Missions education begins with preschoolers and continues through adults. Mission Friends, GAs and RAs meet weekly during the school year. Acteens meet monthly and often participate in field trips. Adults meet several times each month for prayer, missions studies, and visitation.
First Baptist sponsors three language mission groups. The Chinese ministry meets at 1111 Lee Avenue and provides a full slate of activities from Bible study to grocery shopping trips. This group worships at the 9:45 a.m. service. The Spanish ministry meets on the main campus for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worships at the eleven:11 service. Deaf interpretation is offered during the 9:45 a.m. worship service.
Special church-wide emphases four times each year support missions in the association, state, nation, and around the world. Each of these week-long efforts include mission studies and is named for a missionary who did pioneer work and contributed to the rich heritage of Southern Baptist missions.
Each year several hundred First Baptist members participate in mission trips. These trips occur primarily but not exclusively during the summer months. Activities range from backyard Bible clubs and evangelistic crusades to construction work, medical missions, musical concerts, and other efforts to share the love of Christ around the world.
First Baptist Loves Lafayette
For several years a highlight of the spring has been First Baptist Loves Lafayette, a day of community missions and ministry. As many as 600 people have participated on a Saturday in up to 40 different projects including home repair and landscaping for senior adults, preparing meals for police and fire departments, painting and other repairs at city parks, visiting and singing at nursing homes, and many other activities.
SEE 2012 PHOTO GALLERY.