; instead each gathering here, is to make us better equipped and more prepared to go there – wherever God may lead us!
For pictures from this year fair, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/faithbaptistmissions
If you weren’t able to attend the Fair or would like follow up information, here is a list of the ministries that participated – click the name to be directed to the ministry’s website:
Bethany Christian Services
The Pearl House
Be Free Revolution
1 < Orphan
The Church at Cooper Young
First International Baptist
Pursuit Church Memphis
Engage Memphis Ministries
The Warrior Center
Faith Baptist Prison Ministry
The Morning Center
FSM Street Teams
International Ministry Connection
Costa Rica – Daniel & Sarah Barrett
Kosovo – Simon & Christa Hoopes
Guatemala – Mark & Gina Schmidt
Brazil – Waldir & Mary Louise DeSouza
Women’s Missionary Union
Guest Speaker: George Siler, Director of International World Changers Network – IMB