At Crabapple, we are trying to implement an Acts 1:8 strategy for missions involvement. We are looking to go deep with our missions partnerships, rather than wide. This means that instead of simply sending small amounts to hundreds of organizations, we are making long-lasting financial and personal involvement investments with several ministry partners. You can read about our vision and core values here
Light of Messiah
is an Atlanta-based outreach to Jewish people in Atlanta and beyond. This ministry seeks to partner with local churches to minister to the needs of the Jewish community. Through ministries such as cemetery maintenance and Rosh Hashana celebration baskets, God has opened the door to share the good news of Messiah.
Great Commission Ministries International
Many of our folks have been involved with this ministry that is working to plant churches among Hispanic peoples in our community. God has done an amazing work in allowing one of GCMI's local church starts to reach hundreds of new believers. Our folks have gotten involved by participating with the church in carrying out its children's ministry, among other things.
North Fulton Community Charities
Crabapple has cooperated with NFCC
since its founding to meet the benevolence needs of our community. This organization depends on churches and companies to meet the physical needs of folks in crisis situations. In addition to participating financially and collecting goods, Crabapple folks volunteer time at the NFCC facilities.
North Central Missions Center
We cooperate with like-minded area churches through the NCMC
which gives oversight to several associations of Baptist churches, including the Roswell Baptist Association. The center provides tools and resources to local churches to aid in reaching their community and is involved in starting new churches in the North Central Georgia area.
Our Jerusalem in the North Metro Atlanta area has seen rapid change in recent years--change that shows no signs of letting up. Part of that change has included God literally bringing the world to our doorstep. Folks from Central and South America, the Middle East, and South Asia are streaming into our community. Future partnerships will no doubt include our taking advantage of the challenging, but exciting opportunity this new reality presents.
New Covenant Baptist Church
This is a newly developing partnership with a church in the Forest Park community of Atlanta. Our folks are looking to assist this church in improving its facilities and engage the surrounding community. It is exciting to see how God's Spirit is working in a church with a fresh vision for impacting its community.
Crabapple has long supported the work of the Gideons
through the regional branch of this organization. This ministry works to get the Word of God into the hands of everyone in the world. Over the years, Crabapple members have been direct participants in this ministry's distribution efforts.
Georgia Baptist Convention
We cooperate with the Georgia Baptist Convention
, which operates a number of ministries aimed at reaching the state of Georgia with the Gospel. This includes a broad range of ministries from church planting efforts around the state to on-campus collegiate ministries.
Our Judea, our state and the surrounding area, is ripe with opportunities for missions. As we go forward Crabapple will be looking for opportunities to participate in new works just outside our local community.
Many men at Crabapple--and some women too!--have been involved in continuing efforts to reach out to and help rebuild the area impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Crabapple has repeatedly sent teams down to the Gulf Coast, particularly in the area of Bay St. Louis.
North American Mission Board
of the Southern Baptist Convention works to mobilize churches to reach North America for Christ. And its located right in our backyard. Some of our folks either are presently or have been on staff at the board. The board provides many different resources and opportunities to churches to impact our Judea, particularly in the area of church planting. Each year, Crabapple collects a special offering known as the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
, 100% of which goes directly to missionaries in North America.
In the future, Crabapple hopes to become involved with individual church planters serving with the North American Mission Board. We continue to pray that the Lord will open up doors to fulfill this long-time vision.
Ends of the Earth Partners
Gospel Harvesters International, India
is a frontline evangelistic ministry that operates in India and Africa. Crabapple has partnered with the efforts of GHI in India. GHI is reaches Hindus, Muslims, and nominal Christians young people with the Gospel through music, drama, and preaching. The ministry also operates an orphanage and Bible training college.
Word of Life, Portugal
Crabapple has developed a long partnership with the parachurch ministry Word of Life
in Portugal. There, the ministry looks to reach primarily children and young people with the Gospel through camps and by partnering with local churches.
International Mission Board
We cooperate with IMB
of the Southern Baptist Convention to deploy thousands of missionaries to the international field. These missionaries are engaged in coming up with and implementing strategies to spark church planting movements among all the peoples of the world. Each year we take up a special missions offering known as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
, 100% of which goes directly to missionaries serving on the field.
Crabapple has been going to the ends of the earth in a big way. This summer we sent nearly 20 teenagers to Ecuador to work with our partners at Extreme Response. We also sent a handful of folks to Portugal and India to participate in the evangelistic work going on there. But we are looking ahead as well to forge new partnerships in addition to those we already have. In the past, Crabapple has had many partnerships with IMB missionaries around the world. While many of these have now passed, we are looking especially to establish new partnerships with Southern Baptist missionaries in places like Africa, Central Europe, and elsewhere.