As I am sure most of you are aware, Naida and I made the move to Lakeshore Mississippi, to join Pastor Don and the great folks of Lakeshore Baptist Church in the work here. we had planned on quarterly updates but folks have been asking so here ya go.

Our main focus since arriving a month ago has been two-fold, first find a permanent place to live and second to begin work on the new church building.

Both items got off to a great start. We were able to find a home reasonably within our budget and are due to close on it Thursday January 31st. It is a little bigger that we envisioned but we believe it is the home God set aside for us. Besides it has plenty of room for visitors (HINT).  For a picture of our new Casa click here http://goo.gl/maps/9c6fn.

As for the building of the church, we had the 40 telephone poles (officially 40 ea. Class 5 wooden pilings 10” diameter) driven in the ground on the 4th of January. On the 5th a group of 110 volunteers representing ARBCA, Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America, from 29 churches across the US descended upon Lakeshore. The hope was to get much of the foundation done while they were here but the weather had other ideas. It rained in various amounts for much of the week and our building site turned into a giant mud pit. We did get the 10 spread footings with rebar formed, set and concrete poured. We also managed to get most of the 48 additional holes for the 12”x12”x 20’ or 24’ pilings dug. Headway was also made in other areas. In all a great time of fellowship and work for God’s glory was accomplished.

Since then a few local folks have come out and helped clean up the site, build forms for the concrete columns and other needed tasks. It has been very encouraging to see folks from the community take and interest in the rebuilding of God's house.

In other news, Naida has been working steadily with Ms. B at the Mercy House distribution center. She loves her work there especially having the opportunity to share her faith and to invite folks to church.

Pastor Don and I were able to attend the Deep South Founders Conference on the 17-19th of Jan. What a blessing it was to meet and here from like minded men expunding the word of God. Dr. Sam Waldron the academic dean of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies and professor of Systematic Theology was the key speaker, this years topic from the London 1689 Baptist Confession was "God's Covenant". Check out the web link on the right of our site for the sermons.

Speaking of Church (the body this time not the building) LBC has in recent weeks seen an increase in visitors. There is the potential for around a dozen or so new members could be added to the rolls soon. God is working along the Gulf Coast and in Lakeshore for sure.

Prayer Requests:

Lakeshore Baptist Church/rebuild Lakeshore:

                        1) that we may reach many in the community
                        2) that the recent visitors will find a home here
                        3) that volunteers needed to complete the build will sign up
                        4) that God withholds the rain so we can finish the foundation
                        5) that God will be glorified throughout this process

Naida and I

                        1) that we can be a help to Pastor Don, the church and community here
                        2) that the enormity of the work will be an encouragement to us
                        2) that we can get the help we need to move into our home
                        3) that we can get the financial support we need to stay in the field.
 
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Naida Helping Do the Site Layout for the new Church Building
 
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Our Site before construction started
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The beast drove 40 telephone poles 30' in the ground in a little over 4 hours
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The ARBCA crew worked some 42 hours straight trying to get the holes dug.
(You can not tell but thats me operating the excavator at 2:30am)
 
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Pouring the concrete spread footings (me in the hole, I told ya'll I really do work, at least once in a while :))
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Volunteers screeding the concrete, the women worked as hard as the men
 
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One of our church members Angelo Morales and a spread footing
 
 
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Brian Owens from, First Baptist Clinton, LA and Angelo in our mud pit
 
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After nearly 10 days of clear warm weather things had begun to dry out then the heavens parted and the rain poured out today.
 

FSM / FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

27 Jan - 9 Feb 2013

Notice
Effective immediately FSM and FSMWO mailing address will be as follows:
FSM/FSMWO
PO Box 3208
Bay St Louis, MS 39521-3208
Mike’s cell phone remains 413-233-7557
Email Mike at directorfsm@gmail.com
Email Stephanie Tarrant @ directorfsmwo@gmail.com

 To be included on our Intercessory Prayer List PLEASE send us your prayer request or praise report NLT the ending date of each Bi-Weekly List.

