International Ministries

Footsteps in Africa

June 1, 2010 News
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Today’s missionaries are following in the footsteps of hundreds of American Baptist missionaries with innovative ministries.  

International Ministries and AB Women’s Ministries are co-sponsoring the 2011 Mission Encounter Tour of South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo from April 21 – May 6. The deadline to join the tour, June 30th, is fast approaching.   Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

The Mission Encounter Tour begins in Durban, South Africa with American Baptist medical missionaries, Drs. Anita and Rick Gutierrez.  They will share about their ministry training community healthcare workers and providing basic community health.  Anita and Rick are involved in AIDS education and prevention programs.  How would your church respond if your community was holding funerals at the rate of 60 per hour?  That’s the devastating impact of AIDS in South Africa.  

There are many highlights on this leg of the tour in South Africa, including meeting the women of the Baptist Association of South Africa (BASA) and the Baptist Mission of South Africa (BMSA).  You’ll also celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at a fantastic Easter worship service at the Gutierrez’s church in Durban!  And there may even be an opportunity for you to visit and minister to children affected by HIV/AIDS.  

Tour participants will fly north to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  You’ll visit medical clinics and meet with American Baptist missionaries Ann and Bill Clemmer, and Katherine and Wayne Niles.  You’ll learn how your White Cross supplies are hard at work relieving suffering and bringing hope.

How different would your life be if you couldn’t read?  Missionary Miriam Noyes is the technical advisor for the Congolese Baptist organization, “Literacy for Family Well-Being”.  She will share how this program is spreading throughout Congo.  This program improves the health, welfare and educational success of entire families.  Reading creates economic opportunities and combats poverty.  

Talk with missionaries Jill and Mike Lowery about an alarming new trend on the streets of the capitol city of Kinshasa – young women being trafficked into a life of prostitution.  See how these women are being helped when you visit the Mitendi Center.  Built with funds raised by AB Women’s Ministries, the Mitendi Center is where the Congolese Baptist women teach sewing, health & hygiene and other job skills that are vital to single mothers and young women coming out of prostitution.  

Tour participants will also worship with local congregations in Kinshasa, sharing their faith and culture.  

The tentative cost for the 2011 Mission Encounter Tour is $4,500.  To learn how you can be part of this exciting trip and for more information, please call the AB Women’s Ministries office at 800-222-3872, ext. 2288.