In the absence of an Associational Missionary to share a few words of wisdom, the cover story of upcoming issues will spotlight people or events within our Association that have brought glory to God.
As Christians we have been given the ultimate gift—Redemption through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ! Plus, we are charged—should be proud, excited even—with sharing that gift (Mt. 25:14-30). As members of ORBA, we have been blessed with a magnificently unique place to help further that objective.
“Nestled in the woods on the outskirts of Brooklet, Georgia on approximately 75 acres, you will find the W.W. Mann Retreat and Conference Center. As a ministry of the Ogeechee River Baptist Association, the Mann Center provides a serene, isolated and worshipful atmosphere for all that come. Whether you just want to get away for a day picnic, a weekend getaway, or a longer stay, the Mann Center is the place for you.” (for more info see the rest of this description on our website)
This property is ours. It belongs to each and every church and church member of this association. Through ORBA’s children’s camp, Camp “I Am,” dozens of children, teens and even at least one adult (about which I know) have come to the saving grace of Yeshua, Jesus, the Son of God, the Word Made Flesh. In Matthew 25:14-30, mentioned above, Jesus shares a parable that explains how we should invest in the kingdom of heaven. He is, of course, speaking of telling others about the Gospel message, sharing the gift we’ve been given, not hoarding it. However, the teaching covers all with which He has blessed us—our families, our homes, our church facilities, and yes properties we’ve built in order to further His work.
ORBA has begun a new campaign “Mann Up!” for the Mann Center. On Saturday, August 28th, the Executive Council, some pastors and other church members got together to kick-off this campaign. Soon all pastors will have received information regarding this on-going event. During this time of illness, suffering and fear, we realize that we have little control. Let’s join together in seeking God FIRST, drawing closer to Him, praying for HIS wisdom and guidance, and doing what we can do … take care of all that He has given to us.
May our holy, heavenly Father grant us strength and courage in our witness for Him!