PRAISE

If the Lord wills it Mike and Naida will close on their house this coming Thursday the 31st.

The increased attendance at our church in Lakeshore the past few weeks.

The Lord has saw fit to give us clear and warm weather to dry out the mud pit so progress can continue on the new church building in Lakeshore. Yesterday Jan 26th we had about dozen local friends and church members come out to get some more work done. It was a great time of fellowship. Please join us when you can.

PRAYER

A dear brother in Christ Anthony Kwadwo Okyere, in Ghana. His wife is pregnant and the landlord is threatening to throw them out if they cannot raise another, $200.00

For the ex-mates returning from the Hancock County Jail, that they could find support and God’s love in order to stay out.

The new work in Indonesia by Reformed Theological Seminary

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of TJ a young man, the nephew of one of our members who died of cancer last Friday after battling it bravely for many years.

Pray for a little boy 18 mo old; who is homeless after his mom and dad OD’d. Pray he will end up in a Godley home.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for those in the community to join us in fellowship

Pray for the many visitors we had the past two weeks that they would join our family

Pray for the ongoing construction of the new church foundation; specifically for more volunteers to continue the work.

Continued healing prayers for:

Kathy D. undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer

Shelia W. diabetes related issues

Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis

Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery

Violet P. who was recently diagnosed with cancer

Miss Jackson who is ill

Don B. who has cancer

Miss B’s sister who has cancer

Greg L. who is recovering from Heart Surgery and now has the flu

Ray K. who has cancer

Mr. James who has been ill for a few weeks

Mr. Morris who is also ill

Angela’s dad who is sick

Employment for;

Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Prayers for Naida and I as we begin our work in Lakeshore.

 Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here.
 Pray for Naida’s family, especially her sons she left in MA.
 Pray for our financial needs to be met.
Fellow Ministries

Prison Fellowship

Weekly Prayer Report invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

 for the "bridge training" taking in Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend to be effective and fruitful.

 for prisoners and caregivers to believe God is good and His love endures forever.

 for Prison Fellowship staff, volunteers, and ministry participants to exalt the name of Jesus and worship Him freely.

 for each of our Angel Tree program specialists to be refreshed to encourage Angel Tree coordinators across the country in 2013.

 for God’s people to speak the truth in love and to defend the faith in the public square.

 Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:

Praise reports:

1. We thank God for the completion of the plastering and for the provision of clean water.

2. We thank God for the opportunity, Francis; Executive Director is traveling to the US. He is visiting Friends in Vegas, San Diego, Amarillo and Indianapolis. He will also speak at the Prison Families' conference in Houston. There after Francis travels to Belgium to attend an Expert Workshop on Children with a Parent on Death Row.

3. We thank God for our Primary Seven candidates, who passed the National Primary Leaving Exams (PLE), Morris was the best with 10 aggregates (His auntie said he is the first in their family to get such a mark), and eight children got second grades. We thank God for Rhoda who was mentally ill and in and out of mental hospital at the time of the examination, she got third grade, she did not fail and qualifies to go to secondary level. We thank all of you for all your prayers and support, it was not an easy time but God saw us through with Victory! May the LORD Bless you and may His name be Glorified!

4. We thank God for the provision of a fence and Fire Equipment.

5. We thank God for the many testimonies from the children we have supported and from inmates whose lives are being transformed every day.

6. We thank God for a successful Volunteer training yesterday!

Prayer Requests:

1. We are asking God to provide for the school as we re-open for the first term on the 4th February 2013.

2. Pray for Brian and his sister Bridget, as he goes for re-view, Brian’s leg broke when he was knocked by Boda Boda last year, but God has healed him, however, he continues to use clutches. He will be coming on the 31st January 2013 from Kasese, after the re-view they will be will joining the Academy. Pray for journey mercies and for financial provision for all the children as they come back for school and more so the new children joining the school from different parts of the country.

3. Pray for the little Boys Patrick, James and Girls Doreen, Jacqueline and Louise who remained at school while their friends went home for Holidays.

