Current News 02-17-2021

Part 2: Go. Disciple. Plant. Repeat. (pg. 1)*

John David Smith – The theme of World Missions Day 2021 is represented in four words: Go. Disciple. Plant. Repeat. Those four words are a reminder of what we are here for, who we are and what global missions is all about. In II Tim. 2:1-7 (NIV), Paul addressed Timothy, who is in Ephesus, the city where Paul started ministry on his second missionary journey and spent a lot of time on his third missionary journey: 

Almost Halfway to Our Language Goal (pg. 1)*

Five years ago, when the Lifeword team began praying about, concepting and implementing the Lifeword Cloud, there were many vision-sharing meetings, whiteboard lists and bullet-point goals. Lifeword’s mission would not change, but the method would, and the far-reaching potential of sharing the gospel through cloud technology had to be carefully planned. In Lifeword’s 2017 Annual Report to the BMA, Lifeword Executive Director Donny Parrish said, “We will use the Lifeword Cloud as an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus in as many languages as possible. Very soon, people from all around the world will be able to discover who this man Jesus is to them. will become the door that will open the teachings of Jesus to the people of the world.”

Grizzle Honored and Promoted (pg. 1)

BMAA Army Chaplain Christo­pher Grizzle and his family recently returned from an overseas assignment to Germany and is now assigned to Fort Polk, La. As Chaplain Grizzle wrapped up his duties in Europe, his command presented him with a Meri­torious Service Medal in recognition for his effective ministry and notewor­thy contributions to the mission of his unit. He also received an additional, and very significant, career honor as he was promoted to the field grade officer level of major

BMAT Names Todd West Pastor Connections Coordinator (pg. 1)*

Jerry Fulton – The trustees of BMA Texas Missions approved the request of Heith Mitch­ell, BMA Texas Missions director, to employ Todd West as pastor connections coordinator during their December meeting. West will represent the BMA of Texas by meeting with pastors one-on-one, as well as planning retreats across the state to bring pastors together, all the while promoting a unifying vision and identity for the state association.

Now Enrolling for Spring 2021 PACE Courses (pg. 2)

The PACE (Professional Adult College Education) Program at CBC offers a solution for working adults looking for a flexible way to earn a college degree. Classes are offered in-class, online or in a hybrid format. With eight enrollment periods per year and five-week courses, you always have an opportunity to get started. 

The Power of Mentors During the High School Years (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Valentine’s Day was a sad one for me because my high school band director passed away. I know that may seem like the natural order of things, and it is; however, my band director was much more than just a teacher. Pat Ellison was a pioneer in high school music in Arkansas and impacted thousands of lives. She pushed me to be a better musician and even a better person. The world seems a little less musical now that she is gone. During those high school years, I had parents who loved me and provided for me in great ways, but it was the extra push from an outside voice that helped move me in positive directions in this world. That is the power of mentoring students. 

Values: Aspirational or Actual? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – There is a time to step back, refocus, retool and re-evaluate. It is wise to revisit your core values, mission, vision and strategies every two to three years. What are your core values and are you practicing them? It is easy to state your core values, but do your actions back up your verbiage? Aspirational values (what we say we believe) are different from our actual values (how we actually live). Values are why you do what you do and can be determined by taking a closer look at your schedule and how you actually invest your time.

Kellar Notes Available for Download (pg. 3)

Dr. Tony Cleaver – The lecture notes on Romans compiled by Dr. Gerald Kellar are available for download from BMA Seminary Kellar Library at These notes were used by Dr. Kellar in his early days of teaching at BMA Seminary. They are typewritten and are many years old but are in PDF form and provide a good copy. 

A Plain Path Trailblazer (pg. 3)*

Tom Mitchell – Jurl Norris Mitchell had a long and productive ministry that spanned 66 years. On a personal note, He was one of my favorite preachers. He was well prepared, bold and often fiery in his presentation of the Word. Add to that, he was my brother-in-law. No, not my brother as many people think, but Karen’s brother, (I married a Mitchell!).  Bro. Mitchell was born in Elsinore, Mo. However, after graduating from Central Baptist College, he and Mary Ann, who would be married for 67 years, made Arkansas their home. The couple served as dorm parents at CBC’s Bruce Hall.

