*State Missions District Report (pg. 7)
*Baptist Trumpet District Report (pg. 4)
*Just the Crumbs Update (pg. 1)
A host church and team members are mobilizing Sept. 1. Please keep them lifted in prayer. BMA/JTC disaster relief will be setting up in Reeves, La. to help those affected by Hurricane Laura. As always, they need to partner with you to help those in need. Prayers for team members and people in the community BMA/JTC serves are a huge blessing, but they will also need donated help. Please help them to serve others and share Jesus with them. Donations may be sent through PayPal at email@example.com; (designated Just the Crumbs); mailed to BMAA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033; or sent to Just the Crumbs, 10 Wagon Trail, Sumrall, Miss. 39482. For more information, contact Director Lavon Haden at firstname.lastname@example.org; Beth Haden at email@example.com; or call (601) 522-6055.
*COVID Complications (pg. 1)
Donny Parrish -On March 13, 2020, the Lifeword Board met at the BMA Global Missions Center for the second of four annual meetings. It was an exciting day. New broadcasts had been introduced and ministry plans had been approved by the Board. A challenging fiscal year budget had been presented and approved. Plans and dreams were prayed over, input from our Board had been given and all hearts were settled that God’s will had been done. We all shared a meal together then left thankful for what God was doing through the ministry of Lifeword and with anticipation of much fruit from His great plans for the future. Fast forward to March 17…
* Envoy Financial Mobile App (pg. 1)
Dr. Steve Crawley – Your BMA America 403(b)(9) Retirement Account with Envoy Financial can now be accessed with your smartphone. The information below explains the basics of the app, how to download, app features, and some frequently asked questions. What is Envoy Financial mobile? The Envoy Financial mobile app is a mobile software application for us to use cutting edge technology and finding ways for innovation and creative solutions to your retirement needs. What is the difference between the mobile app and website? A mobile app is downloadable to your mobile device and is ideal for frequent and repeated use. It provides a quick view to your retirement account and enables you to evaluate your investment performance. The regular website provides extensive information about your retirement account, which is helpful for all participants, especially first-time user to check your retirement goals daily or periodically. We encourage our participants to use all available resources provided to you by Envoy Financial to achieve your future funded ministry’s goals. Does it cost anything to use the mobile app? There is no cost to our participants. It is a way for us to show our appreciation for your continued support and trust.
O Taste and See (pg. 2)
Dr. Gary McAllister – I believe God prepares and equips us to meet challenges we will face today or in the future. Much as He taught David how to face the bear, lion and a giant, God has been preparing Central Baptist College to meet the challenges of this pandemic. As I look back down the road we have traveled over the last 20 years, I can clearly see why certain things have occurred. Through our daily experiences, God has been preparing us for this moment. What I thought were minor stops on the road of life were actually mile markers on the way to a grand destination. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
College Ministry at the U of A (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – Over 27,000 people — many of us live in towns smaller than that. In fact, according to the 2010 census, there were only 18 towns in Arkansas bigger than the number of students enrolled at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. While things may be a little different this year due to COVID-19, there is no denying that there are lots of students that walk the sidewalks of the U of A. What do we do with that information? Do we just sit in judgment and think, “No wonder there is a bunch of partying going on up there!”? We have to realize in that number of 27,000 there are students from all over the state and the world. Young men and women from different walks of life join us in Northwest Arkansas each fall.
Outside the Box (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – The challenging days of COVID-19 have caused us to consider thinking outside the box. Many churches have developed a much stronger social media presence and have entered the virtual world of Zoom meetings, Facebook live, live streaming, drive-in church, and church online. How do you continue to minister to, love, and care for the spiritual needs of your people at such a time as this? While knee-jerk decisions usually do not work out, you do need to hit your knees as you prayerfully plan. I Chronicles 12:32 speaks to the need for discernment.
The Preacher Who Was a Scientist (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell – I enrolled in Central Baptist College in September 1964. As I was getting my class assignments, I kept hearing people talk about the change in science instructors. Harold Cooper had taken a leave of absence to pursue his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Now, don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoyed my general science and biology instructor, Marvin Loyd. That began a long friendship that endures to today. But that is another story. Still, it was that name that kept popping up all through my time at CBC. Even 56 years ago, I could say that I was just thinking… Bro. Cooper must be a super-intelligent science teacher.
