BMA OF KANSAS & WESTERN MISSOURI
B APTIST H ERALD D ECEMBER 2008
Meet Our Newest Missionary Family Bro Jamie Jones See Missionary Report on Page 7 for more details...
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F ROM THE E DITOR I’m continuing the series of lessons that God the Father has taught this first time father…
Lessons from the Father “The Father loves it when His children are thankful.” As I write this article, we are quickly approaching the national US holiday of Thanksgiving. Many of you by the time you have read this will likely have celebrated Thanksgiving. I pray that you have recognized the spiritual significance of the day. We, as Christians, have much to be thankful for (I encourage you to think of the many ways God has blessed you!). In our household we are quickly approaching young Clay’s 2nd birthday (his birthday is December 7th, “Pearl Harbor Day”). Within these two short years, we’ve worked on creating a polite young man. Thus far, he’s pretty good at saying & signing (he knows a limited set of American Sign Language) “Please”. We’re also working on “Thank You”. He’s already begun to develop his own likes & dislikes. So if I were to speak for him & put together his list of things he’s thankful for, here are a few of the things I think he’d list: ♦ Mommy & Daddy (& the rest of the extended family) ♦ Guitars, drums, & pianos ♦ Balls & hoops with which to play with ♦ Cars & trucks to roll around on the floor ♦ The floor on which to roll around (with Daddy) ♦ The huge outdoors to explore & the time to do it Clay, when you read this one day, I thank you for each joyous smile you give & the zest you add to each new experience. God has truly blessed our family with a little gem. Here’s the lyrics to a VeggieTales song (“The Thankfulness Song”) that is fitting: A thankful heart is a happy heart. I'm glad for what I have, That's an easy way to start. For the love that He shares When He listens to my prayers. That's why I say thanks every day.
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The Kansas City District WMA met at Glenview Baptist Church for the Quarterly Meeting Saturday, October 25, 2008. A total of 51 were present. The fundraising project chosen for the next year is “Arab Women Today Ministry” (suggested by the Missions office). This quarterly meeting was in conjunction with the Semi-Annual Auction. Steve Crandall served as our auctioneer & did a terrific job. This year’s proceeds were the greatest we have had in all the years he has served (since ‘98). Our thanks go to Steve and Sheila for their continued commitment & superior assistance over the years!
The winter adult Sunday School studies from DiscipleGuide Church Resources give students the opportunity to discover valuable gems of truth in an obscure corner of the Bible, the Minor Prophets. These twelve books carry strange strange-sounding names like Obadiah, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. They are so short that they get lost in the shuffle of pages in a sword drill. But the Minor Prophets are a mine of gems.
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M ISSIONS D IRECTOR R EPORT As we begin the final phases of the mission work in Ottawa and Liberal and look forward to the new work in Smithfield I am excited about the work God is doing. The BMA of Oklahoma will continue to support the Baptist Mission on the Rock through June at which time our financial obligations will be ended as well. Bro. Fausto has reported some increase in attendance and continued ministry in Plains where he has a Bible Study with some families there. Continue to pray for His family as His salary has now ended with our state work and will only be receiving his work fund, medical allotment and money for the internet. Those will all cease in June.
Bro. Steve’s Salary will conclude in January. At the present time we are sending the $500.00 per month to the BMA of America to go towards the work in Smithville. Once they arrive there they will need funds to do the work. It is my desire that we approve a full partnership with Bro. Jamie Jones. The BMA of Missouri has already approved the work there as well and this will allow His work to flourish as soon as possible. Bro. Jamie tells me that they have already closed on their house in Smithville and are now training in Colorado through the end of the year. In January they will begin a long and tedious task of deputation and will move on the field in April to begin building relationships.
Organization of the mission in Liberal ♦ The continued growth of the Crossroads Baptist Church and the Baptist Mission on the Rock. ♦ The training, deputation and move by Jamie Jones to Smithville, MO. Remember to pray for all our mission endeavors. May God continue to bless you all is my prayer. ♦
Fred A. Vogel ps—No business was conducted at the BMA of Kansas and Western Missouri semi- annual Missionary Committee meeting held at the First Baptist Church in Galena, Kansas November 1, 2008 since there were only four churches represented.
I encourage each of our churches to be praying for the following:
Service & Servants... Ron Beardsley of Sikeston, MO recently resigned as pastor of True Light Baptist Church at McDougal. He has been in the ministry for over 21 years and is available for service as the Lord leads. He can be contacted at (573) 667-9052 (home); or (800) 455-7826 (work). New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Cut and Shoot, TX, a traditional KJV Church, is seeking a full time pastor. Parsonage available. Resumes and current CD can be sent to: Pulpit Committee, New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 14730 Milmac Rd, Conroe, TX 77303-4757 or Contact Tom York, Chairman at 936-264-4800 or email him at email@example.com Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, AR is seeking a full time Minister of Students. Interested applicants may send your resume to the church at 1410 Porter Road, Fayetteville, AR 72703, attention Student Minister Search Committee.
