Current News – 5-20-2020

•International Crisis Response by BMA Missions (pg. 1)

In BMAA Missions leadership, among eight key leaders and field coordinators, there is an average cross-cultural experience of 33.75 years. That calculates to 270 total years of experience living in other countries and/or working in cross-cultural situations.  All of these leaders lived full time for multiple years in their respective fields of service. This amount of time on the mission field and working with missionaries in dozens of countries has fostered a deep love for God’s mission, God’s people and their plight as they seem to move from one calamity to the next.

•CBC Announces Plans for Fall 2020 (pg. 1)

Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow announced in an email Tuesday afternoon to CBC employees and students (after last week’s Trumpet was ready for the printer) that the college plans to resume on campus course delivery as scheduled on Aug. 20 and continue residential housing for the fall 2020 semester. “Making decisions about what is best for the health and safety of our campus constituencies is always at the forefront of our minds,” said President Kimbrow. “That is why we will continue to follow guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we finalize our plans for the upcoming fall semester. You will hear many alumni of Central Baptist College refer to their ‘CBC experience.’ It is important to us that current and new students can have that same experience.”

Worship Pastor’s Farm Hit by Tornado (pg. 1)

On May 16, an F1 tornado hit the Bodcaw farm of Jack & Sunny Daniels, causing considerable damage, including destroying a 100 ft. steel barn. Bro. Daniels serves as the worship leader at Garrett Memorial Baptist Church in Hope. Although six tornadoes (all EF0 or EF1) were reported in the state that day and there was other damage, there were no injuries, and no other reports of damage from BMA members have been received by the Trumpet.

•No Camp?! (pg. 1)

Anders Lee (via Mississippi Baptist) – In 1979, my Dad was pastoring Lee’s Chapel #2 outside Picayune, Miss. Summer had come and we were all excited about camp. It was my first camp ever — I was eight years old, and I really didn’t know what to expect. I was just told that camp was fun and there were snacks, food, games, and oh yeah, preaching. I was all in! We went just over the state line with other churches from the Hobolochitto association to a camp named Fontainebleau, a state park just outside Mandeville, La. Camp had just gotten underway when the Gulf of Mexico unexpectedly churned up Tropical Storm Bob. It was making a quick path straight up into Southeastern Louisiana and was predicted to become a Category 1 storm by its landfall. After being at camp for only one day, the camp director and other leaders made the call — camp was canceled!

CBC Announces Student Academic Awards (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – I am pleased to announce the student Academic Award recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year. Traditionally, the College hosts an Academic Awards Ceremony in late April, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, CBC faculty notified students individually. The Bible Department presented the Zondervan Greek Language Award to Melody (Siebenmann) Turner. This award is given to the senior that excels in the study of the Greek language of the New Testament and is given in conjunction with Zondervan Publishing. The award was presented by Dr. Joel Slayton, Bible Department Chair and Professor of Bible and Biblical Studies. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

Investing at Home (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Both of my children are now officially adults. The last trip we took to Silver Dollar City was quite different. I looked at my wife and said, “We don’t have any kids with us.” Even with their friends in tow, no one in our group was under 18. I know my children still need us, but things are different now. Whether it is a trip to Silver Dollar City or when they head back to college, we don’t worry as much. In many ways, it feels like we crossed a finish line. Why do I mention this? Many that work with students haven’t crossed that finish line. They are neck deep in raising their own children while trying to impact the students that God has allowed them to connect with. So, how do you balance an active ministry with your students and the family that God has given you to invest in? It definitely isn’t an easy process. However, it is what we are called to do. To make it happen, there are some things that we need to remember:

Decision Fatigue (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Are you feeling the weight of making a lot of decisions, being unsure of those decisions, along with their impact? Are you experiencing some “decision fatigue?” These uncharted times have made novices out of all of us because, if we are honest, we live with the reality of knowing we are inexperienced in facing pandemics. How do we stay connected with our people? What does pastoral care and assimilation look like in our new normal? When should we re-enter our buildings? When is it okay to disobey laws (Rom. 13:1-6)?