Dr. Tropp, Hope Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)
Dr. Glen Edward Tropp, 76 of Hope, passed away Aug. 28 after a valiant battle with cancer. He had been in the ministry for 60 years and was the pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Hope, where he had served since 2003. He previously pastored other churches in Arkansas and Texas… Funeral services were scheduled for Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, with Jay Pollan and Anthony Glen Tropp officiating. The service will be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page and other platforms. Interment will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home of Hope.
Schalchlin, Former Missionary, Dies (pg. 5)
Ruby Jean Armbrust Schalchlin, 87 of Conway, passed away Aug. 26. She was the widow of BMA Minister Raymond Floyd Schalchlin, who pastored churches in Arkansas, Alabama and Kansas. She and her husband also served as BMA missionaries in the state of Queensland, Australia for 18 years. Mrs. Schalchlin trained as a licensed practical nurse and enjoyed serving in that capacity. She was also an accomplished pianist and children’s teacher, which served her well as a pastor’s wife. Children and music were two loves that she remained active with her whole life, and she continued to serve as a church pianist and nanny after official retirement. Survivors include: a daughter, Cindy (Dan) Williams; two sons, Andy (Connie) Schalchlin and Tim Schalchlin; 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 29 and interment was at Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan, under the direction of Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.
Tucker Retires (pg. 5)
Madelaine Priest – Bobby Tucker closed a big chapter Sunday, Aug. 30 as he officially resigned and retired from his ministry position at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. Called into the ministry at the age of 12, Bobby spent 40 years doing ministry work in various churches in Texas and Arkansas. He was also instrumental in starting SOAR in 1991, the BMAA’s National Youth Conference, while he served as the Executive Director of the National Youth Department, which later became the Department of Church Ministries. In 2008, he began serving as the Associate Pastor and Director of Ministries for Antioch. He officially announced his plans for an August retirement and resignation back in May.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
29 Missing Children Found; Church Evicted From Leased Parking Lot
Spirituall Minded Versus the Carnally Minded (pg. 6)
Chris Gonthier -What motivates a person does matter. The reason someone takes a stand on certain viewpoints matters. A person whose objective is to win the vote and has a worldly mindset will have a tendency to “adapt” or “adjust” his position. The winds of popularity often blow them in directions where they should not go. Someone with a biblical worldview has a consistent standard as the foundation for their positions. An understanding of biblical principles, as well as a general understanding of end times prophecy, will allow one to recognize God’s hand in current affairs.
Difficult Choices (pg. 6)
Jeff Swart – On Aug. 2, 1776, 56 men signed their names to the Declaration of Independence. With a single stroke of a pen, they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for the sake of American liberty. One of the signers was a man by the name of Abraham Clark who had two sons who would both serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Both sons were captured and, as prisoners of war, they were incarcerated on the British prison ship Jersey. Of the 16 British prison ships anchored in New York harbor, the Jersey was the worst. A little-known fact of American history is that during the Revolutionary War more American soldiers died on British prison ships than on the field of battle.
Who is in Control? (pg. 7)
Paul White – Well, as far as 2020 is concerned I am almost persuaded to think that Murphy and his law are in control. (Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”) Diane (Spriggs) shared how they had already gone from A to Z and are starting over. But then on a brighter note, we know God is in control, even when we do not understand the way, or maybe the why of our situation. Sure, it would be good to be able to see the purpose more than the problems, the outcome more than the outcry.
Don’t Fall for It (pg. 8)
Working on ladders, roofs and lifts require training and safety equipment. Working at height is a regular part of having ministry property. Every year, more than 500,000 people in the United States are treated for injuries related to falling off a ladder. From 6-foot step ladders to 60-foot aerial lifts, falls can lead to injury and death. There are some jobs that volunteers can safely perform, but there are others best left to professionals. Follow these guidelines to keep your workers and volunteers safe and secure.