As individuals and as a church, we all understand that God has commanded us to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:16–20). Therefore, we all are constantly on mission, looking for opportunities to tell others about the salvation that God has provided for us through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. We are constantly looking for ways to minister to people in order that we might share this Good News (Gospel) with them. Below you will find some of the ways we seek to do this.
Locally, we are involved in numerous areas of outreach. Each year we collect a special offering in June for the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. We also collect food for Louisiana Baptist Children's Home during fall, which is called the Fall Food Round-Up. During June, we collect food for the Pike County Food Bank, which is a ministry of the Pike County Baptist Association. As people come to receive free food, they are told about the free gift of eternal life through Jesus our Lord. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, we often sponsor families with legitimate needs. We also participate in helping the Crisis Pregnancy Center in McComb, MS, through the "Baby Bottle Boomerang." We fill baby bottles with money throughout the designated month to help the ministry of the Crisis Pregancy Center. Finally, throughout the year as legitimate needs arise, we seek to do what we can to help people in our area.
Operation Christmas Child
Each year we participate in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse lead by Franklin Graham. The shoeboxes are sent to children all over the world, who would otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. Giving the shoeboxes provides an opportunity to tell the children and their families about the Good News of Jesus Christ. The children go through a 12-lesson discipleship program called "The Greatest Journey," which introduces the children to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and teaches them how to grow in their faith.
Mfuge is a mission based youth camp that we participate in every summer. Getting children and youth involved in missions at an early age is really important for us at Line Creek.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is our biggest outreach event of the year. The goal of this weeklong event is to reach boys and girls with Good News about Jesus.
Throughout the week, the kids have the Gospel carefully explained to them in a variety of ways so that they might clearly understand it and make the choice to enter into a relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The week is comprised of Bible Studies, Bible Activities, Missions, Music, Crafts, Recreation, and Snacks. Not only is this a tremendous outreach event, VBS is a great opportunity for those who already know Jesus to serve Him in a variety of ways. We are fortunate to have excellent leadership and great participation in serving the Lord in this ministry.
LCBC members are challenged and encouraged to save money throughout the year in order to be able to participate in the spread of the Gospel through the special offerings below.
During the month of December we collect the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which supports foreign missionaries and the work that they do to spread the Gospel around the world.
In the spring we collect the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, which supports missionaries and the work that they do to spread the Gospel in North America.
The Cooperative Program
Last but not least, each year we participate in giving a portion of our overall budget to the Cooperative Program through our state convention (i.e. Louisiana Baptist Convention). Through the Cooperative Program, local churches in the Southern Baptist Convention work together (i.e. cooperate) to sustain spreading the Good News about Jesus in our own states as well as around the world. Each year we attempt to increase our Cooperative Program giving if possible.