Missions and Prayer
Our mission is to guide members to an understanding of the Biblical Mandate on Missions, found in Acts 1:8, that we are to share Jesus Christ with others, both locally and internationally. We are to educate the church members about Southern Baptist Mission work, including the history, present work and the future direction of the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. We are to lead members on mission trips, both locally and internationally. We are to encourage participation and pray for all missions' activities anywhere and in which the church participates. Finally, we are to be partners with God as we claim Habakkuk 1:5 as our vision for missions, "Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed! For I am going to do something in your days that you would not have believed even if I had told you."
Les Cayes, Haiti
This year we will be going to Les Cayes, Haiti at least 4 different times. Next month, March 8th-18th, we will take 10 men to rebuild the roof of a local church. Then July 11th-18th our college students will go paint a local church and minister to the children of that church through VBS. Then August 1st-7th we will join Pastor as he preaches a region wide crusade. During that week we will do a Sports Camp/VBS event. There will be thousands of people come from all over southern Haiti to this crusade. We will minister to hundreds of children during that week as well. The crusade will be held at Christville Church of Fonfrede, which is the church that we will be putting the roof on next month. This crusade will be recorded and broadcast online all over the world. The GCMO has held this convention every summer for several years now and the children are always neglected. This year we have an opportunity to pour Jesus into their lives! This summer, July-September, we will collect Christmas bags for all of the children in the GCMO schools. These small, 2 gallon bags will be filled with a few small toys and a lot of necessities, such as rice, beans, toothpaste, and washcloths. Most of these children have never received anything for Christmas. Help us show them the love of God as we celebrate the birth of Christ. We will have a team go December 2nd-9th to personally give each of these bags to the children. The GCMO has a Child Sponsor program as well. If you or your family would like to sponsor one of these children you could have the opportunity to visit them during one of our upcoming mission trips. Sponsoring a child for $30 per month will cover all expenses for school tuition, school supplies and also go towards feeding the child lunch every day, along with supplying clean water to their community. The money from these sponsorships will not go directly to the child, but will enable GCMO to provide for all of these children. Thank you for joining us in this ministry! Contact Bro. Scotty Pinson for more info, 205-369-7824.
Les Cayes, Haiti took the blunt of Hurricane Matthew last year and tens of thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. This horrible storm took the lives of over 1000 Haitians and left hundreds of thousands homeless. God has led our Pastor and our church to partner with GCMO (Global Christian Mission Outreach) for the next 3-5 years. We will help rebuild some of what this storm has destroyed while sharing Christ in their community. We are really excited to have such an opportunity. We will represent Christ and our church to thousands that are in need there. Over the next 3-5 years we will minister to the Les Cayes community through several different trips. We will have construction trips, leadership trips, Christmas Bag trips, VBS trips, Sports Camps, and many other opportunities to minister to all of their needs. Next month we will start this journey by building a new roof for their church, Christville Church of Fonfrede. Then this summer our College Students will be painting a church building and ministering to the local children. In August Pastor will preach a crusade at the church in Fonfrede and during that week the Young Adults will partner with us to love on hundreds of precious Haitian children and show them the love of God. This summer we will collect Christmas bags for their students and then in December we will have a team go distribute the bags to all of the children. Pray for God to give you direction on how you can help with these trips; pray for us, help fund us, or go with us!
We had a wonderful trip to Haiti again this past March. We were able to get a lot of work done on the Medical Dorm, and Bro. Jacky preached his heart out to the people at Morne Pele Baptist Church during the Keswick Revival. Plus, he was able to teach a large group of the Haitian Pastors all day Friday and Saturday. God continues to BLESS every trip we go on. We have a few more trips planned for this year as well. We will be going on another construction trip in late May or early June. Our College group will be going to paint a church in Port-au-Prince in late July. Pastor and a few others will be going to Les Cayes, Haiti for a conference/crusade to preach in August. Our Medical Team will be going back to Milot in late October, and our Children's Ministry will be going to hand out the Christmas Bags in early December.
Our Student Department will be going to Mobile for a MFUGE Camp this summer, and our Prayer Team has been praying for several of Missionaries who are serving across our country. We are currently asking for all of our church to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, as well. This Offering will help fund all of our National Missionaries who are sent out from the NAMB
We are super excited about our Mission Week that will be coming up soon, June 2nd-4th. We have condensed our focus down to 3 days, and we are looking forward to what God is preparing for us. We will be working here at the church, across the street at the school, and throughout our community at different widow's and shut-in's houses. Our Widow's crew has already started cutting grass this year, and our widows are super excited. We minister to several widows in our community and in our region.
We are in the middle of building a 30' x 50' metal building for our Missions and Maintenance departments. This will store all of our equipment and mission supplies in one general location. This will also have a lot of Maintenance supplies stored inside. Our campus had Students all over it during Spring Break this year. They were picking up sticks and moving trees out of the Disc Golf path, staining the post for the Disc Golf, painting a few walls inside the church, and scrubbing several more. Our Maintenance Team of volunteers have been working hard all year. God has blessed us with a BEAUTIFUL church at both of our campuses and a lot of play room here at the Pell City campus, but He also wants us to take care of what He has given us. Several men and women come every week and serve here at the church. We have groups that weed eat, some that paint, some that clean, some that go to our River Campus and cut grass or clean, some that work hard keeping our creek property looking good, and some that do a little bit of everything.
