Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church took to the street Sept. 11. With a blessing of great weather, the men and woman of RSMBC continued a movement that has endured for more than 100 years throughout the United States and around the world.

PRAYER TEAM—From left: Cameron Layne, Fatima J. King, Helen Blackwell, Deacon Charles Herring, Jo Ann Scott and Tina King.

The volunteers, both adults and children, made hand-crafted care packages, which included lunches and arts and crafts. The prayer team also gave blessings. This tradition dates back to 1897 by African-American Baptists who committed themselves to advancing God’s word throughout the world.

Reverend Lott Carey (1780-1829), the first American and Baptist missionary to West Africa, born enslaved in 1780 in Charles City County, Va., bought his freedom in 1813. He led a pioneering missionary team to Liberia in 1821 that engaged in evangelism, education and health care. Today that worthy tradition is continued as “Operation Inasmuch.” Introduced at the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu by David and Clara Crocker, it connected with people from 33 countries and 17 states in the U.S. at the operations exhibit booth.

The model for this act of giving has grown expeditiously across the globe. The volunteers of RSMBC, expressed their generosity and thoughtfulness with love and care to all in need this day.

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