Your Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is busy year-round making a difference in the lives of people and churches across the state. Check out these Fast Facts from 2019-2020.
Your State Missions Offering at Work
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has made it possible to train and equip over 500 church planting team members since 2015.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides the financial spark that allows a church to say, “yes” to multiplication.
Churches planted since 2010, with help from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, have now led over 15,000 people to Christ.
The Mission Builder program, funded through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, has fueled sustainability with our new churches by helping make first unit buildings affordable.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has helped us double the number of Hispanic congregations in Louisiana and to increase the total number of non-Anglo congregations from 5% to now 15% of total congregations in the LBC.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has helped us reach every people group. Since 2010, new Vietnamese, Burmese, Chinese, Korean, Eritrean, Arabic, Hispanic, and Portuguese churches have been started in Louisiana.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering fuels ministry to real people through compassion ministry development that has included food pantry, addiction recovery resources, English as a Second Language, Adult Reading and Writing, Job Training, and more through our churches.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has fueled the planting of now 70 new churches in the New Orleans area with over $3 million invested by Louisiana Baptist in New Orleans since 2010.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has helped us reach every corner of our state as churches have been planted in 104 of Louisiana’s 304 cities and towns.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is helping us finish the task in Louisiana, as we are now planting new churches in 50 cities and towns with no Southern Baptist church.
In 2019 Louisiana Baptists gave 7.2% more to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering than in 2018. This made additional ministries possible in 2020. Thank you, Louisiana Baptists.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides funds to cover the cost of training volunteers to respond when disasters happen.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provided funds for the chainsaw team from Louisiana to remove trees from houses on Cape Cod in 2019.
Louisiana Baptists’ Disaster Relief and United Way of Lake Charles partnered to prepare and serve 50,000 meals during the time of quarantine due to COVID-19.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding made it possible to train volunteers for the response to the Bahamas in efforts to rebuild St. Mathews Baptist located at Pelican Point on East Grand Bahama island.
Louisiana Baptists’ Disaster Relief assisted in the response to the Bahamas after the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides funds to purchase Bibles and tracts used in reaching hundreds during times of disaster.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is the source for budget of Louisiana Baptists’ Disaster Relief budget.
Purchase and maintenance of shower units is possible through Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding. Shower units are vital for the well-being of volunteers who respond to help in disasters.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is essential in training chaplains to minister and counsel in stressful times of disasters.
Giving through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering enables churches to become the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering will help to make possible eight regional Women Who Lead equipping events in 2020 and 2021.
Shannon Brown trains churches in ESL (English as a Second Language) to help churches reach the Hispanic Community with the Gospel.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering assists in establishing food pantries to feed people who need assistance. These ministries meet needs, build trust, share the gospel and connect people to the local church.
At M-JAM children learn about missions in fun ways and often have opportunity to meet Louisiana’s church planters.
Georgia Barnette State Mission Offering helps us to have Children’s Mission Camp where, for four days at Tall Timbers, campers love hearing about missions, meeting two missionary families and enjoy the time in God’s great outdoors.
Because you give to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, it is possible for us to hire twenty-four college students to staff our Children’s Mission Camp.
At Children’s Missions Camp in 2019, seventeen children made professions of faith for Christ.
Campers at Children’s Missions Camp in 2019 collected $1,800 for the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
At every event we host, children and students learn how to pray for, give to, and support missions around our state and world.
Each month our team writes Drop-In Mission Education Lessons that can be used in your church. These lessons help children’s mission leaders to teach what God is doing in Louisiana.
Mission Builders touches every area in the state of Louisiana – from east to west and north to south.
Four Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) sites are in Louisiana. In 2018-2019, sixty-four women completed course work from at CWJC sites. Shut-downs due to COVID-19 affected plans for nine additional spring graduates at Beauregard CWJC; they are looking forward to the Fall! Georgia Barnette State Mission’s Offering assists with training expenses for CWJC site coordinators and assistants.
In 2020, Mission Builders has six churches currently under construction and three more ready to sign the paperwork and begin construction.
Mission Builders is totally dependent on volunteers to come along side churches to accomplish building projects. COVID-19 has seriously affected the availability of many volunteers.
Mission Builders allows mission churches to complete a building project at a fraction of the cost of hiring the work done.
The Mission Builder Strategist works with churches in all phases of a building project, BUT he must have volunteers from Louisiana as well as from other states. Volunteers from as far away as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi have travelled to Louisiana to work on Mission Builders projects.
In the 2020-2021 school year, forty-one students attending Louisiana College, will receive scholarship assistance from the Hannah Reynolds WMU Scholarship program. These funds are an annual allocation from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
In the 2020-2021 school year, three women attending Southern Baptist seminaries, will receive scholarship assistance from the Hannah Reynolds WMU Scholarship program. These funds are an annual allocation from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions offering is named to honor Georgia Barnette who served as the first full-time, paid director (executive director/treasurer) of Louisiana WMU from 1915-1929.
Georgia Barnette moved to Louisiana in 1901 to serve as a city missionary of the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) through First Baptist, New Orleans. Her love for Louisiana grew quickly and as a volunteer, she also served as a field worker for WMU with Louisiana Baptist Convention from 1905-1914.
Louisiana Baptist women provided over 1,200 gift boxes for offenders at Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in 2019. Seventeen women at LCIW professed faith in Christ and were baptized during Gift Box Distribution and Tent Revival weekend. Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering makes it possible to purchase boxes for the gift items and transport them to the prison.
Here for You
Since February of 2019, Louisiana Baptists (you) have been seeding God’s word inside hearts and homes across Louisiana via Here for You.
Here for You is a multi-platform, evangelistic media strategy designed to give every person in Louisiana the opportunity to say “yes” to Jesus.
Here for You is an attempt to fulfill Jesus’ directive in Luke 14:23, “Go into the highways and the hedges and compel them to come in.”
Here for You enables us to seed God’s truth in places we typically don’t reach and engage people who do not attend anyone’s church.
Your Georgia Barnette gifts helped create all of the Here for You commercials. You can see and share them via Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms at HereForYou.org.
Churches can also embed the Here for You spots on their church websites.
Here are the fruits of Here for You we’ve seen thus far:
- In the third quarter of 2019, you seeded God’s truth in the homes of 75% of TV households across the state an average 8 times*
- During the fourth quarter of 2019 this increased to over 94% of TV households and held steady at over 8 times on average.*
- The first quarter of 2020 continued the pace of just under 94% of TV households and a frequency of 8 times per household.*
*This is an across the market average during the weeks in which the commercials aired.
Digital/Website/Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Partnership:
Digital (Social Media)
- 9 months of 2019 – Avg reach of 293,101; Avg clicks – 958; Avg Frequency – 2.54
- First quarter of 2020: Avg reach of 170,763, Avg clicks – 352, Avg Frequency – 5
Billy Graham Partnership
- Averaging over 500 views of the gospel presentation and 100 indicated decisions each month.
Discover how your church can connect with this effort by visiting LouisianaBaptists.org/hereforyou and entering the password, luke1423.