What is LAUNCH Give

Welcome to LAUNCH Give!

The GBIM LAUNCH program has certain specific goals.  1.  Create missions’ awareness among General Baptist Children and Youth focused on their local community as well as our various mission fields. 2.  Engage General Baptist children and youth in missions’ involvement – again the focus is on community and international ministries. 3.  Create short term opportunity for General Baptist youth and young adults to engage in mission teams and internships.  4. Allow the Spirit of God to move, through moments of awareness and involvement, and to call from among us those who would GO both short and long term.

LAUNCH Give is designed for VBS and Youth Groups and invites participants to learn more about our mission fields and become involved in missions through the stewardship of giving.

Each year LAUNCH Give will have a different country emphasis (awareness) and special offering goal (involvement).  The country of emphasis for this year is Philippines. The special offering this year will be to facilitate the campus expansion program of the General Baptist Bible College.

Vacation Bible School

GBIM has received a mission offering from VBS’s for several years now.  The money received from VBS’s over the years has helped our mission fields in countless ways.

This year, GBIM has four short video segments and age appropriate mission lessons for your VBS.  We invite you to join us again this year to both educate and involved your VBS in missions’ outreach.  You can find the videos and lessons at www.gblaunchgive.com.  We have included sample lessons for your evaluation.

Day of Poverty (designed for Youth groups)

LAUNCH Give for youth groups is called “Day of Poverty” and it offers a chance for General Baptists young people to tackle the advancement of the Gospel of Christ through social change!  The clear teaching of scripture is for Christ followers to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Christ.  The example of Christ is that often the proclamation was accompanied by works of compassion.  As General Baptists we are firmly committed to the proclamation of the Gospel but the focus of our Day of Poverty is also to understand the social climate in which that proclamation is often made.

Our challenge is for your youth group is to host a Day of Poverty for your church/community.  The goals are simple:

  1. Understand the mandate of the Gospel is to proclaim Jesus Christ. But also, realize the example of Christ in feeding those who are hungry, healing those who are sick, meeting needs as they are found.
  2. Create poverty awareness beginning with your community and then focusing on GBIM’s response to poverty around the world.
  3. Respond to poverty in several ways:
    1. Do something for your local food pantry, food bank, school backpack program, etc.
    2. Involve your group/school/community in child or student sponsorship. Our programs currently focus on Honduras, India, Saipan and the Philippines.
  4. Present the LAUNCH fundraising challenge. The challenge for this year is to help facilitate the campus expansion program of GBBC.

This packet is full of ideas that will help your group have a successful “day of poverty.”  We can make a difference “one child/family at a time!’  Online resources can be found at www.dayofpoverty.com and www.gblaunchgive.com.

Day of Poverty has partnered with the National Youth Conference GBNYC and ask all GBNYC participating youth groups to bring your special offering to GBNYC for a time of harvest.  One gift worth $1000 off a Mission One trip will be awarded to the group with the largest special offering.  The $1000 gift can be awarded to (or divided among) anyone planning to participate in a Mission One (M1) team during the latter part of 2018 or anytime in 2019.  With GBNYC as the special offering target date, we suggest your group host its Day of Poverty in April or May.

If your group hosts a VBS or Day of Poverty but does not participate in GBNYC we ask you to send your special gift to GBIM, LAUNCH Offering, 100 Stinson Drive, Poplar Bluff, MO  63901.

Community Development

2019 Project “Community Development”

Communities Need WATER – but there is a crisis!

Our solution to the water crisis is simple: an inexpensive, home-based filtration system, an empowered community, and you. Read on and we’ll explain.

A simple bucket and a small filter…

Using technology inspired by our own biology, the Sawyer PointONE filter system functions much like kidney dialysis does to filter out impurities in the water, leaving clean, drinkable water.  This amazingly effective filter can be set up in five minutes. It requires only a 5-gallon container and the filtration kit. It is simple enough that adults of all education levels can learn how to use it.  No electricity, no complicated maintenance… guaranteed for a lifetime of clean, safe water!

…churches and their communities…

We have learned that effective technology is only the first step in bringing clean water to God’s thirsty children.  A sustainable, long-lasting solution depends on other  factors, including committed partnerships. We believe churches are ideal partners in our quest to change the reality of dirty water in marginal communities.  Churches are concerned for the health and well-being of children, and have proven to be reliable partners for bringing clean water to the most vulnerable children.  We invite churches to make a faith-based commitment, for we know that adding “the God-Spark” will charge and sustain a others for compassionate, joyful service to their families and neighbors… and that means the resources we invest will be maximized to the fullest possible impact.

..and you!

You’ve read this far because you share our passion for God’s thirsty children, and you’re intrigued by solution for this challenge.  It takes energy, resources, and partnerships!  As a donor, volunteer, or even mission partner, you can  give the gift of clean water in Hondura India, Philippines, Niger, and Jamaica.  We believe we can even help Guam and Saipan be better prepared for typhoon response with these amazing filters.

Most importantly our churches also have the greatest message of all – Jesus is the eternal spring of eternal life that will last forever.

GBIM   –    100 Stinson Drive   –   Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Please write on the memo line “LAUNCH Offering or VBS Offering.”

Resource Library

Day of Poverty 2018

Online Resources for 2018

gbim logo smallYou will find our online resources for LAUNCH 2018 on this page.  This is a work in progress so come back and visit often to see what we have in store for our LAUNCH World Missions Offering.

You will find our online resources for LAUNCH 2019 on this page.  This is a work in progress so come back and visit often to see what we have in store for our LAUNCH World Missions Offering.

Promotional Material

LAUNCH Cover Letter

LAUNCH Poster  (PDF)

LAUNCH Gift of Life Project

John 4:14


Day of Poverty (PDF)

Day of Poverty Lessons – Perspectives On Poverty

Hungry Decisions Power Point

Video Resources
Day of Poverty Videos

GBIM will partner with Sawyer International as a partner for LAUNCH 2019 to help provide clean water through our churches around the world.  These videos are an example of how others partner with Sawyer and what our partnership might look like.

Day of Poverty “Third World Problems Read by Third World People” video (Not produced by GBIM)

Day of Poverty “Third World Problems Read by Third World People – Response” video (Not produced by GBIM)

2019 Day of Poverty Videos

Youth (Day of Poverty)

Lesson (Word file)

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