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Golden Year of Jubilee by Dr. Charley Holmes, President of the BMA Theological Seminary It is with great joy that I report our seminary is enjoying the rich blessings of God as never before! This May we had the largest graduating class ever in the fifty year history of the seminary. As we anticipate the future for your seminary, our heart beats with excitement. The hand of God is resting upon our ministry of teaching and equipping people to serve God more effectively. We are celebrating our Golden Year of Jubilee (Lev. 25). Because of unwavering support from our friends, the seminary has helped hundreds of pastors, missionaries, evangelists, and lay leaders obtain a quality conservative education since 1957. These have left our halls with Bible in hand and are scattered across America and around the world ministering for Christ. The BMA of America voted to designate your seminary as the department to support with funds for capital improvement this year. This could not have come at a more opportune time for our preacher boys. Our growth has demanded more room! We need $500,000 to build a new multipurpose building. The building will house a new video conferencing classroom and library addition. The video conferencing classroom will enable us to extend our outreach to where most BMA missionary efforts operate while giving more room for our growing home enrollment. The current plan is to assist the BMA Department of Missions in training Latin American church leaders through video conferencing. The library addition will also contain an archive room to house the historical records of our association. This will also relieve the overcrowding in the current library and help to keep the history and records of the BMA of America safe and intact. It can be done! By working together, we can reach our goal. As a seminary that believes in the inerrancy and authority of the Bible, we always look for biblical examples for our endeavors. With building campaigns of Israel for the Tabernacle and the Temple, the people gave from their "excess" (Exodus 35 & 1st Chronicles 29). We are asking our local associations (and friends) to follow this biblical example. Rather than borrowing or having a long-term monthly commitment, or giving from their current income, God's people simply looked at their accumulated goods and gave a portion to the building expenses. In both cases (Tabernacle and Temple), it was more than enough. Our local associations combined have more than enough. Please prayerfully consider looking at the accumulated goods (bank balances) of your association and give 5%-10% of your bank balance as stated in your financial report to your association. This would be giving from the "excess" after your regular obligations have been paid. If our associations would merely give this percentage from their excess, our churches would not be burdened with another ongoing commitment, and our future pastors and missionaries would have the space they need. As always, please pray for the seminary’s students, staff, faculty, administration and trustees as they seek to follow the Lord’s will and purpose for this important ministry. Taken from “The Challenge”, a quarterly publication of the BMA Theological Seminary




I’m continuing the series of lessons that God the Father has taught this first time father…

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Lessons from the Father “When the Father thinks we’re ready, He’ll let go of our hand and let us take steps on our own.” As mentioned last month, Clay has recently developed the ability to stand & walk on his own. Those times of instability on his feet are much fewer & farther between now due to the experience he’s gained as I’ve let him walk on his own. There have even been those times when I’ve encouraged him to get the extra experience by taking the last few steps between us before being enveloped in my arms. As you can imagine, this new found freedom has opened up many possibilities in his life… ones that keep my wife Angela & I on our feet as we do our best to ensure he’s not doing something that he can’t handle yet. Our Father is much the same way. He will allow us to go thru many trials in life with the goal that we will become more mature Christians. So when you find yourself taking another step in life thru the trials you’re facing, you’re pleading to God to remove you from the fire, and His answer is “Not yet”, find solace in knowing that He still hears you and is developing you into a stronger Christian: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJ) “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor 10:13 (NKJ)

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BMAA MISSIONS SYMPOSIUM JANUARY 7-8, 2008 TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH, LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS 2008 Theme: "Think Globally - Live Locally" Monday Evening - January 7 - 7:00 P.M. Praise and Worship led by Bro. Donny Parrish Bro. Oscar Gaitan, BMAA Missionary serving in Nicaragua Concert of Praise - Praise Band from Center of Life in Houston Texas led by Bro. Ricky Robinson Bro. David Dickson - Pastor of Church Without Walls, Guayama, Puerto Rico

