Mission Stories

ABHMS seeks volunteers for two rebuilding efforts in Rainelle, W.Va.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is seeking volunteers to help rebuild flood-ravaged Rainelle, W.Va., during two efforts planned for June 10-17 and 17-24. Last year, the "Mountain State" experienced record-breaking flooding. For congregants of First Baptist Church (FBC), Rainelle, June 23, 2016, was expected to be just another day of vacation Bible school. To… Read More

Alaska church continues renovations

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Fairbanks, Alaska, is renovating a building to be its permanent home, with support from Dr. Alonzo Patterson Jr., American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) coordinator of Alaska Ministries, and the congregation that he pastors.… Read More

A people of great conviction and faith

Responding to the Civil War’s devastation, The American Baptist Home Mission Society—understanding that true emancipation for recently freed people meant education—founded and supported industrial institutes, academies, colleges and seminaries. In 1862, the same year that Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Home Mission Society’s board decided “to take immediate steps to supply with Christian… Read More

American Baptists share reasons for marching in D.C.

  Editor's note: The American Baptists who attended this march did not do so as representatives of American Baptist Churches USA. American Baptists were among the estimated half million individuals of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities who participated Jan. 21 in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Many marchers carried handcrafted signs to… Read More

ABHMS commits to rebuilding flood-ravaged Baton Rouge

When American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) helps communities rebuild after a natural disaster, the organization truly commits. Take, for example, the Baton Rouge area. It was August when unprecedented rainfall caused flooding that affected more than 55,000 homes in Louisiana. Since then, ABHMS-coordinated volunteer teams from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., and American Baptist Men USA (ABMen USA) of Massachusetts have taken mission trips to the area. Now it’s January, and ABMen USA of West Virginia, Illinois and Massachusetts are serving in Baton Rouge.… Read More

No time for silence

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in his famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech given at The Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before his assassination. Many criticized King for speaking out against the Vietnam War, saying doing so would detract from and harm his work for civil rights. They said it wasn’t his fight. They said the war was too politically controversial and complex. Historians point to this speech as the beginning of the end, a sure road to his assassination.… Read More

ABHMS ministers to children in Rainelle, W.Va.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is restoring the wonders of childhood this Christmas via the congregation of First Baptist Church (FBC), Rainelle, W.Va. The home mission staff has donated more than 100 new toys to be distributed to the church’s children, whose toys were lost in a historic and deadly flood that impacted regions… Read More

OGHS, American Baptist volunteers provide home for single mother, son

This winter, an immigrant family from Africa is enjoying the comfort, safety and warmth of their own New England home, thanks, in part, to a One Great Hour of Sharing Development Grant that American Baptist Home Mission Societies awarded on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA to Greater Lowell (Mass.) American Baptist Churches.… Read More

Murrow Indian Children’s Home receives contribution from AT&T

Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., has received a $50,000 donation from AT&T to create a program for those who transition from the home to independent living. Founded by an American Baptist, the home has been providing care to Native American children with support from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and its predecessor organizations… Read More

Excerpt from Judson Press book featured in exhibit at newly opened museum

The staff at American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) publishing ministry—Judson Press—is both surprised and delighted to learn that a sentence from one of its published reference works features prominently in an exhibition at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. And, that’s not all. The author himself—the Rev.… Read More

Program lets young adults ‘build’ their futures

At left: A crowd gathers at YouthBuild's latest home.… Read More

Cultivating leaders as instruments of God’s peace

At left: 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala.… Read More

China Christian Council interacts with ABHMS during Mission Center visit

Representatives of the China Christian Council recently visited American Baptist Churches USA’s Mission Center, Valley Forge, Pa., to discuss issues facing churches in both China and the United States. The delegation met with personnel from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), International Ministries and the Office of the General Secretary. “With the fast growing Christian… Read More

AFC-supported program trains missionally minded leaders

Can a declining congregation, with limited finances and no pastoral leadership become once again engaged in community mission? American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin (ABC of WI) believes it can and, thus, has begun to use “Mission From the Gospels,” a missional leadership training program initially developed in Wisconsin in collaboration with American Baptist Home Mission… Read More

