FBC has long been a symbol of outreach and hope. Throughout the year, the church supports many local, national and global service organizations with its time, talents and resources. The congregation also participates in several American Baptist offerings as part of our wider mission.
Responding to a call to reach out even further, First Baptist has been organizing regular mission trips outside of Massachusetts since 1993.
In 2018, our Mission Team traveled to Plymouth, North Carolina. The group from First Baptist had the joy of working with Coastal Carolina Rebuilding Ministry (CCRM), a mission that grew out of the Plymouth United Methodist Church. The CCRM mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. They are committed to helping low-income people, those who are at risk of becoming low-income and communities in need: “We respect the integrity, strengths and assets of all people. We strengthen lives, homes and communities.”
A unique feature of our Mission Teams is that we welcome volunteers of all ages, including young children. The 2018 mission trip included four members who were seven and younger, teenagers, young adults, lots of adults and some very wise seniors! Stay tuned for more information about our next domestic mission trip (Summer 2020), location to be determined!
In 2017, we were blessed to fly to Nicaragua to work with AMOS Health & Hope, a public health ministry in Nicaragua led by two American Baptist Medical Missionaries, Dr. David Parajon and Dr. Laura Parajon. AMOS strives to empower 22 rural communities and one urban clinic in Managua to improve their physical and mental health by identifying resources of leadership from within each community.
We worked with the community of Apantillo, a village of 1300 situated in the beautiful mountains of central Nicaragua, to install water filters in homes, conduct a daily Bible School for children, staff a clinic testing for anemia, and spend time learning from and getting to know the local community.
Upon returning from the mission, we recommended First Baptist we become a ‘Partner Congregation to AMOS’. We committed to provide financial support to AMOS for up to $9000 for each of the next four years. This $9000 fully funds the AMOS program, providing basic health care for the 1300 people of Apantillo. This includes: funding for Ada Luz (the only health provider for the entire village), a basic pharmacy for the community, education resources, immunizations for children, and monthly supplemental visit by AMOS doctors and nurses. This commitment literally saves lives.
In addition the team raised $1000 for the purchase of a 5000 gallon water tank for the village center of Apantillo, where the church and clinic are. The money for this project was provided by members of First Baptist Beverly, Trinity Church in Northboro and First United Baptist Church in Lowell. The tank will be installed in September 2017.
To help First Baptist in raising funds, visit our Donations page and indicate ‘AMOS partner program’ in the notes box or make a check to First Baptist with the notation ‘Amos partner program.’ If you’d like more information about Nicaragua and our partnership with AMOS, contact Rev. Kent Harrop .
1993: Anadarko, Oklahoma, working with Anadarko Christian Center of the American Baptist Churches, USA
1995: Kodiak, Alaska, working with Kodiak Baptist Mission of the American Baptist Churches, USA
1997: Neon, Kentucky, working with HOMES, Inc.
2000: Lodge Grass, Montana, working with the Crow Agency
2002: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, working with Saint James Missionary Baptist Church
2004: Muskogee, Oklahoma, working with Bacone College
2006: New Iberia, Louisiana, working with South Mutual Help Association
2008: Lafitte, Louisiana, , working with South Mutual Help Association
2010: Oak Hill, West Virginia, working through the United Methodist Church, West Virginia Volunteers in Mission
2012: Mission, South Dakota, working with the Tree of Life Ministry
2014: Neon, Kentucky, working with HOMES, Inc.
2016: Plymouth, North Carolina, working with Coastal Caroline Rebuilding Mission
2017: Nicaragua, working with AMOS Health & Hope
2018: Plymouth, North Carolina, working with Coastal Caroline Rebuilding Mission