Evangelism & Missions
Pastor B .J. McAlplin
FBC La Plata
P. O. Box 88, La Plata, MO 63549
Summer Mission Trip Planned to Milwaulkee July 20-25
The Association is sponsoring a mission trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this summer. We are looking for people who would like to go and do a couple of things: 1) help with some light construction on a Hispanic church and 2) lead backyard Bible clubs for children in city parks, and we will help the Arabic Baptist Church of Milwaukee as they target Arabic families in that city.
Association Churches Give Used Literature to Love Packages
Love Packages is a ministry in Butler, IL which collects Christian literature and ships it to English-speaking countries around the world. In 2018 they shipped 1,592 tons (3,184,000 pounds) of literature to countries like the Philippines, South Africa, and Ghana. It is estimated that every piece of literature on the mission field will have an average of 20 reads. We can help by collecting our used Sunday School literature, magazines, books (non-fiction), Bibles, tracts, devotionals, etc. Giving Hope Ministries in Kirksville will come to your church and collect the materials that you collect. Call 660-216-4183 for pickup. This won’t cost you anything and is a great way to recycle materials for the Kingdom! You can learn more about Love Packages at https://lovepackages.org/
Missions Offerings through the year
Three offerings are taken among the churches throughout the year to support missions.
Although we were restricted at times by the pandemic, our association made additional overtures with our cooperative partnerships in Montana, Wisconsin, and those in our state late this spring to connect with possible mission opportunities. Unfortunately, the demand for participation in mission efforts among churches in our state and other states was high, and the opportunities were very few. Groups from all over our state and nation were competing for the same opportunities that were presented to us. After making initial contact and even additional follow up on our part, the few mission opportunities presented to us were given to other groups from around our state. However, we will be conferring again in the fall with our ministry contacts in Montana and Wisconsin regarding mission opportunities for the 2022 calendar year.
This past month on Thursday, August 19, a group from our association went to the state fair to participate in sharing the gospel with fair goers from around our state. We had several people to sit down and listen to our testimonies and the presentation of the gospel. We had many good conversations and planted many seeds in the lives of those who sat down with us.
In church planting, we want to thank Joel Kabamba and Tom Rowland for their continued work in our association. Joel is serving First Baptist Francophone. It is a Congolese church plant supported by First Baptist Church Kirksville. Tom is the pastor of NEMO Cowboy Church, which is an outreach to western culture of our area that meets at the Kirksville Livestock Market. It is supported by Hartford Baptist Church. We want to thank these pastors and churches for the work they are doing to reach the lost for Jesus in our association area. We are also in the planning stages of surveying communities within our association area to consider where we can initiate a Bible study needed to start a new church.