Children’s home powwow proves successful

By all accounts, the fifth annual fundraising powwow to benefit American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)-supported Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., was a huge success. The event was held on a recent Saturday on the grounds of neighboring Bacone College, Muskogee. Approximately 275 attendees of all ages enjoyed a silent auction, live auction, raffle… Read More

AFC-supported leadership training makes a difference

Supported by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) through the America for Christ (AFC) Offering, Nehemiah Leadership Network (NLN) is a unique and highly effective ministry that provides leadership development and training for pastors. Now in its 15th year, NLN provides a powerful growth experience to the best and most promising pastors in American Baptist… Read More

ABHMS-supported children’s home stresses education, faith

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. — Proverbs 22:6 Twelve-year-old twins Ezekiel and Emmanuel* epitomize what can happen when formerly homeless, abused or neglected children begin to reside in a nurturing, loving, Christian environment. At age 8, the brothers—both unable to read—came to live at American Baptist Home… Read More

The mass incarceration of people with disabilities in America’s jails, prisons

By Rebecca Vallas America’s four-decade-long experiment with mass incarceration and over-criminalization is widely recognized as a failure. We lock up a greater share of our citizens than any other developed nation, destroying lives and separating families at an annual cost of more than $80 billion. In addition, we do little to prepare individuals behind bars… Read More

Pyschologist: Church can act as healing agent in midst of crisis

By Dr. Sally Quiñones-Rodríguez When I read and hear about recent tragedies—such as the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the assassination of Philando Castile and police killings in Dallas—my memory reverts to other violent acts, such as those at Columbine High School (1999) and Virginia Tech (2007). Each of these acts was orchestrated by… Read More

What would it take to improve police interactions with people with disabilities?

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas On July 18, the White House convened a forum on disability and criminal justice reform. Ronald Hampton, an advisory board member for the National Association for Police Accountability, was a panelist at the event. A retired police officer with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department with more than 20 years on… Read More

For the healing of a nation: trauma, grief, keys to wholeness

By The Rev. Dr. W. Kenneth Williams In the early 1990s, extending my role as a volunteer chaplain with the Brighton fire and police departments, Rochester, N.Y., I was asked to train in critical incident stress management (CISM), a relatively new initiative for firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services responders. CISM is an intervention… Read More

On listening to one another

By The Rev. G. Travis Norvell The recent killings of police officers, the killings of unarmed black males by police, the killings of those in an Orlando nightclub and the terrorist attacks both at home and abroad have nearly drained the last vestige of hope from all of us. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that churches… Read More

Equality in diversity

By The Rev. Douglas Avilesbernal Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. — 1 Corinthians 12:27, (niv) My wife and I recently had our first child. Because we both work, we had to find childcare for him at least twice a week. Conveniently, the church that… Read More

Preachers: Say something

By The Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle The first challenge for being witnesses for Jesus is to see something; the second is the willingness to say something about what we have seen. These two aspects of the work of a witness go hand in hand. Preachers cannot speak prophetically about what is happening in the… Read More

Weeping blood (Genesis 4:1-10)

By the Rev. Wendell Griffen Early on the morning of June 12, 2016, one man re-enacted the Genesis account of Cain and Abel on a massive scale. Armed with a semiautomatic pistol and assault rifle, Omar Mateen shot his way into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. He then massacred 49 persons and wounded scores… Read More

Deafening silence: The ongoing genocide of Native Americans

By The Rev. Dr. Cassandra Williams On Dec., 21, 2013, 18-year-old college student Ma-hi-vist (Red Bird) Touching Cloud Goodblanket was home on winter break when he experienced a mental health episode. Goodblanket’s parents called 911. After police arrived, they refused to allow the parents into their own home. When police emerged from the home, they… Read More

Hope, healing during the ‘worst of times’

By The Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle  “It was the worst of times.” This partial reference from the novel “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens frames my thoughts and prayers today. It was the worst of times in Dallas, Texas, when a black gunman who was determined to “kill white people” unleashed a… Read More

A peace-making offensive

By The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matthew 5:9 This special edition of The Christian Citizen—“Healing Our Land”—is published amid grave troubles across our nation and world. We awaken each day in a country and in a world that is gripped by discord,… Read More

ABHMS continues ‘Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done’ 11 years after hurricanes devastate New Orleans

