Local outreach is tough enough, but making disciples globally? How does FBC reach the nations? We pray!… We not only pray for our missionaries and the people they are ministering to, but we also believe it is our responsibility to support these missionaries financially. We send aid in the form of financial support, supplies and love.
Our church also organizes short-term trips each year to provide vital, first-hand missionary experiences for our members. FBC plans and sends teams to travel to a wide variety of cultures and climates to help our missionaries with projects such as remodeling, construction and ministry evangelism. Here is a partial list of some of the places we have traveled to offer support; Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, Uganda, Peru, Guatemala, Haiti and various cities in the USA.
Annual Mission Conference
One of the highlights of our church’s year is our annual Mission Conference. During the conference, many of our missionaries return to Decatur for a long weekend of reacquainting us with each of their individual missions. It is a warm and wonderful time for the FBC church family and friends. There are even special activities for the little ones at The Great Kid’s Mission Conference.
Reaching Out in Our Community
First Bible Church Family is committed to reaching out in our own community. Many of our members are active volunteers and supporters of organizations such as: Neighborhood Christian Center, Save-A-Life Pregnancy Center, Tennessee Valley Outreach, Refuge of Grace, and Frances Nungester Elementary School.
The Ministry of the Gutes
First Missionaries of the First Bible Church
In 1965, Wayne and Kitty Gute told John and Jo Cook about a prayer they had been praying for over 10 years – That Decatur needed a Bible Church. As a result of that visit and after much prayer themselves, the Cook’s went to work and First Bible had their first service on Nov. 7, 1965.
Soon after, the Gutes asked the leaders of the church to consider incorporating a missionary program and to support a co-laborer on the field in which they served.
In August of 1966 First Bible committed resources for the missionary couple that Wayne and Kitty suggested and also began supporting the Gutes in their ministry to the Guatemalans.
For 49 years, FBC has been committed to this special couple. At the 2009 Mission’s Conference, FBC honored this couple’s sacrifice and service to the Lord with this tribute and reflection on their lives.
Through their influence First Bible Church has become an outstanding Great Commission church.