Sunday, March 3, 2024
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STATE MISSIONS: Is Jealousy a Sin?

Once a missionary always a missionary. I had the privilege and honor to preach at Faith Chapel Mission in Flippin as they were celebrating their second anniversary. To be in that mission environment and to hear the songs and see the excitement almost made me jealous of Johnny, almost that is. They had 27 in attendance and, at the close of the service, 3 joined. After nearly two years dealing with COVID, it appears that God is blessing their faithfulness and endurance. 

Please continue to pray for all seven of your missionaries.

Meeting

On March 28, the Advisory Committee and I will be having our spring meeting with each of our missionaries. This meeting will take place at the BMA of Arkansas Building in Little Rock. I am looking forward to our time together.

From Our Missionaries

Misión Creciendo en Cristo (Growing in Christ), North Little Rock: Juan Carlos Posadas writes, “On Tuesday, we started the Biblical Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation Course, Book 1 of the Bible Training Center for Pastors. Five men signed up — Oscar Gomez, Jamin Navarro, Oscar Lopez, Fernando Rivera and Jose Luis Galeano. The goal is to study four hours per week and finish the training in two and a half years. I thank God for them and ask for your prayers for each of them and their families. God is providing workers for His work.

“On Saturday, we had a youth meeting. We played games, ate pizza and talked about the influence of music in our lives.

“In our Sunday meeting, Marlon (a 22-year-old young man) made his profession of faith. We thank God for his life and the opportunity to guide him spiritually.

“Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.”

Ebenezer, West Little Rock: Ruben Isturiz writes, “It was a week of blessings in the Berean Groups (small groups in homes) as some groups advanced in the discipleship that we are making of seven volumes. This week, Bryant’s newest group finished the first volume. This Wednesday, we will meet just to fellowship and celebrate.

“For the second time, Uriel (the 22-year-old young man) visited us. Pray for his salvation, so that the gospel reaches his life. He has his family; they still are not married but we are praying for them.

“Next Saturday, our youth will meet again. Please pray that God will bring more young people to listen to His Word. The youth meeting is two times a month, so we must take advantage of every minute we have with them.

“Thank you for your support in prayer. To God be the glory!”

Faith Chapel, Flippin: Johnny Shew writes, “O what a wonderful week at Faith Chapel! We celebrated the second anniversary of our first service in Flippin and the Lord blessed us richly. Paul White came to celebrate with us and brought the message, and the Spirit moved in our service.

“We had two first-time visitors, many return visitors and three joined our mission to serve here in Flippin with us. Praise God!

“After the service, we had a great BBQ meal, some delicious desserts and a joyous time of fellowship with Bro. Hershel and a few other members of our mother church joining us.

“At the Sunday evening service, we had so much BBQ left we enjoyed another meal, and we had five more first-time visitors who said they will be back! Praise God! All in all, we had a wonderful and memorable anniversary. It is not only encouraging, but rejuvenating to our ministry and mission.

“We thank you for your prayers, please continue. God is hearing and answering them.”

The Table, Springdale: Clinton Morris writes, “It seems crazy to still be talking about the weather and its effects on ministry, but this last week was made harder because of the snow coverage. We were still able to have a few of the meetings that were normal.

“Sunday was quieter this week because of midterms. The time change, crazily enough, had some effects on our people this week, too.

“Because I had some ‘free time,’ I was able to focus on some of my office work, and realized I need a better system. So I redesigned how I will be doing things in the near future. These changes will help to relieve personal anxiety. Sometimes a change of pace and a change of place will create a new perspective.”

Faith Journey, Benton/Saline County: Bryan Clay writes, “We had an exciting week at Faith Journey Mission! God has been busy opening doors and making opportunities for us with every step we take to plant this church.

“This week, we were able to reach 14 potential families about our vision for Faith Journey in the Saline County area. Of those families, three committed to coming when we start weekly services.

“We are still searching for potential meeting places in the area. We have a few good sites that we will be contacting this week to see if they would be available and within our budget. Pray that God will lead us in the right direction and open doors to Faith Journey to be able find a meeting place.

“We were also able to take care of some mission business this week by acquiring an email for the mission and will be looking forward to being able to give people who are interested in our mission another way to communicate with us. Our email is faithjourneybaptist@gmail.com.

“Please continue to pray for specific needs this upcoming week. First, making contacts with people in the community that would be committed to coming to Faith Journey. Second, pray that God will send people to meet certain needs for the mission, such as, praise/worship leaders, musicians and people who have the heart for teaching children.

“Thank you for your continued prayers and support.”

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