The Center's Mary's Table® ministry impacts lives in a direct and profound way. At each Mary's Table®, each woman participates in a session that teaches healthy cooking and nutrition. She receives a week's supply of groceries-70 items of food, in the categories of canned, boxed, and other packaged goods, frozen meat and vegetables, dairy items, fresh produce, and bread. Each participant receives 98 pounds of groceries, which are packed into two large boxes and loaded into her vehicle. Each Mary's Table®, we purchase, sort, pack, and load 1,077 pounds of food items. Since we began this ministry in 2012, we have distributed more than 11 tons of food. Each woman participant also receives an apron and a recipe book filled with healthy menu items for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.
Mary's Table® for Children, a community service project, provides underserved children with instruction in good nutrition and healthy dental hygiene. The children learn hands-on how to make healthy meals and snacks. They also learn and practice good dental hygiene with the help of a dental hygienist. We focus on each child's total health--body, mind, and soul. Our overall goal is to enhance the dignity of each child.
Our CenterPlace education platform has been successful in training underserved men and women for their various fields of Christian service, which includes advanced academic theological degree preparation, ministry equipping, and continuing education for people to serve as church and community change agents here in the United States and overseas. Additionally, we also provide scholarship assistance for graduate and postgraduate ministry students here in the United States.
The Center partners with other helping agencies to provide ministry to children and senior adults in moments of critical health care need. This "Noah's Ark ministry" provides much-needed medical prescription assistance for children's whose families face acute financial need during a health crisis. This ministry also offers short-term financial assistance with specific medical costs for those who are elder citizens.
The Center is also involved in Global Partnerships. The Center has aided the equipping of hundreds of graduate and post-graduate students since 2015. We began a new partnership in March 2022 with the All Africa Baptist Fellowship to create, implement, and sustain masters- and doctoral-level degree theological training in French-speaking Africa. This new initiative will enable ministry equipping in strategic areas that have identified as critical. We also engage in strategic agricultural and beef-cattle consultations with our global partners to facilitate sustainable crop and beef cattle best practices.
The Baptist Center for Global Concerns seeks financial support for its overall operational and training needs. Funds given toward our ministry will enable us to further expand the "Peace Initiatives" outline above. Your support will enable us to provide service for the needs of hungry women and their children, much-needed theological educational training for the underserved, consultations in sustainable agricultural and beef-cattle methods, as well as financial assistance in times of acute health crises.