He Had a Heart for Missions (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – Remembering those who blazed the trails in Arkansas ministry has been extremely rewarding. It certainly gives special meaning to the song, “Precious Memories.”This week, I was just thinking about Harold Morris. He was a true trailblazer in every sense.Harold Morris was born in Clarksville, Texas. From there he would travel to many countries and touch the lives of thousands as he faithfully served his Savior.In 1950, the trailblazing Morris was the first missionary to be elected by the North American Baptist Association. He and his wife, Lois served in the South American country of Brazil. They would later serve in France and Portugal. After many years on the foreign fields, they returned to the States where he served as an at-large interstate missionary.

Before We Gather: Back to Work, Back to Basics (pg. 4)

Your ministry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have ranged from a complete shutdown to an entirely new way of reaching your congregation. Ramping up in-person operations requires a careful plan, too, especially if you are rehiring furloughed or laid-off employees, recalling volunteers, or even hiring new workers. What’s clear is that returning to your former routine may not be possible. You may need to incorporate new practices into your employee and volunteer management in addition to your existing procedures.

God Will Give Us the Victory (pg. 4)

Jeff SwartAdoniram Judson (1788—1850) was America’s first foreign missionary and served in the country of Burma. Judson was arrested by the Burmese authorities on June 8, 1824, on the suspicion that he was a spy. He was sentenced to the Oung-Pen-La Prison, commonly called “the death prison.” The dimensions of each cell in the prison was 40 ft. x 30 ft. x 5 ft. high, with no window for ventilation. In this cell were confined up to 100 people of both sexes and all nationalities, nearly everyone naked and starved almost to death. The overwhelming heat, indescribable stench and cruel torture was more than most people could bear. Judson lay in that cell 24 hours a day — 7 days a week with 5 pairs of iron fetters on his legs and ankles.

Mike Ball, Former Missionary, Dies (pg. 5)

Clyde Michael Ball, 76 of Rosie, passed away May 15. He was a Marine who served two tours in Vietnam supporting the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 542, where he worked on the F4 Phantom. He was also a machinist, a trade that he learned from his father, Clyde Ball. After he left the Marines, he surrendered to the ministry and was a full-time pastor for 48 years, serving churches in Illinois, Indiana and Arkansas, including Bradford at Bradford, Ramsey Heights at Batesville and First at Bald Knob. He was also a missionary, serving in Bowling Green, Ky. and Andros, Bahamas. He assisted with many mission projects and many building programs in the United States and Mexico. One of the highlights of his ministry was when he was given the opportunity to tour the Holy Land, and he enjoyed sharing his slide presentation of that trip. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Wanda Ball; a son Michael Ball of Rosie; a daughter, Stephanie (Simon) Dean of San Antonio, Texas; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were May 20 at Beebe Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Memorial Funeral Home. Donations be made to the Mike Ball Memorial Fund., P.O. Box 316, Rosie, Ark. 72571 or taken to Citizens Bank of Batesville.

National GMA Covid-19 Update (pg. 5)

Laurie Hicks -It was a hard decision for the National GMA Advisory Council, but we voted to cancel the 2020 National GMA Camp. There are so many uncertainties during this time, and we felt it was a decision that had to be made. We know God has a plan that is bigger than all of this, and we are praying for His direction in how to proceed with future plans for the National GMA.

Clap Your Hands (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish – The neighborhood coordinated a time every day and spread the word. At the specified time, everyone who wanted to participate gathered on the balconies and door stoops and at their windows and began to clap. The applause was to show appreciation to the medical and emergency personnel who were out on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic which ravages through communities like a wildfire.

Then God Said (pg. 5)

Editor – For almost 20 years, Baptist Trumpet readers have enjoyed the wit and wisdom of Dr. Tony Cleaver in his column — Leave It To Cleaver. That title (the “brainchild” of Joann Bailey, who was then serving as the Trumpet graphic artist) always seemed to fit Bro. Tony’s ministry because we never knew what he’d say from one column to the next! One column would be comical with a definite spiritual lesson, and the next column would be a deep, theological and thought-provoking message that cut straight to the heart of the matter and drove the lesson home to the heart of the reader. The daily devotionals in his latest book, Then God Said, fall into that second category. See for yourself by searching Amazon.com for the name of the book, then clicking on the “look inside” button on the book cover. The generous preview will make you want to read more and more.

