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April Faith Day 2016 – Recap

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April Faith Day (version 17) is now history.  It is hard to believe that this year’s offering marked our 17th April Faith Day offering.  Including the 2016 offering, over $2,280,000 has been sacrificially given over these past 16 years.  To God Be the Glory!

April Faith Day 2016

This year, we praise God for an April Faith Day (AFD) offering of over $173,000!  It is truly remarkable to consider what we have accomplished through the power of God.  This year’s offering is the largest one in a very long time.  Our 2011 offering was over $187,000, but nearly half of that was a large estate gift.  We have to go back all the way to 2004 to find an AFD offering that was larger than this year’s.  In the 2004, the AFD offering was over $177,000.

Each year I like to provide some ‘stats’ from our AFD offering.

  • Almost 200 families participated in our AFD offering!
  • The average gift was around $874.
  • There were 24 gifts of exactly $500.
  • There were 22 gifts of exactly $1,000.
  • There were 31 gifts of an amount greater than $1,000.
  • The vast majority of gifts (73%) were less than $1,000.
  • The individual gifts (that we could track) ranged from $3 to $14,000.

What Can We Learn

What lessons can we learn from our 2016 April Faith Day Offering?  Let me share some with you.

  1. God can use any gift – no matter how small.
  2. God works through all of us.  The largest ‘check’ we received comprised less than 10% of the entire offering.  This offering was not dominated by a large donor.  It was the result of all of us working together for the glory of God.
  3. It could have been bigger.  I am in a unique position.  I know who contributes and who doesn’t.  From what I see, there are many who never participate in our April Faith Day offering.

Since 2000

As I wrote above, since 2000, over $2,280,000 has been given through our AFD offerings.   Remarkably, well over$300,000 in gifts have been given out of these annual offerings.  The remainder of these offerings has been used to help our Building Fund and our Faith’s 100 Missions program.

It is simply amazing to consider what God has done through a little church in Polk County, Florida.  I don’t know about you but I am already excited to see what God will do in 2017 and the years to come.

To God Alone Be all the Glory and Honor.

Stephen

PS – If you have some time to spare, this link will take you to all of the articles we have ever written in regards to April Faith Day.  I found it very interesting to read through these and see what God did in the past.

What is April Faith Day?

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Have you ever heard of April Faith Day?  Hopefully, if you are a part of FBC, you will answer YES.  Every year since 2000, April Faith Day has been held on the first Sunday of April.  On this day, we take a sacrificial offering.  Since 2000, over $2,100,000 has been sacrificially given through our April Faith Day offerings.   Our average offering has been over $130,000.  The purpose of April Faith Day has been to give gifts to missionaries all over the world and help fund our Building Fund and Faith’s 100.

One hallmark of April Faith Day is the gifts that are given away each year.  Each year, several gifts are given from the offering that is collected.  Since 2000, over $325,000 has been given away.  Consider some of the gifts that have been given in the past.

  • $10,000 to help Russian children attend summer camp
  • $10,000 to help an African pastor buy a truck that will assist him in ministry
  • $10,000 to help an African school build and furnish a classroom building
  • $10,000 to help a church in The Philippines finish their building project
  • $5,000 to help a Haitian orphanage
  • $15,000 to help a local safe-house for victims of human-trafficking
  • many more gifts to local Camps, foreign missionaries, & other mission agencies

April Faith Day is always a significant day.

April Faith Day promises to be a unique day.  We have the privilege and opportunity to worship God through sacrificial giving.  I encourage you to begin praying about what God would have you to do.  Please do not make a quick decision in the car on the way to church.  Start praying and planning today.  Visit our April Faith Day page to learn specifically about April Faith Day 2016.

Have a Great Day!

Stephen

Here are some articles that tell about previous April Faith Days.

A Look Back at April Faith Day 2015

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April Faith Day (version 16) is now history.  It is hard to believe that this year’s offering marked our 16th April Faith Day offering.  Including the 2015 offering, over $2.1 million has been sacrificially given over these past 16 years.  To God Be the Glory!

April Faith Day 2015

This year, we praise God for an April Faith Day (AFD) offering of over $142,000!  It is truly remarkable to consider what we have accomplished through the power of God.  Each year I like to provide some ‘stats’ from our AFD offering.

  • Over 180 families participated in our AFD offering!
  • The average gift was around $734.
  • There were 40 gifts totaling $1,000 or more.
  • The vast majority of gifts were less than $1,000.
  • The individual gifts (that we could track) ranged from $5 to $14,000.

Since 2000

As I wrote above, since 2000, over $2.1 million has been given through our AFD offerings.   Remarkably, nearly $300,000 in gifts have been given out of these annual offerings.  The remainder of these offerings has been used to help our Building Fund and our Faith’s 100 Missions program.

