ABHMS awards $148,000 in grants to support diverse ministries across 12 states

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 05/22/2024)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is pleased to announce the awarding of $148,000 in grants in the first quarter of 2024. Recipients include 18 American Baptist regions, churches and community outreach programs across 12 states, from the West Coast to the Northeast. The funding is expected to significantly impact the spiritual and physical needs of an estimated 4,600 adults and 2,120 children and youth nationwide.

“Each grant awarded represents our collective effort to advance the mission of ABHMS and to foster thriving communities across the United States,” said Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of ABHMS. “The work being done by these churches and organizations is truly inspiring, and we are honored to partner with them in their endeavors.”

The amount of funds awarded and their diverse distribution underscore ABHMS’s dedication to serving a wide array of communities and supporting a variety of initiatives that promote healing, empowerment and transformation.

First quarter grant awards and the overall allocation of funds aligned with the following missiological priorities: Asian ministries ($18,000), Haitian ministries ($6,000), Latino ministries ($6,000), Black church ministries ($1,000), leadership empowerment ($21,000), discipleship ($5,000), healing and transforming communities ($74,000), and refugee and immigration ($17,500).

Among the projects that received funding: a ministry that fosters cross-border fellowship by providing free meals to residents, migrants and deportees at Friendship Park, Tijuana; after-school and summer programs delivering skills and value training to 100 underserved students annually in metro-Nashville, Tennessee; a program that empowers refugees facing barriers to traditional employment to earn supplemental income from home; a ministry that nurtures a caring community around immigrants from northeast India; a program that expands study hall in high-poverty neighborhoods and provides academic support and training to new program managers; and a ministry seeking resources to foster connections between Haitian and Haitian American communities and the larger American Baptist family.

For more information about ABHMS’s grant program, please visit abhms.org.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.