Tuesday Afternoon - January 8, 2008 1:30 p.m. Praise and Worship - Led by Bro. Donny Parrish 1:40 p.m. Testimony from a BMMI Team participant - Dr. John Ladd - BMAA Missionary in Mexico 1:50 p.m. Bro. Adu Boahene - President of BMA of Africa 2:20 p.m. Special Music - Shiloh Trio from East Amory Baptist Church - Amory, Mississippi 3:00 p.m. Bro. Edmund Mamon*, BMA Missionary from Tuesday Morning - January 8, 2008 the Philippines in Cambodia and Bro. Veng Borann* from 8:45 a.m. Praise and Rejoicing led by Donny Parrish Ban Lung, Cambodia 9:00 a.m. Scripture Reading and Devotional Thought 9:10 a.m. Bro. Tony Crocker - BMAA Missionary to Mon- 3:30 p.m. Testimony from a Barnabas Touch Ministry Trip Participant - Bro. Ken Riley golia 9:40 a.m. Special Music - Shiloh Trio from East Amory Bap- (Vardaman Street Baptist Church - Wiggins, Mississippi) 4:00 p.m. Special Music - Mrs. Sue Husser tist Church, Amory, Mississippi 9:50 a.m. Bro. George Luther - Student at BMA Theologi- 4:05 p.m. Bro. Ziadi* - Pastor from Zarka, Jordan 4:30 p.m. Testimony from a BMMI Team Participant - Bro. cal Seminary, and a church leader in India 10:05 a.m. Ely Semedo - Student at Central Baptist College Jim Earl 4:40 p.m. Evening Meal and Fellowship and a church leader in Cape Verde 10:20 a.m. Special Music - Mrs. Vera Lebedev 10:25 a.m. Bro. Pvel Pochapsky* - BMAA Missionary serving in the Ukraine 10:55 a.m. Testimony from a Barnabas Touch Ministry Team Participant - Bro. Alan Eakin 11:00 a.m. Bro. Nabil Sara, Pastor of the National Evangelical Baptist Church in Baghdad, Iraq and his son, Bro. Ashraf Sara who is studying at our BMAT Seminary 11:25 a.m. Special Music - Shiloh Trio from East Amory Baptist Church, Amory, Mississippi 11:30 a.m. Bro. Jeff Franks - BMAA Missionary to Ukraine 11:55 a.m. Scripture Reading and Prayer 12:10 p.m. Luncheon for all former Missionaries and Missions Directors

Tuesday Evening - 6:45 P.M. Congregational Praise and Worship Speaker - Bro. Alexander Chepurnoy - Russian Missionary serving in Minneapolis, Minnesota Congregational Praise Speaker - Bro. Charles Costa - BMAA Missionary serving in Beirut, Lebanon Special Music - Buddy Mullins Speaker - Bro. Larry Barker Wednesday Morning 9:00 A.M. BMAA Missionary Committee Meeting

*If visas are approved We pray you are making plans to attend this very important event. You will be blessed by hearing these men of God as they share their hearts with us. A catered meal (all you can eat fish dinner) will be served Tuesday evening in the Family Life Center. The cost will be $10.00. If you desire to participate please mail your name, along with payment for the meal to BMAA Department of missions, P. O. Box 30910, Little Rock, Arkansas 72260 by January 4, 2008. You may also make reservations by calling 501-455-4977 or by e-mail


M ISSIONS D IRECTOR R EPORT I want to take this opportunity to express a very Merry Christmas to all our churches and individuals who have supported our mission work this past year. Your love and support is greatly appreciated and I know our missionaries feel the same

way as well. Bro. Fausto reports over 50 professions of faith for the year 2007 throughout the various communities he is ministering. We praise God for this great report. Bro. Steve and the Crossroads Baptist Church are getting ready to organize this coming spring. God has richly blessed our state this past year. Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones and friends; most

of all, a time for remembering that it brought Jesus Christ down from Heaven’s glory to be our Lord and Savior. Earthly relationships would be meaningless had not Christ come into the world. It is Christ who gives the real meaning to life. As we count our blessings of the year, we are especially thankful for your friendship and fellowship. Fred Vogel