It is simply amazing to consider what God has done through a little church in Polk County, Florida.  I don’t know about you but I am already excited to see what God will do in 2016 and the years to come.

To God Alone Be all the Glory and Honor.

Stephen

A Quick Look at April Faith Day 2014

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Another April Faith Day (AFD) has come and gone.  Believe it or not, this was our 15th April Faith Day.  Let’s take just a minute and look back at what God did this year.

We praise God that our 2014 AFD offering was over $133,000!

Consider some of the following statistics about our 2014 AFD Offering:

  • Over 150 families participated in our AFD offering.
  • The average gift was over $800.
  • The gifts ranged from $2.00 to $11,000.
  • The overwhelming majority of gifts (over 85%) were $1,000 or less.

To God Be the Glory!  Great Things He Has Done!

*4/14/14 Update – we have now received over $143,000 for our April Faith Day Offering.  Praise the Lord!

April Faith Day 2012 Report

 

Sunday, April 1st, 2012, was April Faith Day.  It was simply amazing to see what God did through our April Faith Day Offering.  Consider these ‘offering stats.’

  • The 2012 April Faith Day Offering was over $130,000.
  • A total of 172 contributions were given towards the offering.
  • The average contribution was $764.05.
  • The largest single contribution was $15,000.
  • The smallest contribution was $1.27.
  • Almost 64% of the gifts were under $500.
  • There were 40 gifts of $500 or more.
  • There were 15 gifts of $1000 or more.
  • There 3 gifts of $10,000 or more.

There is one big lesson we can learn from this year’s April Faith Day offering – God cannot be limited.  In the conversations I have had, most have been stunned by this year’s offering total.  Most of us thought that the offering would be considerable lower.  We assumed that giving would be down.  We assumed wrong.  God had other plans.  He once again reminded us that He will do whatever He pleases.  He is in control.  We simply are tools in His hand.  May this year’s April Faith Day offering serve as a reminder that we cannot limit God.

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A Look Back at April Faith Day 2011 (by Jonita Barram)

April 3, 2011 dawned sunny and clear after a week of storms that brought cooler temperatures. It was a perfect day for Faith Baptist Church to dedicate its new family life center.
Worship and Praise
Dorothy Malcolm

That morning we held our annual April Faith Day Praise Service of remembrance and worship. It included the baptism of three children, speeches, music, and a sacrificial offering. Dorothy Malcolm, a charter member, spoke on “What God has Done.” She rehearsed how God has taken the congregation through difficult as well as good times, including having one of our former pastors collapse in the pulpit and die a few days later. Pastor Osborne says that Faith’s past and “how God has brought us to this point is truly nothing short of amazing.”

Becky & John Corbett

John and Becky Corbett, who have been at the church 18 years, spoke on “What God is Doing.” John says: “The bedrock Biblical principle that has been preached from this pulpit is that the only reason we exist on this planet—as individuals, as families, and as a church body—is to bring glory to God. What we see today at FBC, true to its mission, is a place where Christian leaders are cultivated from a very young age.” He also says, “The greatest successes we’ve enjoyed as a church, and when we’ve been at our very best, has been when we’re focused beyond the walls of this building.”

Pastor Nathan Osborne

Pastor Osborne spoke on “What God May Do,” outlining his vision for the ministries Faith Baptist Church can have in Winter Haven: a Christian school, a seminary, continuance and growth of Faith Extreme, a high-rise for seniors, growth of Faith’s 100, and a Christian resource center/bookstore/coffeehouse.

The “3 + 1” Quartet

Music included a song by a quartet featuring Associate Pastor Jerry Smith (a “senior saint”) and three young men: Caleb and Jesse Padgett and Reagan Osborne. The choir and orchestra beautifully performed several numbers, and Associate Pastor Peter Brock led the congregation in responsive praise readings. Pastor Osborne says the congregation’s “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “To God Be the Glory” were “the exclamation point of praise.”

Presentation of the Keys
Following the worship service, the congregation went outdoors to watch Oakie Osborne, 22, parachute into a roped off area and present a key to the chairman of the deacon board, James Barfield.
Oakie Osborne delivering the keys

Church members George Durham (pilot); Sarah Osborne, 16, (copilot); and Byron Worthington (jump master) were the flight crew. Kent Sawders held a flag to indicate where Oakie should land. Pastor Osborne gives some insight into the jump: “Byron helped George Durham remove the plane door before takeoff.” As jump master, Byron relayed information from George to Oakie, told Oakie when the plane was in the proper position, and told Oakie to go. Pastor also says, “If the jumper refuses to go, the jump master throws him out.” He also says that seeing “my son hitting the target from 5,000 feet up,” was one of the day’s highlights.