Rallied by morning prayers, camaraderie and Christian songs, 186 volunteers from 21 American Baptist churches, 17 states and 15 regions across the United States and Puerto Rico braved a week’s worth of heat and humidity recently to minister as the hands and feet of Christ during American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” in New Orleans. They worked in homes, community gardens, a playground, a charter school, a horse-rescue ranch, an animal shelter and a food pantry, to name a few.… Read More

New Orleans experiences ABHMS-inspired ‘Youthquake’

A large contingent of those who volunteered during this year’s recent “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” in New Orleans are part of Youthquake, a youth and young adult program inspired, in part, by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS). Comprised of youth and young adults from 12-14 California churches, Youthquake is the brainchild of the Rev. Katie Choy-Wong, senior pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, Castro Valley, Calif.… Read More

Iglesia Bautista de Metropolis volunteers offer hope 1,682 miles from home

Location is irrelevant when giving or receiving blessings. Perhaps that’s the reason that members of Iglesia Bautista de Metropolis, Carolina, Puerto Rico, found themselves doing mission 1,682 miles from their island home at the recent “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” in New Orleans.… Read More

Minister: ‘I wanted congregation to experience this wonderful mission’

Profoundly affected by her 2015 volunteer experience at “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” in New Orleans, the Rev. Carmen Jordan, minister of Mission and Outreach at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Rockford, Ill., returned in 2016 with a group of volunteers from her church.… Read More

Highlights from recent New Orleans rebuilding effort

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. In response, ABHMS has been coordinating "Home Mission: 'Til the Work is Done" in New Orleans since 2006. Highlights from the 2016 effort can be found on the “Home Mission: ‘Til the Work is Done” page.

ABHMS partner organization promotes ‘two-fold reconciliation’

With the divisiveness of today’s world, what’s better than reconciliation? Reconciliation multiplied by two. And two-fold reconciliation is just what American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) partner the New Baptist Covenant (NBC) seeks: reconciliation of diverse Baptist churches with each other and reconciliation among communities plagued by racial disparity. NBC strives to break down barriers… Read More

Journey toward bold

By Rev. Marie Onwubuariri In our contemporary society, including our ministerial culture, busyness seems to be secretly valued, even as we superficially criticize our commitment-packed calendars. Many who have felt the swell for the current state of racial tensions in our nation simply struggle with finding the time to do anything about it. Certainly there… Read More

Individual spirituality at the expense of seeking God’s will for those on the margins

By Rev. Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D. When I was ordained into the Baptist ministry in 1978, an old preacher told me I’d “better know two things: Hiscox and God’s Word.” Now, American Baptist ordination requires seminary training and a theology paper. Yet, in both cases, a crisis in biblical interpretation, caused by compromise to cultural consensus,… Read More

It’s our time to move

By Rev. Susan Sparks You know how the book of Ecclesiastes says that there is nothing new under the sun? Well, the writers were wrong. Last weekend, I heard about something that was not only new under the sun, but frankly new under any star or planet. Ready? A “stand still” parade. Yup. The parade—including… Read More

It’s safe to murder Negroes in America

By Wayne E. Croft Sr. In less than 48 hours, when the first full week of July was coming to an end and many had celebrated the 240th birthday of America on July 4, two male African American lives were taken. Philando Castile was shot dead by an officer in St Paul, Minn., late on… Read More

Be angry but do not sin

By Rev. Dr. Cheryl F. Dudley So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. ─ Ephesians 4:25-27… Read More

The Minidoka Pilgrimage: An American story for times such as these

"American Citizens," Acrylic, 24 x 34, 2015, by Roger Shimomura By Susan Gottshall The gray baseball cap and blue polo shirt were rather unremarkable, but the white Kleenex spoke a thousand words. Seated a few rows in front of me during the opening session of the Minidoka Pilgrimage, the anonymous everyman sat by himself in… Read More

How you can help: Disaster recovery in West Virginia and Indiana

Severe storms in Indiana and West Virginia June 23-24 have caused significant damage in two American Baptist regions now in need of prayer and relief/recovery efforts. In Indiana, the storm's force destroyed buildings, disrupted utilities and closed roadways in and around Brookston, designated in a state of emergency. Federated Church of Brookston, an American Baptist… Read More

Watch & listen: Board, staff share excitement for mission

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to celebrate its new mission emphasis under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Haggray. The redefined ministry focus on leadership, discipleship and healing transformation of individuals and communities sets the stage for carrying the close-to-two-century legacy of the Home Mission Societies into the 21st century. As ABHMS… Read More

