TWELFTH BAPTIST CHURCH
ANNUAL BOARD OF MISSIONS REPORT- 2021
Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
-Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it.
-Proverbs 3:27 (NRSV)
The Board of Missions is committed to prayerful outreach to individuals, communities and organizations, by proclaiming the resurrected Jesus Christ and helping to meet the temporal needs of others.
The Board of Missions meets the third Sunday of each month on Zoom. There are currently nine members on the roster. Praise the Lord that all 9 members will continue on Missions.
Our focus has been on responding to the needs presented to us on the local, national and international level. We are reminded to share the blessings God has bestowed upon us and encourage the work of others beyond the walls of Twelfth Baptist Church.
Some of the areas of concentration for Missions in 2021 were:
- Supported and collaborated with Deaconess Sharon Keyes with her mission campaign to Honduras, under the leadership of Rev. Rupert Solomon. Deaconess Keyes was able to send another barrel to Honduras in November. The barrel included non-perishable food items, first aid kits, smoke detectors, and spot lights. It was shipped early with the hope that it would arrive in time for Christmas. To date three barrels have been shipped to Honduras.
- With the support from Missions, two emergency doors were installed and painted in October.
- On-going monthly meetings with the Honduras Missions Committee with Rev. Rupert, around ways we can support the orphanage.
- The Missions Ministry, once again, had the privilege of hosting the annual Angel Tree social distancing gift distribution, on Saturday December 11th, 2021. Angel Tree is about connecting parents and children-but it’s also about sharing the Gospel, by presenting the hope of Christ to families we meet. This year we were assigned 53 children (27 families). From the 27 families contacted, only 21 families responded, with a total of 41 children participating. Several attempts were made to contact the 6 families (12 children) by phone and text messages.The families served were from South Boston, Dorchester, and Roxbury.
- This year Missions collaborated with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts, offering a free mentoring program for children ages 7-12 yrs. The program will match Angel Tree children with a caring adult mentor, offering meaningful support and guidance for each child. This mentorship is open to TBC members.
- In spite of the rainy Saturday afternoon, 14 families (25 children) were in attendance and were treated to a delicious “take away” meal from Chef and owner, Bro. Donnell Williams, from Food For The Soul, in Grove Hall. Bro. Williams is a new member of TBC and he donated his services for this event. Thank you Bro. Donnell!!!!
- Despite the fact that Missions Ministry was not able to promote Angel Tree in person, we would like to thank Rev. Bodrick and our TBC Family for helping to share Christ’s love with the children of incarcerated parents.
INITIATIVES FOR 2022
- Continue to maintain, support and strengthen Home, Community and Global initiatives
- Continue to support and strengthen the needs of the food pantry especially during the pandemic
- Continue to support the financial and spiritual needs of TBC
- Continue to support the orphanage in Honduras through the shipment of barrels (i.e. food, clothing, and other miscellaneous items)
- Continue to participate in monthly meetings with the Honduras Missions Committee, to plan for the upcoming missions trip to Honduras, at the Majken Broby Children’s Home
- Organize a Fireside chat between Rev. Bodrick and Rev. Rupert in February
- Plan to visit Honduras the summer of 2022 (depending on CDC guidelines)
- Revamp Prison Ministry
- Continue to partner with Big Brothers & Big Sisters Association of Eastern MA to provide mentorship for Angel Tree children
Marlene M. Gibbs, Co-Chair
Markel Crockton, Chair
Violet Britton, Secretary
Ramona Irving, Assistant Secretary Marylyn Blackwell, Treasurer
Shirley Johnson, Assistant Treasurer
Stacey Isles-Brako, Correspondence Secretary Eslyn Williams