Steffan Carr

Bruce Outreach Center, Maryland

010201-Carr,Steffan
Lead Church Planter
westernport  Maryland
Bruce Outreach Center
March 19

About My Family

I am blessed to be married for 32 years to Leslie who had no idea she was marrying a church planter. We met while I was doing a high-school senior service project at the daycare where she was employed. I had the marvelous honor of leading her to Christ in 1986. We married in June 1989 and were blessed to have our miracle child, Joanna (JoJo) in 1994. Jo is the apple of our eyes as she loves the Lord, has led multiple missions trips, is a licensed physical therapy assistant and is active in our plant.

In 2012, my parents came to live with us as my Dad started a four-year battle with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He went to be with the Lord in 2016, and mom followed him to glory 15 months later in February 2018. Their influence produced the heart we have now for the work of the Lord and the proclaiming of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About My Church Plant

While pastoring a congregation in an Appalachian Mountain mill town in western Maryland, the Lord led me to preach a sermon on faith. Soon after finishing this series, the local high school building came up for bid. There was no way I was interested in this facility as we were too small and too poor as a congregation to afford it. My church family came to me urging me to go by faith. So I bid the crazy low amount of $50,000, hoping to show my faith. God laughed, and we were sold the building for that amount.

Thus, we planted Bruce Outreach Center, which serves one of the poorest counties in the U.S. Half the current church consists of first generation Christians. We have opened a daycare center and started a homeschool umbrella ministry. We also hope to provide apartments to break the cycle of poverty in our community.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at namb.net/send-me.

Support the Local Ministry of

Steffan Carr

Ministry Fund ID 010201-Carr,Steffan
This contribution is made with the understanding that The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds, and gifts received above the specific need will be used in similar areas where the need is greatest.

Pray

Pray God would provide resources to complete a new truss and metal roof over our auditorium and gym. Pray for our various children's ministries (daycare center, homeschool umbrella ministry, basketball leagues, etc.) as we reach out to hurting families in our community. Pray God would provide the resources to complete the development of our cycle-breaking apartment ministry as we try to give the necessary tools to help families break the cycle of generational poverty. Pray as we continue to dream of future ministries for the sake of the kingdom: camp ministry for inner-city minors and their families and a thrift shop to produce jobs and help fund a human trafficking rescue ministry, etc.

Participate

PRAY: Reach out and let us know if you would like to be added to our monthly prayer letter. SEND: We would love to host you and your church for a mission trip as we have rooms, showers, kitchen, etc., all on site. GIVE: Consider sending a love offering or becoming a regular partner of our ministry. INVITE: tell someone about what we do here in the mountains and show them this profile; invite this person to join us on mission.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit sendnetwork.com/PlanterFunding for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
Fund ID: 010201-Carr,Steffan
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