‘Mission From the Gospels’ program aids Cleveland minister in foreign, domestic missional pursuits

When a Cleveland, Ohio-area minister sought a way to bring both foreign and domestic non-Christians to salvation through Christ by bridging religious and cultural divides, she found the solution in “Mission From the Gospels,” a program created by a partnership of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin (ABCofWI).… Read More

ABHMS, partners unite to aid N.Y. community affected by layoffs

As Helen Keller famously said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” That truth is epitomized in American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) recent relief effort in partnership with Lowville (N.Y.) Baptist Church, American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS), American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) and One Great Hour… Read More

Chaplain (Col.) Sean Lee of the Maryland National Guard reflects on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Chaplain (Col.) Sean Lee of the Maryland National Guard will find himself at Dulaney Valley Gardens cemetery, as he has for the last 13 years, linking arms with family members of our nation’s fallen soldiers. “When they take my arm, they don’t see me, but what I represent,” Lee said in reflection.… Read More

ABHMS, TABCOM hold annual ‘MissionAdventure’ in New Orleans

With assistance from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) held its annual nine-day “MissionAdventure” in New Orleans in April. While ABHMS’ Volunteer Mobilization Ministries provided a stipend and spearheaded registration and leadership, 27 individuals—clergy as well as congregants—from nine TABCOM congregations lent muscle to such activities as painting, cleaning and weeding in an effort to restore areas ravaged by hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.… Read More

ABHMS signs letter urging candidates to address disability concerns

American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has joined more than 100 organizations and individuals of faith in signing a letter that urges political candidates to address disability concerns. In addition, ABHMS encourages American Baptists to sign the letter. Written by the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC)—a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities… Read More

American Baptist spends night outdoors to raise awareness for AFC, homelessness

Inspired by American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) America for Christ Offering, Scott Macauley vividly brought homelessness to the attention of a sleepy town 7 miles north of Boston. He recently spent the night in a box on the lawn of First Baptist Church, Melrose, Mass., across the street from city hall and the fire… Read More

ABHMS’ Ramsey-Lucas to be featured in anti-smoking webinar

Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) managing director, Resource Development, will be a featured speaker in the “It Takes Faith: Tips from Former Smokers” campaign webinar to be held 3-4 p.m. EST on April 27. Hosted by Faith United Against Tobacco and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the online learning… Read More

What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you?

ABHMS staff shares thoughts about Dr. King's legacy Enjoy the conversation

Immigrants realize dream of homeownership via ABHMS, One Great Hour of Sharing

Lucy North and her young son, recent immigrants from Africa, will soon realize the dream of a safe, welcoming and affordable home of their own in Lowell, Mass. This scenario was made possible because American Baptist Churches USA, at the request of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, provided a $30,000 One Great Hour of Sharing Development Grant to Greater Lowell American Baptist Churches’ Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.… Read More

ABHMS supports Delaware church’s involvement in community sheltering program

When a major snowstorm hit the East Coast the weekend of Jan. 22-24, causing 11 states from the Carolinas to New York to declare states of emergency, Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, Del., opened its doors to the homeless, thanks, in part, to a grant from American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware (ABCOPAD) as well… Read More

ABHMS Children in Poverty grant-recipient church operates successful feeding ministry

April 27 is deadline for 2016 grant applications Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis, Md., has been nourishing children and families with healthy food through its “Blessings in a Backpack” ministry since 2009. And American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) has been happy to play a part by supporting the ministry though a Justice for Children Initiative… Read More

ABHMS aids Bacone College disaster recovery with One Great Hour of Sharing grant

Bacone College, Muskogee, Okla., is putting to good use a $20,000 Emergency Grant provided by American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Disaster Response ministry from American Baptist Churches USA’s One Great Hour of Sharing funds. Founded in 1880, the American Baptist-related institution suffered damage from torrential rain, gale-force winds and severe flooding during the Christmas season.… Read More

ABHMS, IM, regional executives participate in historic joint trip to Philippines

As part of a delegation of American Baptist leaders engaging for the first time in a cooperative 10-day visit to the Philippines, Victoria Goff, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) national coordinator of Volunteer and Disaster Response Ministries, shared her disaster-response expertise with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC), an American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) sister organization.… Read More

