*BMA Seminary’s 61st Commencement (pg. 1)
Dr. Philip Attebery – The BMA Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, Texas will hold its 2018 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. The event will be held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, located at 210 Philip Street in Jacksonville, and is open to the public. The 2018 graduating class will be the seminary’s 61st. Graduates will receive Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees during the ceremony. Randy Veach, of Manila, will present the commencement address. He is a deacon at Little River Baptist Church in Manila, and is a BMA Seminary trustee. A third-generation farmer, he and his wife, Thelma farm on land cleared by his grandfather and father. They have one son and four grandchildren.
*BMAPR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary (pg. 1)
The BMA of Puerto Rico (BMAPR) celebrated 10 years of ministry in the “Island of Enchantment” on May 5 at the “El Quijote” Activities Center in Cayey, PR. Dr. Alfredo L. Didier, BMAPR president, welcomed the churches and mission churches of the BMAPR. He noted that, in good and bad times — including during the devastating Hurricane Maria — the association has worked, hand-in-hand with the BMA of America to spread the Gospel in Puerto Rico and beyond. A letter of congratulations from Dr. John David Smith, BMAA director of Global Missions, was read during the ceremony.
*I’ve Been Dying to Tell You! (pg. 1)
Editor – As most of you know, when we are running out of room in an issue of the Trumpet, the first thing I cut is my column; and that has surely been the case the last few issues due to reporting on the national meeting. I try to report extensively on the BMAA meeting because I’m trying to let those who didn’t get to go know what went on and how it affects our churches. Those who went to the meeting already know! But I’ve been about to bust to tell you something, and now things have settled down a little, I can — we have reached and exceeded our Special Emphasis goal! As you’ll see below, the total as of May 8 is $40,916.94.
*Bible Stick Update (pg. 1)
David Powell – We at Faith Comes By Hearing want to thank you for your tremendous support of the Military BibleStick (MBK) outreach! With your assistance, 958,188 MBKs have been sent to 2,062 chaplains (including your BMA chaplains) for distribution to our nation’s military and veteran communities — from Veterans Centers in Oklahoma City and Fayetteville, Ark., to Ft. Hood, Texas; from Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri to Keesler AFB in Mississippi; and from the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, all the way to Afghanistan. A Navy Chaplain wrote, “One sailor who is not a Christian asked for one and has listened through many times now. He showed up in church for the first time today. It is encouraging to think about how this tool has been working in his heart to plant the Gospel.”
*Students Honored At Academic Awards Ceremony (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College students were honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony held on Friday, April 27 in the Burgess Auditorium. In addition to the presentation of departmental academic awards, inductions into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society were announced. (CBC Sports also on page 2)
The Power of the Trip (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – Right now, many of you are ramping up for a summer of activity with your students. SOAR and church camp are on the agenda of many, and some of you may be planning a mission trip to get your students out of their comfort zone and serving the kingdom. I love these summer trips. Over the years, these trips have done a number of things for the groups that I have been charged to lead. I have been blessed to work with pastors that have seen the value of the resources spent. Some of you may not be as fortunate. Your church, or even just parents, may not be willing to help support these endeavors. There are a number of reasons they have given, and you may have not known the best way to approach changing their minds. What can you do to help others see the value of these activities?
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)
Stan & Donna Scroggins (Philippines); Michel & Ruth Poirier (Quebec and Haiti); John & Brenda Bienlein (Master’s House Deaf Church)
REAL Men (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – What is a “real” man? What does a “real” man look like? Do you have a picture in your mind of John Wayne (is it just me?), or some other iconic American, standing off the forces of evil single-handedly? You are independent, and you hear an inner voice saying, “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do!” There is a huge difference between taking responsibility for our lives and trying to live independently of God and godly counsel. The reality is that biblical community is required for us to grow and develop into the men God desires for us to be.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Boy Scouts Changes Name, Accepts Girls; Iowa Governor Signs Abortion Ban Bill; S.C. Abortion Ban Bill Killed; Disney Offers A Rainbow-Eared Rat Hat; Trump Creates White House Faith-Based Initiative Office
When God Takes You on a Detour (pg. 4)
Van Kicklighter – I learned to drive when finding your way around still involved maps — ones printed on paper with different size dots to represent populations and different width lines for what kind of road it was. To get from place to place, you would locate where you were and where you wanted to go and, most of the time, map out the shortest distance. This worked well until you came to one of those big orange triangular “Detour” signs. Typically, you would be directed off the road with a sign or two and, at times, left to your own resources to find your way back to the main road as soon as possible to continue your journey.
