Current News 5-16-18

*From The States Insert (pgs. 5-8)


*CBC Graduation: Jones & Howard Receive Greatest Contribution Awards (pg. 1)

Dennis Rainey, co-founder of FamilyLife, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ, delivered Central Baptist College’s commencement addresses on May 12. This year’s class consisted of 130 graduates, 71 in the Traditional program and 43 in the PACE program. Both commencement ceremonies concluded with student and academic processions through the Ratliff Bell Tower and a reception on the campus lawn. During commencement services, CBC presented two Greatest Contribution Awards. Preston Jones received the traditional graduate award and Naomi Michelle Howard received the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) graduate award.


*BMA Retirement Plan Next Steps (pg. 1)

Dr. Steve CrawleyAs shared previously, you will find important information about the BMA Retirement Plan and the programs within the plan on the website To assist further in the transition process, we wish to address some frequently asked questions and outline your next steps.


*Standing with Israel on Her 70th! (pg. 1)

Jeff Franks – It appears much of the world is outraged today by what brings me — and I hope you — much joy. This May 14 is the 70th anniversary of the re-birth of the nation of Israel! Remarkably, at the initiative of President Donald J. Trump, the United States of America has, at long last, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful capital, and has chosen to celebrate Israel’s 70th Jubilee by the grand opening of its embassy, having relocated it from Tel Aviv.


*First BMA Mission in Columbia (pg. 3)

David Dickson – I had the privilege of attending Sunday services in our new mission in Pasto, Colombia. This is the BMA’s first church plant in Colombia, and is being jointly supported by the BMA of America and the BMA of Guatemala. Pastor David Marroquín, missions coordinator for Guatemala, has been my traveling companion, and preached the Sunday sermon. The group has only been meeting for two months, but a good nucleus already exists. Our missionaries are Pastor Guido Samudio (Colombian) and his wife Sonia (Guatemalan). They have two daughters. Please pray for this family and the work in Columbia. (Also on page 3, report from Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Dominican Republic)


Memorial Day (pg. 2)

Bobby Bowman – We were about 30 kids who attended a one room school in the Ebenezer community of Lee County. Our school teacher was a beautiful young lady, passionately in love with her husband, who was serving overseas with the U.S. Army during World War II. Every day, she would spend time during our recess writing a letter to her husband before the mail carrier would pass by on the dirt road near the school. The mail carrier, who was my mother’s cousin, would always stop, I would take the teacher’s letter to be mailed to him and he would almost always have one from her husband.


CBC Tower Media Wins Awards at State Journalism Conference (pg. 2)

Central Baptist College’s Tower Media won 31 awards at the Arkansas College Media Association annual conference April 6 at Henderson State University. Receiving awards for the Tower print newspaper were Haley Lingenfelter, Feature Photo, third place; Pranay Borde, Sports Photo, third place; Allison Bisher, Art/Illustration, honorable mention; Tower Staff, Headlines, honorable mention; and Tower Staff, Editorial Page Layout, honorable mention. (CBC athletic scores also on page 2)


Worship and Serve (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The church is a family, and at times we will struggle with some of our closest relationships. When the family gets together, it is important that we all pull up to the table and enjoy the feast. The temptation is to be busy with activities and miss out on the adoration of the head of our family, Jesus Christ. We know how important it is for everyone to have a role (a place of service) and key relationships (circle of friends) for our connecting in a healthy way. If you never sit down with the family and enjoy the meal, you will lose touch with the family’s values.


New Business Listing (pg. 4)

Editor – The following business has been added to the “Businesses Owned by Members of BMA of Arkansas Churches” that is on our website at To add your business, visit the site, download and complete the form and return it to or P.O. Box 192208, Little Rock, Ark. 72219. Morrilton — Mourot Plumbing LLC, 253 Riverview Rd., Morrilton, Ark. 72110; Wayne Mourot (Calvary, Morrilton); (501) 354-5208; 450-8636 (cell) or 977-3454;


Stricklands Mark 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Linda Strickland will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception hosted by their family and church on Saturday, June 2 at 2-4 p.m. The event will take place at Hattieville Baptist Church in Hattieville, where he has served as pastor for 20 years. Dr. Strickland has been in the ministry for 52 years, and Mrs. Strickland is the former Linda Tilley. They were married June 1, 1968 and have four children — Tonya Hulvey, Todd Strickland, Jonathan Strickland and Rebekah Jones. If you cannot attend, the family invites you to send a card to express your good wishes. Please mail your card to arrive by May 31 to: Tonya Hulvey, Attn: Strickland 50th, 8793 Apple Glen, Rogers, Ark. 72756. The cards will be presented to the Stricklands at the reception.


Water for Christ Update (pg. 5)

Ben Temple – May 25-June 8, The Water for Christ (W4C) Team will make their way to Accra, Ghana and then North to inspect previous wells dug and do a maintenance check. They will also be doing a scouting tour to see where W4C can drill next to meet the needs. The team will include Tim Tyler (W4C founder) and his wife, Robin; Rodney Castleberry (W4C evangelism director); Brandon Schimt, who will be filming for a documentary for W4C; and team member Robert Jolley.  Summer Fund – Water for Christ will hold their annual fundraiser this year called Summer Fund which will be held Aug. 11 at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Admission is free, and participants can enjoy hot dogs and a Hot Rods Car Show while enjoying lunch. All proceeds go to benefit Water for Christ.


Graduating Seniors (pg. 9)

Dan Carson – Over the next few weeks, students all across the state and country will be walking across stages and receiving their diplomas. After years of work and study, these young men and women will finally be high school graduates. We are proud of their accomplishments, but we are often left with questions about their place in our student ministries and churches. They are technically adults, but often have a great deal of growing to do. So what do we do with these young men and women?


Should I go to College? (pg. 9)

The Late Travis Plumlee – What a great event — you have graduated from high school! High School graduation is one of those major achievement points in our lives. Congratulations on your accomplishment in education for the glory of God. We all have many major events in our life and high school graduation is usually one of the first. Since you have graduated, you may be asking yourself — now what? Don’t go to college — that was the shocking news I gave my daughter the night she graduated from high school. I told her I did not want her to go to college, to get a job or to be married. She had the same puzzled look you probably have on your face right now. I went on to tell her that my prayer for her after high school graduation was to do the will of God for her life. That is what I want to tell you — please do whatever God’s will is for your life.


Graduation Day’s New Start (pg. 9)

Trey Graham – May, the month of dreams, the month of new beginnings for students across America, is now upon us. This stage in life — whatever that may be — finally is finished, and the next one can begin. From kindergarten to the eighth grade to high school to college, millions of students look at this achievement as a feather in their cap and a stepping stone to greater glory. This month’s calendar is filled with graduation ceremonies, that monument in life to past accomplishment and future potential. Like opening day in baseball, when every team is undefeated and dreaming of the World Series, graduation means a chance to move on to bigger and better things.


Check Out Our Facebook Page! (pg. 11)

Paul White – One of the best ways to stay in touch with your BMA of Arkansas missionaries and send them words of encouragement is through the BMA of Arkansas Missions Facebook page. Once you “like” us, you’ll receive information about special events and be kept up-to-date with prayer requests and other needs. It only takes a few clicks to be a real encouragement to our hard-working missionaries!



Assistant Editor

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