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First Baptist On Mission

First Baptist Church is a mission-minded church. We take seriously the call to the follow Jesus. Mission is not an isolated project or event for us, but a mandate for how we live our lives daily and who we are to be. As a church family, it is our mission to cultivate and equip the calling of others through the engagement with what God is doing in the lives of others and the world. For that reason, we are constantly seeking new ways to push for engagement, whether locally or globally.
For more detailed information, click on the subheadings below and/or check out our latest Missions 1st Newsletter. Also, follow us on Facebook at the link below for daily ways to plug into or pray for FBC missions! Come serve with us!

IN OUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Hands of Hope

    Hands of Hope is a faith based, tuition-free, ten week semester educational program for women.  We provide an array of life and job skills training as well as Bible Study along with academic classes.  Each woman has her own personal encouraging mentor.
    Hands of Hope offers a life-changing experience to women who commit to this program. For more information check out www.handsofhopesanmarcos.org.

  • Mission Able

    Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” By serving others we reflect what Christ has done for us. Let’s serve corporately and witness to what Jesus has done in our lives. Together, we can do far more than we can on our own. Mission Able is a quarterly service week and/or weekend. We complete projects that meet needs within the San Marcos area. These projects range from leading worship at a nursing home to home repairs or ramp builds. Follow our events page for more details.

  • School Fuel

    School Fuel’s mission is to provide the “fuel” for a better learning environment by removing the pangs of hunger among the students in our classrooms. More than 75% of our school age children are on reduced or free meals at school. Most of them go home on the weekends to little or no food. Statistics show that children who struggle with hunger at home perform at lower levels in school during the week. It began out of a service project through a FBC Bible Study in 2013. Today they are serving over 900 students in the SMCISD. For more information, visit www.schoolfuelsanmarcos.org.

  • Mission Fair

    Our annual Mission Fair is the last Sunday of October. It is a way we celebrate what the Lord has done in and through us. Our fair displays our mission endeavors and partners. It is a great way to see the various ways you can get involved in God’s mission here locally or in other parts of the world. We encourage all of our members of First Baptist to find a way to serve.

IN OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

China Connection In China

In years past, we send short-term missionaries to teach English in China through Volunteers for China. This trip usually happens in July. Other partnerships in China are brewing, but regardless, we have a strong commitment to sharing the Gospel to the people of China.

White Stone Ministries in Mexico

About every other month a mission team goes to Acuña, Mexico to serve at Casa Hogar El Corazon de Rey Children’s Home. The team drives down to Del Rio on Friday night then crosses the border Saturday morning. Sometimes the team leads a VBS, play yard games or helps with construction projects around the home.

Around 2:00pm the team heads back to San Marcos. It is a quick, inexpensive mission trip. It costs $40 for the weekend. For more information about the orphanage, check out whitestone.ws/about.html.

Rainbow Ministries in Mexico

Rainbow Ministries Children’s Home is based in Morelos, Mexico. In past years we sent teams to the orphanage to serve and love on the children in their care. Due to rising conflicts and threats, our support is mostly financial and prayers. Visit rainbowministrieschildrenshome.org to learn more about the orphanage.

Tarahumara Indians in Chihuahua, Mexico

For years we have partnered with Ernesto and Olga Santiago who are missionaries to the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico. The Tarahumara Indians live in the rural and mountainous parts of Mexico. They have little healthcare and resources. The Santiagos have a feeding and clothing ministry to these people as the share the love of Jesus Christ.
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Father to the Fatherless in Kazakhstan

Dereje Wondmu is a missionary from Ethiopia, Africa who felt a call to the orphans in Kazakhstan. He has been there for decades, working with several orphanages in the Almaty area of Kazakhstan. He assists orphans with doctor’s appointments and medical needs. He is also an instrumental connection for the aging-out orphans to find housing, ongoing education and furnishings.

Hope Springs Water in Belize

Hope Springs Water sees every one of the 844 million people who lack basic drinking water access and the 2.3 billion without proper sanitation as individuals deserving of a life lived in health and dignity. HSW achieves its mission by drilling water wells, building sanitary latrines, and teaching public health and hygiene related practices through their school-based Wash programs.

We have worked in Southern Belize restoring water wells and hosting Wash programs. For more information about this partner, visit hopespringswater.org.

TEEMHaiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

TEEMHaiti is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to reaching and empowering the Haitian people. The mission of TEEMHaiti is to teach, empower, equip, and mentor the people of Haiti working with men, women, and children to provide hope and encouragement. Our goal is to impact the future by investing in people and making a lasting change. At least twice a year we send mission teams to Haiti under the leadership of TEEMHaiti. Check out teemhaiti.com for more information.

Daniel’s Garden in Panama

Kuna Yala is an Indian reservation in the northern part of Panama. It is remote and isolated from the world. Our presence on the island of Ailigandi is possible because of the work of Daniel Gruver’s father, who established a medical ministry during a time period where the Kuna were not welcome to foreigners. Today they welcome us with arms wide open. We go during the end of June or beginning of July to serve in various ways, but mostly to build relationships.

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Minnie Knispel Legacy & Scholarship

The Minnie Knispel Missions Fund is a scholarship fund, which assists those participating in international mission endeavors. Miss Knispel established this fund to “defray or help defray the expenses of missionaries in a foreign country.” The Missions Committee of First Baptist Church reviews scholarship applications and disperses funds as available per need. The amount of Knispel scholarships granted differ according to individual financial needs and availability of the Knispel Fund. Please provide thorough answers for the Mission Committee review. It is suggested that applications be turned into the Mission Committee three months prior to the need of the funds, if possible. In addition to the scholarship application, an interview before the Mission Committee may be requested.

For more information, contact Monica Followell, Minister of Missions and outreach at mfollowell-at-sanmarcosfbc-dot-org.

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