We exist to glorify God by joining Him in His mission to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth; seeking to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that He has commanded us.
Lakewood Global Missions is the international missions arm of Lakewood Baptist Church.
Conviction 1: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
(Is. 43:6-8, Ps.66:1-3, Ps. 67:3-5,1 Cor. 6:20, 10:31; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:11-12; 1 Pet. 4:11; Rev. 4:11, 5:12-13, 7:12)
Conviction 2: Our God is a missional God who desires to save and be glorified among every tribe, tongue, people and nation.
(Gen. 3:15, 12:1-3, Ps. 67:2, Matt. 28:18-20, Luke 19:10, 24:47, Jn.3:16, 1 Tim. 2:4, Rev. 7:9-10)
Conviction 3: The primary aim of missions is the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
(Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-47, Acts 1:8)
Conviction 4: The priority of our international efforts should be given to people groups and places who are unreached or least reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Rom. 10:13-15, Matt. 24:14, Rom. 15:20, Rev. 5:9, Rev. 7:9-10)
Conviction 5: As the local church we are called to be active participants in the Great Commission; praying, going, and sending that the Gospel of Christ might be preached in all creation.
(Matt. 28:18-20, John 20:21, Luke 10:2, 3 John 5-8, Acts 13:2-3)
Conviction 6: The Bible tells us all we need to know to faithfully fulfill God’s mission.
Conviction 7: Dependence upon the Holy Spirit is essential for the completion of the Great Commission.
(Luke 24:48-49, Acts 1:8, Jn. 16:7-15, Mk. 13:10-11, Jn. 14:26-27, Acts 4:31, Acts 9:31, Acts 13:4)
Pray | Go | Send
In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
As followers of Jesus, the most powerful thing we can do as we join God in His mission is to pray. He is the Lord of the harvest. He alone can save. He alone can raise up workers and send them out into the world with His good news. No matter our age, location or vocation, as followers of Jesus, we are called to join our Lord in His mission of redeeming the world through prayer.
As a church family, the Lord has blessed Lakewood with several opportunities to join Him where He is working throughout the world. Please join us in praying to the Lord of the harvest for the following people and places:
Jane L. – South Africa
The “C” Family – Chad
The “E” Family – Middle East
C. V. – South Asia
The “K” Family – Central Asia
The “B” Family – South East Asia
The “V” Family – South East Asia
The “S” Family – South East Asia
Andrea B. – Scotland
Anita & Vjenci E. – Croatia
Domagaj & Biljana M. – Croatia
Denis & Lidija R. – Portugal
Brian & Megan M. – Germany
The “R” Family – Bosnia
Andrew & Krista M. – Peru
Edgar C. – Guatemala
The “P” Family – Washington D.C.
The “K” Family – Washington D.C.
The Phillips Family – Alabama
The Lorengen Family – Minnesota
The Herron Family – North Carolina
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gave the church her marching orders when he said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Throughout the Bible, God’s love for the world and His desire for our salvation is clear. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He did this so that, through faith in Jesus, our sins could be forgiven, and we could be reconciled to God and be with Him forever! This is the greatest news in history! This is the news we, as the church, get to proclaim in our neighborhoods, our country, and to the ends of the earth as we follow the Lord’s command to go and make disciples.
Go Short-Term: Through short term mission trips we are able to:
- See global realities firsthand as well as God’s mission in the world.
- Invest in and encourage those who have gone long term.
- Be active participants in the Great Commission as a sending church.
Go Mid-Term: Mid-term mission trips (6 weeks – 2 years) are beneficial in the same ways listed above and are also a great way to open-handedly explore the possibility of long-term mission work in a more in-depth way.
Go Long-Term: If you feel the Lord is leading you toward long-term cross-cultural ministry, or if you are interested in learning more.
“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”
–3 John 5-8
As the church, we are many members but one body. We all have different roles to play but one central mission. One of the most important roles we can play in the Great Commission is the role of sending. Sending is the work of supporting those who have gone out for the sake of the Name—either short, mid or long-term. As a sending church, we support missionaries financially, prayerfully and relationally.
One of the ways we participate in the ongoing task of sending is through Barnabas Teams. Barnabas Teams exist to care for and encourage missionaries on the field. Barnabas Teams are Sunday morning classes who have adopted a missionary family as a member of their class in order to encourage them in their work among the nations. Barnabas Teams are a means through which we, as the local church, can support those whom God has raised up and sent into His harvest field and thus participate in the Great Commission.
Purpose: Our mission in Croatia supports CRU (Campus Crusade). Their goal is to share the gospel and make disciples of college students. During our time in Croatia, we will conduct a series of seminars to draw in university students, work to develop relationships with them, and share how a relationship with Jesus will forever change their lives. In preparation for the trip, our team (mostly college students) will grow in their faith as they prepare to engage and share that faith with Croatian students
Purpose: Our purpose in Guatemala is to connect with and be a part of Guatemala’s rich culture, beautiful people, and explosive ministry. Our team will work closely with our long-partnered church, church planter Pastor Saul, and school in zone 3. There we will sing songs, make crafts, and have Bible stories for children. In conjunction with the school, we will have the opportunity to help with construction work, visit other public schools, love and pray with local families in their homes, and visit other local ministries like Down Guatemala.
East Asia / Barnabas
Purpose: Our mission is to encourage long-term workers in the field through Barnabas Teams on short-term mission trips. We had the unique opportunity in the past to send out a young couple who the Lord of the Harvest has raised up from our church to go into His harvest field long-term. Other short-term trips are in planning stages.
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Ministry Support Application
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Barnabas Team Information
To connect the missionary with the church body at home and to connect the church body at home to the missionary (and Great Commission) abroad, for mutual encouragement and for unity in heart and mind as we, the church, obey the Lord Jesus in taking the gospel to all the nations.
That the missionary would be encouraged and sustained through consistent connectivity with the church body at home, knowing he or she is not “out of sight and out of mind” but is rather a member of the same church body and an extension of the ministry of the church. Also, that the home church body would be consistently connected to and participating in taking the gospel to the nations.
Joshua Project is a research initiative that seeks to answer the questions that result from the Great Commission’s call to make disciples among every nation or people group: Who are the ethnic people groups of the world? Which people groups still need initial church-planting in their midst? What ministry resources are available to reach the least-reached?
People Groups seeks to inform the body of Christ about the people groups around the world: who they are, where they are located, and the progress of the gospel among them.
Pioneers is a missions agency which aims to glorify God among unreached peoples by initiating church planting movements in partnership with local churches.
The International Missions Board partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are evangelizing, discipling, planting, and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.