Yes, Lord! – Serving our Community
Yes, Lord! Teams seek to transform the lives of people in our community through compassionate service. As we serve, our lives are transformed as well!
Explore the various ministry teams available below and say, "Yes, Lord!" Join a team and serve for the glory of God and the good of others!
At-Risk Children and Youth
At-Risk Children and Youth
The Yes, Lord! At-Risk Children and Youth Team ministers to disadvantaged children from birth through high school age. Our children and youth have many great needs, physically and spiritually. This ministry helps guide and support them.
The Backpack Ministry provides backpacks and school supplies for a large number of children who cannot afford these items at the beginning of each school year. Backpacks and supplies are collected and purchased just prior to each new school year.
The One-by-One Ministry provides young mothers with more experienced and trained mentors to help them successfully work through issues which affect mothers and children in today’s society. Donations of typical baby items are needed as gifts for the young mothers who are being mentored.
The Juvenile Justice Ministry participates in outreach to troubled youth in our community who are currently being housed in county and state detention and treatment facilities. Volunteers work as chaplains, Bible teachers, tutors, prayer partners and mentors. Training can be provided for both the Juvenile Justince and One-by-One ministries.
The Lamar Elementary School Mentoring Program provides academic tutoring anad enrichment activities for students. The mentors enjoy reading to the children each week. FBCSA also helps the school with their school-wide Career Day.
Still Water Sports Camp is a week long, Christ-centerd, sports, adventure and leadership camp for children and youth ages 8-16. Its goal is to help young people learn to put God first and others second. Yes, Lord! supports this ministry with scholarships.
Specific Opportunities: Backpack Ministry (July), One-by-One Ministry (Ongoing), Juvenile Justice Ministry (Ongoing), Still Water Sports Camp (Summer)
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The Yes, Lord! Military Team ministers to the soldiers who have given so much for their country. Thousands of men, women, and families move to this city and state to serve our country. They know no one and many are isolated on their bases. San Antonio has military hospitals that have and are receiving many of the wounded from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This minstry team makes personsal visits to injured/wounded/recovering soldiers and their families at the Fisher House and Powless House. This team is committed to pray for these soldiers and families. Photos and names are posted on a bulletin board in the First Baptist Great Hall as a visual reminder to pray for active military personnel. Please join us in lifting these families up to the Lord.
Specific Opportunities: Ministry to Wounded Soldiers and Families, Military Prayer Board
Contact: Bruce and Charlotte Anderson
Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
Poverty, Housing and Homelessness
The Yes, Lord! Poverty, Housing and Homelessness Team ministers to the homeless and poverty stricken in many different ways. FBC belongs to the local program and agency coordinating body, San Antonio Regional Alliance for the Alleviation of Homelessness (SARAH) and helps with its work to end chronic homelessness. FBC supports SAMMinistries’ work with the homeless through monetary donations. There are also many opportunities to work in the SAMM Transitional Living & Learning Center and SAMM at Haven for Hope.
FBC supports Haven for Hope, San Antonio’s independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless men, women and children in the San Antonio-Bexar County area by providing most critical social services on a centralized campus focused to transform people from homelessness. In 2010, FBC’s MANNA ministry will be transitioned to the Community Kitchen at Haven for Hope where FBC volunteers will join with other volunteers and the San Antonio Food Bank to provide nourishing meals to the Haven for Hope campus.
Christian Asistance Ministry (CAM) is a nearby nonprofit ministry with 67 member churches that provides immediate assistance to individuals and families in crisis. FBC supports CAM through monetary donations, volunteers and donations of clothing, non-perishable food, household & hygiene items. Our Clothing Ministry sorts and distributes clothing regularly at CAM and monthly at FBC for the FBCSA International Ministry, CAM and other ministries.
4th Street Café
First Baptist Church San Antonio operates 4th Street Café a restaurant ministry which supports the Yes Lord Poverty, Housing and Homelessness team ministries. The Café goal is to feed patrons and downtown workers physically and spiritually with a friendly environment, great food, prayer and through sharing the gospel.
Christmas Care is an annual outreach project where volunteers pack and deliver boxes of Christmas dinner/food packages to under-privileged families.
Angel Tree, an annual outreach project in which volunteers pack and deliver Christmas gift packages for families identified by incarcerated parents through Prison Fellowship, a national program that seeks the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God.
Specific Opportunities: Haven for Hope (Food Bank meal and SAMM shelter volunteers), CAM (Emergency food, clothing and assistance), Christmas Care/Angel Tree (Holiday assistance to families in need), 4th Street Café
Contact: Jim Elkins
The Yes, Lord! International Outreach Team supports a wide variety of individuals who come to San Antonio seeking a better life. The ministry has most recently been assisting the many refugees who have come here from the country formerly known as Burma. The International Team demostrates Christ’s love through mentoring, medical and dental care, health and sanitation training, job placement and guiding as necessary to social services. The Adult Basic Learning Enrichment (A.B.L.E.) ministry uses small groups to help those unfamiliar with our language, culture and education system to speak, understand, read and write English. A.B.L.E. also helps to prepare individuals for U.S. citizenship and move them toward obtaining a GED. The Friendship ministry is closely aligned with the A.B.L.E. ministry. Friendship shares and teaches culture, how to dress and home economics (sewing, weaving, cooking and healthy living) in a Christian way.
Specific Opportunities: Friendship International, University Outreach, International Volunteer Training, A.B.L.E (Adult Basic Learning Enrichment)
Contact: Hugh Ames
H.O.P.E. Team (Helping Other People Everyday)
The Yes, Lord! H.O.P.E. Team shows Christ’s love through simple expressions from others who care.
The Casseroles for Christ ministry makes casseroles to be used as both an outreach tool and assists church members in their time of need, i.e. illness, deaths, confined, needy and new families.
The Pillow Ministry makes Scripture pillows for those who are confined to home or in the hospital and “Jesus Loves Me” pillows for children to tell them they are loved by Jesus.
The Helping Hands ministry meets the needs of widows, widowers, single parents, disabled members as well as others in our community who cannot afford to hire outside help to do miscellaneous chores or small repairs.
Specific Opportunities: Casseroles for Christ Ministry, Pillow Ministry (Handcrafted pillows with Bilble Verses to comfort), Angel Food (affordable food), Helping Hands (handyman services)
Contact: Sue Heisler
The mission of the Yes, Lord! Disaster Relief Team is to share the love of Jesus and the word of God with people who are hurt and broken – emotionally, financially and spiritually as a result of disasters; and to strengthen each team member’s walk with Christ through service to others and small group fellowship.
Specific Opportunities: Response to local and state disaster needs, Chainsaw tree and brush removal, Housing for evacuees
Contact: Larry Crutsinger