*From the States Insert (pgs. 5-9)
*Family Jump Start Tiny House Project Breaks Ground (pg. 1)
Ground was broken last Thursday, Feb. 15 in Siloam Springs for a project that was first featured in the Aug. 9, 2017 issue of the Trumpet (pg. 1, “Help a Small Church Help the Homeless.”) The project is a collaborative effort between the BMA’s East Kenwood Baptist Church and Genesis House to provide 90-day emergency shelter houses for families, and was “jump started” when Simmons Family Foundation gave a generous grant to the endeavor. (See page 1 of the Dec. 13, 2017 Trumpet) An estimated 50 people were at the groundbreaking, including: members of East Kenwood; employees and board members of Genesis House; representatives from the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce and area churches; business leaders and other interested individuals.
*Pastors Day at the State Capitol (pg. 1)
The Pastors Day was held at the Arkansas capitol last Thursday, Feb. 15. This was the fourth year for the event, which is sponsored by Family Council. It is a free event for pastors, church leaders and their spouses and there were 200 registered, with 178 people seated for the event and another 20 or more lawmakers in attendance. This year’s speakers included Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Rep. Fred Allen (D-LR), and Pastor Gary Bell of Pine Bluff First Assembly of God.
*Water For Christ Expands Drilling to Liberia (pg. 1)
Ben Temple – Water for Christ is excited to expand our mission to Liberia, West Africa this spring to help a local Liberian national BMA Pastor Abraham Cheyee. A well has already been drilled, but there is a need to put a pump on top of the well borehole to complete the project. Water for Christ is funding the completion of this well. In this way, we fulfill both the Great Commission to preach the Gospel to all nations, and also the Water for Christ vision to drill wells in “developing countries.”
Leading a Child to Christ (pg. 1)
(Part 2) Jeff Russell – Probably the most important task any parent has is to lead their children to know and experience God’s saving grace. The following are the rest of the “11 Principles for Leading Your Child to Christ” that began in last week’s Trumpet: The goal is to lead them to faith in Jesus. The Bible clearly gives faith as the saving response to the Gospel. Faith is something that can be hard to see and understand. It can be tempting for us to try to help people get to faith by giving them action steps they can take. But especially with children, giving them an aisle to walk down or a prayer to pray doesn’t help them get to a place of faith. These things can easily take the place of saving faith in Christ. It would easy for a child to equate overcoming the pressure of walking down to the front of the church as trusting Jesus. John 3:16 is clear — eternal life is given to those who believe in Him.
CBC Memorial/Honor Gifts (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The following are memorial & honor contributions received since I last reported. Some of the contributions are recurring gifts, but are only listed once. However, the family &/or honoree received an acknowledgement each time an honor/memorial gift was received. (Also see CBC Athletic Scores, pg. 2)
Donny Parrish (pg. 2)
Lifeword Team Member Profiles – With 40 years of ministry to the churches and departments of the BMA, Donny Parrish considers her people his family and support system. Beginning at Harding Street Baptist Church in Baker, La. where he, his younger brother and his parents attended, he has loved and served that exended family. Donny recalls his mother, now deceased, as being the “original Wal-Mart greeter” who was hired by a local grocery story in Baker just to talk to everyone who came in. It’s easy to see where Donny gets his passion for people.
Pastoral Care System (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – We know the biblical mandate of caring for the flock. I Peter 5:2 says, “Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; not for the money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” In Acts 20:28, Paul gives us more on this subject: “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.” Systems should always interconnect and overlap with one another. Ministry care and small groups are a perfect example of this.
Prospect Baptist Hosts “Missions Month” (pg. 3)
Prospect Baptist Church in Jonesboro is growing their knowledge and passion for missions by hosting a “Missions Month” at their church. As a combined effort with all of their Sunday School groups, the church is getting to know the missionaries of the BMA. “We started the last Sunday of January,” said Pastor Mike Book. “We had John and Holly Meriweather (from the Missions office) come and give an overview of BMA Missions.” Now, every Sunday through World Missions Day they are having a different Sunday School group give an overview of some ministries being carried out in different nations.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 4)
Rebecca & Jesse Hales, Dominican Republic; Tommy & Sara Rose, Mexico
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Call for Special Legislative Session After Fiscal Session, VP Pence Responds to Behar, T-Shirts Now in Religious Liberty Battle’s Spotlight, Graduation Moved From Prestonwood Church, Proposed Budget Defunds PP
Getting a Grip (pg. 11)
Paul White – In the next few weeks, we will look at several areas of life that each of us face. My prayer is that, through our study, we will be able to find what it takes to live a victorious Christian life in a sin sick world like ours. The first area I want us to look at deals with worry. The pressures of modern life can be staggering, while coping with competition, financial stress, mounting family demands, tragedies, unscrupulous people, threats of violence or war, school shootings and terrorist attacks. All these things, and a host of others, have become more and more difficult to deal with. Many people are struggling to maintain emotional stability, and it affects every age group.