Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

October, 2020

The association annual meeting was held with 81 participants. This is less than usual but more than we expected considering the pandemic. A few people responded to say they would not attend due to COVID-19 concerns and we certainly understand that.

We heard two messages from Willie McLaurin, Vice president for Great Commission Relations and Mobilization at the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville. He spoke from Acts 2 on the topic “We Are Better Together.” We appreciate Bro. Willie sharing with our association on the need to support missions and do all we can to reach people for Jesus. He shared that despite the worldwide pandemic, the Cooperative Program receipts are staying on track. God is able to do so much and He wants us involved in the effort.

Well, let me encourage you to do something to recognize and honor your pastor this month. October is traditionally known as “Clergy Appreciation Month.” How about doing something to bless him and his wife this month? I laughed as I read about Lancaster Baptist Church going to their pastors’ home and planting little cardboard sheep signs all over his yard and then leaving a nice note on the door letting him know his flock appreciates him. Mark Drummond is the pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church.

Starting in mid November Pastor Tom Rowland and I will be offering two Bible courses called “Preaching Biblical Messages and Pastoral Ministry” and “Teaching Methods and Principles.” The courses will cost $20. They will be on Tuesday nights at Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville starting on November 15 and continuing until mid May. Call or e-mail me to sign up.

Pastor Tom Rowland encourages people to invite friends to the NEMO Cowboy Church which meets on the first and third Thursday nights of the month at the Kirksville Livestock Market, Kirksville. They are in the process of enlisting a new worship leader and recently they held a concert with the group Mercy Bridge of Knox City and a great crowd of country western/gospel music fans attended. The association helped provide for this concert and also helped them purchase a new sound system which was much in need. Funds for this come from the THBA Boynton Church Planting Fund which has been provided to the association when churches have closed and given their assets to the association.

We also received news that the First Baptist Francophone church is baptizing some new Congolese believers. Pastor Joel Kabamba also said they are reaching new people and there will be a wedding of two believers in the near future. First Baptist Francophone is a French speaking congregation of Congolese immigrants and they meet at First Baptist Church, Kirksville.

So how are all of you doing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s been a rough year but we are doing all we can to support the pastors and churches. Attendance and finances have been down in some churches but we are hearing that some are doing quite well with online giving and life-streaming of worship services. I guess it is all what you make of it. I hope you are doing ok and that your church is sharing the Gospel and discipling believers in the faith. Let me know how the association or I can help you?