Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

August/September

In our association and in your church, the summer is an important time where a lot of projects take place that often yield a great harvest of people getting saved. Camps, vacation Bible schools, mission trips dominate the schedules and these are valuable investments of time for us.

I am writing this newsletter column just prior to my annual trip to Sedalia to work in the Baptist tent there at the state fair. I help coordinate this for the MBC Director of Missions Fellowship. Our association is scheduled to serve there on Tuesday, August 13th. Our association coordinator, Pastor Larry Gibson, told me we will have nine people working at the fair. So far the volunteers, from eight associations that have served to this point, have led 15 people to become Christ followers. The DOM Fellowship will be sharing the names and addresses of these folks with pastors in Baptist churches in their communities for follow up and an invitation to worship. So we hope that is a great harvest for the Lord.

We had a mission team from three THBA churches go to Palmer Alaska earlier this summer led by Pastor Jeff Harlan at Hartford Baptist Church, Unionville. Then in August, we had a team of nine from FBC Atlanta and Chariton Ridge Baptist go to Grand Island, Nebraska to distribute about 4,400 copies of the “Jesus Film” DVD to homes in that city. That next Sunday 10 visitors showed up at the local church and they had 69 in attendance last Sunday—double their normal crowd. Rachel and I went up to Madison, Wisconsin in early August to mentor and encourage two ethnic church planters in that city. Please pay for Tekeste Beherones, the Eritrean/Ethiopian pastor I have been helping. He has become a U.S. citizen and he now has the opportunity to bring his wife, Esther, over to Madison to join him here. He asks us to pray for her to be ready to make that journey and for her immigration status to be approved.

I have heard so many good things about VBS this summer. As I write this, my wife, Rachel is working with a team of ladies from FBC Kirksville to hold a VBS for special needs individuals at that church on Saturday, August 24th from 1:30 to 4 PM.

There were many others held, but I saw a lot of photos online of VBS at Chariton Ridge Baptist, Atlanta and from Yellow Creek Baptist, Green City. Kids having fun and learning about Jesus—a pretty good thing. Camps for teens, children and even a weekend retreat for 1st to 3rd graders were held out at Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly this summer. We had some give their lives to Christ and several came for prayer and encouragement. I love that part of the summer! There is a camp report on page 3 of the newsletter.

Come to our annual meeting at Omaha Baptist, Unionville on Sunday afternoon and evening, September 8. Omaha is up on the north end of the association. It might take a little work to find it, but you will be glad you made the trip. Pastor Kevin Collins and his congregation will welcome you to their new church facility.

It is about time for churches to begin determining their annual budget amounts. I would like to ask that your church increase it’s mission gifts to the Thousand Hills Baptist Association. We are doing so many good things and we want to continue. Please consider increasing your church contributions by 1% of your undesignated gifts to the THBA. We certainly appreciate the support our churches provide.

God bless you. See you up in Omaha.