Missions

Our primary partner in global mission work is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a network of churches that have united for the purpose of missions and fellowship. Our congregation was instrumental in the founding of this fellowship.

 

We are committed to pray for all Ukrainians in this time of devastation and displacement. Our church is providing support for Ukraine through the partnerships listed below. Links are given so that you can donate directly to the two partner organizations. If you want to give through our church, you must indicate to which of these organizations you want the relief to go. Indicate on your check “Ukraine Relief” AND designate the specific organization. Alternatively, you will find them listed on the giving tab on this website.

CBF UKRAINE RELIEF FUND

Long before the war in Ukraine began, CBF field personnel were in Ukraine, Slovakia, Moldova, and throughout Eastern and Western Europe.

Follow their work here and discover how our field personnel are networking with the Baptist World Alliance and Eastern European Baptist groups. We are providing relief of many kinds in Ukraine and beyond to destinations providing shelter and more permanent housing for refugees.

CBF Ukraine Response Updates

CONSCIENCE INTERNATIONAL

From the first days of the Ukraine War, Conscience International has been on the ground in Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine establishing partnerships with local churches and directly assisting refugees fleeing the war. Our church member, Dr. Jim Jennings established Conscience International in 1991. Through this organization he and fellow FBC church member, Robert Smucker are providing assistance to those fleeing Ukraine. See the following links to learn more about their relief work and how to contribute.

Gainesville Times: ‘Mercy and compassion are also there’: Gainesville’s Jim Jennings helps refugees at Ukrainian border



“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet.”

– Frederich Buechner

 

God gives each of us passions, gifts and talents to be used to build up the body of Christ so that we may express God’s love and grace to a hurting world. Studies have shown that the happiest people find tangible ways of expressing love to persons outside their normal circles of concern. And so, Christ’s teaching to watch out for what is best for others instead of each person watching out for their own good (Philippians 2:2-4) turns out to be one of the enduring principles of happiness.

Our primary mission partner is Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). We support CBF mission efforts throughout the U.S. and in 25 countries. Locally, there are numerous mission opportunities where individuals and groups can be involved. We will give you the training and support you need to enjoy serving. Find where your deep gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet. Contact Rev. Ruth Demby to discuss how you can best use your passions and gifts.


Rev. Ruth Demby
Rev. Ruth Demby
Minister of Missions
ruth.demby@fbcgainesville.org