Missions Ministry

Missions Ministry

Harrisburg Baptist Church is a mission-minded body of believers committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). To that end, we seek to train, equip, and send disciples into the world in order to reach the lost.

The world begins right here in Tupelo, Mississippi, and extends to the far ends of the earth. Our mission is to glorify God, our mandate is to share the Gospel, and our motivation is to see every tribe and tongue, people and nation, worship the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity.


Mission Opportunities 2021

New Orleans August 27-29 | Sign Up Deadline August 8th

Our own Chaston Brown is serving as a NAMB church plant assistant at Refuge Church in the Bywater community of New Orleans. He is the Pastor of Evangelism, serving with his wife Avery, under the leadership of Pastor Justin Haynes. Each month, Refuge Church, has a community outreach effort to continue to meet the needs of the people there. We are planning a few trips down there this year. 

What – Go to New Orleans and assist Refuge Church with community outreach. We will have the opportunity to clean storm drains, help with a community meal, assist with laundry mat outreach, hang out at a coffee shop, and help with bicycle repair. Each of these activities meets a need and promotes relationship building with neighbors which offer Gospel conversations. This trip is for Adults 18+. Please contact our Missions Minister, John Gordon, with any questions. This trip is limited to 8 people.

When – Friday August 27 through Sunday August 29. Depart Harrisburg around 9:00 am Friday and return around 9:00 pm Sunday.
 Cost – The cost will be $75-$150 depending on room preferences.
 Sign up deadline is August 8th. $50 deposit due at registration and balance due August 22nd.

New Orleans October 29-31 | Sign Up Deadline October 10th

Our own Chaston Brown is serving as a NAMB church plant assistant at Refuge Church in the Bywater community of New Orleans. He is the Pastor of Evangelism, serving with his wife Avery, under the leadership of Pastor Justin Haynes. Each month, Refuge Church, has a community outreach effort to continue to meet the needs of the people there. 

What – Go to New Orleans and assist Refuge Church with community outreach. We will have the opportunity to clean storm drains, help with a community meal, assist with laundry mat outreach, hang out at a coffee shop, and help with bicycle repair. Each of these activities meets a need and promotes relationship building with neighbors which offer Gospel conversations. This trip is for Adults 18+. Please contact our Missions Minister, John Gordon, with any questions. This trip is limited to 8 people. 

When – Friday October 29 through Sunday October 31. Depart Harrisburg around 9:00 am Friday and return around 9:00 pm Sunday.
 Cost – The cost will be $150. 
 Sign up deadline is October 10th. $50 deposit due at registration and balance October 10th. 

Merida, Mexico December 27th-January 2nd | Sign Up Deadline is November 7th

Join our Team as we partner with Roberto and Esther Sigcho & Hector and Silvia Martinez in Merida, Mexico. This trip is limited to 20 people and approximately $1,200 per person. The sign up deadline is November 7th. This will be a great week for missions in Merida. These are some of the activities that we have planned
for your time with us: 

  •   We will help “Oid a Jesus” “Listen to Jesus” Baptist Church in Progreso with a children’s program for 30+ kids from Tuesday to Thursday evenings. We will have an opening with songs and prayer, Bible story time, Bible verse memorization. Then we will divide the kids in 2 groups for a time of crafts. At the end we will have a closing and a snack as the kids leave. Because of the pandemic we might be limited to a maximum of 1 hour with the kids. On Thursday, we may have the opportunity to deliver OCC shoe boxes to the kids. 


  •  Before the VBS activity we will have time to go prayer walking and doing door to door evangelism in the community. We will use food baskets as a tool to fulfill the physical needs of the people, but most importantly we will share the Good news of Christ with them to fulfill their greatest need, which is salvation.


  •  In the mornings we will work on a construction/improvement project at the Seminary Campus inXmatkuil and will have time to prepare for each day of VBS.



  • On Friday, December 31st, we will participate in a special New Year’s Eve Service. 



  • See Historic downtown Merida, the Mayan ruins of Mayapan, visit a Cenote (and a local beach). 


  • We will attend church in Progreso on Friday Evening. Casual clothes are OK, no shorts.

(There is a preaching and special song English or Spanish opportunity)

Mission Opportunities

Accept the challenge

A short-term mission trip will challenge your faith, your personal ministry, and your view of this culture and world. Each year our missions department provides mission opportunities all over the world, with a variety of focuses.  

International Missions

A week of prayer emphasis is held each December in support of international missions. During that time information is studied and an offering is given. It is called the “Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.” Lottie Moon was an early Southern Baptist missionary who served in China for nearly forty years. We have approximately 5,300 career international missionaries

North American Missions

The Annie Armstrong week of prayer and missions offering is observed each spring during the Easter season. This offering supports work here in our own nation. We have 5,100 career national missionaries.

State Missions

The Margaret Lackey week of prayer and missions offering is observed every year during September. The offering supports work within our state and outside the local church.

The Cooperative Program

simply defined is: Caring People Together Touching the World.

Harrisburg Baptist Church gives 15% of our church approved budget each year through the Cooperative Program to Southern Baptist causes. In 2005, this was $368,643.00. We also give 1% of our church budget to the Lee County Baptist Association. We participate in all three major Southern Baptist offerings also to undergird our mission causes. There are several other mission causes we support through our church budget as well.

While we believe in giving to and supporting mission causes and ministries, we also have a strong emphasis on participating in missions. We average three to five mission trips each year. Many of our youth, singles and individual members participate in local, state, national and international missions. These mission trips are paid for by individuals, church sponsored events to raise money and special gifts. Our desire is to have a balance of giving to missions and actually being involved in hands-on mission work.