Friendship has been involved in educational, medical, economic developments, cultural exchange and evangelism all under the umbrella of foreign mission. We have supported international missions directly and indirectly along with our partner, Lott Carey Foreign Baptist Mission Convention of Washington, D.C.
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s influence in the global community reaches far beyond a visit to a faraway land but our presence and emphasis are reflected in love, financial support, evangelism, free medical care, and endearing fellowship. We truly believe and exemplify our mission and ministry through our mission statement: We are the people of God, called together to be the body of Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit to proclaim God’s will, to love one another, to be instruments of salvation – preaching, teaching, worshiping, caring, sharing, growing and giving service through community outreach.
Children’s Rights Ministry established sixteen years ago is a non-profit, non-governmental, community base organization working with community developmental issues in seventeen squatter settlements outside of Chatsworth, Durban. This outreach ministry was birthed after the increased rate of HIV/AIDS adults whose children were orphaned as a result of their death due to AIDS. These children have slipped into being labeled as “street children” and are cared for under the auspices of Rev. Livingstone Jacob who has a heart as large as the continent of Africa. FMBC has faithfully provided annual financial assistance in helping these children acquire the necessities of life.
Rovaughna, a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, holds a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and a Master of Arts specializing in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She also has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from the same University. She enjoys running, swimming and spending time with friends and family.
In 2007, a joint effort between the South African Baptist Convention and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church allowed the FMBC Global Medical team to service two villages, Hebron and Ischsung, near Pretoria. Our 21 member medical team was divided into three areas of medical services: optometry, dentistry, and medical. We were able to service 184 medical patients, 205 dental patients, fabricate 15 full dentures, and 6 partials. The optometry team examined 633 patients, distributing 455 pairs of donated glasses. The reports from our medical team via testimonies, pictures, articles, and video affirmed the need of our presence to witness to the utter most part of the world.
Location: informal settlement where people just come and settled because they had nowhere to go.
Population demographics: unemployment is very high; parents find it hard to send kids to school
Challenges: national crisis for water due to drought; government has recognized this area as the poorest of the poor, children go to the church for refuge for a cooked meal and drinking water – no water, to meal.
Hope: Women and children to plant gardens and sell vegetables to reduce the poverty rate
Guyana Missionary Baptist Church – Lott Carey, Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Georgetown, Guyana is located in the northeastern corner of South America, bordered by Venezuela to the west, Brazil to the southwest and south, Suriname to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, provides the landscape for our medical team of 15-20 persons to render their gifted services through healing and evangelism. Since 2002, FMBC has frequented this area to provide free medical clinics and evangelism. Under the leadership of our partner, Rev. Brenda K. Harewood, M.Div, Superintendent Pastor, Guyana Missionary Baptist Church-Lott Carey, we have willingly addressed the needs of the indigenous Indian population in Georgetown, Long Creek, Abrams Creek and the Pomeroon River areas. The next medical mission & evangelistic trip is being considered for 2016, stay tuned.
January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake damaged the capital, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and other southern areas. Friendship responded through our partnership with Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention within 2 weeks after the disaster with food and medical supplies. We supported the funding for the Habitat effort to build 1,880 temporary shelters and 581 latrines in Cabaret, Haiti. Our culminated effort in 2012 completed 150 home developments in Leogane, Haiti. Lott Carey continues to have mission activities each year in Haiti.
June 4-9, 2015 a team of twelve missionaries departed Charlotte Douglas Airport for Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to be met by our new mission partner, Rev. Actionnel Fleurisma of Organisation de la Force Chretienne de Bayonnais (OFCB Ministries), Bayonnais- Gonaives, Haiti. This was an exploratory mission led by Pastor Jones and 11 others to examine and address the essential need of our new mission partner. Building and equipping a school is primary due to the influx of immigrants from other cities and townships surrounding Bayonnais.
