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Giving Tuesday

Dear Friends of BCM,

For me, Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday. As a good Baptist, I love a big meal and I love the time to reconnect with family I don’t see all that often. We all have our different traditions and memories attached to the holidays we celebrate, and some of us are more nostalgic than others. Regardless of the experiences we’ve had at Thanksgiving over the years, one thing is for certain: Thanksgiving is being crowded out as merely the carb-loading meal to prepare us for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. I’ve even heard of the Thanksgiving holiday referred to as “Black Friday Weekend.” It’s awfully sad to experience this beautiful gratitude-centered holiday taking a back seat to what often amounts to blatant self-centered consumerism. “Giving Tuesday” was inaugurated to refocus our attention on others and the needs of the world.

I have had the privilege of leading Baptist Campus Ministry of the High Country through a significant time of transition. One major factor in this time of transition is our financial backing. The Baptist State Convention of NC has been gracious enough to support us with annually decreasing amounts to help us begin raising up funding from outside sources. Some folks might see this as a negative thing. I am really thankful for this situation. Last month we hosted our first ever BCM Fundraising Banquet and raised $10,000 in pledges. Our goal for the end of the year was $20,000 and the Banquet was a major step in the right direction. But even if you’re like me and have a degree in English Literature, you can do the math and see that we still have $10,000 to raise this year. I want to issue a challenge. Help us reach our goal by giving. We believe that every student deserves to see, hear, and experience the gospel and we won’t rest until there’s No Place Left without a gospel presence on our campuses. We cannot do that without your financial support. Will you help us make disciples on the most strategic of all mission fields?
Until there’s No Place Left,

Mike Puckett
Executive Director
BCM of the High Country
To make a tax-deductible pledge, please send checks directly to our office:

BCM of the High Country
143 Appalachian St.
Boone, NC 28607

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BCM Fundraising Banquet

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On Saturday evening, after months of planning, I (along with quite a few other key people – including staff, board members, friends, and students) had the privilege of hosting the first ever Friends of BCM Fundraising Banquet. None of us had ever tried pulling off an event like this, but we had a great time and raised a nice chunk of support as well. We had lots of folks in attendance from all over the High Country and the Flat Lands, including business people, church family, friends, and alumni. Three of my students told stories about their experiences with BCM, as did one of my board members. Coach Jerry Moore (of back-to-back-to-back National Championship fame) gave the keynote address. It is always encouraging to hear how God is using BCM to change and shape lives.

For many years we have been supported fully by the Baptist State Convention of NC (BSCNC) as a ministry. We were one of 9 campus ministries that received this full level of funding. About a year and a half ago the Convention made the mission-focused decision to pull away from finding campus ministries like this in order to call the local churches to “own” the mission field in their back yards. The big benefit of Convention funding was sustainability and consistent funding. Those are great things, but the unintentional result was that local churches didn’t see the need to be as involved – nor did the campus ministries see the need to work all that hard at including churches. This change in funding structure was massive, but it forced us to rethink how we were doing what we were doing. I, for one, am glad to see the current impact this change is having on our ministry at ASU and in the High Country. I will post more of these dynamics in the very near future.

While at times it felt like we were crossing the finish line, it was more like a starting line. Our goal was $20,000 in one-time and monthly pledges and we pulled in right around $10,000. I am very encouraged by this result. The banquet was about fundraising – but it was more about the Kingdom of God than anything else. Ministry requires money, sure. But if we aren’t laser-focused on the Kingdom of God, then we might as well pack on up and leave.

I am excited to continue sharing the story of God’s work on campuses in the High Country through BCM in the coming weeks, semesters, and years. I believe he is only getting started!

 

*If you would like to give to BCM of the High Country all of our contact info can be found here and I would be happy to help you sort this out.