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Mission Stories - 2015

Here are mission stories about the ministries featured in the CMO which are funded, in part, through gifts to the California Mission Offering. These stories demonstrate why California Southern Baptists are encouraged to continue ministering for Christ "Until it's Finished" through the 2015 CMO. This year's statewide offering goal is $425,000.

These stories are posted to provide information to help churches promote the CMO and educate members about California missions and the importance of telling every man, woman, boy and girl about Jesus.

“I’ve been in and out of church for 10 years,” said one new member. Another shared, “I built up a really good support group of bad influences.” Those are just two of the stories of people being reached by Bayshore Community Church, a new start in Santa Clara.Bayshore, which launched in Octobe Read More
Over the last 12 years, leaders estimate some 14,000 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Feeding Those Who Feed Us – California Southern Baptists’ ministry to migrant workers and their families. Many of those who have professed Christ have gone on to be witnesses and to lead others to follow Him either in their home countries or other places where they travel for work. Read More
A new series of evangelism helps called MY316, based on John 3:16, already has made a difference in reaching souls for Jesus in Concord. With part of its funding through the California Mission Offering, CSBC’s evangelism director Randy McWhorter said the materials were developed to help people use John 3:16 and their personal testimony to lead others to faith in Jesus Christ. Read More
From fires in Colorado to floods in the Philippines, California Disaster Relief volunteers serve victims of a variety of disasters. Don Hargis, CSBC’s director of Disaster Relief, explained, “We don’t just train in how to clean up after a flood or after a fire – we want them to know how to share their story with people who are hurting.” Read More
The oldest congregation in California Southern Baptist Convention, First Southern Baptist Church in Shafter, intends to minister Until It’s Finished. In 1940, members of 13 California churches met at First Southern, where they formed The Southern Baptist General Convention of California (now CSBC) Read More
A Vacation Bible School training clinic, funded in part by gifts to the California Mission Offering, made an impact locally and globally for a group from Sequoia Baptist Association. In need of training for the 2015 LifeWay VBS curriculum, the group that attended one of the California Southern Baptist Convention-sponsored clinics was composed of members from Sierra and Woodland Drive Baptist churches in Visalia. Read More
Learning about stewardship principles and governmental compliance for churches keeps the church operational to minister to its community, as Ronald Vides, pastor of Betesda Church in Orange, discovered. Vides attended a training event where the “Church Financial Guidebook,” which had been translated into Spanish using California Mission Offering gifts, was being taught. Read More
Here are more mission stories from 2012 and 2013 about the ministries featured in the CMO. Read More
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