man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
II Corinthians 9:7
do not believe we can settle how much we ought to give. I'm afraid the only
safe way is to give more than we can spare." C.S. Lewis
Board of Missions of the First Baptist Church of Boston supports local, national
and world-wide projects for all of God's people.
Won't you please help?
Your America for Christ donations are making a transformational difference!
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- Continuing a long standing commitment to refugee resettlement, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
(ABHMS) in 2012 sponsored 2,265 refugees from 16 countries, including Bhutan, Burma and Somalia.
ABHMS also provided more than $30,000 in grants to churches and partners working with refugees.
In Ohio, Bondage Breakers received ABHMS support and resources to engage
children of incarcerated parents in an educational/recreational camp experience,
to implement preventive programs with juveniles and to offer job training and
ABHMS awarded 25 Children in Poverty grants to American Baptist-related
ministries, including the JOYA Scholars College Readiness Program begun
by Epic Church, an American Baptist church in Fullerton, Calif. The program’s
impetus was the realization that no one in the church’s neighborhood had
graduated from college in more than a decade. Through JOYA Scholars, students
in grades six through 12 are receiving individualized academic support to im-
prove class performance and college preparedness.
ABHMS’ National Prison Ministry and Prisoner Re-entry Network grew from 12
to 18. One prison chaplain, two heads of re-entry organizations, two pastors and
one lay leader joined the network that now serves more than 3,500 returning
citizens and their families. The Maine Prison Chaplaincy Corps, formed in 2011 with key support from
ABHMS, trained 30 mentors in 2012. The organization has been invited by state authorities to be part of
re-entry efforts state-wide.
ABHMS supported Turning Around Ministries, which serves approximately 300 returning citizens in Rhode
Island, with pastoral care and preaching at a fundraiser event.
ABHMS joined the ecumenical Philadelphia Faith-Based Re-entry Coalition of organizations that minister to
thousands of returning citizens in Philadelphia and surrounding regions.
From pastors seeking guidance about their own ministries to family members needing a word of encourage-
ment, approximately 100 individuals received counseling support from ABHMS staff concerning issues
More than 400 individuals attended “God in the City,” a Vallejo, Calif., conference organized by Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church and co-sponsored by ABHMS. It focused on mission and evangelism in the
The Christian Citizen, Volume 1, 2012, focused on “The Church and the
Challenge of Immigration Reform,” as ABHMS worked with American
Baptist Churches USA regions and other faith partners to advocate for
comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.
Sixteen churches and regions received World Relief Grants totaling close
to $45,000 to implement ministries that support refugee immigrant
communities. Grants were used for pastoral support, education, life-skills
training and transportation.
The Board of Missions
Deborah Porter, Chairman
During the course of the year,
the Missions Board collects for four separate ABC/USA designated Mission Funds.
- America for Christ Offering
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- World Mission Offering
Ministers and Missionaries Offering
you cannot give during these times, or would like to send a special donation to
one of the above listed funds, we would prefer that you mail your designated gift
for one of the listed charities to/and made payable to the First Baptist Church
of Boston, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, c/o the Financial Secretary.
All gifts are tax deductible.
Deborah K. Porter
The Board of Missions
Baptist Church of Boston
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