First Baptist Seymour sale helps fund Nigerian trip

Apr. 15, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

On Saturday, First Baptist Church held its biannual rummage sale for missions. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund an upcoming trip to Nigeria.

The trip is being organized for a youth group called AWANA, or Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed. The weekly club is meant to lead children to Christ and help them grow in faith and service to God. Created for children ages 2 to 18, it is a discipleship program in which more than 1.5 children participate nationally and internationally.

Shannon Moore, who is organizing the trip along with her husband, Chris, said that in Africa, there are approximately 40 churches with an AWANA program in place. Leaders and assistants in the program at First Baptist will travel to a sister church for a multiple mission trip.

While there, they will build a well for a Nigerian church, teach and preach, and attend a Seed Planters Conference to encourage others to begin similar programs.

“Our trip was actually postponed for a few weeks because of the violence that’s going on,” said Mason Powell. “It’s kind of an iffy area. They’re surrounded by militia. We’ll be escorted by guards while we are there.”

Both Powell and his friend Will Moore said they are more excited than nervous, however. “We just really hope to spark the flame to start more AWANA programs there,” Mason added.

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