*From The States (news from other BMA state works) (pgs. 4-5)
*Greetings BMA Family (pg. 1)
David Powell of Faith Comes By Hearing shares the impact of Military BibleSticks (MBKs) in our nation’s military. He also shares how you can get involved with a matching donation opportunity to help make MBKs available to the chaplains so they can get them to our Active Duty personnel and Veterans. Scores of BMA congregations have partnered with Faith Comes By Hearing and with our nation’s military and Veterans Chaplains to provide Military BibleSticks (MBK) to our troops and Vets. An MBK is a dedicated listening device that has been pre-loaded with the dramatized audio New Testament and 65 minutes of selected Psalms. 1,219,737 have now been shipped. BMA congregations have funded 10,380! An Army 2nd Lieutenant said “The Military Biblestick brings me the Word of God which makes me feel at home here at my new duty station, especially being so far from family. Thank you for your ministry!” Amen BMA, thank you for your ministry! Matching funds are available so every $25 will provide TWO MBKs for our troops and Veterans. When requested, we send additional Audio Bible MP3 resources to their families. Pastors and church leaders, please contact me at (800) 545-6552 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to invite your church families to help again, or perhaps for the first time, and we will coordinate a plan. Thank you for your consideration! (MilitaryBibleStick.com; FaithComesByHearing.com)
*He Did It! 100 Miles For Changemaker Missionaries! (pg. 1)
Friday, September 20th, BMAA Executive Director of Missions, John David Smith, rode his bike 100 miles to highlight ChangeMaker missionaries that are the heart and soul of 70 years of BMA mission work. ChangeMaker missionaries are the result of generational efforts going back to 1950, but you probably will never see them here in the States. They need support through the Global Missions Fund, so please donate to ChangeMaker 100 and take advantage of the matching gift! Church, Sunday school class, family, individual . . . Will you donate to ChangeMaker 100 and take advantage of the matching gift. Donations will be accepted until mid-October. Take the challenge! You can give online by visiting: https://bmamissions.org/changemakers OR send your check to Missions at PO Box 878, Conway, AR 72033.
*Both Sides Of the Story… (pg. 1)
Dan Carson — I love being there for students. I love to listen to their stories and be supportive as much as I can. However, if I am not careful, my supportive heart can often overlook the truth of the situation. As student ministry workers, we must remember to be balanced as we listen to our students share about their woes at home. Why?
*CBC Day 2019 Update (pg. 2)
We are humbled and grateful to all the churches who participated in our special emphasis, CBC Day, that kicked off on September 15, 2019. There were many churches who participated before that day, and there are more who have committed to host a CBC Day later this fall or spring. Fifty-eight churches hosted a CBC Day on or before September 15, and 26 churches have committed to host a special emphasis day later this fall or in the spring. We praise the Lord for these 84 churches! Our goal this year is for 150 churches to host a CBC Day. If your church has not scheduled a CBC Day, there is still time! Please register your church to host a CBC Day by going to the link, https://www.cbc.edu/alumni_friends/cbc_day. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Duffy Guyton, Director of Church Relations; email@example.com or (501) 269-6784
*CBC to Host Post-Abortive Seminar (pg. 2)
Life Choices pregnancy resource center and Central Baptist College invite you to attend a free seminar entitled “Ministering to the Post Abortive.” This free seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on the Central Baptist College campus. This event will be a training seminar to help equip individuals who are interested in ministering to those struggling with their past abortion choice. The information presented will be extremely helpful to pastors, lay leaders, women’s ministry leaders, non-profit leaders, as well as Christian counselors and therapists. The seminar will include statistics, resources, practical concepts as well as personal testimonies. To register for this important free event, go to https://paseminar.eventbrite.com or text PAseminar to 555888 for a link to register. For questions or to request additional information please contact Maria Speer, Executive Director of Life Choices, at 501-329-5944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Student Ministry Workers Retreat 202 (pg. 2)
Dan Carson — We are excited to announce that we have lined up our speaker for next year’s Student Ministry Workers Retreat at Central Baptist College in Conway, on September 12, 2020. Chris Swain is the CEO of Replicate Ministries and serves at Long Hollow Baptist Church as the Executive Pastor of Disciple-Making. After fours years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Chris served in full-time ministry for two decades in Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee, leading ministries ranging from Students, to Collegiate, to Spiritual Formation. Most recently, Chris served the Church in its mission of making disciples as the Director of Student Ministry Publishing at Lifeway Christian Resources. Chris’s heart is to expand the Gospel through disciple-making in the local church. This year’s emphasis will be on discipleship. Be watching our social media accounts for registration to open.