Some Changes at ABS (pg. 5)

Brad Harris -Sometimes the past stops being the present before we can see what the future is going to be, and with a loud crash, the backhoe began tearing down the building officially known as 959 1/2. Some of us knew it as the Oasis; others remembered it as the ABS Center from when they were students. Since August 2019, it has been a gravel parking lot. We appreciate the BMA of Ozarks for helping us get those dilapidated structures removed to pave the way for the future — we just aren’t sure what that is yet. Summer of 2019 also came with Warren announcing his upcoming retirement after 45 years of ministry to young adults. What had started as a part-time gig had turned into a long career overseeing many changes in college ministry. The board was tasked with finding someone to grasp the baton and run into the future for ABS.

Patriotic & Spiritual Parallels (pg. 6)

John D. Laing • Baptist Press -I have a small collection of “war Bibles” carried by U.S. soldiers and sailors in our various wars (Revolutionary up to the current Global War on Terror). Many have personal notes from family members, Sunday School teachers and sweethearts.Those Bibles were given in the hopes that they would be a source of comfort and peace in an environment of conflict and death. I have researched the lives and military careers of some of the individuals and have imagined how they made use of those little books.Some returned after the war(s), but some did not. It always strikes me that each Bible represents an average American family like my own who loves their soldier/sailor/airman/marine/coast guardsman and wishes the best for them. When I read the personal notes and reflections inside, I often pause and pray for those families, knowing that God has them in His loving hands.Memorial Day offers us a time to recognize the martyrs of our nation. It is a day we set aside to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to the United States and the ideals of her people enshrined in the Constitution.

Collateral Damage (pg. 6)

Dr. Tony Cleaver – Collateral damage is a term often used in a military operation regarding unintended casualties, often civilians, around a target. The focus of the military operation was the enemy, but the civilians around the location were also killed. They were collateral damage — unintended harm. I was a victim, of sorts, of collateral damage this week. I had to take my lawn mower to the shop to get it going to mow my knee-deep grass. After loading it on the trailer, I got an old mask from my shop to take with me. When I arrived at the repair place, I put my mask on to practice what the medical experts told me I needed to do to be a good citizen and to remain COVID-19 safe.

Equippin’ Our Missionaries (pg. 7)

Paul White – Each church in the state should have received a Special Emphasis packet announcing our goal for this year’s Special Emphasis. If your church failed to receive one, please let us know. This year, your offerings will go directly to your missionaries to provide much needed equipment and training for them. As we all know, our churches have been thrust into the world of social media headfirst. To be able to minister in this area, they will be required to purchase various pieces of equipment. With a generous Special Emphasis, we should be able to help them accomplish that goal. The number of people who can be reached through this format is nearly limitless. While July 26is State Missions Day, we want to encourage you to pick a Sunday dedicated to State Missions. You can go to our website and download a video that introduces each missionary to help your people put names with faces. Please continue to pray for these men and their families.

Do Nothing and Do Everything on Social Media (pg. 8)

Art Toalston • Baptist Press -Warmhearted feelings amid the pandemic can be hard to come by. Maybe you’ve been venturing out to help neighbors with limited mobility by going to the grocery store, mowing the lawn for them or carrying a batch of fresh cookies to their doorstep. You might be enjoying warm-hearted moments of connecting with your family there at home or in video chats, sharing fun remembrances. And, amid dispiriting TV newscasts, you might perk up for segments on heroic doctors, nurses, first-responders, truck drivers or store clerks.Here’s another possibility for warm-heartedness amid the anguish and sorrows of COVID-19 — get on social media. Yes, social media; but not to be a complainer or whiner, not to share a lot of personal details (though a few winsome ones could be fun) and not to fill stretches of boredom by tapping on a laptop while wearing sweats or pajamas.Don’t buy the stereotypes. There is a sea of good people on social media with wholesome things to share, and you can be one of them.

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