This week I have been here in Spartanburg, South Carolina with the wonderful people from First Baptist Spartanburg. They hosted an event called Global Impact Celebration where they invited missionaries from all over the United States and the world.
I had the opportunity to speak to a variety of groups which included a 1-3 grade children’s class, an adult couples class, an 8th grade boys group, and a men’s prayer breakfast. All the people who I talked with were very interested about missions in Wisconsin and what God is doing.
DW Feaster, our USC-2er was with me all week and he spoke to different groups. Together we gave out cheese, brochures, cards, and of course, cheeseheads. Through all of this activity we look forward to future partnership with First Baptist Spartanburg, “The Fellowship of Encouragement.”
Besides talking with them about missions, this week was a real learning week for me. I was able to talk with several of the staff members at length about leadership and how they go about ministry. I came away very impressed with their ability to work with other people, their enthusiasm for the Lord, for people, and their unity.
In the staff devotion time this week, the pastor spoke about “intentional unity.” Dr. Don Wilton, the pastor of the church, shared that intentional unity is one of their values. The unity was obvious to me throughout the staff, lay leaders, and lay people all week long.
I also became aware how unselfish the church is with their attitude toward missions and giving their life away. The more a church dedicates itself toward the Great Commission, the more God blesses. May God give us all a stronger desire to give ourselves away unconditionally to the Great Commission.