We are happy to be partnering with pastor Pandu Maddala of Victory Baptist Association as he works with pastors in India to reach communities for Jesus. Most pastors in India pastor more than one church and they walk wherever they go. They are in need of 100 bicycles to help 100 pastors take the Word of God from village to village. The Catawba River Association is working to meet this need through the gifts of churches and individuals. If you, your Church, or Sunday School class would like to donate a bike (pedals for pastors) please send a check for $80 to CRBA and put on the memo line “Pedals for Pastors”. Every dollar collected will be sent to India and will be used to purchase bicycles. Please send all donations to 1812 US 70 E., Morganton, NC.
Please begin to pray for our upcoming mission trip to Kenya February 4-14, 2020. The trip will cost approximately $2,700 so begin saving now if you feel God is leading you to join us on this exciting mission endeavor. The Schedule will be:
Tuesday (2/4/2020) -Depart US
Wed. -Arrive in Nairobi pm; stay in a hotel in Nairobi
Thurs. -Travel to Ahero; arrive, settle into the guesthouse
Friday -build 1st house; minister in the community
Saturday -build 2nd house; minister in the community
Sunday -Worship in a local church and visit Kisumu area
Monday -build 3rd house; minister in the community
Tuesday -build 4th house; minister in the community
Wednesday -Travel to Masai Mara game park; lunch at lodge; game drive in late afternoon
Thursday -Breakfast at lodge; game drive in am; drive back to Nairobi; fly out pm
Friday -arrive back in the U.S.
We will also have opportunities to train local pastors as well to the above. Please call our CRBA office to obtain a registration form and for more information.
This April we will be collecting grocery store gift cards for our North Carolina Children’s Homes. If you would like to provide food for these wonderful children being taken care of by the loving Children’s Home of North Carolina, please purchase gift cards at any grocery store and bring them to our CRBA office. This is a great mission project for individuals, Sunday School classes and churches. Our goal this year is for each of our 66 CRBA churches to collect at least $100 in gift cards per church. For more information, please call our CRBA office.
In the summer of 2017, we took a team of 25 to Fayetteville, West Virginia where we partnered with New River Baptist Church to do Vacation Bible Schools at two locations, do a block party, do floor repairs at another church in the mountains as well as help in worship services. We saw several come to faith in Christ and begin a process of discipleship. This was a very successful endeavor for our growing Association. As an update, we are planning a return trip in 2019 to complete a construction project. For more information on this project please call or CRBA office.
Our Association is completing a three-year partnership in Chicago where we have sent teams on a regular basis to work with church planters to help them reach their city for Christ. Chicago is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the United States and it holds about 70% of the Illinois population. The city also has the 2nd largest Polish and Serbian population in the world and it’s home to a very large Jewish population as well. We could use several mission teams to partner with us in week-long mission trips where a variety of ministries could be provided.
Ministry needs include:
- block parties
- passing out information for local churches
- servant evangelism projects
- cleaning up a school
- cleaning up a park near a church’s field of influence
- light construction work
- dry wall
- building walls
- repair work
The teams that go to Chicago can find affordable housing relatively easy. The trip to Chicago will take about 11 hours of driving time, so teams could travel there in one day or break it up into two days of driving with a stopover in Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN or Cincinnati, OH. For more information on ministry opportunities please call our Mission Team leader Kevin Purcell or our Director of Missions.
We have an exciting mission opportunity for folks in our Association. There are many people in the eastern part of our state who are still recovering from the devastation of hurricane Matthew. We continue to take mission teams to do clean-up and some construction in Lumberton, NC. These trips will not cost you anything as all supplies, lodging, and food will be provided free of charge. If interested please call our CRBA office at 828-437-0137 for more information on upcoming trips during 2019.