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 2017-2018.
Disaster Relief - Men’s Ministry - Royal Ambassadors
Chaplains, available to counsel with people in the stressful time of natural disaster, are equipped through training provided by Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funds.
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 helps with the provision of shower trailers for volunteers who respond to a natural disaster.
Louisiana Disaster Relief volunteers share the gospel everywhere they go, changing the hell-bound destination of thousands of people.
Everyone who gives through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is part of the solution to fulfilling the commands of Christ.
Without the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering there would be no funds to cover the cost of training volunteers to respond when disasters happen.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides the entire budget of Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relief.
Volunteer training, made possible through Georgia Barnette State Missions funds, makes communication possible between the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relief.
Without the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, the people in Connecticut who were saved as a Louisiana Disaster Relief chainsaw team helped remove trees on 200 homes may never have heard the Gospel.
Without the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, it would be difficult to partner with American Red Cross to feed people in times of disaster.
Because of the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, it is possible for people to build temporary homes while permanent repairs or rebuilds are being completed.
Without the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, the equipment purchased for response would not be available.
Without the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, people in Texas would still be displaced from the 71 churches flooded during Hurricane Harvey last year.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering feeds the hungry after a disaster through Louisiana Baptists Disaster Relief.
In 2017-2018 Baptist Builders assisted 10 mission churches with planning, building or remodeling facilities.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides assistance with attaining building permits for projects.
The Baptist Builders consultant recruited work teams from Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico, as well as Louisiana, to work on mission churches, BCMs, and Tall Timbers.
Through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, the Baptist Builders consultant often works with churches planning future projects.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering provides construction equipment to assist volunteers working on projects.
With assistance from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, the number of Hispanic churches has doubled in the past 10 years. We now have 58 Hispanic churches.
Through Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding, Hispanic churches have been involved in Disaster Relief training.
The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering has helped with the planting of various language churches: 1 Laotian, 2 Korean, 1 Burmese, 1 Zomi, 1 Ethiopian, and 29 Hispanic.
With the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, we have closed the gap between the number of churches in north and south Louisiana; we now have more churches with south Louisiana zip codes than with north Louisiana zip codes.
More than 100 church planters and team members have received training in the past 5 years. This training is made possible by the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
With the help of the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, we have baptized 14 new believers per church plant since 2010.
With Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding, we averaged 56.5 salvation decisions per church plant since 2010.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding provides church growth training for church planters; we have six church plants in the top 10% in average worship attendance.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding enabled us to plant 223 new works since 2010.
With the help of the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, our new non-Anglo works include 65 African American churches, 31 Hispanic churches, 10 Asian churches, and 17 multi-ethnic churches.
Through Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding, we are reaching the next generation by planning multi-ethnic churches.
Through Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding, we are planting non-Anglo churches in a proportion that is higher than the proportion of non-Anglos in the general population of our state.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding enabled us to plant 59 new works in New Orleans since 2010.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding enabled us to plant 170 new works in south Louisiana since 2010. Seventy-five percent of the state’s population lives south Louisiana.
Church plants funded by the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering enable us to proclaim the Gospel among 14 people groups every week.
With the help of Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funding, we proclaim the Gospel every week in 12 languages.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funded church plants have baptized 3,293 new believers since 2010.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funded church plants have reported 12,491 salvation decisions since 2010.
Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering funded church plants are instrumental in achieving the mandate of the 2020 Commission for Louisiana Baptists to reach every people group in Louisiana with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Women’s Missions and Ministry - Children’s/Youth Mission Education
The CenLa Pregnancy Center opened its doors in December 2017; this site has already served over 100 families. A grant from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering helped them to purchase start-up materials and supplies.
Six women completed the national Christian Women’s Job Corps certification training. This makes possible a fifth site in Louisiana, but also expands a leadership team at an existing site.
A special projects allocation enables Cindy Blanchard, Women’s Missions & Ministry sanctity of human life/pregnancy resource consultant, to work with churches and associations in beginning new pregnancy resource centers.
Fifteen women were baptized at LA Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in April 2018. Six of them made professions of faith during the 2017 annual tent revival.