4. Pray for Francis Ssuubi, Executive Director Wells of Hope, He will be traveling to the USA, we pray that God grants him journey mercies, good health, God's favor, provision, God to provide words he will speak, wisdom and for God to create new friends and divine connections for the Children of prisoners and increased support for the Ministry.

5. Pray for the bathrooms at Wells of Hope Academy to be ready as the children begin school.

6. Pray for God to provide Electricity at the school and Bathroom Construction completion.

7. Pray for the Flooring of the remaining classrooms and Verandah. Lightening Protection, Clearing and leveling the play field, buying swings, play equipment

8. Pray for food, for the children, Desks, and Beds, Medicines and teachers’ salaries.

9. We have an increased number of Children from 105 to 120 children of prisoners. May God help us to manage and to care for all of them.

10. Pray for the team at Wells of Hope, Marjorie, Jacqueline, Susan, Janet and the teachers that God will continue to use them to steer Wells of Hope. Pray for the Board of Directors, Ellen, Francis Kenneth, Sam and Annete as they lead the organization.

11. Pray for old and new volunteers as they go into the prisons to deliver the message of salvation by grace. That many inmates will turn to Christ.

12. We have written two project proposals to new donors, pray that we can have them approved.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Iran violated American Pastor Saeed's most basic human rights by barring him and his attorney from a trial that could lead to his death.

 Iran forced fellow Christians to testify against Pastor Saeed and told one witness to prepare to testify again in a month.

 Despite the promises from the "hanging judge" trying his case that Saeed would be released on bail and a sentence could be expected next week, Iran has denied bail and Saeed remains in jail.

 Pastor Saeed's wife pleaded, "We have exposed Iran's lie. . . . We need to continue exposing Iran's violations of Saeed's human rights until my husband is safely back in my arms."

 Demand the U.S. State Department speak out against this ongoing atrocity and demand Pastor Saeed's immediate release.

Take action. Sign the petition for Saeed's freedom today.

Jordan Sekulow ACLJ Executive Director

Missionaries

The Messer’s Missionaries to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Dear praying friends and family,

Greetings to you all on this cool, wet afternoon.

They say the snow is coming. We’ll see. This is just a very brief update to keep all our supporters informed as to our progress. Becky and I are rejoicing as our church, Salem Baptist, has cleared us to return to Ivory Coast this summer. We praise the Lord for the work he has done in our lives and in our family. We are hoping to return to the field by the end of July or August as the Lord provides and allows. Leah, our oldest daughter, will be going on a Missions Trip to Brazil in mid-July so we will wait until she returns before heading back to continue the church planting. Please pray with us regarding the following needs:

1. Continued health of our family

2. Spiritual strength of our family

3. Wisdom for the ministry

4. We will be purchasing another vehicle in Ivory Coast (still need about $10,000)

5. We will be purchasing our tickets to return in the near future ($8,000)

6. Leah’s mission trip to Brazil

Thank you for your faithfulness in bringing us before the Lord. We have been blessed by so many of God’s faithful servants. May the Lord richly bless you for your desire to see the world reached with the gospel.

Serving a good and gracious Savior,

Andy and Becky Messer
Sent by Salem Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions

Benin City, Nigeria

(This is one of many emails I receive from people and organizations that I have no ongoing contact with. I add them here in the belief we should join with them in prayer for their needs to be met as God wills.)

