Events focus on missions

Three Missions Connection 2014 events were offered in mid-November by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). About 160 people participated.

The goal of the events was to give participants the opportunity to learn about missions partnership opportunities and to have their questions answered, said Bob Fielding, ABSC missions team member.
The event provided participants a chance to meet long-term missionaries and church planters from 10 locations.

“The presenters at this event are looking for partners – prayer partners, mission team partners, etc – so the 160 or so people who came were able to hear all 10 presenters and then go to three breakout sessions in the afternoon to get the ‘kitchen sink,’” said Fielding. “I’ve already heard that two couples are considering moving to Chicago to help with church planting.”

Laura Macfarlan, director of Heart Life Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Church, Siloam Springs, attended.
“I came away more inspired and equipped to pray and certainly filled with a desire to go!” she said.

 The events took place Nov. 13 at First Baptist Church, Fayetteville; Nov. 14 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Cabot, and Nov. 15 at Central Baptist Church, Magnolia.

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2014 Missions GetAway and Camp-O-Rama set for May 16-17

Missions GetAway is a one night event for all girls in 1-6 grades and their adult female leaders. This weekend is to explore what missionaries do, experience cultures from around the world, and meet other girls who want to live out a missions lifestyle.

Missionaries from South East Asia will be with us sharing about their work. The weekend is for Girls in Action, Children in Action, and all girls in the church who want to learn more about missions. Cost is $40 per person. Missions GetAway will be held at the Tri-County Baptist Association Camp in Wynne. 

Camp-O-Rama will be happening the same weekend at the same campground. Camp-O-Rama is an overnight tent-camping missions event for all boys 1st-6th grades and their leaders. Cost is $15 per person.

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Dixie Jackson impacts lostness throughout Arkansas

Matt Ramsey
Arkansas Baptist State Convention

EACH YEAR in Arkansas thousands of teenage girls become pregnant. 

A 15-year-old girl who walked into A Woman’s Place Pregnancy Resource Center in Cabot was one of those statistics. Before coming to the center, her mother had pushed her to have an abortion, but then they met the director of the care center, Vikki Parker, who began counseling the mother and daughter. After several months of counseling, the young girl agreed to carry the baby full-term.

Today the young mother has completed high school and college and is currently attending graduate school. She is married to the father of the baby that was born as a result of the wise advice she received at the pregnancy care center. The couple is expecting their third child and is actively serving in their local church.

Since the beginning of the year, 22 women have prayed to receive Christ and 88 babies have been saved from abortion as a result of the workers from 20-plus pregnancy care centers that partner with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC).

These success stories represent just a few of the many lives changed as a result of Arkansas Baptists’ gifts to the Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering. 

Each year in the month of September, Arkansas Baptist churches focus on Arkansas missions by giving a portion of their tithe to the Dixie Jackson offering, which the ABSC oversees and uses to fund Arkansas missions efforts. This year’s theme – Undaunted! – comes from the 2013 Dixie Jackson theme verses Numbers 13:30 and 14:5-9. The need to be “undaunted” in reaching Arkansas with the good news of Christ is the focus of this year’s offering.

The Arkansas missions offering is named after Dixie Jackson, the leader of the Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) for 15 years during the 1910s and 1920s. 

Jackson was diligent in training WMU leadership, speaking in churches on behalf of missions and establishing an annual season of prayer for state missions. In 1928, Arkansas WMU asked that an offering be taken for state missions. Jackson became ill and died in 1929. In honor of her service, the state offering was named “The Dixie Jackson Offering for State Missions” in 1935. The first offering was approximately $1,000, and today the goal has grown to $1.45 million.

“This year I hope people have an awareness of what Dixie Jackson does. So many times we are not aware of what goes on,” said Robby Tingle, ABSC team leader for the missions ministries team. 

The Dixie Jackson offering funds many ministries in Arkansas. One of the ministries the offering funds is new church plants – church plants like New Day Fellowship in Eureka Springs, which has seen their church grow from a dozen people to nearly 100 people in attendance one recent Sunday morning. 

“All the church planting that goes on in the state, Dixie Jackson plays a significant role in funding the church plants,” said Tingle. 

So far this year, 17 new churches have been planted thanks to Arkansas Baptists giving to the Dixie Jackson offering.

Another one of the areas that has seen growth this past year is the multihousing ministry. Breck Freeman, church and community ministry strategist for the ABSC missions ministries team, said multihousing is defined as people who live in apartments, trailer parks and retirement centers.

Nearly 150 church leaders from around the state attended a recent multihousing conference hosted by the ABSC to find out how their churches can reach people who live in these types of housing units. 

“Statistics show us that 57 percent of Americans live in multihousing, and 95 percent of these people living in multihousing are without Christ. Everything we do to help churches reach multihousing is funded by Dixie Jackson,” said Freeman. 

Some of the other ministry areas that the Dixie Jackson offering supports include disaster relief, chaplaincy, addiction recovery, inclusion ministry and community ministries. 

“It is our hope that churches will realize that Dixie Jackson will play a key role in helping us as a cooperative convention of churches impact lostness in our state,” Tingle said.

He encourages Arkansas Baptists to work together in order to make the greatest impact on Arkansas missions. 

“Whether it’s a dollar or a thousand dollars, we all collectively get to be a part of missions in our state when we give to Dixie Jackson,” Tingle said. “We do more together than we can do on our own.” 

The suggested dates for churches to participate in the Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering this year are Sept. 15-22. For more information, visit

Matt Ramsey is director of communications for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.



Acts 1:8 One Day set for Oct. 5

HARRISON – The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip, a Mississippi River Ministry Project, will take place Oct. 5 with participants ministering in the Harrison area.

The annual event seeks to offer Arkansas Baptist churches an opportunity for ministry that does not require the expense of a full-length mission trip.

First Baptist Church, Harrison, will serve as the base for the day’s activities. Participants will spend the day serving in the community in a variety of ways, including via block parties, children’s activities, cowboy ministries, evangelism, prayer walking, health and dental clinics, home repairs, sports camps and more. The day will conclude with a short celebration rally at 4 p.m. at First Baptist.

“The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip is a missions ministry tool God is using greatly across Arkansas to see communities come to Christ and neighborhoods reached with the gospel,” said Breck Freeman, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team member. 

He encouraged Arkansas Baptists to take part in the mission trip. 

“Let’s join together where God is working!” he said.

Registration deadline is Sept. 18.

For more information or to register, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5150.


ABSC Cruise ’13 set for Sept. 26-27

Cruise ’13: Arkansas Mission Road Trip, a motorcycle ride open to pastors and staff members of Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) churches, is set for Sept. 26-27. 

The event is sponsored by the ABSC and hosted by ABSC Executive Director J.D. “Sonny” Tucker.

Marcus Brown, ABSC evangelism and church growth team member, said tentative plans are to have lunch in Clarksville before heading to Siloam Springs, where riders will spend the night at Camp Siloam (Arkansas Baptist Assembly). The next day they will ride to Fort Smith and then to Ozark before ending with lunch.

“The purpose of the ride is twofold – to highlight Cooperative Program ministry points in that part of the state and to provide a great opportunity for fellowship among the riders,” said Brown.

For more information, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5128, or email

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