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The Southern Baptist Convention is a fellowship of about 46,500 Baptist churches and another 4,500 mission churches scattered across the United States and its territories.   These congregations, comprised of numerous racial, ethnic, language, and socioeconomic people groups, are called “cooperating churches.”  The Convention’s formal purpose statement is:  to provide a general organization for Baptists in the United States and its territories for the promotion of Christian missions at home and abroad and any other objects such as Christian education, benevolent enterprises, and social services which it may deem proper and advisable for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.
 
The International Mission Board (IMB) partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.  More than 4,800 people groups – close to 1 billion people – still live with little or no access to the gospel.  The IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination, claiming more than 40,000 churches with nearly 16 million members.
 
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is an entity supported by the generous contributions of Southern Baptists with the goal of seeing the gospel change lives and communities. NAMB assists churches with evangelistic church planting strategy, the identification and training of missionaries, chaplains and church planters through the Send Network, and helps churches impact their communities through Send Relief. NAMB accomplishes this by serving in cooperation with churches, associations, state conventions, other national SBC entitles and the Canadian National Baptist Convention.
 
First Baptist Church, Floresville, is part of the South Central Baptist Area and is made up of the Gambrell and Gonzales Baptist Associations, with a total of 52 churches and 1 mission in parts of nine counties in south central Texas.
 
Our former youth pastor, Aaron Coffey, and his family have transitioned to the mission field in the Central American country of Belize.  The Coffeys are partnering with Commission to Every Nation (CTEN), a servant organization which helps missionaries fulfill the unique vision God has given them.  Through administrative support they provide accountability and help the missionary get to the field.  Through pastoral care they help them remain effective and healthy while there.
 
Gospel for Asia is committed as a family of believers to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with men, women and children throughout South Asia who have still not heard His precious name.  They rejoice to see the mighty works of God as individual lives are transformed and whole villages experience the love of Christ.  They join their hearts to be the hands and feet of Jesus, for such a time as this. Together, by His Spirit, we can reach this generation.
 
Since 1918, GuideStone Financial Resources has been on a “Mission” to provide “Dignity” to retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows. These are men and women who have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs. Many served small, rural churches that paid only modest salaries and couldn’t afford to contribute to their pastors’ retirement. Often, these loyal soldiers of the cross had to work extra jobs just to make ends meet. Mission:Dignity currently helps almost 1,800 people with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It has also ensured a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving.
 
South Texas Children’s Home Ministries (STCH Ministries) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that has been caring for children and families since 1952. They provide homes for children, homes for families, family counseling, jobs, and support mission work to families in the Dominican Republic.  Every Christmas, FBC participates in a gift-giving campaign to bless the children who make STCH their home.
 
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