 Dear Beloved in the Lord, By the grace of God, I bring you greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am Pastor Solomon Ojodemonu and we have the mandate of reaching the Lost Souls here in our Community and beyond and Praise God for using us in saving hundreds of Souls in the rural Communities, hospitals and Schools over here and I am glad to tell you that a Muslim man who converted to a Juju priest gave his life to Christ and along with his household, they are now worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a miracle indeed and we are not tired of reaching out to Souls here in my Community and beyond with the good news of the Kingdom of God and I am writing this letter believing God that together we can depopulate the Kingdom of Satan. My Beloved Brethren, I decided to write you so that you can Support us with God's Word because there are 19 Precious Souls who are Aged/old and they can only read the Giant/Large Print Bibles and If you can send us the SUPERGIANT that will be a great too. These Elders gave their lives to Christ and they are eager to Study God's Word and we cannot buy these Bibles because they are expensive that is why we contacted you so that you can help us with these materials as soon as possible so that these Souls with be blessed with God's Word. We will love the KJV and they should be English Language. By the grace of God, we also have an orphanage home where we bring up these Children in the ways of the Lord and kindly join us in praying for these Children as well. And I am praying that God Almighty will bless you so that these Bibles will mail to us as soon as possible and what a great blessing to these Precious Souls over here in my Country. I am praying that God Almighty will provide so that you will come over and ministers God’s Word here in my Country precisely in our Church. God Bless you .I do hope to hear from you soon. Pastor Solomon Ojodemonu pefedomi community bible church 56 pefedomi Avenue GOP-ugukilo 8950, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

 

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.”
―    Oswald Chambers

FSM/FSMWO Special Prayer

Requests Weeks of

13-26 Jan 2013

Notice

Effective immediately FSM and FSMWO mailing address will be as follows:

PO Box 3208
Bay St Louis, MS 39521-3208
 
Mike’s cell phone remains 413-233-7557
Email Mike at directorfsm@gmail.com
Email Stephanie Tarrant @ directorfsmwo@gmail.com
PRAISE

For the great effort put forth by the group of ARBCA volunteers this past week in starting the foundation for our new church in Lakeshore Mississippi. I cannot begin to emphasize the effort it took to get as much done as we did considering the mud and other obstacles. We accomplished exactly as much as our sovereign God wanted us too. Again thank you to all my brothers and sisters in Christ for a fantastic job.

From Institute of Creation Research, Days of Praise Devotional 12 Jan 2013 (I found it encouraging and hope you do too)

In these days of relativism, situational ethics, and changing mores, it does a Christian good to note the many things in Scripture we can know, things we can count on, and things that do not change. Following is a sampling of such truths, with little comment, intended to encourage the reader to extend the list, perhaps as an ongoing project.

Things We Know "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (1 Peter 5:4)

We can know that Christ is God: "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).

We can know that we are saved: "He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47).

We can know we are His dear children: "Beloved, now are we the sons of God" (1 John 3:2).

We can know His protection: "And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand" (John 10:28).

We can know He answers prayer: "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it" (John 14:14).

We can know He will help us through temptation: "In that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:18).

We can know how we should act: "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done" (John 13:15).

We can know He desires us to speak on His behalf: "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).

We can know that He will come again: "I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3).

We can know of our eternal rewards, as in today's verse: "An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4). JDM

PRAYER

A good friend Chris Gonsalves sister Donna Moreland-Liles had to have emergency surgery to fix an aneurysm behind her left eye. The surgery went well but she has had 4 small strokes so they said the next 12 weeks are the most dangerous. Praying she will wake up soon and have no long term effects.

Brother Greg Lane who is recovering from heart surgery this past week.

Continued healing prayers for:

Kathy D. undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer
Shelia W. diabetes related issues
Bob and Vickie B. Multiple Scoliosis
Rich B. recovering (near 2 years) from heart surgery
Violet P. who has recently been diagnosed with cancer
TJ back in hospital with cancer
Miss Patterson who has cancer
Miss Jackson who is ill
Don B. who has cancer
Miss B’s sister who has cancer

Employment for; Rusty, Robert O., Iva F., Marie F., Jessica R., Mike T. and Tom D. seeking fulltime work.

Lakeshore Baptist Church

Pray for those in the community to join us in fellowship

Pray for Doug B. to join us in fellowship

The ongoing construction of the new church foundation; specifically for more volunteers to continue the work.

Continued prayers for Naida and I as we begin our work in Lakeshore. Pray we can reach folks in the community, that we will be an asset to Pastor Don and the church here. Pray for Naida’s sons she left in MA. Pray for our financial needs to be met.