Cutting the Ribbon
The Flamingos

Afterward, the crowd moved toward the new building, where 30 women, part of a ministry to widows called Flamingos, cut the ribbon. Flamingos founder Georgia Stickney says: “Each one of them was honored to have this opportunity to praise the Lord for what He has done.” Georgia says there were two special highlights for her: to hear and see the Flamingos’ excitement as they participated and that two Flamingos, Johnie Osborne and Doris Tassell, were able to watch their grandson Oakie parachute onto the grounds. “This allowed them the opportunity to see his accurate and awesome precision in landing right on target. What a memory for them and all of us as a church family,” says Georgia. Pastor Osborne says that watching the Flamingos was a highlight for him, too, specifically, their “joy at knowing God still uses them.” The Flamingos participation was a reminder that “we can serve with enthusiasm at any age and in any stage of life,” says Pastor.

Baptist Fellowship (aka The Meal)

Attendees then went into the gym for a meal. Jared Malcolm, who led 30 volunteers to prepare and serve the food, says they served about 750 hamburgers. Jared says: “I grew up in this church. It was exciting to see an addition to the campus and to be a part of that addition.” Jared spent 15 hours at church that Sunday but says it was worth it “to see what God did and how smoothly the food was served, how everybody enjoyed it, and how God was blessed.” This was also a highlight for Pastor Osborne, who says, “I truly enjoy watching people use their gifts and talents for God’s glory. Jared Malcolm, John and Florence Gerharz, and all the college kids serving food and helping people find seats and doing that with joy is incredible.”

Dedication Ceremony
The Voices of Faith

As the meal concluded, the dedication ceremony began. The Voices of Faith, a choir composed of teens and young adults, sang, “My God Is a Mountain Mover.” This, too, was a highlight for Pastor Osborne. He enjoyed “Pastor Jerry and Voices of Faith singing their hearts out for a mountain-moving God.”

James Berry

Pastor Osborne; Bryan Hunter, deacon and building committee member; James Berry, chairman of the building committee; and James Barfield glorified God and shared their appreciation for the men and women who worked on the project. After rehearsing what God had done, James Berry said, “I can’t wait to see the souls that get saved out of this building.”

James Barfield says, “Our church and our pastor have long held the view that the church should not go into debt to build, that if the Lord would have us to build, He would provide the resources.” Over the course of 16 years, God enabled the church to pay off its remaining mortgage ($400,000) within 14 months and to purchase land ($440,000) and build the new building ($2.1 million) totally debt free.
James continues: “In the midst of this terrible economy—and Polk County has been exceptionally hard hit because of the heavy concentration of construction-oriented jobs—in the midst of that the Lord provided a brand new building, 100 percent paid for, that we’re able to open as a testimony not only of how great God is but also the vision that our pastor had. Now we are able to bring a hurting community into this building and minister to them.”
Bryan Hunter & David Norris

As part of the ceremony, James Barfield and Bryan Hunter presented plaques to David Norris Engineering and Rodda Construction. Pastor Osborne said that hearing Bryan Hunter, James Berry, and James Barfield “bringing glory to God by thanking all those involved with humility and gratefulness moved my heart.”

While the vision for ministry rests largely with Pastor Osborne, the deacons have played a large part in making that vision come to life. Of the men who have served as deacons, Pastor Osborne says: “In the last sixteen years of ministering at Faith, every deacon has had a special place in my heart. They and their wives have served the Lord and His church faithfully and sacrificially. I lean upon their strength, encouragement, and godliness. Their wisdom, patience, and accountability, along with their selfless service is simply invaluable. There is no way to adequately describe how much they are worth. Every one of them is a gift from God to the church. We thoroughly enjoy serving God together.”
At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony, the church families were invited to take home a souvenir mug with a full-color rendition of the architect’s drawing of the new building.
Let the Ministry Begin, Expand, and Grow
Pastor Osborne says: “We want to go beyond this place and take the gospel to the entire community—all to the glory of God.” The Family Life Center will be used for the following ministries at least:
  • Children—Vacation Bible School, music camp, Awana, and special programs
  • Teenagers—youth group, FX, outreach ministries and conference
  • Sports—men’s and women’s sports leagues; Bible studies and men’s and women’s workout and prayer times
  • Outreach—Upwards Basketball
  • Seniors—Young at Heart and walking/exercise
  • Discipleship—classes throughout the week

 

Vision for Tomorrow
As for the future, Pastor Osborne says: “We believe the next project is a new auditorium building with a few classrooms, a large nursery suite to include a special-needs unit, a 200-seat wedding/funeral chapel, and a new office suite.” The grounds would be landscaped to include “gardens along the lake for peaceful and quiet meditation.” Renovating the existing auditorium would be included, changing it into a two-story classroom building.” He says the price tag would be $6 million; then he reminds us, “God can do anything.”