Monthly Message from the Director of Missions
I received a phone call from a Kirksville community leader in late July saying
they wondered if Southern Baptist Disaster Relief could lend a hand with
feeding police officers who had staged at a command post nearby and were
searching in the woods west of town for a murder suspect. It turns out there
were 80 highway patrol, U.S. Marshalls and Adair County sheriff officers
working in this command post. So I gathered volunteers locally and
statewide and we began serving meals to these police officers. That went
on for about two weeks. The murder suspect has not yet been caught but
there is still a small force of officers looking for him. I am glad Missouri
Baptist disaster relief volunteers from Mt. Salem/Wyaconda Association and
from the Warsaw area could join our local volunteers and community members
in serving these officers. We received help from several churches, community service clubs, the Red Cross
and the Salvation Army as well.
Good work on the camps this summer! THBA joined with Linn-Livingston Baptist Association, Meadville to staff
the youth and children’s camps at Grand Oaks. A total of 22 children and youth prayed to receive the Lord.
Bob Crump leads our camp team. He worked with some others from Linn-Livingston to direct youth camp.
David Cook directed the children’s camp. They were joined by volunteers from many of our THBA churches.
I hope you had a good VBS this summer. Our VBS training certainly helps our churches as they reach out to
children. The Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Green City was featured in The Pathway newspaper as they
brought out a small piece of construction equipment to let the children help spread gravel during their
“Concrete and Cranes” VBS in August. VBS can be a cool event with a little creativity. Way to go Yellow
Creek. I am sure many kids in THBA churches got saved this summer as a result of your efforts.
The First Baptist Church of Clarence has decided to disband but they are not going away yet. They have
merged in with First Baptist Church, Macon and hope to replant a new church with a new name in Clarence
next year. Thanks for assisting your sister church FBC Macon.
The churches are keeping the block party trailer busy. It is booked several times in September and it was busy
most of July and August. You can borrow it for a $50 fee and a refundable deposit. There are games and a
bounce house on it as well as a popcorn maker and a sno-cone machine.
Some people have told me recently they don’t know what the association does in ministries in these five
counties and 35 churches. Would you let me come to your church to talk about that to your congregation? I
went recently to Omaha Baptist Church, Unionville and shared a few slides and gave a short talk in the worship
time. I can do that for your church or you can invite me to preach. I’m glad to share the ministries of the THBA.
What we do best is connect churches and ministries together. We have chosen the theme “Assisting others to
health” for our annual meeting. You will learn of the proposed THBA strategy plan as you attend that afternoon
session. Please plan to come and hear the report and help make the decisions that will shape the future of the
Thanks for praying for us. We have some health concerns in our family and we need your prayers right now