Fellow Ministries

Prison Fellowship

Weekly Prayer Report invites you to join us in praying for the work being done in prisons throughout the country, and for the lives being touched by this ministry. This week, please pray:

 for the dedicated PF volunteers and the way God is using them in the pre-release programs at both Four-Mile and Denver Women’s Correctional Facilities in Colorado.

 for God’s people to reflect the peace of Christ to troubled souls inside prisons and in communities around the world.

 for our love for God to be evident in whatever we say and do as a ministry. Pray for God’s kingdom to come through our faithfulness in prayer and service.

 for God to illuminate the minds of every student in the Prisoners to Pastors program to understand God’s Word and how to communicate its truth to others.

 thank God for music ministry teams that serve in prisons; pray for God to use them mightily and give them great joy.

Wells of Hope Academy, Uganda:  (This story saddens the heart)

 The biggest longing for children of prisoners is to meet their parents, but this is not the case with Mary 12 years. When she was 5 years, her father would repeatedly rape her elder sister who was 9 years then.  When their dad attempted to rape her also, Mary ran out of the house and reported the matter to the neighbors. By then Mary’s mother had abandoned their home and remarried, so at that time they were staying with their father.

 When we met Mary yesterday, upon learning that it was her father who had sent us to trace for them, Mary began crying bitterly and together with her brother Aloysius 10, they ran away from us and hid. It took the intervention of the mother to convince them and told them that we were not taking them to meet their father but we wanted to offer them free education.

 We were told that during the hearing of the matter, their dad threatened them and said that when he comes back home he will kill them, so they are so scared of him and they live with this fear every day. Mary’s dad will be released from prison on 20th October 2020.

 Mary and Aloysious stay with their mother and stepfather and that is where we found them. Mary’s sister who was raped by their father has since disappeared, her brother Dick 11yrs whom their father had put on Wells of Hope form to be considered for sponsorship is staying with an auntie, and it was difficult to see him. Their eldest sister Molly 16 years whom he had also put on the form is now married. The challenge here is that Mary whom we have chosen to sponsor and her brother Aloysius are the children whose testimony in court was heavily relied on to find their dad guilty.

 Mary, who has since dropped out of school, hopes one day she could become a nurse; Wells of Hope is going to help turn this dream into a reality. Aloysios wants to be a teacher; he will also join Wells of Hope next month.

 Mary is one of the 18 children we met from 8 different families, we visited in remote villages in Ssembabule, Mpigi  and Masaka district of Central Uganda from the 11th-12th January 2013. All the children we saw live in totally pathetic conditions, and need urgent help.

 One of the 4 grandmothers we met, Lovinsa 70 years cares for five children, one unruly boy of 14 years, and four beautiful little girls aged 5-10 years.  She is very sick and weak, she limps as she walks, yet she has to care for these children, I had to hide my tears, the youngest girl is malnourished and needs quick help. We hope to relieve Lovinsa three of the little girls.The mother and father of these children are doing 60 years in prison; their mother has a baby in prison who she delivered from prison.

  We are asking for help, we strongly believe that together with you, we can turn the current predicament of these children, save them and change our world.

Francis Ssuubi, Director

 You can contribute or follow on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139936426116070/ or Website: www.wellsofhope.org Telephone; 256772407716

The Robinson’s Bluegrass Sing and Jam

Greetings and Happy New Year to you all:

 Wow, hard to believe it’s already 2013. I remember as a kid thinking the year 2000 seemed so far away in time and here it is another thirteen years passed it!

 Preacher Mike and I traveled from Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon after we did a program at a nursing home in Hadley and then worship with our brethren at Dwight Chapel’s Christ CommunityChurch. We awoke Sunday morning to 10 inches of snow which made for some interesting slipping and sliding as we made our way over the mountain from Barre to Hadley on Sunday morning. After closing up the house and finishing packing on Sunday afternoon, we traveled to a Red Roof Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA for Sunday night. We passed by the exit for Sandy Hook/Newtown on our first day of travel and we are still shocked and deeply saddened by the horrible massacre that took all those innocent lives. Please pray for all those impacted. Mike put together a tribute using a song by Mark Brinkman for all those little children lost that day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6zdKdmV5Nc

 Monday found us on the road till we stopped in Wytheville, Virginia and finally finished our trip to Roebuck, South Carolina today. MO looks good and all systems appear to be working properly. We are moved back in and will be here for a couple of days before heading to Tennessee and Alabama and finally, Florida.