Caring For Those in Need Ralph Izard, M.D. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:20 The young man in the far right of the photo came with his parents and his aunt to the BMMI clinic in the church in Tetchea, Romania. He was the ears and the voice of his parents and his aunt because they were unable to hear or speak. He had a tremendous responsibility for an eleven year old child. In addition, it was raining and the wind was blowing in 37 degree weather. It was a very bad day to be walking with only a pair of “flip-flops” on his feet. Thanks to the donations received for “Children Helping Children”, shoes had been purchased to be given out in Romania. In addition, the BMMI supplied him with socks, gloves, a toboggan, and a scarf. The next Sunday he was sitting on the front row at church with the young boys and he had shoes on like the others. Praise the Lord!! The BMAA Department of Missions and BMMI extend their appreciation on behalf of the thousands of men, women, boys, and girls around the world who now have shoes, vitamins, medicine, and food. Additionally, many have been given a Bible and have been introduced to Jesus Christ by BMMI team members. Over 5000 Christmas Shoeboxes are on their way to Rattanakiri Province in Cambodia to be distributed there. The chief of the Nakeo village in Laos has welcomed the distribution of the shoeboxes in his village as well. Pray that the international border crossing will be complete between Cambodia and Vietnam, which will allow the shoeboxes to be distributed to the indigenous people around Pleiku in Vietnam. The year 2008 is proving to be a year of great expectations as the Lord has, through medical missions, opened many areas of the world that had been closed to the gospel for 50 years or more. The BMMI plans to send teams to five continents in 2008 and would like to invite you to become part of one of these exciting short term mission trips. Our greatest need is your daily prayers! The second need is for you and your church to encourage and send those the Lord is leading to be a part of a BMMI team. Remember, you do not have to have medical training to be used of God to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. The third need is your financial support through the “Ambassadors for Christ” which will purchase medicine, supplies, and support of medical outreach by national workers in several countries. Our deepest gratitude is expressed to each individual and each church that has supported BMMI in any way this year. We can only anticipate greater blessings in 2008 as the Lord continues to open doors!


GLENVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 3101 Shrank Road Independence, MO 64055 Bro. Dan McGee, Pastor

Greetings and Happy New Year from Glenview Baptist Church. Time flies when you're having fun and it's been a while since I have reported. So much to tell, where do I begin? In September our youth group "The God squad" went to Starlight Theater to "Rock the light". It was a blast Friday night! Chris Tomlin headlined and Saturday night featured Toby Mac. In October my husband Doug and I took our youth to "Judgment House", which is a walk through drama where you get to see your final destination depending on if you accepted Christ or not while here on earth. Also our teens were invited to come to a lock-in at Heritage Baptist Church in Nevada. Aaron Polok was there with the B.A.N.D. Dave Hooper assisted them by playing the drums. The speaker was Andy Neal from church camp. There was a huge turn out and it was a blast. In November we had a movie night for our youth. Popcorn was provided and we saw the movie "The Ulti-

mate Gift" and for any one who has not seen it I suggest you do because it is a very good movie. Our Senior Adults attended the conference in Branson and had a good time. The Senior Adults also went to Jamesport Mo. where they spent time in fellowship, shopping and eating lunch. On the 17th of November we had our annual Thanksgiving dinner at the church. The turkey was provided by the Senior Adult Class. I was unable to stay but from my understanding it was a great time of fun and fellowship and Bro. Steve Crandall gave a wonderful devotional. So many activities in December we were hopping busy. On the 8th, the adults had their Christmas party at Steve and Tonna McGee's house. This always turns out to be so much fun. We play games, fellowship, and eat great food. We had our Christmas program on the 16th. Leah McGee worked with the kids to help them memorize their lines and sing their solos. Once again she did a great job and the children did so wonderfully. It is just amazing to sit and watch these kids who have worked so hard to see it pay off in the end by their awesome performances. Our youth

group had their Christmas party at the church on the 20th. They participated in the "Secret Santa". They each bought a gift for each other, played games, fellowshipped and ate snacks. On the 27-29 the youth group along with my husband Doug and I as well as Mary Tong went to the Alive conference in St. Louis. It was an all around great time. It's a chance for the teens to get away from the world and focus on God. Last year our church read through the Bible in a year and although some were not as faithful as others (namely myself) in reading through the entire Bible it was still great to be introduced to some new and exciting things that I didn't know was in the Bible. This year our pastor is going to focus his messages in the book of John. That will be neat to see what God has to say to us through him. We are so thrilled to have Bro. Justin Rhodes back at Galena and congratulations to both him and his wife Christie on the birth of their new baby daughter Mylie. Once again we wish all of you a Blessed Happy New Year. In Christian love, Cindy Dickerson