God has led our Pastor to make a three year commitment to minister with Good Shepherd Ministries (GSM). We will have several different opportunities to minister in Haiti: Construction trips, Medical trips, Children’s Ministry trips, Leadership Training trips, etc. We will be helping to build the Shepherd’s Care Facility at Savanne Carre, Haiti. This project will have a few different phases in preparing a full medical center that will care for the entire Northern region of Haiti. Phase 1 is building a missionary house. This will be a two story house to accommodate the missionary family that will stay on the compound (upstairs) and all the short-term missionaries (downstairs). Most of these trips will cost us $1500 per person. This will include airfare, lodging, supplies, and all meals.
We will have a Medical team going this year, Oct. 31st through Nov. 7th. We have several nurses who will be going to help with this trip. During a medical trip, our team will be providing care for over 1600 children. Haiti is the poorest country in the whole world, with a population of over 9 million, and it is only the size of Maryland. The children are mostly orphans, and some have to start working before 1st grade. Due to the extreme poverty level, there are not many hospitals or clinics available. These children are all in a great need for our care. We are meeting with different Doctors to try and get some help with the cost of all the medical supplies. We would love to have your help.
Our Children’s Ministry team will be going Dec. 1st through 8th to help hand out the Christmas bags. We have collected over 200 bags filled with Christmas goodies, Praise the Lord! These small, 2 gallon zip-lock bags are filled with rice, beans, meat pouches, and other goodies. These are not your typical Christmas gifts, but every one of the children will be extremely excited to get one! We were very excited with all the participation from the whole church with this project. The GSM ministers to approximately 1,600 children through their three compounds.
The Leadership training teams will be going periodically over the next few years. In 2016, we are looking forward to branching out even more. We are looking to Southern Haiti to more Leadership trips. During these trips, we will minister to the local Pastors and have a revival in different churches. We want to do some children’s ministry training and other specific trainings as well. The Haitian’s are very hungry for the Word of God, and these trips will help the Pastors who are there everyday to teach doctrinal sound scripture and hopefully teach the children how to be strong Christian leaders. We are working hard to change a country, one child at a time.
The most important part of every trip will be the time we get to share Christ with the Haitians. Brother Jacky said we will not take a trip if we will not have an opportunity to evangelize while we are there. Every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m., we will have Bible Study with the Haitian group that works at the compound. They sing, worship, and study the Bible in Haitian Creole, but it is an amazing time of fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters! I don’t understand most of the words they say, but I can feel the Spirit of God flowing through every word. This past November we were very blessed to see Ahnol give his life to Jesus!
With all these great plans, this will be an amazing three years in Haiti. We are excited to see what God is going to do and very thankful He has placed this partnership on our Pastor’s heart! We expect to see hundreds of lives changed and thousands more touched by them. If you feel led to give and help us go on these trips, then please make your checks out to Eden Westside Baptist Church, and put "Haiti Missions" in the memo blank. Thank you for your prayers and support.
The Care Ministry of EWS Baptist Church exists to serve our church family in a time of need. Whether it is through christian counseling, a prayer room intercessor, or a pastoral visit to the hospital, our desire is to share the love of Christ. We have a small Food Pantry that is available Tues. through Fri. from 9-12 in the morning and 1:30-4:00 in the afternoon. We were able to minister to 320 families through our care office this past year. Thank you for all of your support.
The Bereavement Ministry provides for the funeral needs of our church members and their immediate family. Counseling and referrals to support groups are provided as needed. The ministry consists of volunteers who are trained by the church to offer biblical direction to those who are hurting.
The Hospital Ministry is comprised of members of the pastoral ministry staff and several volunteers who visit ill and injured church members and their immediate families in local hospitals. If you are aware of these types of individuals, please contact our Pastoral Care Minister at 205-473-4569.
The Prayer Ministry is comprised of several intercessory ministers. If you or someone you know needs prayer, we would love the opportunity to join you in prayer. We have a dedicated team of prayer intercessors who will take your requests and needs before the Lord. The Prayer Ministry of EWS Baptist Church considers it a privilege to pray for your needs and for the needs of those you know. For more information, please visit our Prayer Ministry page.
Our Breakfast for the Brave Ministry is the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Our Missions Department hosts all firemen, sheriff, and policemen from the city for a wonderful breakfast. We also provide breakfast for our Brave men and women of the Leeds area at our River Campus.
We hold classes through our Discipleship U training hour on Sunday nights at our Pell City Campus between 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. We are studying our missions focus this quarter in Building C Room 1. Please view the current schedule under the Resources menu.
Our Junior High through College students have various missions projects and trips throughout the year. Our New Student Pastor is very excited about the plans God has for our students this upcoming year.
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Our pastor believes that our Intercessory Prayer Ministry is the most critical of all the ministries in our church. We are very committed to this ministry and will offer opportunities two times a year for members to attend the necessary training to participate in this ministry. If you are interested in attending our next training session, watch our calendar on this site and the church bulletin announcements, or you can contact the church to get the date of the next available training time. It would be our privilege to serve alongside you in this very valuable ministry!
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How Can We Pray for You?
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You can leave a message on our prayer line, 205-338-7711, ext 229 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org