We are so thrilled about the Encouragement Bag project at Rankin County Baptist Association with Baptist Hospital. This project was an idea that was inspired by the G.A.'s and R. A.'s at Bethel Baptist Church. There are about 300 new patients each month and to date we have 13 churches signed up to provide Encouragement Bags to the new hospital patients. Included in the beautifully decorated bags is spiritual literature, a Bible, snacks, a bottle of water, crossword puzzles and other various items. Our prayer is that each of these patients will know that Rankin Baptist Association is praying for them and understanding of this time in their life; that is why we named them Encouragement Bags.
Seen in the picture is the Believer's Sunday School class at FBC Brandon who supplied the bags for the month of July. In the second picture is Tonya Ball, Baptist Hospital Navigator for the Cancer Unit placing one of the bags on her cart to deliver to new patients. The third picture is of one of the completed bags being delivered on July 1st to the Cancer Clinic.
Also, a big thank you to Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, Mississippi Benevolence, Rock Bluff Baptist Church and Paul Baggett's Sunday School class at FBC Brandon for donating the funding required to purchase the Bible for each Encouragement Bag.
First delivery of RCBA Encouragement Bags to Baptist Hospital. Seen in this picture is Tonya Ball, Navigator for the Cancer Center and Allen Stephens, DOM of RCBA. Three hundred bags were delivered for the month of July from the Believer’s S/S class at FBC Brandon.
We have churches signed up through next June, but if your church would like to participate in this wonderful project for new cancer patients, contact Diane and she will give you all the information. Just think….if all our RCBA churches participated, we could offer this outreach to those in need for 5 years and nobody would have to do it twice!!
Thank you to MBCB, Mississippi Benevolence, Paul Baggett’s S/S class at FBC Brandon, and Rock Bluff church for help with the funds necessary to purchase Bibles for each bag.