December 16, 2015
By Jeff Huett
DECATUR, Ga. — The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to support the Fellowship’s ministries to nurture young Baptists, help form healthy congregations and sustain long-term field personnel presence in Global Missions.
“It is a joy to give to CBF — a place where we don’t have to think alike but we are expected to think — a place where selfless missionaries express God’s great love for the least of these — a place where laughter and hugs are encouraged and shared — a place where truth and integrity are valued — a place where one can feel at home,” Babs Baugh said in announcing the gift. “Why would I not want to be a part of this place?”
Jackie Baugh Moore, a member of the Baugh Foundation Board and the CBF Missions Council, said the Baugh Foundation “feels called to support these innovative CBF ministries and prays that others will follow the same call.”
“Because CBF is focused on forming healthy congregations and nurturing a culture of call in young Baptists, we have an opportunity to make a difference in individual lives,” Moore said. “Because CBF is focused on our hurting world, we have an opportunity to impact brothers and sisters that we have never seen through CBF Global Missions.”
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter expressed appreciation to Babs and her husband, John Jarrett, as well as Julie Cloud and Jackie Baugh Moore, her daughters, for the impact that the Baugh Foundation has made through its longtime support of CBF.
“No family in Baptist life has had a greater impact in helping people and churches fulfill their God-given mission than the Baughs,” Paynter said. “I give thanks to God for their witness and for their attitude of service.”
For young Baptists, the Baugh Foundation gift will support theological education as well as practical ministry experience through Student.Go and Student.Church. Student.Go provides opportunities for students to serve with CBF field personnel and ministry partners. Student.Church places interns in CBF partner churches that care about calling out future ministry leaders.
The gift will also support CBF’s intentional congregational renewal process, advocacy work that helps others find their voice, and a church starting initiative that continues to promote fresh expressions of church. With the gift, CBF also will develop and deliver financial literacy programs for congregations and pastoral leaders.
In helping to sustain CBF’s Global Missions endeavors, the gift will support the long-term presence of field personnel ministering in 30 countries and will impact the poorest counties in the United States through CBF’s rural poverty initiative, Together for Hope.
To join the Baugh Foundation in giving to CBF, visit http://www.CBF.net/GiveNow, text CBF to 41444 or mail your contribution to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, PO Box 102972, Atlanta, GA 30368-2972.
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.