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Current News Jan. 17


*BMA Meeting Schedule (pg. 8)


*Hello, Fellow Christians (pg. 1)

Paul White, President, BMA of America — I encourage your church to begin making plans to attend our national meeting April 16-18 in Jackson, Miss. One of the things that makes our association unique is the fact that each of our churches, no matter their size, is represented by the same number of messengers. So before you say your vote doesn’t matter, I beg to differ. Your vote is as important as anyone’s. Your attendance will not only encourage our departmental leaders and serve as a visible witness to those in the areas where we meet, but when someone comes back and reports on the meeting, it can serve as a needed bridge between our associational work and your local church.


*It’s Time to Make Your Reservations (pg. 1)

The facilities and hotels in Jackson, Miss. are looking forward to hosting our national meeting there, April 16-18. Jackson’s accommodations offer plenty of space for all of our meetings and lodging. We hope you will make your reservations early. Most of the hotels can make your reservations either by phone or online, but you must identify that you are with the Baptist Missionary Association of America.


*BMAA Meeting: Stand in the Gap (pg. 1)

The 69th annual session of the Baptist Missionary Association of America will convene April 16-18 at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, Miss. The sessions will also be live streamed. The theme this year is “Stand in the Gap,” with special emphasis on intercessory prayer… Informational packets — containing the associational letter form, a Lifetime Achievement form, a map of the downtown Jackson area, a hotel listing and letters from President White and Recording Clerk James Ray Raines — are being printed and should be in the mail to the churches the week of Jan. 28. The information included in the packet is also available on the Trumpet’s website… The recommendations from each national department will be printed in the Trumpet as soon as the information becomes available, probably the first part of March.


*CBC Announces New Sport (pg. 2)

Central Baptist College Athletic Director Lyle Middleton announced that track & field will be added to the sports offered by CBC in 2018-19. Cross Country Coach Cezar Terlea will coach the team, with the first students expecting to be enrolled in the Spring of 2018… The addition of track & field will increase the number of sports offered at CBC to 16 because indoor and outdoor track & field will compete in two different seasons. It will also become the seventh new sport added since 2010 — in addition to wrestling, men’s and women’s cross country. (Also see Basketball results on page 6.)


Directors’ Goals and Dreams (pg. 1)

BMA Seminary, DiscipleGuide and BMA of Arkansas Youth


Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Homecoming is just around the corner at Central Baptist College! The Alumni Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11:15 am in the Dining Hall in the Mabee Student Services Complex. The luncheon will have an awards ceremony, where CBC will recognize the recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Young Alumnus Award and the Mustang Community Impact Award. Tickets for the event are $11 for adults, $5 for kids and children (ages 2-12) are free. To purchase tickets online or for more information on CBC homecoming, visit or contact Deanna Ott at (501) 205-8838 or


CBC Named to Nation’s Top Military Friendly Schools (pg. 2)

Central Baptist College announced Jan. 8 that it has earned the 2018 Military Friendly Schools: Top 10 designation by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools: Top 10 designation recognizes leading performers for best practices and outcomes in offering military support. CBC was recognized in the private schools (who do not offer a doctorate degree) category. Now in its 16th year, the Military Friendly Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.


The Heart of Leadership (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – As a leader, what is that others need to see more than anything else in you and me? What is the essence of leadership that churches need to see modeled and exemplified? There are several great answers that could be given, but the best example, of course, is Jesus. As we study how He led and mentored those He did life with, there are truly nuggets we notice, such as washing their feet and telling them He came to serve not be served. Many have written well on servant-leadership.


More Casino Gambling In Arkansas’ Future? (pg. 3)

Larry Page – There is a new effort to put a casino gambling amendment proposal on the ballot for November’s general election. A group calling itself “The Driving Arkansas Forward” ballot question committee has submitted the proposed text of a constitutional amendment to the state’s Attorney General. Once the Attorney General has approved the language of the proposal, the sponsors of the measure will begin gathering the signatures of the state’s registered voters in order to certify the measure for the ballot. To qualify, petitions must be submitted to the Secretary of State by July 6 bearing at least 85,000 valid signatures of Arkansas registered voters.


Every Church, Every Nation (pg. 4)

There are 7.5 billion people that inhabit our world. Those people make up 12,000 people groups spread out over 196 countries. For Christians, these are daunting numbers because we know God has called us to make disciples of all nations. God has tasked His followers with sharing His hope of salvation with all people — to the very ends of the earth. At BMA Missions, we are your partner in this global, Great Commission command. We have hundreds of missionaries in over 72 nations, and our vision is to connect every church to the work of global missions so we may continue sending missionaries to reach the lost. That is why this year’s theme is “Every Church – Every Nation.” If we are going to expand to every nation, we need every church fully committed.


