Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Monday, November 29, 2021

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

October-November  2021

The annual pastors/church staff/family Christmas dinner was not able to be held last year but we intend to have a nice meal and time of singing, a Christmas devotion and gifts for all on Friday, December 3rd. I have not yet worked out the arrangements for that but it will be in Kirksville. So pastors and church staff members, please mark your calendars and you and your wife are invited to attend. And….this is a kid-friendly event so bring the young-uns if you want.

We had a great time at the Missouri state fair this year. Our Baptist tent was up and running again and we had 35 people receive Christ during the ten-day fair. Our association staffed the tent on August 19. We appreciate Pastor Larry Gibson and Pastor B.J. McAlpin for leading their churches to be part of this great ministry. I was in Sedalia for two days managing the tent and overseeing three associations ministering there. Always a good time.

First Baptist Church of Macon sent their disaster relief chain saw recovery trailer and team to Mandeville, Louisiana in September. Several people from FBC Macon was well as a few other churches went down to help with recovery from Hurricane Ida. We thank these volunteers who give of their time and work in hard conditions to help those who have lost so much due to disasters such as this. If you are interested in getting involved in disaster relief ministry, talk to me and let’s get you trained and sent out on the next disaster.

I hope many will join us in Shelbina, October 30th for Sunday School - Small Group - Evangelism training here in northeast Missouri at the Transform Northeast event. Our association has worked with four other associations and the Missouri Baptist Convention to provide this training. Can you drive a church van or a car-load of church leaders to Shelbina for the is Saturday morning training event?

I hope you can plan to attend the Missouri Baptist Convention in Branson on October 25-26. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas will be speaking along with Tony Evans, Oak Cliff Baptist Church, Dallas and Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board.

Many thanks to Curtis Ferguson, Walter Griffen and Les Leftwich for their work in purchasing the new association evangelistic block party trailer. We decided to purchase this trailer last spring and the funds began to roll in to the office. We only need about another $1,000 to complete the purchase of all the contents and get it ready to start loaning out to churches and ministries by next spring. Would some individuals or churches like to send a donation for this project? Make checks to THBA and send to our office with a note “block party trailer” in the memo.

The Midwest Leadership Summit is going to be held at the Crowne Center Hotel in Springfield, Illinois on January 19-20. Our association will be able to take five church/association leaders to that event which will feature some outstanding speakers and breakout conferences to equip people to better share Christ and help churches grow. Are you interested in being a part of that event? Let me know and I will include you. I will have more info in a few weeks.

Thanks for supporting the THBA. We love being here in northeast Missouri helping churches. I am coming up on my 10 year anniversary with the association. The time has gone by very quickly. God bless and I’ll see you around. Please invite me to your church to preach or let’s just get together and have a cup of coffee and talk about how we can help you.