 2013 marks the beginning of our tenth year doing the Gospel Sing ministry. We are very excited to get back to the mission field in Florida beginning our season this year with the Danny Stewart Bluegrass Cruise.

 Please keep a couple of needs in prayer. A man named Gene from Maine is having an extensive heart surgery on Friday. Also, another dear heart from Maine named Verna is going through cancer treatments. A praise about our friend Keith from Maine who has come through his cancer treatments and is doing well. Annie, a young mom from our church is battling cancer. There are many other needs among our bluegrass friends, both north and south, so please just pray that the Lord will surround each situation with His mercy and grace.

 We look forward to hearing from you as the year progresses and we wish you all a very Happy Healthy New Year!

God bless you always!

Friends of Jesus,
Mike & Mary Robinson
www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

International Network of Prison Ministries (INPM)

Please pray for all those associated with and benefiting from the network.

Serge Taran, Founder **International Network of Prison Ministries; http://prisonminist ry.net/support. htm

Missionaries

The Messer’s Missionaries to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Dear Friends and Family,

 I have some exciting news to share with you! The Lord has given me a wonderful opportunity to participate in a missionary outreach this summer with our church’s youth group.

 We are going, Lord willing, to Brazil from July 11-22 to help Terry and Wendy Broyles with an English-speaking vacation Bible school. Our team will also be doing a drama, singing in church, and sharing testimonies while we are there. I truly believe that this will be a great opportunity for me to serve the King of Kings.

 In order to be part of this ministry in Brazil, I will need to raise financial and prayer support. If the Lord leads you to help me financially, your money will be used to reach the people in Brazil this summer. I will need to raise $1600 for travel, food, and lodging. My first deposit of $100 is due January 16th. Please pray that the Lord will supply the funds needed for this delightful opportunity.

 If you can help me financially, please send your check to: Salem Baptist Church, 429 S. Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Please write my name (Leah Messer) on the bottom of the check and “Mission Trip to Brazil”. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for your interest and prayers!
Love in Christ,
Leah Messer (daughter of Andy and Becky Messer, missionaries to Cote d’Ivoire)

NEWS FROM ARBCA MEMBER CHURCHES

Special Project 2012/2013

 Praise the Lord we have raised the $5,000.00 needed for the Kenyan Publishing Project which is the third and final year of the project which was sponsored by Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Media, PA.  We have raised nearly $7,000.00 of the $10,000.00 needed for the Cuba Project sponsored by TRBC in Kirkland, WA.  We will continue to receive funds for the later project until the beginning of the GA or once we have reached out goal.

From Free Grace Baptist Church of Chilliwack, BC, Canada

 Greetings from Chilliwack, B.C. We will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary on the weekend of January 12-13th. I have asked Dr. Richard Barcellos (longtime friend and mentor) to come and preach on this occasion. He will be giving two lectures on covenant theology on Saturday morning and then teaching in the SS hour and preaching morning and evening on the Lord's Day. We also plan to have a fellowship meal on Saturday in the early evening.

 If anyone happens to be in the Pacific Northwest and would like to visit, please feel free to do so.

 Please pray that God would be glorified during this celebration. As I look back over the last 15 years, I can honestly say it is in fact Jesus Christ who builds His church. 

In Christ,
Jim Butler
www.freegrace.ca

 

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions for many reasons, but this year I decided to try something different. My resolution this year can be found in Proverbs 3:5-6 -" Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. But in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."
This verse doesn't need much explanation, is easy to understand and is already written on my heart and everyday that God gives to me, I hope that I can follow His simple instruction.
If you are a new believer or have been a believer for a long time, this simple verse can help change your life, but if you truly want to change your life you need a change of heart and that can only be done through Christ's saving grace. When you relinquish control of your life and allow God to take over, your life will change.