When Paul Murphy, pastor of First Baptist Church, Winfield, describes the zeal his church had for furthering missions causes, that's the phrase he uses.
And that zeal is expressed in their giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO).
"We have been blessed over the last couple of years to have grown tremendously in our size, and (giving has) increased way beyond our goal every time," Murphy
First, Winfield, was recognized as the top LMCO-giving church in Marion Baptist Association
at the association's October meeting.
A giving spirit
A significant contributing factor to the church's giving spirit, Murphy
said, is the two men who grew up in the church and are now International Mission Board missionaries with their families.