AMERICAN BAPTIST MEN
OF THE GREAT RIVERS REGION
Strengthening men to change the world for Christ
Larry Stanton, one of our own GRR ABMen and his wife Becky are Missionaries currently serving with IM partners Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Baptist Union of Hungary. They work with schools in the eastern region of the country: primary and elementary community schools in Téglás and a technical high school in Debrecen. The Stantons provide the students and staff with instruction and conversation practice in English and maintenance support. In addition to classroom responsibilities, Larry and Becky participate in school activities and are involved in Christian outreach. Their three daughters attend local schools, learning Hungarian and also teaching English as only children can.
Look for Larry and Becky's journals, videos, stories, photos and find out how you can help by clicking this link to their International Ministries website.
This ministry is for your home church as you minister to Care Receivers (widows, widowers and single moms) in your congregation. Teams of 3 or 4 Care Givers are formed for each Care Receiver. All of the teams meet one Saturday a month for breakfast, prayer, Bible study and then go out into the homes of their Care Receivers to complete home repairs, yard work and numerous other projects that may need done around the home. Contact Terry Maurizio at 217.853.0651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Most churches observe this event with a breakfast prepared by the men and boys of the church and a time of praying together as a whole or in groups. Some areas of our ministry combine with other churches, or observe an association-wide event. Contact Mel Sparlin at 815.262.4816 or Dean Edwards at 815.721.7791 for more information.
Since our restart in 2004, when we brought out of "moth balls" the 18 wheeler that had been dedicated and put into service in 1996, this ministry has involved 636 volunteers at 502 sites for 209 days in 39 communities. Some 12,246 volunteer hours of free labor were given to help clean up from floods, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. To learn more about how you can participate, contact Mac Shotwell at 217.546.3422 or Van Peters at 309.212.8797.
For a list of current Disaster Relief Team Leaders click here.
For the Disaster Relief Team Leader's Workbook click here.
Work projects are planned each year. In 2016 we will be working at Judson University from June 6-10, University Baptist in July and Northern Seminary in August. For more information about participating in these projects, contact George Meyer at 217.488.7190.
Men's Summer Gathering
Each year, the men of Great Rivers Region join together for a time of fellowship, renewal, food, fun, workshops, speakers, and challenges. Our 2017 Gathering will once again be held at First Baptist Mattoon on June 24-25. Mark your calendars to attend.
BROTHERS (and SISTERS) Start planning now to return to Green Lake Conference Center at Green Lake, WI in APRIL 24-30 and in SEPTEMBER 18-24 in 2016.
Thanks to all the volunteers who answered the call to help GLCC the last few years while enjoying the amenities offered there. Stuff remains to be done. Again, the wives are invited to participate and they have been a valuable asset for the men.
Click here to obtain a new form for registering as a volunteer. Do not call GLCC. Please complete the form and e-mail, snail mail or FAX as per instructions on the form. Please try to arrange for two people to a room. Plan to arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday or come for a day or two.
Lodging and meals are provided by GLCC without cost to you. You must provide your own transportation. Only 50 volunteers allowed per week. First come first served. As usual, some will take personal tools or trailers.
The type of services needed usually include electrical, painting, ceilings, tree cutting and log splitting, carpentry, sheetrock, plumbing, brush clearing, trail building, fence repair and gardening to name a few.
For more information about how to participate, contact George Meyer at 217.488.7190.
Help support the work of the American Baptist Men by answering two calls per year of $10 for each call.
#1 Call - funding for general expenses
#2 Call - funding for Disaster Relief
UPCOMING 2016 EVENTS
University Baptist Work Project
Northern Seminary Work Project
Green Lake Work Project
GRR ABMen Board Meeting
10:00 am Elliott Ave Baptist Church
UPCOMING 2017 EVENTS
ABMen Summer Gathering
Mattoon First Baptist Church
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST