The Coronavirus has wreaked havoc in our country, pushing a number of those near the poverty line below it and causing those in poverty to face a food crisis. The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has asked our churches to participate in project Well Fed. This project encourages churches to identify people in their community who are in need of food and then gather and distribute food items to them. I want to encourage all of our churches to participate in this ministry opportunity. If you would like, you can collect non-perishable food items and take them to Christian Social Ministries (CSM), 31 N. Zetterower, Statesboro. CSM is an established benevolent ministry that helps hundreds of needy people with food each year. Your food donations will go to help those in need of something to eat.
Again this year, Georgia Baptists are encouraged to prepare Christmas Backpacks for needy children. Unlike previous years, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board is not planning to distribute them. For our ORBA churches, I have made the following arrangements: for our churches in Candler County, please take your filled Backpacks to FBC Metter for distribution to needy children in your county. Be sure to call Tom Osborne, Pastor of FBC Metter, at 685-2208 before you take your Backpacks to the church. For our churches in Bulloch and Northern Bryan Counties please bring your filled Backpacks to the ORBA Office, 17 N. College Street, Statesboro. In cooperation with the Tattnall-Evans Association our Backpacks will go to the Copper Basin Crisis Center in Copperhill, TN. Please call Debbie at 764-3620 before bringing your Backpacks as we are limited to 200 that we can send to Tennessee. These are some arrangements that I have made, but of course, any congregation that has already made other plans, has a prior relationship with some other drop-location, or would like to distribute backpacks locally to children in need, GREAT. Just remember that aside from the Associationally set plans, each congregation is responsible for distribution on their own.
Serving alongside you,