Elizabeth Leslie Dies (pg. 5)
Mildred Elizabeth Burke Leslie, 92, passed away May 1. She was the widow of BMA Pastor Clyde Leslie, who was a BMA of Arkansas missionary and served 18 churches for more than 60 years. Elizabeth received an AA degree in Home Economics from A&M College in Magnolia in 1946, and was a school teacher near Willisville. She loved to teach beginner Sunday School and VBS, and was often the church pianist. She also taught music schools with her husband, and was the pianist who accompanied singers for two radio programs in Rogers and Springdale. She was an accomplished seamstress, and was employed at Stroud’s Department Store in Rogers. Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy (Greg) Parsons of Jacksonville, Texas; three sons, James (Anita) Leslie of Damascus, Paul (Kay) Leslie of Bigelow and Daniel (Jackie) Leslie of Enterprise, Ala.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and five siblings — Leonard (Georgia) Burke of Oklahoma City; Millard (Sue) Burke, Stamps; Patria Owens of Gilmer, Texas; Gloria (Wayne) Bagley, Wichita Falls, Texas; and Alfred Burke of Allen, Texas. Funeral services were held at Shiloh Union Baptist Church in Stamps on May 7 with her nephew, Tim Reddin and son-in-law, Dr. Greg Parsons officiating. Interment was at Bingen-Ozan Cemetery near Nashville under the direction of A.O. Smith Funeral Home.
National WMA Minutes (pg. 5)
Ann Pugh – The National WMA met in at the Jackson Convention Center on Monday, April 16 for their annual business meeting, led by President Ruby Poteet. There were no petitionary letters, and Pat Duncan gave the treasurer’s report. The Registration Committee reported 89 messengers and 16 Visitors, with 67 churches and one foreign country represented. Offerings totaled $516.31 for the project and $1,139.37 for the General Fund.
National Brotherhood Annual Report (pg. 5)
Richey Hester – The National Brotherhood of the BMA met at 8 a.m., April 17 at the Jackson Convention Center in Jackson, Miss., with 62 present. New officers were elected: President Mark Jones, 1st Vice President Van Widger, 2nd Vice President James Laminack, 3rd Vice President Chris Hamilton, Secretary/Treasurer Robert Bynum, Editor/Promoter Richey Hester, Music Leader Bill Thornton, Asst. Music Leader Matt Hudson, Galilean Director Kenneth Colvert and Asst. Galilean Director Dan Williams. The Brotherhood project for 2018-19 is 35% to Philippians Bible College (Jimmy Walker Work Fund), 30% to Missionary Bryan Risner, 25% to Galileans and 10% General Fund.
Southwest District WMA (pg. 5)
Southwest District WMA met April 10 at Shiloh Lamartine in Waldo with 38 present (36 women, 2 pastors) from 12 churches. Pastor Myles Evans welcomed everyone. During business meeting, it was reported that we gave $983 to our previous quarter’s project which was the WMA National Project (Philippines College). After the business meeting and officers’ reports, Patsy Evans presented special music. Special guest missionary Golda Prakash presented a video and shared the work that she and her husband, Prashant do through Hope House for girls in India. Our new quarter’s project is Hope House.
Keep in Touch (pg. 7)
Paul White – We are placing emphasis on our website this week. This area gives in greater detail what is happening in State Missions, and we invite you to check us out. It’s great being able to put a face with a name and a place. Thank you for your support of this ministry. Special Emphasis – I would love to visit your church and share your state missions work. I am currently accepting invitations. Contact me at email@example.com or (501) 859-3329. I still have several dates open — June 3 & 17; July 1, 8, 15 and 22. Please remember, I am available to come throughout the year.
Oops! (pg. 8)
Stan Scroggins – My deepest apologies, but the date for our come-and-go reception is May 19, not June 19 as I stated in last week’s Letter to the Editor. Please forgive me! (Stan Scroggins, firstname.lastname@example.org) (Editor’s Note: For more information, see the ad in today’s Trumpet.)