“Baptists like to collect things,” one missionary said, “because we’re good at it.” A special mission project leading up to the Annual Meeting will be an opportunity to prove it. Buckets of Blessings will provide special supplies and food items for four ministries dear to Illinois Baptists.
“Often our churches desire to help, but are unsure how,” IBSA Missions Director Shannon Ford said. “We have asked for specific items that each agency uses daily or are practical items needed by their clients. Providing items off the list ensures we have goods to distribute which meet needs. Nothing will go to waste.”
The recipients are
• Angels’ Cove residential center for mothers and newborns
• Baptist Children’s Home pantry
• Christian Activity Center
• Pathways Counseling
“Having trusted agencies like the Christian Activity Center and the Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services as partners gives us confidence that each blessing will be stewarded well,” Ford said. “Messengers coming to the Annual Meeting will bring blessings from across Illinois illustrating the strength of our network of churches.”
Churches can request a list of supplies the partners need and five-gallon buckets to put them in. The buckets can be picked up at the local association’s fall meeting. Or the supplies can be brought to the IBSA Annual Meeting and placed in the appropriate buckets there.