*Identity Theft (pg. 3)
Larry Barker — In today’s world identity theft is an issue of great concern. Most of us have experienced some type of fraud or theft of our personal information. Imagine my surprise when I received a credit card statement for over $900 in charges I supposedly spent in a pawnshop in Houston, TX that I had never heard of nor been to. We all have passwords on top of passwords that we have to keep a record of. Hopefully, we will be protected from those who are on the prowl seemingly 24/7 scheming to somehow steal our identity for their own financial gain. The reality is that thieves are everywhere. The greatest example of this is the devil who is the biggest of all thieves and liars. His mission is to steal, kill, and destroy. Satan loves to lie to us about who we are and does not want you to truly understand who you are in Christ. The devil says you are worthless, but God says that you were made in His image. The devil says you will never be able to overcome your past, but God says you are more than an overcomer in Christ Jesus. The devil says you are a slave to sin, but God says you are His son and free from sins bondage.
Part 4 of 4 — Slander (pg. 7)
Why did God allow Joseph to prosper? Because God blesses His obedient children. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly,” Psalm 84:11 (KJV). This does not mean everyone will be millionaires. We must be faithful over what God has given us because God will always reward a right response. We must keep in mind that the blessings are not always material. After all, what is your health worth? I used to ask young parents who felt they were poor and couldn’t make ends meet, did they think, ‘if we only had more money, we could make it?’ And if I knew a person who wanted a child so bad that they would give a million dollars for one no questions ask, which of you would sell your child? Why, no way they would say! Then I said; just think, you are richer than a millionaire for you possess something of far greater value then money. We must go to Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV).
Why Denominations And Networks Matter (pg. 7)
(Reprinted from baptistpress.com) — Many younger pastors often feel two interesting and competing impulses. First, there is a growing sense that denominations aren’t that important. Second, there is a strong desire for relationships with others in ministry and a willingness to participate in affinity-based networks. Traditional denominational membership and involvement has declined over the past few years, and yet at the same time new networks have emerged and grown quickly. I think this reveals both young leaders’ eagerness to connect with other pastors and churches and also their desire for those networks to be meaningful and effective. In other words, young leaders are willing to participate in denominations and networks so long as they see the value in them.
Safety First (pg. 8)
Trust in God, But Lock Your Mailbox…Two ministries in Austin, Texas are taking steps to better secure their mail after thieves stole checks worth more than $12,000 from their church mailboxes in 2019. Both have installed locked mailboxes and are using more caution with outgoing payments. Does your ministry still use a traditional mailbox? Look into the benefits of switching to a secure mailbox or a post office box. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service offers these additional steps to guard against mail theft:
GMA Can Work For You! (pg. 8)
My name is Lydia Dunlap and I am writing on the behalf of the National GMA program in hopes to provide you with information on what this program could mean for your church! Girls Missionary Auxiliary, or GMA, is a discipleship program for girls in the 4th – 12th grade. This program provides a Christian environment where “counselors” (any godly lady in your church) can mentor girls and where any girl can come to be mentored. The GMA coursework allows girls study, memorize Scripture, participate in service projects, learn about missionaries, and interact with our current BMA missionaries. Big or small, old school or modern, country or city, your girls need Jesus, and GMA is a great way to show them Scripture, love, and the plan of salvation. As a girl who has gone through 8 years of the program so far, I have seen incredible growth in so many lives. Girls without godly role models can find their support community in their GMA counselors, and ladies can find God’s call to pour into young girls. This program teaches how to follow the example of the Proverbs 31 woman, the women heroes of faith, and so much more! This program has led many girls to Christ and on to places of service.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 8)
Jesse & Rebecca Hales — Round Rock, Tex.…One of our four core values at Starting Point is loving people. We describe that by saying “we sacrifice to serve all people for their good and God’s glory.” It’s been amazing to see the doors God has opened for living that out, especially within our local Round Rock school district. We don’t have space to share about all of them but here are a few examples of what we are talking about…Our goal is to run through every door God opens for us to love people like He does. Those doors don’t open without prayer, so thank you for praying!
Tommy & Sara Rose — El Arco, Queretaro, Mexico…Discipleship is what we love to do; we love meeting and living life with our friends (whom we call family). While serving as church planters, we have adopted and adapted the DiscipleWay process to function as our process to prepare and develop new leaders for our church. DiscipleWay consists of seven major disciplines that the Christian must grow in to become a successful disciple that develops other successful disciples. Do you have a process of discipleship? A disciple? Let’s begin by praying.