Women from Louisiana Baptist churches provide the hygiene items to pack over 900 gift boxes that were delivered to offenders at LCIW in October 2017 during the prison ministry weekend. The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering helps to provide the boxes.
Training events, such as Connected and the annual Women’s Mission Celebration, are made possible by the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
Funds from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering will help to train and equip 24 Women’s Missions & Ministry associates. These volunteers are helping to build networks with churches and associations for mission and event promotion and leader training events.
Reaching the $1,700,000 goal for the 2018 Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering will help Louisiana Baptists to equip more leaders of missions, discipleship for women and mission education/WMU in the local church.
WMU Scholarships for 53 students at Louisiana College in 2017-2018 were provided by an allocation from the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
Ten women attending four of the six Southern Baptist seminaries received scholarship assistance through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering in 2017-2018.
Louisiana Baptists’ faithful giving through the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering helps to provide M-JAM for children each spring. In 2018, about 700 children and adults participated at two events.
Twenty-five teens and adult leaders got involved in serving God on mission in Alexandria while at Voyage, a co-ed missions experience hosted by Children’s/Youth Mission Education.
The first-ever Children’s Mission Camp was held at Tall Timbers this summer. Over 375 registered guests and staff attended this successful event!
acTEENs Girl Weekend was held at Tall Timbers in April 2018. It was a time when teen girls from around the state gathered to have fun, hear from IMB missionaries, and explore the Bible.
At Girls Mission Camp in 2017, six girls made professions of faith in Christ and three girls rededicated their lives to Him.
In 2017, M-JAM saw a total of 962 participants, volunteers, staff, and leaders from 55 churches. Sixteen students made decisions to follow Christ.
Here for You
Did you know Louisiana Baptists are on air, online and on social media thanks in part to your gifts to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering? Thank you for THINKING BIG!
Here for You is a multi-platform media strategy designed to give every person in Louisiana the opportunity to say “yes” to Jesus. This strategy 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 normally couldn’t get to and reach people we typically couldn’t reach.
Your Georgia Barnette gifts helped create all of the Here for You commercials. You can see and share them at HereForYou.org.
Over the last two years, your Georgia Barnette gifts empowered the statewide Here for You campaigns during the Super Bowl in February and the Final Four in April enabling the truth of God’s word to be seeded in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people! That’s THINKING BIG!
In 2015 in conjunction with the 10thanniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana Baptists launched its third pilot of Here for You in southeast Louisiana.
- In year one, 79% of the young mothers in the area saw the message spots 11 or more times via broadcast and cable TV.
- In years two and three, the focus turned to median-aged men and over 95% of them saw the spots 60-70 times in the last two years.
- NOTE: During the first two years of the SE pilot, social media generated hundreds of thousands of impressions and tens of thousands of views.
Over the last 4 years, more than 325,000 people have seen the Here for You message spots – and this does not include the Super Bowl or Final Four campaigns.
Did you know you can go to HereforYou.org and share these message spots via Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms?
Here for You launched in July 2014 in Southwest Louisiana. During the six month pilot, it’s estimated that 90% of the young mothers saw the message spots 25 or more times. This figure does not include the additional impact of social media.
Here for You launched its second pilot in Northeast Louisiana in November of 2014. The pilot ran for nine months impacting 97% of the young mothers in the area. On average, a young mother living in northeast Louisiana saw these message spots 57 or more times and social media generated thousands of additional impressions and views.
The splash page, HereforYou.org, has welcomed more than 24,000 visitors and generated in excess of 176,000 additional views.
Over 1,000 people have searched for an area church and more than 300 people have viewed the online Gospel presentation.
Churches can also embed the Here for You spots on their church websites.
Your Georgia Barnette gifts enabled the Here for You spots to air statewide in the Super Bowl and the Final Four for two years in a row!
An estimated audience of 849,495 people were engaged at least two or more times during Super Bowl weekend (primarily Sunday).
Also during Super Bowl weekend, a statewide social media effort reached over 319,000 people via Facebook and saw in excess of 508 engagements via Twitter.
We are working and praying towards a full-time, statewide launch of Here for You in February 2019. Watch for information regarding how you can help make this a reality.