Missions

Missions

Church On A Mission

Every year, members of First Baptist obey the command of Jesus to “Go, and make disciples”.  Our strategic partnerships with missionaries

and new, emerging churches fuel our mission to impact the kingdom of God right here in Arkansas and across the world.

In 2017, we began a new chapter in sharing the gospel with the people around us with the beginning of a network of house churches in Hot Springs. Led by Missionary Pastor Kyle Stevens, we are embarking on a new era of making disciples who make disciples.

2017 Mission Trips & Projects

Contact Kyle Stevens for more info
Dakar, Senegal  February 24-March 4
Belgrade, Serbia  March 17-25
Johannesburg, South Africa  March 29-April 6
La Esperanza, Honduras  April 29-May 6
Chicago, Il  June 5-12
Arlington, TX  July 23- 29
La Esperanza, Honduras  July 27-August 3
Kurne, Ukraine September 8-16
Dakar, Senegal  November 9-18
Kiev, Ukraine  December 27-January 6

“We are serious about the Great Commission. We believe it applies to this church and every believer. For us, missions is not about tourism or convenience. We don’t flit from here to there just to see new and interesting places in the world. We establish strategic partnerships and develop deep relationships for the purpose of making disciples of all nations. We go to hard places. We do hard things. We ask people to sacrifice their time and treasure to get it done. It’s not always safe. It’s sometimes risky. But we go. We go where God has led us. We go because God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear and because perfect love casts out fear. We go in the power of His Holy Spirit who goes before us. We go because we love God and we love the people He loves. We go because we believe Jesus is the only way to salvation and that in Jesus people can live a fuller, more meaningful life than they can live without Him. We go in the confidence that God’s word doesn’t come back empty and that every act of kindness we show becomes a gospel seed that God can blossom into eternal life. We go because when those we reach out to trust Jesus, they become reproducing disciples with the people in their villages and culture. We go in the sure and certain hope that God’s kingdom will come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and we want to be part of the answer to Jesus’ model prayer.

The Coast Guard has a motto: “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” We have to go out. It’s not an option. It’s not a luxury. It’s a command, and a joyful command at that. Missions is not a side show at First Baptist Church. Missions is not an auxiliary ministry. Missions is who we are and what we do—in our neighborhoods and our city and our nation and our world. And because we seek to be more concerned for a lost world than we are for our own comfort and safety, when, someday in heaven, we join the multitude from every nation, tribe, and tongue praising God around his throne, we will know some of those people. And they will be there, in part, because God said, “Go,” and we went. And every dime we ever spent, every hour we ever sacrificed, and every risk we ever took will be worth it.”

-Pastor John McCallum, October 2014