The Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. which is based in South Philadelphia — will host two days of prayer and worship as they kick-off the 93rd annual Rev. Samuel B. Jordan, Sr. Christmas Drive. The goal this year has been set with the expectation of raising $300,000 dollars to fuel the work the Foreign Mission Board carries out in parts of South Africa and other nations of the Motherland, parts of Latin America, parts of the Caribbean Islands and Nicaragua. In June at the Congress of Christian Education, Rev. Dr. Jerry Young, President of National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, appointed Rev. Terrence D. Griffith, as Executive Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board. The Executive Secretary directs, supervises and provides leadership for the Foreign Mission Work. Griffith is the 14th Executive Secretary since 1880.
Monday, December 12, 2016, during the regularly scheduled meeting and worship service of the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference, the Foreign Mission Board led the service. That meeting and worship service always takes place at Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where Rev. James Moore was the Sr. Pastor and Host for this year’s occasion. The guest preacher for the 2:00 p.m. service was be Rev. William B. Moore, pastor of Tenth Memorial Baptist Church on Monday evening, December 12th in observance of the kick-off for the annual Christmas Drive, there was a praise and worship service. at New Gethsemane Baptist Church at 917 E. Chelten Avenue. The pastor is Rev. Samuel B. Jordan, Jr. The guest preacher for the evening service was Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. DuPree.
There was also a reception in recognition of the push for the Christmas Drive at Monumental Baptist Church located at 50th and Locust Streets Tuesday, December 13th, prior to the 93rd Annual Service for the Christmas Drive. The Rev. Dennis E. Thomas, pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church was the guest preacher.
Rev. Dr. William B. Moore, Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. commented,” We are confident and determined as we move forward to reach our goal of $300,000 to do work in other nations for some of the neediest poor people on earth. Being that we’re not standing alone, but instead have chapters across the nation, we know we can reach our goal. While we’re hosting events to kick off our efforts this week in Philadelphia, in other parts of the country similar efforts are underway.”
The Foreign Mission Board is an Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. with seven active mission stations in Conakry, Guinea, Freetown, Sierra Leone and Suehn, Liberia, (all West Africa), Bluefields, Nicaragua, (Central America), Maaseru, Lesotho, Mbabane, Swaziland and Chilembwe, Malawi (all in Southern Africa).