The team of 12 was excited to serve in the high temperatures of 90-100 degrees to visit the school, hospital, and worship center. FMBC provided 100 pairs of sneakers to outfit boys and girls, soccer balls, medical and school supplies, games, and our Quilting Ministry provided female products for the maturing girls. The team members were Pastor Jones, Deacon Wallace Means, Dr. Erika Gantt, Sister Cassandra Harding, Sister Maxine Swayne, Sister Debra Smith, Sister Kim Flanders, Rev. C. Anthony Jones, Jr. Rev. Trevor Beauford, Bro. Joe Muse, Bro. William Youngblood, and Dr. Paula Newsome.
Trinity Evangelistic Ministries, Retreat Content, St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, W.I.
Under the leadership of the founding father, the late Reverend George Coore, this ministry is perhaps one of our largest volunteer ministry efforts because Friendship Missionary Baptist Church has sent at least two teams of volunteers to minister to the needs of adults and children in the areas of healthcare provided by our Global Medical Team and evangelism through Vacation Bible School. The excited patients and children were often waiting at the top of the mountain in Retreat Content before the team arrived from the Ocho Rios area.
During our early years in the 21st century (2002), the combination of the two teams sometimes reached to 50 volunteers who were met by a convoy of vans to transport the eager volunteers to their lodging in order to plan the next day’s agenda. Notably, other churches have partnered with Friendship which has been part of this essential ministry. Another presence of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica is our financial support with a feeding program for preschoolers through the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention. Our next medical mission is scheduled for October 16-24, 2015 and the Friendship Vacation Bible School mission is being considered for 2016, stay tuned.
Location: Underdeveloped rural area in the country side.
Population demographics: Mostly young people and homes owned by the elderly.
Challenge: national crisis for water due to drought; lack of public transportation to shops, clinics, hospitals; government fills water tanks in communities on their schedule rather than the need or request from community.
Attributes: property around the church is conducive for farming crops and chickens.
International Children Outreach Ministry (I.C.O.M.) formerly Global Children Outreach, Mabapone, South Africa, since 1999 this 501 3c organization been a viable ministry in providing cultural exchange for elementary school children. I.C.O.M. organizes opportunities to bring at-risk children to live with Christian host families in the Untied States on a short-term basis. The “at-risk” child is defined as any child that is suffering from environmental, health, economic, violence (including, but not limited to war), educational or any other risk factors. I.C.O.M. also partners with humanitarian aid groups. Additionally, the ministry orchestrates opportunities with volunteers enabling them to grow spiritually, educationally and culturally.
In 2013, Pastor Jones and a team went to visit the Kgomotso School in Soshanguve, outside of Pretoria, to meet with area superintendent, Ms. Shirley Molobi, to discuss a partnership between Tshwane North District Schools and Friendship with the purpose to be more effective in reaching more students. After this meeting, a mission initiative was birthed to send 50,000 books to include the following subjects for learners in grades 8 thru 12: English, Mathematics, Physical Science Chemistry, Accounting & Business Studies, Geography and Life Skills. Readers are requested for grades R-7 for 3 Primary Farm Schools consisting of 650 students. Another partner to benefit from this initiative is the Baptist Convention College in Soweto, South Africa to include bibles and theological materials for the seminarian students under the capable leadership of Rev. Zachariah Motaung and Reverend Dr. Yvonne Best-Motaung. To date, we have sent 6,030 in May, 2015 for the Soshanguva Teachers Centre. In July 2015, a delegation of 33 visited the Kgomotso School and the Soshanguve Teachers Centre to see the catalogued books in their library.
This economic development project in the township of Winterveldt is a community marvel also known as the “The Farm”. It is a church model for missions whereby vegetable and greenhouse gardens, employment and volunteer opportunities are made available in the community. In addition to a sewing facility, to attract women who are infected with HIV/AIDS, was created in order to employ them in hopes of being able to sustain themselves and their families financially. This strong partnership between the ministry and FMBC has been existence since 2001 under the leadership of the family of the late Rev. M. Johannes Mashiane.