• From The States (pgs. 5-9)
• Council Recommendations Concerning DiscipleGuide (pg. 1)
Paul White -Once again, it has been an honor to serve this great association for the eleventh time this year as a member of the Coordinating Council. Since its conception, the council’s main purpose was to encourage our departments and agencies to move toward a unified vision and to promote cooperation as stated in Article 8 of our Statement of Principles of Cooperation. Each department’s and agency’s mandate is to carry out the will of the messengers of the Baptist Missionary Association of America, as stated in our Statement of Principles of Cooperation. With that purpose in mind, we have met with the directors of each of the departments and agencies several times throughout the year. I am happy to announce that, perhaps more than ever, we are seeing the benefits of some of the integration that has taken place over the recent years. Early last year, our DiscipleGuide director resigned, at which time their board sought assistance from several of our department directors to help the board maintain its departmental responsibilities until a better solution could be found.
• Loyds Leave a Legacy (pg. 1)
We are only a few days out from BMA America’s largest annual Missions event: World Missions Day. At the Missions Department, we hope your church is registered for this celebration. We would love to count on you to help our missionaries across the globe leave a Legacy of Hope for the Lord.How does one leave a Legacy of Hope? It requires four things: a person must live for something that they are willing to die for, a person must live their life selflessly, they must make an investment in this life that they may never see the return on during their time on earth, and they must exhibit an extended faithfulness over a long period of time. One example of a family that has demonstrated these principles is the Loyds — Marvin and Helen.
• Goals for Phase Two of the Cloud (pg. 1)
Donny Parrish -Even though the method of delivery has changed, Lifeword’s 54-year goal of quality gospel content, easy accessibility and expansion of our media footprint never will. The following are our five major goals for 2019: Goal #1: The Lifeword App — Most Americans listening to or watching a Lifeword production do so on Facebook, a tremendous Gospel tool for English and Spanish speakers. Over half-a-million weekly viewers tune in to those programs, and we want to make all programming, including future podcasts, Bible studies and blogs, easily accessible. The Lifeword App allows that for all of Lifeword’s media formats, and it is one of our top priorities in 2019.
Dowdy Hired as IT Director (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – I am pleased to announce the hiring of Jerry Dowdy as the new Director of Information Technology (IT). Dowdy has been involved in IT for 25 years, with the first 10 years coming in Unix Operations for the Walmart home office in Bentonville and the last 15 years in the North Little Rock School District Technology Department. Dowdy earned his associates’ degree in computer science from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton and his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Dana have two children and live in Conway. They are members of Antioch Baptist Church, where Jerry serves on the grill team and was part of the most recent production of Bethlehem Revisited. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
How to Be a Loser in Student Ministry (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – How to Be a Loser in Student Ministry —With a growing number of students leaving the church after high school, there is a real easy way for us to be losers in student ministry — don’t connect your students with the church. If you want to fail your students for the long haul, all you have to do is treat youth group like it is a completely separate entity from your church. Why is this so powerful and important? God created us for community. Specifically, He created and saved us for connection in His church. When we ignore that, we are setting aside something that God values. These students that see youth group as “enough” are missing out on the greater sense of community and purpose that God has given us through His church.
Finish The Task (pg. 3)
Larry Barker -There is an initiative called Finish the Task that is focused on reaching unreached people groups around the world. This is a great challenge to every church to make sure that we finish the task God has called us to and the finish the race He asked us to run. In Joshua 11:15 (HCSB), the inspired account says, “Just as the Lord had commanded His servant Moses, Moses commanded Joshua. That is what Joshua did, leaving nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.” How many of us could make that claim and it actually is true?
A Quick Update on the Legislature (pg. 3)
Jerry Cox – (The proposed legislation mentioned in this article can be seen in their entirety at arkleg.state.ar.us by typing in the bill’s number. You can leave a message during normal business hours for your senator by calling the Arkansas Senate at (501) 682-2902 or your representative at 682-6211.) A lot is happening at the Arkansas Legislature. Here’s a quick look at some of the bills that have been filed and passed so far — including good bills, bad bills and a few bills that simply are worth knowing about.
Unusual Prayer Request (pg. 4)
Editor – As far as I know, I’ve never asked anyone to pray for a sewer pipe before — but I’m doing it now! Last Tuesday, we had company at the BMA of Arkansas Building as the missionaries and the Advisory Council met for their annual meeting. Everything went great, and we surely enjoyed their company — even on Trumpet Day! — until it was almost over. That’s when the toilets started overflowing! (It surely wasn’t their fault – just old plumbing.) Fortunately, we have bathrooms and a kitchenette in the back of the building, so we have been able to continue with “business almost as usual” while the rooter company tries to fix the problem with the lines to our septic tank. As I write this, they are jack hammering part of the loading dock area to try to get to the source of the problem. They have already upgraded some of the piping to the septic tank and put in a new septic tank riser, but we still don’t know for sure where the problem lies. (That’s where your prayers will be appreciated!)
