*BMAA Committees, Officers and Directors (pg. 8)
*From the States (pg. 6)
Oklahoma (The Three Branches and Their Role); Mississippi (Newest Missionary Family, Water for Christ – Missions in a Pandemic
*Some Did, Some Didn’t on Mother’s Day (pg. 1)
Editor – While the closing of churches in Arkansas was never mandatory, strict guidelines have kept many BMA churches from meeting in their buildings for regular services since March. Ever resourceful, our churches have continued to meet, but in a different way. Many have utilized Livestreaming, drive-in services and other methods, but everyone agreed that they missed worshiping face-to-face. When Governor Asa Hutchinson announced new directives on May 4 (see last week’s issue of the Baptist Trumpet), many BMA churches decided to open on Mother’s Day, May 10. However, others have chosen to delay their reopening for various reasons. Reports indicate that most churches are following the governor’s directives, including social distancing, hand sanitizers, masks, etc. Once again, we conducted a one-day, unofficial survey of our churches utilizing Facebook and these were some of the results, in random order:
*JTC Disaster Relief Update (pg. 1)
Lavon Haden -As many of you know, Just the Crumbs (JTC) has served in Nashville, Tenn. since March 12, following a very destructive tornado. Shortly after, COVID 19 began to get national attention and Nashville was hard hit by the virus. Connect Nashville, a local Nashville nonprofit organization that seeks out and helps the homeless and elderly in that city, asked us to work with them until the area where we are serving improves. We agreed to help as long as funds and/or need continue. We continue to serve 400-500 meals per day. We swap out teams every week to two weeks to allow some downtime for our workers. God has richly blessed us all to stay healthy. We desire your prayers as we seek to allow God to guide us in how long we are used in Nashville.
The Man with Ink in His Veins (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell – I want to begin by thanking those who have called, emailed and texted me regarding the recent articles on trailblazers of the state association. I am encouraged that people are enjoying reading about people who have been integral parts of our Arkansas work. Today, I was thinking about one who reported about the association, pastors, revivals and “gleanings” from churches for 33 years. I was just thinking about Baptist Trumpet Editor David Tidwell. As I thought about my friend of many years, I realized how blessed I have been to have personally known these about whom I have written. It was an honor to have known Bro. Tidwell from 1964 until his death on Feb. 12, 2002.
Building Preparation: Deep Clean and Disinfect (pg. 1)
Brotherhood Mutual – Stepping up your cleaning and disinfecting practices can help minimize the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 as you return to worship services. The Coronavirus can be spread by touching a contaminated surface — it may be viable for hours to days on chairs, desks, pews, counters, door handles, phones, computer keys, microphones and more. Experts say that cleaning of surfaces, followed by disinfection, is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. Ministries are encouraged to keep informed about your local and state government guidelines regarding when and how to get operations back to normal.
GivingTuesdayNow — Thank you! (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – On Tuesday, May 5, Central Baptist College joined non-profits organizations all over the world by participating in GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One this day, CBC asked supporters to donate to the CBC Scholarship Fund to support students who will be enrolling this fall. Colleges are not an exception to the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, and students and families are facing even greater hurdles during this time of great uncertainty. I am pleased to report that so many people answered the call to give on GivingTuesdayNow! Donations to the Central Baptist College Scholarship Fund have topped the $13,000 mark! GivingTuesdayNow was an incredible day for CBC, and I am honored to be able to say thank you! (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
CBC Athletics Unveils New Logos (pg. 2)
Central Baptist College athletics revealed a new set of logos and branding on May 11. This is the first update of CBC’s athletic logos since 2012. The rebrand comes with slight differences between the old logo and the new logo, as well sport specific versions of the logo, and a new alternate logo, a front-facing Mustang. The Central Baptist College Style Guide has also been updated to include the new athletic logos and guidelines for their use.
Whose Job is it to Disciple Your Kids? (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – One of the unexpected side effects of this pandemic is that parents have had to take on the role of education coordinator for their children. For those who homeschool or are connected to some type of hybrid, this hasn’t been a big change. However, those who have sent their children to public or private schools have been struggling with the adaption. Trying to balance a job, family, school demands and the other challenges of life have made this a difficult season.
How Are You Doing? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Now that the pandemic has caused us to be isolated longer than most of us expected, the spiritual, mental and emotional challenges have increased. All of us need to ask ourselves, “How am I doing?” And we need to ask others, “How are you doing and can I help?” The struggle is real, and the spiritual warfare (especially in our minds) should not be ignored or denied. When discouraged, we must strive (and it is not always easy) to know what the Bible says — not what we think it says. If we’re not careful, we will begin believing what we are thinking more than what God is saying. Depression causes us to think wrong and believe the lies that the accuser, Satan, is whispering into our ears — and he is always lying! He is working overtime and all the time. He never seems to take any breaks. The Scriptures are clear in I Cor. 10:13.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Homeschooling Spike?; Lottery Ticket Sales Jump As Stimulus Checks Arrive
Where Their Treasure Lay (pg. 4)
Martha Brock – Avaraham dusted his hands as he walked with a self-satisfied step away from the temple treasure chest. He was always quick to make his donation, and it was always a substantial one. Standing a little apart from the crowd following him, he stood with hands on his hips, nodding to his business friends and neighbors. All of them nodded back, and they all made a large offering, although not so impressive as the donation Avaraham made on a regular basis. The group made a colorful crowd as they stood in the warm Jerusalem sunshine, smiling and nodding. Finally, bored with the show he had made, Avaraham turned his back and waved at the rabbi.