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FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH 17245 East Kentucky Rd. Independence, MO 64058 Bro. Alan Ettinger, Pastor

Haven't reported for awhile but have been reading the Herald and sharing it. The Lord has been blessing us at Faith this year. Our Walk of Faith effort raised over $1750 for Lifeword and we rejoice in that. In mid-October I was blessed to be the revival evangelist at Landmark Missionary Baptist in Elizabeth AR. It was a humbling and growing experience in my ministry and I pray that the church was edified. Prior to Thanksgiving, our church was actually able to FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH P.O. Box 218 Galena, KS 66739 Bro. Justin Rhodes, Pastor

Greetings from First Baptist! The sights and sounds of the Season are filling us with joy as we get ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Lord and Savior! Our children are busy preparing their programs, the decorators have transformed our foyer and sanctuary with beautiful blue and silver decorations, and Bro. Justin and his family have settled in their new parsonage. Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for! A full house enjoyed our annual Thanksgiving dinner, complete with lots of turkey, ham, brisket, and pumpkin pie. The food was delicious and the fellowship was sweet. It was erroneously reported last

send a carload of people to two concurrent associational activities on a Friday night; everyone was stoked about it and it was a blessing. Some went to Glenview for a youth film night and others to a ladies' retreat at Harmony Heights. Seems like when busyness meets equilibrium everything sorts itself out; and that's where we want to be. The Ettingers and the Prawls were privileged to have dinner with the Crockers (Mongolia missionaries) on their fall visit to Glenview and Kansas City. It brings perspective when we get to know those who answer such a call of God. Please

pray for their work. Other things that have gone on were a bowling night which was well attended, a new radiator in the church van, a new blower in the church furnace, doctrinal studies on Wednesday nights and a sermon series on Galatians which is winding down. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, Whitney Richards joined our church by baptism. Praise the Lord with her for her new life in Jesus. Wishing you grace and peace multiplied for 2008. Alan Ettinger

month that Morgan LeRay Watson was born to Stephanie Watson on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9:40 pm. She actually was born to Dustin Strong and Kelsie Watson, Stephanie’s older sister! Sorry Kelsie…this reporter had a temporary (?) brain cramp and totally goofed! Anyway, little Morgan has been a regular in our services and she is beautiful and doing well. Congratulations, Dustin, Kelsie and Morgan! We must take time to say “Thank You!” to Bro. Paul Mooney for a job well done. He willingly filled in as interim pastor in Bro. Justin’s absence, and we are truly blessed to have this wonderful man of God in our midst. His love for our people and the Lord are so evident, and we appreciate the time and service he gave. What could have been a difficult time was made easy thanks to Bro. Paul. And we must

also thank Sis. Mary for allowing him to ‘come out of retirement’ to fulfill this duty. We love and appreciate them both! As we said, Bro. Justin is back and things are in full swing. He has an energetic vision for our church in 2008, and is working together with Bro. Paul on filling ministry and teaching roles to help us reach our goals for that vision. We will strive to keep our focus on worshipping God and reaching out to others with the good news of Christ. Until next time, we pray that God will bless you and yours and that you have a wonderful and healthy holiday season! In His Service, Leigh Ryan, Reporter


GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH 3130 S. Wall Avenue Joplin, MO 64804 Bro. Fred Vogel, Pastor

Hello again from Grace Baptist. We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, lots and lots of delicious food. We had a few of our ladies prepare the turkeys and hams, and they did a wonderful job. Our Small Group Ministries have been growing numerically and spiritually. Praise God for the opportunity to reach out into our neighborhoods and share the gospel with MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH P.O. Box 244 Girard, KS 66743 Bro. Ernie Watson, Pastor