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
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“Come & See” Opportunity (pg. 4)
Bill Goodwin -I was privileged to preach in a revival meeting in Minya, Egypt in late October last year. (See Missionary Sam Jordan’s report in the Oct. 31 Baptist Trumpet in the archives at baptisttrumpet.com.) The pastor said there were over 1,100 adults in attendance each night (they don’t count the children), and there were many professions of faith in Jesus Christ during the course of the meeting. Missionary Sam Jordan had invited me several months earlier to be a part of this first effort in what he has named the “Come and See” outreach ministry. His desire is to do three or four of these revival outreach efforts in the Middle East each year. It costs approximately $3,000 to $4,000 for each of these meetings. I am trying to get 10 churches, Sunday School classes, or individuals who will commit $100 per month to the “Come and See” outreach ministry of Bro. Sam. First Baptist Church of Newark has graciously granted me the freedom to present this ministry to any other church who would like for me to come and share my experience with them. I can be reached at (501) 940-4480 (call or text) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Be Silent (pg. 9)
Melanie Lenow (Baptist Press) -What do you do when faced with a frustrating situation? Have you ever tried to make your point and people just won’t listen? Have you ever expected something to happen, only to be disappointed once again? Been relentlessly targeted as a scapegoat or overlooked for someone else?For better or for worse, I usually go silent during a time of frustration. Usually this works to my benefit, stepping away from the situation, gathering my thoughts, and only responding if necessary and, hopefully, in an appropriate way.However, there is one relationship where silence does not solve anything. That is in our relationship with the Lord.
Truth Matters Conference (pg. 10)
Immanuel Baptist Church (IBC) in Nashville will host the Truth Mattersconference on Saturday, March 30, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear several pastors and teachers examine what God’s Word has to say about relevant issues that believers face today. The conference will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. and include: Grace (Brent Summerhill/Dr. David Hellwig); Morality and Ethics (Philip Dunn); a break, and the Q&A segment. After lunch at 11:30 a.m., the afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. and will include: Sanctity of Life (Glen Green/Roger Dunlap) and Sexual Purity: (Dr. Philip Attebery/David Raulerson); a break, and the Q&A segment before dismissal at 3 p.m. Check the church’s website at myimmanuel.com, or call the church at (870) 845-3414 for more information about the conference.
Cole to be Honored (pg. 10)
Antioch Baptist Church in Carthage, Texas will honor Rodger Cole for 56 years in the ministry on March 10. Lunch will be served following the morning services, and the reception will be 2-4 p.m. Bro. Cole has spent 50 years pastoring churches in Texas and Arkansas. He surrendered to the ministry at the age of 16, in March of 1963, at Russell Baptist Church in Russell, Ark. In 1969, he began as pastor of Center Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, Ark.; and for the past 28 years, he has served Antioch as pastor. The church is located at 3218 FM 699, Carthage, Texas.
Valentine’s Day Blessings
Madelaine Priest -It Worked for Us – The staff and deacons of Antioch Baptist Church in Conway took James 1:27 to heart in a tangible way on Valentine’s Day. For our senior adults, specifically those who had lost a spouse, Valentine’s Day can be particularly hard, and we wanted to show them that they are loved on this day (and every other day!) The idea came from lead pastor Jason Aultman, and this is the fourth year Antioch has honored the widows and widowers in the church on Valentine’s Day.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 10)
Danny & Rita Ballard, Philippines
Greenbrier Men Meet (pg. 10)
The Greenbrier Men’s Breakfast, held at Kaley Hill Baptist Church in Quitman, had a good attendance with 38 present, representing 11 churches. An offering of $152 was received. Ricky Burroughs, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier, brought the devotional and gave his testimony. (Darrel Staton, reporter)
Annual Spring Advisory/Missionary Meeting (pg. 11)
Paul White – Earlier this month, the Advisory Committee met with of your state missionaries in the BMA of Arkansas Conference room in Little Rock. There was a perfect attendance of both committee members and missionaries. We listened as each church planter shared both their victories and their struggles. When asked if there was anything we could pray with them about, the majority requested that God would send them some stable people to come alongside to help expand their effectiveness. As with any new plant, another concern was for financial stability. A new plant is usually filled with new believers who have yet to learn the Biblical concepts of giving. We thank each missionary for coming with a written, detailed report. Brother Jorge shared with us that in just a few more months we will be celebrating the organization of El Faro Missionary Baptist Mission into an autonomous church. Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to reach our state with the Gospel.
ADH Issues Public Health Advisory on Cannabis (pg. 12)
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is issuing a public health advisory to warn Arkansans about the risks of harm associated with use of products derived from Cannabis, including marijuana and hemp, that claim to benefit health. ADH is partnering with Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane in urging Arkansans to be aware of the risks associated with these products. (To see the advisory, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov.) Among the risks cited in the new ADH Public Health and Safety Advisory are: Marijuana is addictive. Approximately 1 in 11 adults who use marijuana will become addicted, and the risk of addiction is greater among youth.
Longest Married Couple (pg. 12)
For 79 years of marriage, Family Council will honor Cleovis and Arwilda Whiteside of White Hall as Arkansas’ Longest Married Couple. The Whitesides, along with the Top Ten Longest Married Couples, will be celebrated at a special dessert reception on March 1 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion with hosts Governor Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson. This is Family Council’s second year celebrating Arkansas’ Longest Married Couple.