Current News – 1-8-2020

*Philippines Hit Again: Disaster Relief Needed (pg. 8)

The Dec. 18 issue of the Baptist Trumpet featured a story about Category 4 Typhoon Kammuri, which hit the Philippines Dec. 2, causing widespread and devastating damage. But the storms kept coming. “The Storm (Typhoon) Ursula came on Christmas Day at around 2 a.m.,” said Missionary Chita Mae Bulohabo, Parola Community Baptist Mission in Estancia, Iloilo, Philippines. “We thought it was just a Signal (category) 2 storm and would not be very strong, but then it went to a Signal 3 and then Signal 4… If you would like to donate to help these individuals, families and missions in need of assistance, you may give online at (Designate “Philippines” in “add a message”) or send to BMA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033. 

*42nd Annual March for Life (pg. 8)

The 42nd Annual March for Life, sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life (ARTL), will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19 in Little Rock at 2 p.m… Staging begins at 1:30 p.m. between Battery and Wolfe Streets on West Capitol Avenue behind the Arkansas State Capitol. At 2 p.m., President Andy Mayberry will lead the marchers along with elected officials, invited dignitaries and others special guests to the steps of the State Capitol for a brief program.

*ChangeMaker in Bolivia (pg. 8)

BMA ChangeMakers are all “cut from the same cloth.” What they have in common is a dedication to and passion for church planting and discipleship that has changed countless lives. Their mission is pointing people to the cross of Jesus Christ, and they can be found all over the world speaking hundreds of languages in 40% of the world’s 196 countries. Just ask Buddy Johnson, long time BMA missionary to Mexico and DCPI (Dynamic Church Planting International) trainer. He has the same passion, and he knows and has literally walked alongside countless ChangeMakers through the years.  Bro. Buddy has been profoundly affected by their ministries and loves to tell their stories. Like the story of Regino Acuña Cossio:

*Is Your Church Prepared for a Shooter? (pg. 8) 

Larry Page – Is your church prepared for an active shooter? I hope you can answer that question with a “yes.” If not, let me encourage you in the strongest terms to get that done. Members of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, were extremely grateful on Sunday, Dec. 29, that they had taken the steps to be prepared to confront an active shooter. During Sunday morning services at the church, a man pulled a shotgun from his coat and began firing. He got only two shots off before an armed church member (a retired police officer) shot and killed him. Tragically, the two church members that he shot died from their wounds; but the carnage could have been so much greater had the church simply neglected to prepare itself for such an untoward event.

*Directors’ Goals & Dreams (pg. 1)

BMA Seminary (Dr. Charley Holmes), Lifeword (Donny Parrish), BMA Foundation (Charles Attebery) and Moral Action (Dr. John Adams)

2019: A Year in Review (pg. 1)

Editor – The following are just some of the interesting things that happened in the BMA and were reported on in the Trumpet last year. For full stories, check out the Trumpet archives on our website at

Our Loss, Heaven’s Gain (pg. 1)

Several BMA ministers, leaders and their wives who had Arkansas connections passed away this year. For more information, check out the Trumpet archives on our website at

CBC Has Four New Trustees (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas, in their November 2019 annual meeting, elected four new members to serve five-year terms on the Central Baptist College Board of Trustees beginning in 2020. They are: Preston Burton of Tyler, Texas; Cole Crossland of Greenbrier; Lisa Speer of Conway; and Randy Stimach of Jonesboro. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

*The Problem of Plagiarism in the Pulpits  (pg. 2)

President Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking about how important the preaching of God’s Word is, and that reminded me of a situation that has arisen among some pastors in churches today. A few years ago, a seminary professor mentioned to me that he was listening to a sermon by a preacher via Facebook. As he did, he found that it struck a familiar chord. He had heard that very sermon from someone else. He began to look up other sermons by that preacher and found that he was plagiarizing the sermons of other preachers! He then said, “Tom, this is a rampant occurrence in pulpits today. Preachers are taking other preachers’ sermons and claiming them as their own. That is stealing!”

Jesus’ Better Way (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The New Year is here and now our focus must be on Jesus’ purpose for our lives and our ministries in 2020. My good friend, Rob Hager, is the pastor of Jacobs Well in Plano, Ill. His vision for his church has always been, “Because there is a better way!” On their website, they describe themselves as “a growing family of believers, working together to follow The Better Way, Jesus. Together we are living out, learning of and leading others to God’s better way.” As you look at 2020 are you willing to consider a better way, a better path?

A Most Valuable Gift (pg. 3)

Dr. Steve Crawley – Christmas is the celebration of the arrival of God Himself in the form of Jesus Christ. Through his incarnation, life, death and resurrection, Jesus offers mankind the most valuable gift one could ever receive — the gift of eternal life! Further, the greatest gift we could ever give another is the knowledge of how to know the One who paid the price for eternal salvation.  In a more practical sense, this season of gift giving caused us to grapple with finding just the right present for that special someone. What can we give her that is of value that she does not already have? Well, from a financial stewardship perspective, one of the most valuable gifts you could ever leave your wife and family is a well-organized Legacy File. A Legacy File is a collection of important documents and other information your family will need if something happens to you unexpectedly.

Just Stop It! (pg. 3)

Dan Carson – On the Sept. 24, 2019 episode of the WorshipLife Podcast with Mike Harland, Mike and his co-host, Brian Brown, shared about the evaluation period that Lifeway goes through each year. Each department is tasked with looking at their ministry and applying three questions: What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we keep doing?

