By John Meriweather, Director of Development
As featured in mission:world Magazine
I vividly recall hearing my dad call from across the garden, “John Lee Meriweather!” Oh, no! What had I done? Something must be wrong. He never called me by my middle name unless he meant business. Any time my parents called out to me using my full name, I knew they were intent on getting my attention.
I have since come to understand the importance of a good name. Our name goes before us and makes a statement about who we are. Our name speaks to our character. Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
We are the Baptist Missionary Association (BMA). Our legacy, our identity, is found in the missionary essence of God and his Great Commission command. The very essence of BMA America, our written purpose, is centered on a “mission vision” where we “assist each local church in carrying out the Great Commission.”
Exciting things happen when God’s mission becomes our ultimate priority. The passion and vision of BMA Missions is to see every church engaged in kingdom work around the world because every nation hangs in the balance.
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary, and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Oh, may we be burdened for the multitudes. May our burden spark a fire in our hearts. And may that fire lead to action. Together, with every church, we will continue to make his name known to every nation.
I am proud of our name—Baptist Missionary Association. But we cannot rest on our heritage. The fields are white. We are called. He is worthy!