Charity Baptist Mission Inc.
How It All Started
Early in 1973, the Lord began to deal with my heart concerning a Children’s Home in Mexico. I was in a revival meeting at the Central Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina where Bro. Ronnie Millsap’s is pastor.
During that meeting I announced for the first time that the Lord had laid it upon my heart to start an orphanage in Mexico. The burden was great and I mentioned it several times during my meeting there. No one responded and no offering was taken. On Sunday morning, as they began their Sunday School, a man stood up and said, “I have to give some money on that Children’s Home in Mexico.” During that hour they were supposed to have Sunday School about $650.00 was given. There were about 30 there that Sunday morning. At the 11:00 o’clock hour, a lady came into the church and said, “Last Thursday I was supposed to give some money to the Children’s Home in Mexico.” I had saved some money to remodel my house, but she said, Bro. Millsap’s, I want you to come by tomorrow. I want to give you $500.00 I have saved. She said, “I’ve tried ever since Thursday to get the Lord to let me give it in Bristol but the Lord would say, ‘No, It’s for Mexico!”
The next week I was in a revival and my wife took the money to deposit it. They told her at the bank that she would have to put it under a name. She said, “My husband is in a revival and I don’t know what to call it.” The lady told her to call it whatever she wanted too. So my wife told the lady, “Charity, Charity Baptist Mission.” And that is how we started and how we got our name. We had no intentions of starting a mission board but we had two young men and their wives staying at the Children’s Home in Bristol that we use for the Bible conference who asked to go out under Charity Missions.
I began to pray about it. On December 16, 1973, we formed the mission committee: which were members of the church and trustees of the Tri-State Baptist Children’s Home. Under our state charter at the Children’s Home, we have the privilege of doing any kind of mission work.
A lady called us who used to work for us. She was home for Christmas vacation from Jamaica where she teaches deaf children. She told us that she wanted to go under our mission board. So on December 30, 1973, the committee met and went through the applications with the missionaries present, (except the ones on the field).
On January 4, 1974, a fine young man and his wife from Detroit came down to talk with us about going out under our board. He was a C.P.A., and had his own business. We also support other missionaries on other fields from our board. So on and on it went. God continued to send missionaries our way and they continually asked to be sent out from Charity Baptist Mission, Inc. Little did we know what the Lord had in store for us. May he receive all the honour and glory.
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