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Deep Impact: To Know Christ and to Make HIM Known

ROCKINGHAM—There’s a deep impact happening in various communities throughout Richmond County and it is flowing directly from First Baptist Church of Rockingham. Under the direction of Debbie Holloway, First Baptist Church is one of many sites that houses the youth participants from congregations of various North Carolina baptist churches for the Deep Impact Mission camp.

Deep Impact is an eight-week series during the summer of week long mission experiences sponsored by the North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM). The program is geared toward the youth and young adults in efforts to share the love of God with thousands of people both local and abroad. Middle school and high school students, along with the leaders, get an opportunity to participate in various missions ranging from Vacation Bible School and Day Camps, construction, sports, and prayer walks. College students are also invited to participate in out of state and international missions. Deep Impact focuses on daily devotion and worship in order to get students to reflect and commit themselves to the service of others. For elementary students, the NCBM offers missions weeks and weekends through their D.I. Kids program. Their mission opportunities include hands on projects, worship, games, and fellowship. 

Twenty-year-old Anna James is a college student majoring in Biology at North Carolina State University and has been participating in Deep Impact for years and speaks highly on the impact they make in the communities they serve, but also of the impact it has had on her personally. From being a participant for seven summers in a row to now being the Assistant director of D.I. Kids at First Baptist, she is deeply rooted in the mission and purpose of Deep Impact.

“I’ve always like helping people and the opportunity to spread the kingdom of God is really cool. Even if someone doesn’t give their lives over to God right then, you know that you’ve done something to at least expose them to it.” James said.


When doing mission work, James says her favorite question is “why are you here?” It allows her to speak freely about her love of God and her beliefs about Jesus Christ. The highlight of her job is watching the youth become hands on and finding new ways to give back to their communities.

Deep Impact volunteers can be seen around the community participating in various projects such as building wheelchair ramps, landscaping, visiting seniors, and running bible studies—just to name a few. This group strives to do any and everything to meet the needs of people, while spreading the gospel and love of Christ. Outside of North Carolina, Deep Impact took groups on missions to Philadelphia, the Bahamas, and Honduras.

Deep Impact will host several events at other local baptist churches this week. The Ellerbe First Baptist children’s festival will be held from 10 a.m. until noon everyday, that concludes on Friday with a block party. Pee Dee Baptist Church will host their own block party on Wednesday, and Faith Missionary Baptist Church will also host a block party on Thursday. The Lions Club vision screening van will be at each block party along with fire trucks, bouncy houses, games and hotdogs.


Director of Deep Impact of Rockingham, Debbie Holloway, says their mission is “to be the hands and feet of God and go out into this community to share his love in practical ways.”

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