Welcome Back, Gary (pg. 5)
“Gary Thomas’ interest in drawing can be traced back to his childhood,” said Scottie Bordelon in an April 20 WholeHogSports article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. (Read the entire article at wholehogsports.com.) “His mother would often remind him that, growing up while he sat in a pew next to her during church sermons, he was preoccupied, sketching the pastor standing behind the pulpit. That’s where it all began,” Bordelon continued. “Years later, in high school, he became fascinated with cartooning.” Gary served in several BMA churches as youth director, outreach director and as pastor. He is the son of Dr. Jesse Thomas and his wife, Betty. Dr. Thomas is a BMA minister and former director of the Bible Department at Central Baptist College.
Potter, Former Missionary, Dies (pg. 5)
Martin Thomas Potter, 86 of Edmond, Okla., passed away May 5. He faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force and spent most of his life as a pastor and missionary. He and his late wife, Helen served as missionaries in numerous states and countries. They were on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana for three and half years, as well as serving in Canada and New Mexico. He also had the opportunity to travel to Africa on several mission trips. When not on the mission field, he pastored several churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He was also instrumental in starting a new church in Pryor, Okla. when he resided there. That church is still in existence and is called The Oasis. Survivors include his children: Jerad (Marjorie) Potter and Cathy Rose, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Graveside services were held May 11 at Row Cemetery in Colcord, Okla., under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Evangelistic International Ministries, P.O. Box 297, Magnolia, Ark. 71754.
Harrington, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Hosea Erin Harrington, 92 of Sheridan, passed away May 11. He was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Sheridan, and was instrumental in organizing the church, where he was a member at the time of his passing. He also served in the United States Marines and was an ordained minister who pastored several BMA churches over the years. He was also a retired insurance agent. Survivors include his sister-in-law, Margaret Hamner Harrington. Due to COVID-19, a private graveside service will be held at Lost Creek Cemetery, with no visitation. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 206 E. Holly, Sheridan, Ark. 72150.
BMMI: A Different Way (pg. 5)
Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI) is ministering in a different way during the current pandemic. Our usual trips have been canceled, but God has opened up ways for us to minister to the nations from right here at home. Your donation will help provide food and medicine to our missionaries and church planters to help those in need during these desperate times. Funds have already been sent to El Salvador and Vietnam, and we are in the process of evaluating other areas where BMMI has built relationships over the years. God bless you and thank you for your support. To join in the fight for health during the COVID-19 pandemic, send your donation to BMMI , PO Box 878, Conway Ark. 72033.
What About August? (pg. 5)
Jordan Tew, Baptist Publishing House – While your church may still be making decisions about whether or not to meet in person at this time, have you considered the month of August?Some churches may not be able to meet in June or maybe even July, but what about August? That’s when school is starting back. It is a time when families are settling into routine, and church attendance begins to climb.The upcoming Sunday School quarterly will include the months of June, July and August. In order to have materials ready to go for June through August, you will need to place your order for Sunday School materials.While you may not have been able to hold in-person meetings regularly in March, April and May, you will likely be able to do so over the summer months. We want to make sure you avoid the stress of not having what you need. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.Remember, if you have a recurring or standing order, then you are good-to-go. If not, you’ll need to place your order ASAP. Call (800) 333-1442 or visit baptistpublishinghouse.com.
Shake it Off and Step-Up (pg. 7)
Jeff Swart – A story is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. One day, the mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule “braying” from the bottom of the well and went to investigate. After assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule’s predicament, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. As they began to shovel dirt upon the mule, the old mule became hysterical. But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling dirt into the well, a thought struck the mule. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back that he should shake it off and step-up.
Part 2 – Fight the Good Fight (pg. 7)
Paul White – Last week, we touched on submitting to the Lord. In doing so, we will be able to resist the devil. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). Resist means to stand firm, hold your ground and believe God. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Eph. 4:14). Many times, we turn and run, only to get shot in the back. There is a battle line drawn between good and evil, and we must hold our position for the sake of others. Resisting is a literal act of the will, and each one of us must choose not to willingly sin against God.
“Had a Right To Ban Church Services” (pg. 8)
“On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that California Gov. Gavin Newsom had the right to ban churches from assembling during the coronavirus pandemic in the interest of public health after Cross Culture Christian Center in Lodi sought a temporary restraining order against the move,” said Leonardo Blair in a May 6 Christian Post report. “This Court finds the State and County stay at home orders being challenged here bear a real and substantial relation to public health,” U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez wrote in his order denying the application brought by the church and Pastor Jonathan Duncan. The judge said the church’s argument that their services are “much safer than shopping at Costco, Walmart, or Home Depot” was unpersuasive. (christianpost.com)
Mailbox: Thanks From Prison (pg. 8)
Dr. Rick Caracciola — I would like to thank you, BMA Missions and the readers of the Baptist Trumpet for your donations, support and prayers. It has been a joy to receive the Bibles, magazines and other reading materials that were donated to Randall Williams Unit in Pine Bluff. The donations are being well read and shared among the inmates. Your kindness and assistance have let those who feel alone and abandoned, along with everyone else, know that there are people on the outside who care. Many of the inmates look forward to the reading materials that are distributed weekly. The Lord has blessed and protected our unit, and we are COVID-19 free. What a protective shield that has been covering the 600 plus staff and inmates!