FBC is a very missions-minded church. Our goal is to have a part in the local, national, and worldwide evangelism of the lost; and the baptism, and teaching of the new convert in local, autonomous New Testament churches. Where New Testament churches do not exist, our endeavor will be to aid in the support of the missionaries in establishing such churches for the regular meeting of the believers to worship and glorify God. In addition, our role is to support missionaries who are directly involved with evangelizing the lost, baptizing believers, discipling, and edifying the saints in the local church, who direct converts to the local church for this purpose, or missionaries involved in support ministries.
At FBC, we have many missionaries we support, both prayerfully and financially. Our missions giving policy is "faith-giving." Faith-giving is a promise we make to the missionary of a certain amount. General Missions giving are funds that are distributed to missionaries we as a church support. In addition to financially supported missionaries, we also prayerfully support several that are well known to the church family as well. We rotate focusing on our missionaries throughout the year as, "Missionary of the Month" in which different missionaries are highlighted. Our missionaries also share in person with us as they are available, through "Missions Moment" during Morning Worship and/or through sharing the Word of God by preaching. A Missionary Directory is available to those interested in learning more information about our missionaries, and to pray for them more effectively. We also have an active missions committee that seeks to promote missions in general with our congregation, to inform the congregation of our current missionaries' news, and to support missions trips from our church. Due to the interest and frequency of our overseas mission trips lately, a "Missions Trip Fund" has been created in order to raise funds throughout the year(s) in preparation for future mission trips. An overseas missions trip is planned every four years, and in the past, we have traveled abroad to Canada and thrice to Brazil, South America. The most recent mission trip was held June 2 - 18, 2017 and a team of thirteen members traveled to Benevides, Para, Brazil, South America. Rev. Gary & Sandy Parker, Word of Life Directors, were our gracious hosts. The team presented an evangelistic ministry of drama, music, puppets, and shared testimonies translated by missionaries.
PAST MISSION TRIPS RECAP
2009 Teen Mission Trip
This missions trip was organized by Pastor Duane & Cristina Smith and involved FBC's youth group members. They spent ten days in Vitoria da Conquista, Bahia, Brazil, where Brazil Inland Mission, Inc. missionaries David & Debbie Thompson hosted them, and the team gave a Gospel presentation of drama, puppets, songs, object lessons and testimonies.
2013 Brazil Mission Trip
This missions trip was to Vitoria da Conqusita, Bahia, Brazil and involved FBC's youth group members and adults who put on a presentation of puppets, drama, songs and testimonies. Our audiences were mostly public school children and the focus was very evangelistic. Our hosts were missionaries David & Debbie Thompson with Brazil Inland Mission, Inc.
2015 Biblical Tour of Israel
In April of 2015, Pastor Duane organized a 10-Day Biblical Tour of Israel, "Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus." Five people from Waukon joined a group for a total of sixteen people in Israel and were greatly blessed by their tour and experiences while in Israel.
2017 Brazil Mission Trip
In June of 2017, thirteen members from First Baptist Church went to the Amazon area of northern Brazil - Benevides, Para - for twelve days. Word of Life missionaries, Gary & Sandy Parker, were the gracious hosts. The team presented to public schools and churches a 45-minute presentation of drama, puppets, songs and translated testimonies. In addition, the team became aquainted with the "Creative Hands Ministry" which is a ministry to a community that makes their living off of the city dump. The team also spent an overnight in the Amazon jungle and visited an island on the Amazon River where a small town is thriving living off the land and fish. It was a once-in-a-lifetime mission trip and lives were changed because of it!