Brian D. McLaren’s Space for Grace Bible study now available at no cost online

Available for the first time on American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website for viewing at no cost is renowned theologian, speaker and Christian author Brian D. McLaren’s opening Bible study from ABHMS’ critically-acclaimed November 2015 Space for Grace national gathering in Los Angeles. From the privacy of your own home or office or with… Read More

ABHMS plays role in God’s plan begun more than a century ago

  When Sang Fen became a pastor in the Chin state of Burma more than a century ago, neither he nor the American Baptist missionaries that inspired him could have known that God’s plan would come full circle in 21st-century America with Sang Fen’s grandson, Chan Hnin Thui. American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)—related denominationally… Read More

ABHMS, OGHS preserve families, empower immigrants

By partnering with other nonprofit organizations, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) preserves families and helps immigrants achieve the American dream. Take, for example, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS), Philadelphia, and the Noyola family. By awarding a $10,000 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Domestic Development Grant to EILS on behalf of American Baptist Churches USA, ABHMS played a role in securing the young family’s future.… Read More

MCLE adds direction to Indiana church’s motivation

By the Rev. David Love Until participating in American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Missional Church Learning Experience (MCLE), members of First Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Ind., had been motivated to make a difference in the community but lacked direction. A core group of individuals served occasional meals at the Salvation Army, led quarterly worship services at… Read More

Pastor’s installation offers nod to ABHMS history, growth

ABHMS' Rev. Florence Li with the Rev. Dr. Henrietta Carter, senior pastor of Mariners' Temple Baptist Church; the Rev. Dr. Lai Fan Wong, newly installed pastor at New York Chinese Baptist Church; and the Rev. Wanda D. Brown, ministerial team member at Mariners' Temple. The installation of the Rev. Dr. Lai Fan Wong as pastor… Read More

ABHMS’ CiP grant supports role-playing program that bolsters youth

When awarding Justice for Children Initiative Children in Poverty (CiP) grants this year, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) will offer special consideration to projects that focus on anti-bullying efforts and cultivate conflict-resolution and nonviolent communication skills among children and/or parents. Applications for CiP grants must be received by or postmarked to ABHMS by April… Read More

ABHMS helps to preserve 57-year-old American Baptist-affiliated venue

Redwood Glen maintenance crew members Andrew Gonsalves and Isaac Coleman inspect a water tank at the camp. Redwood Glen Executive Director Larry Rice and board member Wyman Chinn prepare for a well to be drilled. American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is doing its part to preserve a breathtaking Christian venue in which to conduct… Read More

Passionaries Serving in New Orleans: The late Ward McClendon

Perhaps Ward McClendon’s nicknames—“Mack” and “Uncle Joe”—were a testament to the fact that the long-time New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward resident was greatly loved and admired not only by his community but also the American Baptist volunteers who had been serving alongside him year after year to rebuild the area after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit in 2005. A selfless man and inspiration to many, McClendon died as this story was being written.… Read More

ABHMS assists with God’s handiwork in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

A young guest enjoys lunch at Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. A youth volunteer from Henry J. Kalfas Elementary serves lunch at Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. The Rev. Mark Breese leads weekly worship at Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. Community Missions of Niagara Frontier meets needs across the lifespan. The beauty of God’s handiwork… Read More

Passionaries Serving in New Orleans: Shiloh Baptist Church, Wilmington, Del.

Mission outreach to New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward is an intergenerational effort at Shiloh Baptist Church, Wilmington, Del. For the past two years, parishioners ranging in age from 12 to 65 have served during American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done.” And they’ll do it all again this August.… Read More

Rural Illinois church partners with transformational inner-city ministry

By Pastor Brian Romanowski Pastor Brian Romanowski of First Baptist Church (FBC) of Mahomet, Ill., recently shared this story with the Rev. Glynis LaBarre, who leads the Missional Church Learning Experience (MCLE) for American Baptist Home Mission Societies. While FBC is part of American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region, it has not participated… Read More

Passionaries Serving in New Orleans: Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.

“Life-changing.” That’s how Linfield College students describe volunteering with American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) during “Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done” in the Gulf Coast. When students reflect, it’s obvious they’ve emerged from the experience just as—if not more so—positively affected than those they served.… Read More

Passionaries Serving in New Orleans: First Baptist Church of Hanson, Mass., and TABCOM

In this 10th anniversary year of hurricanes Katrina and Rita's destruction of the Gulf Coast, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) presents "Passionaries Serving in New Orleans," a series about the volunteers and residents who have been faithfully rebuilding New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward through ABHMS’ "Home Mission: 'Til the Work is Done." [caption id="attachment_8531"… Read More

Calling for prayers of healing for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

A lifelong devoted Baptist, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer. American Baptist Home Mission Societies calls on Baptists everywhere to add Jimmy Carter and his family to their prayer lists. Carter, who served as 39th president of the United States from 1977-1981, convened leaders of more than 30… Read More

Youth put Mission Summit earnings toward mission trip

When youth at First Baptist Church, Olathe, Kan., were contacted about earning an hourly rate to help Judson Press set up and tear down its bookstore at American Baptist Churches USA’s Mission Summit 2015 in Kansas City in June, they jumped at the opportunity—not to fill their own pockets but to help finance a planned… Read More

My American Story

by Yosh Nakagawa As President Franklin D. Roosevelt predicted, the date of the Empire of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor has, indeed, lived on in infamy. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, declared by Congress in 1994, has certainly helped, along with memorials at the sites of the sunken ships USS Arizona and USS Utah. For… Read More

The forgotten Pearl Harbor story: Video lifts up American Baptist ministry in World War II internment camps

During World War II, thousands of men, women and children of Japanese descent were unjustly imprisoned, by executive order, in U.S. internment camps because of wartime hysteria and fear that they would serve as spies for the country of their heritage. Subjected to harsh living conditions, Japanese immigrants in the camps included parents of American-born… Read More

Remembering the horror and injustice of war, praying for peace

Seventy years ago, the city of Hiroshima, Japan, was obliterated by a single bomb. It was the first time atomic weapons were used in warfare, marking the beginning of the Nuclear Age. By any civilized standards, the destruction of Hiroshima--and a few days later Nagasaki, Japan, as well--represented one of the moral low-points in human… Read More

Children of incarcerated parents find healing at ABHMS-sponsored camps

I want you to know that I pray for you, and everything is going to be alright. Be strong. God is in control. Nine-year-old Juan’s eyes filled with tears when he read those words written to him by Jerome, 13. Although the two don’t know each other, they share an understanding—each has a parent who… Read More

Celebrating contributions of chaplains, pastoral counselors

Laura Miraz, Ph.D., SPHR, Associate Endorser and Director of American Baptist Chaplaincy & Pastoral Counseling Ministries Resources for Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week (Oct. 25-31, 2015) To assist American Baptists in celebrating pastoral and spiritual caregivers, ABHMS offers a variety of additional resources: two bulletin inserts—one featuring a litany by the Rev. Diana Meehan, retired U.S. Navy… Read More

Attendee: ‘Space for Grace’ experience ‘completely unexpected’ but ‘helpful’

The Rev. Dominique Atchison, associate minister of Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., left American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) recent “Space for Grace” gathering in Los Angeles personally strengthened in her walk with God and her relationships with other American Baptists. “I love that they provided space every day for different kinds of people—introverts… Read More

Learning about ‘call’ during ‘Space for Grace’

“God knows who you are and calls you anyway—or in spite of it,” said the Rev. Dr. Adam Bond during his leadership of the Learning Experience “When God Calls Us in the Midst of a Crisis,” presented as part of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ recent Space for Grace gathering in Los Angeles. Assistant professor of Historical Studies and American Baptist liaison at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Bond’s session drew participants from as far away as Alaska and spoke especially to those plagued by self-doubt. … Read More

In this Advent season, amid the shadows, comes the light

When I heard the news bulletin about the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., my hand sprinted to the off button on my car radio. Enough already. Turning off the radio, though, doesn’t tune out the unspeakable pain of senseless and merciless taking of human life, even when it’s a continent away from me. The horror… Read More

Meet the ABHMS 2015 Ministry Award recipients

Committed to encouraging life in Christ, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks to affirm and celebrate those who answer the call to discipleship, community and justice, extending the grace of God to others across our nation and world. Therefore, every two years, ABHMS' board of directors seeks nominations for national ministry awards that recognize… Read More