Journey with Jeff (pg. 4)*

Jeff Herring – As of today, the customer portal is now available at To access the customer portal, you will need to click the blue “Login/My Account” button on the top right of your screen. Once you are there, you can login in two ways: using your email and password or your unique identification code and zip code. If you already have an email address associated with your account, you can use the “forgot password” link to set up your personal password. If you do not have an email associated with your account, you can use the unique iden­tification code found above and to the left of your name and mailing address on your mailed Trumpet along with your five-digit zip code. Through the customer portal, you will be able to update your profile, including your email address, name, mailing and billing address, see your transaction history and manage your subscription.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Should We Still Pray for Our Political Leaders? (pg.5)

Dr. John Adams – Our Heavenly Father hasn’t promised that every political leader will become pure and righteous if we pray, but He still commands us to pray for our leaders and those of other nations. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Tim. 2:1-2). You might say the world is still rocked by conflicts, corruption and lawlessness but let me ask you a question — How much worse would the world be if God’s people didn’t pray?

BMA Church Bands Together to Combat COVID-19 (pg. 5)

Randy Story – A group of ladies at Bold Spring Baptist Church in Smithville has joined together to do what they can to combat COVID-19. They have dedicated themselves to mask-making to send to hospitals and schools as a way to combat the spread of the illness. Cleatta Poland sits at her Brother sewing machine in Strawberry repeating a process that has been familiar to her for nearly 70 years. Although her tools have changed, Poland was taught to sew as a basic survival skill when she was five years old and she easily repeats the work. These days, though, she is driven by a unique focus on survival because she is producing masks for use in the ongoing struggle against the spread of COVID. Her skilled hands have, in roughly eight months of time, created nearly 2,000 masks.

Trapped in Debt? Here’s How You Can Be Released from It (Part 2)(pg. 6)

In part 1 of this article, we learned we should do some things to be released from our debt — commit to becoming debt free, start paying God and yourself first and list all you own and all you owe (see Feb. 10 issue). The steps to be released from debt continue below:

State Missions: You Must Be Sure of Your Salvation (Part 2 of 3)(pg. 7)

Paul White – We find in John 3:6 that many believers were baptized of John in the Jordon River, but when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to seek his baptism, he said unto them, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy for repentance” (Luke 3:7-8). Nowhere has the Word of God substituted water for the blood.

LPFM in the Philippines Update (pg. 7)

Pete Estabag – We installed the 41st Low Powered FM (LPFM) Radio in Southern Negros Oriental, in the mountains of Inapoy, Mabinay, which is around three hours’ drive from Bacolod City. The main studio is at Inapoy Fellowship Baptist Church pastored by Pastor Rogelio Perez. He is also the director of Mountain Baptist Bible Seminary. He is assisted by students of the seminary and is reaching the mountains and villages. With the installation of the LPFM Radio, Pastor Perez told me they will be able to reach more places and open a lot of missions.

EIM’s Shepherd Bags Ministry News and Goals for 2021 (pg. 8)

Fonda Norris – I know I’m not alone when I say I’m so glad that 2020 is in our rearview mirror and 2021 is here. While I’m not certain what the year 2021 will hold, I do know Who holds the future. Amen! I wanted to give everyone an update and praise report from EIM’s Shepherd’s Bag Ministry. Due to COVID-19 bursting onto the scene, we had to cancel all of our 2020 overseas trips to go distribute Shepherd’s Bags in Honduras. Need­less to say, it was very disappointing when countries began to close their borders, but God was faithful and still opened the door to allow us to be able to ship to Ghana, West Africa.

Arkansas Galilean Meeting – Spring 2021 (pg. 8)

Dan Williams – Arkansas Galileans are set for their spring meeting. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the CBC Dining Hall on Saturday, Feb. 27. There is no registration fee. . .  A complete schedule for the meeting is posted on the Galilean website (

Spotlight On Missions – Larry & Tammy Wood (pg. 8)

Our extended furlough in the states is coming to a close and we have plans to return to Ukraine in early March. Both Tammy and I had COVID-19 and experienced some residual complications which kept us from returning on our original date of Jan. 7. We are doing well and are resuming our schedule. We have enjoyed our time with family, as evidenced by the photo with our four grandsons.  We appreciate all of the churches who allowed us to come and share about the ministry in Ukraine and those who continue to financially support us. It was good to meet with several churches who have become new ministry

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