After today (Feb. 29th), we will leap into a campaign month for the Barnabas Leadership ministries’ work. The ministry exists to encourage and equip under-resourced and under-trained servant leaders to spread God’s Word in their spheres of influence. The Barnabas ministry board members and I would appreciate your prayers for a successful month of raising support. Our three-fold campaign goal is to increase awareness for our ministry, get more prayer partners, and raise more friends and finances for the work we do.

One of the upcoming promotion events for Barnabas Leadership Ministries (BLM) is an annual dinner planned for March 15, 6:30~8:00p.m. It will be held at Heritage Baptist Church (HBC) located on 14317 N. Council Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73142. If you haven’t already RSVP’d for this special event, we encourage you to do so soon. Below are some Questions and Answers as far as the BLM Annual Dinner is concerned:

1.       What is the significance of the annual dinner?

This once-a-year event enables us to meet with our present and prospective team members. The meeting makes it possible to share our mission and to make known the resources we need to accomplish it. As a result, those the Lord touches to partner with us in His work through BLM, find ways to join with us on the exciting journey.

2.       How many annual dinners have you had for BLM and what has been the response of the participants?

Though the ministry was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma on March 6, 2008, it wasn’t until the beginning of 2010 that we had the first annual dinner. This year will be our third annual dinner. We are thankful for what God has done previously. We are thankful for the responsiveness of each of these guests. We are also thankful to you for considering our ministry. Come join us in carrying out God’s purpose through the Barnabas Leadership Ministries by giving one-time gifts, regular gifts, and praying regularly for our ministry. We are eternally grateful for the support we receive from our friends and well-wishers.

3.       What things has BLM accomplished as a result of the dinners?

In 2010 and 2011 the ministry assisted its leadership to pursue higher education in order to be better equipped to encourage and equip others in the Lord’s service. We also purchased Bibles for an unreached people group in the Congo, provided other ministry materials for pastors and lay leaders, and facilitated leadership seminars in Kenya and the Congo. The seminar in the Congo was particularly moving in that it brought together 92 pastoral leaders from two warring tribes for the first time in 14 years after the civil war there. Because of our ministry, the leaders sat side by side, forgave each other, and promised to continue working together in the Lord’s vineyard. PTL!

4.       What’s the theme of this year’s dinner?

We are adopting the theme, “Expect Great Things from God; Attempt Great Things for God” (formulated and put to practice by William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions) for this year’s dinner. God has truly blessed us and has given us the vision to expect great things from Him, so by His grace we will attempt great things for His Kingdom.

Thank you for reading this Q & A. If you have any questions you would like the BLM leadership to answer or would like to support our ministry, please leave a comment below.