Our local missions ministries make up the Jerusalem element of the Acts 1:8 Mandate. Hundreds of volunteers each month work to serve the hungry, encourage the downcast, and spread God’s love with the lost in our city. As Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Consider how you might be a worker in the field—right where you live.
Green Acres also partners with several local organizations to expand the work of the Lord in our city.
Adult Education Building 207
English as a Second Language
Thursdays during the school year
Adult Education Building 207
Sarah Caton, Coordinator
Tyler is a city of international diversity. With two schools of higher education, state of the art medical centers, and two international mission sending agencies in the immediate area, internationals come to Tyler for a variety of reasons. This provides a great opportunity to minister to the needs of people who can return home to share the Good News with others in their area. What a great way to make an eternal impact in many closed countries where we could never share the Gospel. Contact the Missions Ministry at 903-525-1173 for more information.
Local mission churches are supported through cooperative funding with Smith Baptist Association, Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Green Acres Baptist Church. Mission churches are encouraged to sponsor works on their own by embracing the missions concept. For example, the East Texas Korean Baptist Church, a mission of Green Acres, is now sponsoring a Korean church in Lufkin; and Primera Iglesia, another mission church, is sponsoring two missions near Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico.
How can you help our mission churches? Most desperately need music assistance in the worship services and leaders to work with youth and children. If you are interested, please call the Missions Office at 903-525-1112. You may also write a letter of encouragement to the following churches and pastors to let them know you are thinking about them.
Please send correspondence to the Missions Office, 1607 Troup Hwy., 75701, and we will deliver their mail to them.
East Texas Korean Baptist Church
11858 Hwy 155 North, Tyler, TX 75708
Primera Iglesia Bautista
1710 Church Ave., Tyler, TX 75702
God’s Way Baptist Church
Derry Hinton, Pastor
2518 Garden Valley Rd., Tyler, TX 75702
Tyler Chinese Baptist Church
1316 Barbara, Tyler, TX 75701
Semilla de Mostaza
Abel Omar Urieta, Pastor
3001 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702
Restorative Justice Ministry
For many years GABC has had a devoted group of men who have made weekly visits to the Units in Palestine and Smith County Jail. Others serve to encourage those who have been released to experience a transformed life and take a new path. Every week, inmates send letters to our prayer ministry, asking for prayer for themselves and their family members. Often, this begins a correspondence and discipleship between a prayer supporter and an inmate. The RJM office receives letters, phone calls and reports from inmates, victims, family members, correctional officers, wardens, churches and chaplains who tell of the miracles God has performed in their lives through those who have ministered to them in the name of Christ.
Restorative Justice Ministry at GABC is much more than what most people perceive to be prison ministry. When a crime is committed there is a tear in the fabric of the community. Most people recognize that crime affects both person who committed the crime and the victim, but there are many more people who suffer the adverse effects. The families and friends of both the criminal and the victim are directly impacted. The ripples extend to the law enforcement officers, the attorneys, the judges, the jurors and the families of each. Our goal is to be an instrument of healing and restoration to as many of these as possible. We seek to accomplish this mission by recruiting, training and coordinating with groups and individuals who have or wish to establish ministries in these areas. We are careful to align our efforts to those who hold similar beliefs and recognize Jesus Christ as the Ultimate Healer. Call 903-525-1112 for more information on volunteering with the Restorative Justice Ministry.
- Bridges To Life-bringing healing to victims
- Faith Based Dorm in the Bradshaw Unit in Henderson
- First Contact in Huntsville Prison
- Masterlife & Experiencing in Palestine & Henderson units
- Ministry to Tyler Parole Office
- Operation Starting Line
- Restorative Justice Ministry Network
- Softball and basketball ministries in units throughout TX, LA & OK
- Story Book Project (helping inmates develop reading skills to encourage their children)
- Volunteer Chaplaincy Training
- Weekly visits to Smith County Jail
- Welcome Home Project in the Bradshaw Unit in Henderson