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FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 17245 East Kentucky Rd. Independence, MO 64058 Bro. Alan Ettinger, Pastor
Dear Readers: It felt like October was a very busy month. Our total for the Walk for the World was $1730. With the help of Bro. Bill Bowen and Bro. Eldon Prawl and some others we now have siding and insulation on both sides of the church sanctuary and much improved appearance especially above the central air units. Sherry EtMT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH 2629 Eagle Rd. Garland, KS 66741 Bro. Rick Womack, Pastor
October 8th was the start of a new club at our church. It's called the "3C Club" (Coffee, Christ, & Conversation). It's open to anyone who wishes to come. There has been a couple of organizational projects completed & plans were made for other projects over coffee & cookies at 8:30am. There's always something that can be done. It's a great way to get to know each other. This happens every Wednesday morning from 8:30-10:30am. If interested, get in touch with Tonja Cliffman. October 11th was a good day at Mt Zion as several met for a work day. There were several jobs to do & donuts, juice, & coffee got everyone started. It was an enjoyable day meeting & working with our fellow Christians. There will be more events happen in months to
tinger and Sister Prawl helped out with the craft auction which we heard was a success. Our church has a presence on the world-wide web. You can type in to your browser http://sites.google.com/ site/faithmissionarybaptistchurch and you should be able to see it. We hope you add it to your favorites and check back as it is a pretty long address. We have announcements and a devotional that will be changed out a couple times a month. We ask our sister churches
to pray that we can expand our youth work, see salvations, and see a closure to the desire of LaFarge to blast and mine limestone under this neighborhood. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks to our members who made Pastors' Appreciation Month a special blessing to Sherry and I. Hope you all did the same in your churches, or, it's still not too late. Alan Ettinger
come. Sis Tonja Cliffman is our Co- The Gospel Tribe group met on Ocordinating Director. tober 29th & invited the Garland On Sunday October 19th after our Community to join them. There morning worship, Trish Daniels & were 80+ people in attensons Benjamin & Jonathan came for- dance. Everyone enjoyed chili & hot ward to express their desire to unite dogs. At least 50 went on the haywith the church. Trish came on the rides. Everyone enjoyed the bon promise of a letter & the boys were fire when they returned. Plans are later baptize d on October being made for an even bigger event 26th. They were welcomed into next year! our membership. After church, a fel l ows hi p di nne r w as e njoyed. Cake & ice cream topped it off in celebration of Bro Rick's birthday.
I thank Sis Marilyn Webster for taking notes for this write-up. I had knee surgery and have missed church for 2 weeks. I appreciate her help. I thank everyone for their The church met at 6am on Saturday prayers, visits, phone calls, & October 25th to walk for the Life- cards. Also, the flowers were word "Walk for the World". There greatly appreciated. were a total of 13 walkers that we We have several on our prayer list & know of. I don't think that all got quite a few with cancer. Let's not there at 6am, but were welcome to forget to pray for them. Let's pray walk anytime. Jacen & Karen Rack- for our country & for the new Presiley are the Coordinators for the dent. I'm so thankful that God is in Walk. Now they are busy collecting control no matter who is elected. May God bless each one. the money. JoAnna Woody
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MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH P.O. Box 244 Girard, KS 66743 Bro. Ernie Watson, Pastor
Our God wants a people who will not only pray but also praise Him. We are extremely grateful to God for His blessings. Cindy & Megan Larson followed their Lord in baptism this past month & Laura & Mike Wood have joined our church on their statement. Preacher brethren Marvin Boore & Wayne Jones proclaimed the Word of God GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 3130 S. Wall Avenue Joplin, MO 64804 Bro. Fred Vogel, Pastor
on consecutive Sunday evening ser- surgeries this past month. Larry vices. Salzman is undergoing serious treatOne Wednesday evening October ment at this time. Our prayer board 29th, our church enjoyed a wiener is always filled to capacity with urroast & bon fire fellowship. After- gent requests for members & wards, four hundred treat bags filled friends. Prayer is the strongest force with candy, tracts, & a church invi- of energy in the world. It can alter tation were prepared & then distrib- someone's outlook and change their uted to all city kids who gathered on life. It is the work that God does the Girard Square on October 31st. through us that counts, not what we do for Him. Philippians 2:13 -A "Hat Shower" hosted by our la- "For it is God which worketh in you dies was given to Kathy Carr follow- both to will & to do of His good ing her surgery. Wayne Boore & pleasure." Wayne Jones both had successful The Corn maze this year was a great success! Our annual trip included going through the maze and eating smores afterwards. The KFC crew have a great time out there in the corn every year.
We had a Fall festival on the 26th. We served fall foods, chili and hot dogs. We played fall games and just fellowshipped for the evening. Everyone had a great time.
This year for Pastor’s appreciation, we not only recognized our pastor, Bro. Fred, but we also recognized Sis. Mary. Sis. Mary is a great inspiration to many as she has a loving heart and a great sense of humor. We all appreciate everything that they both do for us and our church.
Our men and boys went golfing on the God Bless, 18th. The boys had a lot of fun hanging out with the men.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
grill-masters, for the delicious food! We will be following up with our visitors in an effort to minister to them regularly.