40 Days for Life (pg. 4)

What: 40 days of prayer Why: Because we believe that every life is created by God and has value When: Feb. 14 – March 25 Where: #4 Office Park Drive in Little Rock — the only surgical abortion clinic in the Arkansas (For more information, visit


Local: SOAR 2018 (pg. 4)

DiscipleGuide is excited about SOAR 2018’s focus on the local church. Don’t want to wait until July? DiscipleGuide has you covered. Register for SOAR 2018 First Look, which will be held Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. This free, online event will be live-streamed on the SOAR Conference Facebook page. It will give attendees important details about this summer’s SOAR conference, including introducing the featured speaker and getting a “First Look” at the lessons he will cover during the sessions. Register at in order to be entered in to a drawing for one free SOAR registration. Registration is open through Jan. 31.


Potluck Supports Ministry to Churches (pg. 4)

The 2017 World’s Largest Potluck season was a time of great encouragement for DiscipleGuide. Our heart and goal remains to invest in local churches, providing services that equip them to carry out the Great Commission. BMA churches banded together during the Potluck season to support that goal, and we are incredibly thankful. Donations have been pouring in from participating churches, and because of that, plans for future DiscipleGuide ministries are already in the works.


Doris Dickey, BMMI Assistant, Dies (pg. 5)

Doris Elaine Sims Dickey, 73 of Lewisville, passed away Jan. 14. She was the widow of Joe Dickey, who pastored several churches in Arkansas. For over 20 years, Mrs. Dickey served as the administrative assistant to Dr. Ralph Izard, director of Baptist Medical Missions International. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Stamps, with Charlie Zumwalt, Dr. Kevin Dickey and Gaylon King officiating. Interment will follow at Sparkman Cemetery in Sparkman. (


Leggett, Former Texas Editor, Dies (pg. 5)

William Dale Leggett, 92 of Waxahachie, Texas, passed away Dec. 15. Bro. Leggett pastored several churches in Texas, and from 1965-1973, he served as the editor of the Baptist Progress, the official publication of the BMA of Texas. After his years with the Baptist Progress, he served as pastor of Wyatt Drive Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Long Creek Baptist Church of Mesquite, a second tenure at Community in Corsicana, and his final pastorate, Kerens at Kerens. Memorial services were held Dec. 29 at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas, with Grady Cashion officiating. Services are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home ( Memorials may be sent to the Ellis-Hill Baptist Association, 221 W. Beltline Rd., Desoto, Texas 75115.


Clack, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)

Marvin Wayne Clack, 77 of Streetman, Texas died Dec. 21. He had been in the ministry for over 40 years. In addition to serving as a BMA of Texas missionary at Liberty at Gun Barrel City, he pastored Sunnyvale at Pleasant Grove before he and his wife moved to Streetman for the last 25 years. He retired from First Baptist St. Elmo in Streetman. Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point, Texas with C.D. Walker and Jonathan Fitzgerald officiating. Interment was at White Rose Cemetery. (


God’s Word for the New Year (pg. 5)

Brenda Hornaday – As we begin this new year of 2018, I urge each lady in the BMA of America to be committed to studying God’s Word on a daily basis. The uncertain times we see around us should make us more dependent on God, the only source of direction and peace as we face crises in our nation, our churches and in our families. There are many methods of daily Bible study that have proven effective in the lives of Christians.


38 Minutes (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish – Someone pushed the wrong button and residents of Hawaii were told a ballistic missile was headed toward them. With moments to prepare for destruction and death, goodbye texts and Facetime videos were exchanged, and parents searched for cover even while kissing their children. The panic and chaos lasted 38 minutes before the all clear was given and authorities reported the whole thing had been the result of human error. Tourists and residents alike were, and still are, in shock. Celebrities started tweeting and phone lines were jammed with people trying to call home to report the false alarm. How many people, in those few moments, cried out to God?


How Does God Use the Small Things? (pg. 6)

Becca Watts – Sometimes when we don’t know what we need, God does. Tonight, as I write, I just got back from the movies. (FYI, if you haven’t seen the Greatest Showman, it’s awesome. You will definitely leave inspired and uplifted.) But back to what I was saying. After a period in my life when the enemy has been at large — trying to take as much as he can from me, including my joy — I see now how God has been working the whole time. At work, at home, at church, in personal relationships, physical health and finances, Satan has definitely been on the prowl.


Spotlight on Missions (pg. 7)

John & Brenda Bienlein, Swartz Creek, Mich., Master’s House Deaf Church




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