THOUSANDS of Arkansas Baptists are expected to converge on north central Arkansas Oct. 5 to participate in the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip to be held in the region.
“(It) is going to be an incredible day of kingdom impact in Independence Baptist Association as 2,000-plus Arkansas Baptists gather in Batesville and Mountain View,” said Sam Roberts, community missions strategist and assistant team leader of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions team.
“With 18 different outreach ministries at more than 120 ministry sites in Batesville and Mountain View, there will be an abundance of opportunities for Arkansas Baptists to serve the needs of residents of all ages while engaging them with the gospel,” Roberts added.
The deadline to register for the One Day event is Sept. 17, notes the ABSC registration website absc.org/oneday. 2019 marks the ninth year for the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip.
“Ministry teams are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you can register, the better opportunity you have to receive your ministry choice,” the website states. Activities will include block parties, medical/dental clinics, home repair, prayer teams and sports camps.
Ronnie Toon, associational missionary for Independence Baptist Association, said there are many reasons why churches should participate.
“The most compelling reason is obedience to the Great Commission. Acts 1:8 provides an easy way for a person to be on mission in their local communities or a short drive to the Batesville area. With so many different ministry opportunities, a person can serve in an area of ministry that fits their giftedness and interests,” he said.
Toon added that participants should expect to be blessed by serving on Oct. 5.
“For me, it is the joy of serving Christ. Many of us have served in ministry-related tasks and discovered that we are the ones who are blessed,” he said. “Another benefit is that we are a part of something that is bigger than ourselves. Acts 1:8 is about enlarging the kingdom and making Christ known. Our prayer is that with the collective energy and passion of 2,000 wonderful volunteers, we can push back darkness and be a part of a great move of God.”
For 2019, there are two kickoff ministry site locations in Independence association. They are Southside High School, 70 Scott Drive, Batesville, and Mountain View First Baptist Church, 224 King Ave., Mountain View. The event starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m.
Toon said the potential impact in Independence association is “huge.”
“Acts 1:8 creates an opportunity for churches to partner together for kingdom purposes. It also encourages our vision of getting a gospel witness to every home in our area … (and) allows churches to be intentional in developing ministry relationships beyond the walls of the church.”
Roberts said Toon and the association’s One Day Leadership Team have prepared well.
“As a result of One Day, people will be saved; disciples, made, and churches, strengthened, not only in Independence Baptist Association, but across Arkansas as missionaries return home with a renewed energy and passion to reach their communities for Christ,” he said, who added the event is funded primarily through gifts to the Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering.
“(It is) planned through leadership of the local association and ABSC missions team, and served by missionaries from ABSC churches of all sizes and locations across our state,” said Roberts. “One Day is a beautiful picture of cooperative ministries at its best.”
Toon said he is excited to see what God will do in the lives of participants, as well as local residents who volunteers will be reaching out to.
“We are humbled and grateful to host Acts 1:8. Our churches are excited for the opportunity and have sincere passion to see the Lord work in a great way. It has been a joy to watch so many people get involved and work so hard to make this a good day. We hope this is a positive experience to every missionary who participates and becomes a catalyst for greater missional service,” said Toon.