Missions has always been an important part of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Missions is the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our own community and to distant lands. With so many needs at home, why should we be concerned for things that are happening so far away? We support mission work for the following reasons.
1. We support missions because God demands it. Jesus commanded us to do so. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commanded us to "make disciples of all nations." In Acts 1:8 Jesus defined that "all the world" consisted of Jerusalem (our immediate neighborhood), Judea (our surrounding area), Samaria (the "difficult" neighborhood nearby we would rather avoid), and the remotest part of the earth (foreign countries.) The first generation of disciples obeyed these words of Jesus, penetrating far into Europe, Asia, and Africa.
2. We support missions because reason demands it. There are many people in the world who have not yet heard the Gospel. In Romans 10:14-15 Paul writes, "... how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent?" It is up to us who have heard the Gospel to share it with others. We also have a responsibility to provide resources for the ministry to those who lack such resources, as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 8:13-14, "For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need..."
3. We support missions because of the blessing we receive from it. When the Jerusalem church heard the report of the conversion of the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius, they glorified God (Acts 11:18) and when that church communicated back to the Gentile church in Antioch by letter the Christians in Antioch "rejoiced because of its encouragement" (Acts 15.31.) Great encouragement and inspiration comes when we share across cultural and political boundaries the work that God is doing.
The following is a list of missionaries with which we currently partner:
Tim and Sandy Fink | Romania | Baptist Mid Missions
Mike and Sara MacWhinnie | Wyalusing, PA | Village Missions
Mike and Sherri Vanek | Cleveland, Ohio | Baptist Mid Missions
Larry and Becky Sharp | Cleveland, Ohio | Baptist Mid Missions
Paul and Joanna Avery | Argentina | Baptist Mid Missions
Dan and Jean O’Deens | Heart for Missions | Bethlehem Missions
Serving in Sensitive Areas
Jeff and Arlene B | Friends of Israel
Tim and Becki K | Association of Baptists for World Evangelism