“Room, Attention! A Chaplain is in the Area!” (pg. 4)

David R. Norvell -Chaplain Bobby Thornton passed away on Dec. 15. Allow me to take a moment to remember and honor this great patriot and disciple of Christ. My title is a variation of a line from the movie, “A Few Good Men,” where a soldier of lower rank recognizes and shows respect to an officer of higher rank who was present in the room. Chaplain Thornton served his country and his Lord with honor, professionalism, pride and enthusiasm. I had the honor of wearing a military uniform during some of the same years. After he retired and became the director of the BMA Chaplaincy, I was one of his chaplains for whom he cared. Then when he felt it was time for him to step away from that mission, I was honored to take his place for several years.

Long Way to Go… But God! (pg. 4)

Editor – The Trumpet has been blessed in that we now have a reliable vehicle that will serve us for many years to come — under 1,500 miles is a whole lot better than over 170,000 miles! Another blessing has been the generous offerings we’ve received toward paying off the SUV and lessening the financial burden that came with it. Although we appreciate every penny that has been given toward paying this off debt, we still have a long way to go… But God!

Longest Married Couple (pg. 4)

For the third year, Arkansas Family Council is accepting nominations for Arkansas’ Longest Married Couple. Last year’s celebration was a lovely reception hosted by Family Council and Governor Asa Hutchinson and First Lady Susan Hutchinson at the Governor’s Mansion. The top 10 longest married couples were honored with an official letter of recognition from the governor’s office and were entered in the Family Council Arkansas Marriage Hall of Fame. When this year’s search ends in early February 2020, Family Council will again honor the longest married couples and their families.

Greenbrier BMA Missions Conference (pg. 4)

The Greenbrier BMA Missions Conference will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 61 Green Valley Dr., Greenbrier (Tony Crocker, pastor) on Sunday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a Panel Discussion on Urban Church Planting, featuring these church planter missionaries: Ali Chambers, Mosaic Church in Memphis, Tenn.; Mike Strong, Near North Community Church in Minneapolis, Minn.; Ashraf Sara, Living Word Arabic Church in Dallas, Texas; and Larry Barker, director of North American Church Planting. Bro. Barker will bring the message at 6 p.m. A love offering for the church planter missionaries will be taken. Please make all checks payable to Greenbrier BMA.

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)

Jimmy & Julie Walker, Philippines

Mullen, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)

Deward Mullen, 91, of Fairfield, Texas passed away Dec. 25. He served his country in the Korean War and used his G.I. benefits to attend Jacksonville Baptist College and Stephen F. Austin University where he received his degree in history, prior to attending Seminary where he established his lifelong love of learning and sharing the Word of God. For over 60 years, he pastored churches throughout Texas in Nacogdoches, Crockett, Arlington, Picton, Huntsville and Frankston. Survivors include his children: Jerry (Margaret) Mullen, Nina (Randy) Burgett, Reba Bateman, Lola Hampton and Dana (Gigi) Mullen; a brother, Perry Mullen of Fairfield; two sisters, Mary Lois Estes of Crandall and Nova La Flowers of Fairfield 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Dec. 28 at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield and interment was at Antioch Cemetery East in Fairfield under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Association, Christine Easterling, 283 FM 2547, Fairfield, Texas 75840.

State GMA Bunk-In (pg. 5)

Emily Gentry -The Arkansas State GMA will have a bunk-in meeting Feb. 21-22 at Central Baptist College. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7. The project is 90% Jayna Williams and 10% General Fund. Project promotions for this meeting are t-shirts the girls can purchase for $15, concessions, grab bags and an officer quote guessing game! The Miss and Jr. Miss GMAs from each district will need to arrive early for interviews at 6 p.m., and that program will take place at the meeting on Saturday. Girls wanting to run for an office should fill out an officer election sheet. We can’t wait to see everyone there! For more information, contact State GMA promoter Kelsey Sandefur at; 3 Sarah Court Greenbrier, Ark. 72058; (501) 581-6806.

The Great Commission (pg. 7)

Paul White – It is my prayer that God has blessed you and yours as we head off into this new year. I always like going places I have never been and experiencing new things. I love getting up in the morning and seeing what God has in store. That is true every time a person is born into the family of God, or a family is reunited, or a wayward child comes home, etc.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in and with our church planters right here in Arkansas. Our state has been blessed with godly men with a love for lost souls. Our planters have been blessed with an association of churches that share in their burden to win the lost through prayers and financial support. Together, with our eyes focused on the Master, we can and are making a difference. I look for 2020 to be another banner year for the Lord’s work right here in our Judea.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 7)

Methodist Leaders Propose Split, Arkansas Second Highest Pro Life State, Netflix Does it Again.

Jeff Herring

Jeff joined the Trumpet staff in May of 2019 and works on all aspects of the Trumpet­­ including advertising, editing, social media, and updating the Trumpet website. He joins us after over 20 years serving as a full-time associate pastor in Arkansas. Bro. Jeff graduated from CBC in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Religion) degree from BMA Theological Seminary in 2011. A native of North Little Rock, AR, he now lives in Maumelle and has been married since June 1996 to his wife, Kristin (Browning). Jeff and Kristin have three children: Abigail (20), Autumn (18), and Austin (11). They are all active members of Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, and he and Kristin love to cook and have people over to their home. “God will always lead us where He wants us to go. Sometimes the doors He opens are not what we expect, but you must be obedient just the same. I am excited to serve the state of Arkansas as the Assistant Editor and will do my best to help make the Baptist Trumpet successful as we seek to spread the word to the people of the BMA effectively.”

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