Missions at Lakeview Baptist
Here at Lakeview Baptist Church, we believe it is our mission to direct the church in the financial and spiritual support of missionaries by informing and educating the local church about what God is doing in the mission field, proposing the church's annual mission budget, soliciting and encouraging prayer for missionaries at home and abroad, and organizing and hosting special events at the church that focus on the ministries of people spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
Organized in 1814, American Baptist International Ministries is the first Baptist mission agency formed in North America.
International Ministries serves more than 1,800 short-term and long-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in over 70 countries in cutting-edge ministries that tell
the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.
Ann and Bill Clemmer are currently in their 28th year of service with International Ministries and reside in the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo-Rwanda border. They work with IM partners Heal Africa and IMA World Health. Bill regularly travels to Beni, where he leads an international team of doctors, nurses and technical personnel responding to the current Ebola crisis, the largest in Congo’s history. Ann serves in Goma with Congolese colleagues in responding to the numerous needs, including counseling, nutrition and educating orphans, refugees and other vulnerable children who are affected by the ongoing conflict and poverty in this part of the world.
The American Baptist Churches of Michigan is comprised of more than 150 congregations across Michigan,
ranging in size from 40 people to
2,000. Region staff seek to strengthen and support congregations through Networks that enable churches to help each other, Church Health Assessments & Training, Equipping & Supporting Pastoral Leaders, Region-Wide Youth Ministry Events; Camping Ministry; and Missionary Deputation & Mission Trips.
CityLinC is a non-profit based organization in Battle Creek that offer a variety of compassionate services for children, teenagers and families in the greater Calhoun County area. These services include: Youth Guidance Foster Care & Adoption; Pathways Counseling Center; Women’s Resource Center; Second Wind Mentors; The Mentor House; Community Connection; Ministry Network.
The Haven’s Inasmuch House provides vital care and services to women, children and families who are homeless. These women, children and families are
involved in classes that teach life-skills such as budgeting, time management, how to be a good tenant and much more. This new facility offers a wing of family rooms allowing homeless families to stay together in their time of need. It is the only family shelter in Calhoun County. Previously fathers would have to stay in the Men’s shelter and mothers and children would stay at Inasmuch House. Inasmuch also offers rooms for single fathers with children.
Gideons International - Gideons are an International Organization that print and distribute over 80 million Bibles a year to hospitals, colleges, universities, hotels, motels, assisted living homes, nursing homes, high schools, jails, and wherever doors are open for them. All overhead expenses are paid for by the membership through dues and
Alternatives of Battle Creek seeks to offer abortion alternatives to families facing an unplanned pregnancy as well as STD/STI/HIV testing, ultrasound, educational, and mentoring resources.
The Rev. Dr. Jon and Amanda Good recently arrived in Hungary and are serving in ministries of evangelism, discipleship, education and theological education in partnership with the Baptist Union of Hungary. Amanda assists with music education at the school managed by the Baptist Church in Debrecen, as well as those managed by Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBAid). She also assists with discipleship ministries of the Baptist Church in Debrecen. Jon assists the Baptist Church in Debrecen with its evangelistic outreach, church planting and church development ministries, and trains Christian leaders through the Union’s seminary. Amanda and Jon also work with the church planting efforts of HBAid.
Dr. Wayne and Katherine Niles - Democratic Republic of Congo
Wayne serves as a seconded missionary to Interchurch Medical Assistance in Democratic Republic of Congo where he is involved in affiliated health and development activities and serves as the in-country liaison officer with IMA for financial and accounting matters. Additionally, Wayne has been helping Congolese people through a development project to grow more food. Among other activities, the project distributes new seeds, disease resistant varieties of crops, and offers women’s groups small loans to purchase machines for hulling, milling, and producing oil. Katherine is working with a group of Congolese Christian professionals in training community leaders, urban and rural, to
be promoters of health in their communities. The staff of a church-related health center in Kinshasa is also using her expertise to make their medical ministry more holistic as they care for urban poor people.
Family doctors Rick and Anita Gutierrez serve in Durban, South Africa and train and equip local missionaries, or “health builders,”
to combat lifestyle-related diseases like HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure, heart and artery disease, diabetes and malaria in homes, schools, places of worship and marketplaces. Health builders also receive training in gardening and poultry skills to help them promote good nutrition and provide income, and they lead Bible study groups in their communities. Pray with Rick and Anita for a disciple-making movement in South Africa.
Pieter and Nora Kalkman are based in the Czech Republic and serve with International Ministries as regional missionaries serving as coordinators of short-term missions (STM) with the European Baptist Federation. They facilitate life-changing mission experiences by matching the interests of volunteers with the needs of the 50+ Baptist conventions in Europe and the Middle East. With only 2.5% Evangelical Christians, Europe is a priority mission field. Nora and Pieter travel extensively, roaming the front-lines of ministry while identifying STM opportunities for groups and individuals to effectively multiply mission efforts.
Zakk and Leah Roberts with Reliant Ministries serve with h2o Church at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. As the director of missional communities (Burghs), Zakk helps disciple, train and empower students to be followers
of Jesus, leaders on their campus, and disciple makers
of the world around them.
Chaz Mortensen is with Wycliffe Bible translators. Wycliffe’s mission is to translate the scriptures for the estimated 340
million people who do not have access to the Bible in their native language. In addition, Wycliffe strives to engage in community development and literacy wherever they translate.
Alex Pickens serves with Reliant Ministries and is the previous pastor of University Baptist Church in East Lansing, an American Baptist Congregation.Today, he serves as a chaplain to the 400
police, firefighters and first responders of Lansing, Michigan. Alex has a heart to use the Gospel to serve human populations at the
intersection of faith and public health. He raises all of his support for his ministry through Reliant.
The Haven of Rest is a Christian organization that is dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ so that all may experience God’s love. The Haven provides eight key
ministries: The Men's Homeless Shelter; Women, Children and Family Shelter (Inasmuch House); the Gain Access Program to help homeless children gain life skills; Adult Foster Care for 15 mentally ill men; Life Recovery Program, a long-term transitional housing program for single men that helps break the cycle of substance abuse; Women in New (WIN) Life transitional living program; the H.O.P.E. Team, an outreach program to the community; and the Calhoun County Jail Ministry.
The Haven’s Jail Ministry provides comfort and counseling to 600 inmates of the Calhoun County Jail daily. They also provide transitional housing after jail terms are served and provide classes and counseling that will help the ex-inmate learn how to become a vital asset to the community.
Calhoun Christian School is a growing
private school that serves over a hundred students in grades PK and K-12. The school belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International.
The Lake Louise Baptist Camp, located on the shores of Thumb Lake, is one of ABC Michigan’s camp ground/retreat centers. Seasonal camping experiences are designed for fun, fellowship and to deepen people’s relationship with Christ. Support given will help maintain our “Lakeview” cabin.