“I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” - Psalm 77:11,12 Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings. That is certainly not true of our church. This month we have enjoyed many wonderful things from the hand of our Lord. Roy and Vesta Whisenhunt were baptized into our church fellowship this month. And some in the church used their talents in presenting a special in music or by reading a poem during our Sunday Talent Night. Carter Moore, the son-in-law of Wayne and Joan Boore, presented slides of his recent trip to Uganda, Africa. His mission challenge touched our hearts for the souls of

them. On the 11th, we had a special service for our Veterans. We let them know how grateful we are for their service and how proud we are of them. Our Pastor’s daughter, LaDonna, was able to come from England to be here with her family for the Thanksgiving holiday. She was here for two weeks, and we all enjoyed seeing her. She is definitely missed. The Leadership Team is looking at ways to resolve the much needed expansion to deal with the growth of our church. We will be looking for-

ward to hearing and seeing what they have been working on. We have three new members, Zeke Stewart joined by baptism on the 4th, and Deanna and Katrina Sherrick joined by baptism on the 25th. The 7th was a very special day for us, it was our Pastor’s birthday. It was a Wednesday and he had to work but I know he thanked the Lord for another year with us at Grace. God Bless, Pam Hatcher

all people everywhere. Janis Goedeke’s secular job took her to Washington D.C. last month. While there, she took pictures of many of our national monuments. She used these as slides, along with photos of our veterans, as organ and piano patriotic music was played. It made for an impressive Veteran’s Day service. One Sunday, following morning worship, fifteen of our ladies traveled to Pittsburg to have lunch out together while our men ate beans and cornbread in the church fellowship hall. Our fall all-church hayride and wiener roast had to be postponed until the first week of December. It was really cold but an enjoyable time of fun and fellowship for all who were willing to brave the weather. Nancy Boore has beautifully decorated our church sanctuary for the Christmas season. We are planning and preparing for the celebration of

our Savior's birth. Church members, Rex Kness, Judy Boore, and Cathy Carr had medical problems and surgery this past month and Cheryl Copenhaver is much improved after spending some time in the hospital. We appreciate all our sister churches who came to assist with our deacon ordination service on December 2nd for brethren Gene Christy and Marvin Lewis. Tom Lewis, the son of Marvin and Lorena Lewis, who pastors a church in Bradford, AR, presented the song “Broken and Spilled Out”. Pastor, Ernie Watson was moderator, Paul Mooney was chief examiner, Fred Vogel led in the ordination prayer, Don Alexander presented the Bibles, and Justin Rhodes preached the message and charge. Refreshments were served following the service. To God be the glory, great things He has done!

2008 NATIONAL WMA LADIES’ RETREAT Keynote speaker – Ms. Patsy Campbell Theme – “Be Still, and Know That I Am God.” Psalm 46:10 Dates – February 22 and 23, 2008 Registration 2:00 p.m. on February 22nd Place – Radisson Inn Memphis Airport, Memphis, Tennessee Room Rate - $89.00 plus taxes per night Hotel Reservations – 1-800-RADISSON or 1-901-332-2370 Retreat Registration $75.00 payable to “National W.M.A.” Mail to: Connie Reifsteck P.O. Box 190493, St. Louis, MO 63119 Share Time – Martha Langley Silent Auction Everyone is encouraged to bring an item Ms. Patsy Campbell – a life-long resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, she had always loved working with other people. She was a teacher and a guidance counselor for forty years in the Little Rock, Arkansas, public school system. Ms. Campbell thoroughly enjoys working in the WMA, and is active at all levels of the auxiliary. Ms. Campbell is the author of Pray, Work, Win!, a book designed to lead you into a deeper relationship with our heavenly Father, a place of personal service, and the reward of victorious Christian living. - - - - - - cut - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -cut - - - - - - - Make your check for $75.00 payable to National W.M.A. and mail to: Mrs. Connie Reifsteck, P.O. Box 190493, St. Louis, MO 63119

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