Home Mission Appeal: your generosity will transform lives in 2015
A big thank you to churches and supporters who gave just under £4 million in 2014 to our Home Mission appeal.
Home Mission is the Baptist family purse which enables Baptist churches and individuals to reach their mission potential and demonstrate the love of God to their communities.
The figures for 2014 have just been released and there has been an increase of £30,000 in giving from churches compared to 2013. The total raised was over £3.9 million with only a 0.4 per cent decrease on 2013 which was due to a drop in individual giving.
"It's great to see that the giving from the churches went up by over £30,000 compared to 2013,” said Malcolm Broad, the Baptist Union treasurer. “So a big ’thank you’ especially to those in our churches and Associations who work hard to promote Home Mission. Although when added to individual giving the Appeal was very slightly down on the previous year this is still a good result and I praise God for the ongoing generosity of both churches and individuals.”
There was an encouraging picture in giving across the Associations, with nine showing an increase on their 2013 figure.
“The challenge to increase the Appeal remains as we endeavour to help churches and other ministries with Home Mission grants,” said Malcolm. “In the meantime we are very grateful for the amount raised in 2014 and hope that with continued generosity we can raise in excess of £4 million in 2015."
Home Mission is used in many creative ways, and through it hundreds of lives have been affected and many people have found faith in Jesus. In 2014 Home Mission giving supported 42 mission projects; enabled ministry in 197 churches; raised over £5,470 from the sale of used stamps and collectibles and supported 65 other ministries.
40 days of Home Mission is a new resource featuring one story each day for 40 days leading up to Easter, showing how your giving to Home Mission is being used to bring the love of God to communities around the country in creative and inspiring ways.
You can also find a selection of stories in the regional sections of The Baptist Times, and Baptists Together Magazine.