Nicholson speaks at Harvest Hope celebration
First Baptist Church of Florence kicked off its Harvest Hope Weekend with a dinner celebration on Friday evening in the church gymnasium. The celebration preceded Saturday’s activities which included several service projects assisting community partner agencies that show the love of God by reaching out to people in need. It concluded on Sunday morning with a praise and worship service.
Dr. Danny Nicholson, president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries, was the keynote speaker at the dinner, and he delivered the Sunday morning message. Nicholson spoke Friday evening, sharing his story of adoption and being raised by a loving Christian family in Hartsville. He followed with the amazing story of the beginning of Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries 130 years ago. To date that ministry has served more than 18,000 children.
During his powerful message, he stressed that everybody experiences brokenness and needs the Bible to help them through those times. “Nothing lasts but the Word of God,” he noted.
A 1984 graduate of Charleston Southern University, Dr. Nicholson served in University Advancement for eight different institutions of Higher Education, including the Medical University of South Carolina, Coker College, and Carson Newman University. He was responsible for fundraising campaigns that raised over 100 million dollars. Five years ago, he assumed the presidency of Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries and lives on campus in Greenwood, S.C.
He noted how all his previous positions had prepared him for this time.“God was writing my story, God was bringing me to this place,” he stated.
Five community partners were recognized by First Baptist Church. Special Guest S.C. Senator Mike Reichenbach, along with FBC pastor Dr. Michael Crawford and FBC Deacon Chairman Mike Newton, presented the following agencies plaques in honor of the work they do:
* Lighthouse Ministries helps Florence area churches organize and administer community resources, reach out in cooperative Christian fellowship, provide for the relief of emergency physical needs, while ministering to the spiritual needs of God’s children. Executive director Cecilia Meggs accepted the award.
* Mercy Medicine provides free medical and dental services for low income, uninsured adults from Florence, Williamsburg, and Marion Counties using Judeo-Christian principle of love, integrity and compassion. Executive director Brian Lowe accepted the award.
* House of Hope of the Pee Dee is a Christ-centered community providing hope by serving the needs of men, women, and children facing homelessness, restoring hope and impacting lives through Christ. CEO/President Bryan Braddock accepted the award.
* Child Evangelism Fellowship’s mission is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. Area director Ron Pruitt accepted the award.
* Connie Maxwell’s Pee Dee Girls Home provides residential care for eight girls. The girls attend local schools and have opportunities to be involved in extra curricular and recreational activities. Family involvement is encouraged, and the girls are active in a local SC Baptist Church. Campus administrator Barbara Moore accepted the award.