At Mandeville Bible Church, we are committed to the growth and spread of the Gospel. We take seriously Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, where He calls us to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” As part of doing that, we maintain a strong focus on missions. We support missionaries, both locally and around the world, as well as two local church plants. We also support the work of The Samaritan Center, which serves our neighbors who are in need right here in Mandeville.
Our future vision for missions includes the development of a “ministry cycle” which begins with our members serving the needs of the community through service projects, ministry partnerships, and outreach opportunities. Through these acts of service and compassion, we will seek to build relationships with others in the community, with the hope that those relationships will eventually lead to opportunities to share the gospel. The cycle is then completed and begins again as those who come to Christ join the church and join with us in going out to serve the community.
One of the ways in which a local church should be engaged in the work of the Great Commission is by helping to meet the needs of those who have been called to serve God on the mission field. The Biblical model for this is seen in Acts 13, where Barnabas and Saul were sent out on mission by the church at Antioch in obedience to the Spirit’s command.
We currently provide financial and prayer support to a total of 10 missionaries and/or missionary families associated with the following organizations:
Be One Together
Campus Crusade For Christ
Greater Europe Mission
North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)
United World Mission
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Our missionaries serve in the following locations: Southeast Louisiana; Florida; Canada; France; Honduras; Uruguay; the Amazon Basin; and the Philippines. We also currently support two church plants – one in Hammond, LA and another in LaPlace, LA.
Each spring, Mandeville Bible Church hosts missionaries for our annual Missions Conference. We hold two events on Saturday morning, a men’s and kids’ breakfast and a ladies’ tea, with missionaries invited to speak at both events. On Saturday evening, we host a congregational dinner followed by an evening service, where we hear reports from several of our missionaries. The conference concludes on Sunday morning with missionaries addressing the congregation during both the worship service and the adult Sunday School class.
The Samaritan Center
We are one of 24 local churches that support the work of The Samaritan Center in Mandeville (www.samcen.org). We provide monthly financial support, and we also hold regular food drives, including one during Vacation Bible School every summer.
In 2017, The Samaritan Center served 3,034 local families, which included 3,726 children, 4,581 adults, and 387 seniors. These families received:
2,435 grocery carts filled with food (valued at $316,550)
1,241 personal hygiene care packages (valued at $14,892)
$4,023 in clothing and household items from Gran’s Attic
$36,197 in utility bill assistance
$99,535 in rent and house note assistance
Operation Christmas Child
Every year, we participate in the annual Operation Christmas Child program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes are filled with gifts, toys, hygiene items and school supplies, and Samaritan’s Purse distributes the shoeboxes to needy children all over the world. Throughout the year, we collect gifts, toys and other items for the children, and we raise money to cover the cost of shipping the shoeboxes. Each November, we hold a “packing party” where the children of our church pack shoeboxes for girls and boys aged 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14. In each of the past 4 years, we have packed and shipped more than 150 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
In 2017, we were asked by Samaritan’s Purse to become the “drop-off church” for the city of Mandeville. We gladly accepted, and for the last 2 years, volunteers from our church have manned the drop-off location in our church office during the collection week in November, and have assisted with transporting the collected shoeboxes to the regional distribution center in Hammond. It is a great honor and privilege to serve in this role, and we look forward to continuing as the Mandeville “drop-off church” in the future.
ReachGlobal Crisis Response
In response to the historic flooding that occurred in Baton Rouge, LA and many surrounding communities in 2016, we formed a relationship with ReachGlobal Crisis Response, a disaster relief organization with offices in Covington, LA that operates under the umbrella of the EFCA. We sent volunteers to Denham Springs, LA to assist in the rebuilding of flood-damaged homes, and we provided meals for ReachGlobal volunteers as they came in from all over the country to participate in flood relief efforts.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
In response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, we collected almost $9,000.00 in donations, which were sent to Bayshore Bible Church in Corpus Christi, TX, a sister Bible church that partnered with ReachGlobal Crisis Response to provide flood relief in the Corpus Christi area.