P.O. Box 218 Galena, KS 66739 Bro. Justin Rhodes, Pastor
Greetings to our Sister Churches! October proved to be a very busy month for us at First Baptist. We started it off by sending Bro. Justin, Bro. Paul, and their wives to the Pastor’s Oasis in Branson. They reported having a great time of spiritual renewal and fellowship. That was followed quickly by “Friend Day!” and we certainly enjoyed seeing several new faces in our crowd. Following morning worship, we enjoyed grilled burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Thanks,
The Church Planting Seminar on the 25th was wonderful. Thank you to every one who came and to every one involved in planning the seminar.
Our Sr. Adults traveled to Chicken Annie’s where they enjoyed delicious food and helped Bro. Pat Patterson celebrate his birthday. Thanks to Sis. Judy Gilstrap for leading in this ministry, and to Bro. Dan Sanders for providing transportation!
We ended the year with a first for us…Trunk or Treat! Twelve of our families decorated their vehicles and passed out candy, tracts, and church ministry information to over 300 trick-or-treaters. Our ladies furnished hot cocoa and cider, and there were games and prizes, too. The carnival-like atmosphere and positive comments we received from the community made this outreach a winner, and we’re already getting ideas for next year.
Everyone smiled and said “Cheese!” as we had photos taken for a new church directory. We are gathering In His Service, pictures, writing copy, and hope to have the finished product in hand by the first of the year.
Leigh Ryan Reporter
Special M issions U pdate SMITHVILLE, MO MISSION
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as it has mine on several occasions when the above has taken place. We are looking forward to what God is Dear Friends, going to do in the Smithville area with I would like to introduce to you my our family & also getting to know family: First of all, my wife Re- your families. bekah. Her dedication to our family This last month I spent some time in is beyond measure. She is a great wife Plano, TX, with several other pastors & mother who puts in countless hours for some training at Prestonwood on behalf of Isaac, Madelyn, & my- B a p t i s t C h u r c h . The Enself. She & I are learning more about gage Conference was filled with some each other daily in this process of great preachers like David Jeremiah, church planting & I can truly say that Greg Laruie, Kerry Shook, & Jonawe are a team. We have been mar- t h a n F a l w e l l . These men ried nine years, & yes, I married shared their hearts about their up! Isaac is 3 & full of questions. He own ministries & gave those in attenwants to know details on everything dance encouragement to keep fighting we do, so right now two of his favor- the good fight by preaching the Word ite words are ..... "why Daddy" or of God! There were also some break"why Momma"? Isaac makes me so out sessions that I was able to attend proud with his helpful spirit & his in- that gave insight into church planting telligence. I can't wait to see how vision, some struggles that church God uses him? Madelyn is almost 2, plants face, & men's ministry & other & she is my little angel. She is cute as small groups as a key in the process of they come, but man she likes to planting churches. I was greatly chalclimb, get into, take out & apart, lenged & encouraged by the fellowspill, splash, throw, break, pour out ship with the other pastors that I at& on, get under, get on top of & I tended with & by the messages of the could go on but you probably get the speakers. picture of the adventure that we live. Her smile will melt your heart Currently, my family & I are in Pueblo West, CO. The neat thing is
that it's warmer here than back home in Missouri, who would have thought? We will be spending about 4 weeks here with Richard Payne & the River of Grace Bap tist Church. Bro. Payne will be mentoring me over this time period & teaching me from his own personal experience of planting the church here over five years ago. We will be working on many things including my master plan, time-line, web-site, several church events, & many areas of practical ministry.
Baptist Mission on the Rock Liberal, KS Bro Fausto Coto, Missionary
We continue with the regular meetings, emphasizing the different activities that have been developed. Some days are difficult, but with a strong faith we remember that everything is under the control & the aid of the Holy Spirit of God. I thank the BMA of Oklahoma for their decision to continue their support and for the support of our brothers in Christ, Fred Vogel and David Pickard. May God bless you all in Christ.
Bro. Jamie Jones, Missionary
Thanks to all of you for your constant love in Christ Jesus, Our Lord. We thank all those who support us here especially because of the economic trials of the Liberal area and ask that you pray for us and all our brothers here at the Baptist Mission on the Rock. We know that the divine light of God is always in control and that the darkness of these times will not be able to stand against the truth of a living Christ. Sometimes the clouds hide
the sun but it does not mean that the sun stops shining; God is in the same place doing His sacred work. For that reason brethren, we firmly believe that our sacred work is accomplished by the talent that our Father gives to each of us; like loyal soldiers of Christ. I am thrilled to mention in my recent visits to homes here in Liberal that we met an individual who wants to work with parents and teenagers. The individual hopes to help the teens with various problems they face. We are excited about finding the right answers to help.
Please pray for us during this training period & also for the up & coming time of deputation. We will begin deputation in January & be on the road in that process until the end of March. At that time we will be sharing the vision with churches in Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, & possible other states. We plan to be on the field come April, & hope to visit & worship with many of you & your churches at that time. Love in Christ, Jamie, Rebekah, Isaac, & Madelyn Jones