Current News – 07-28-21

*In My Own Words (pg. 1)

Donny ParrishIn My Own Words… that’s the title I’ve settled on for this column. I appreciate Editor Jeff Herring for inviting me to share in the ministry of the Trumpet. It’s not my first trip around the block writing a monthly article for the Trumpet. Back in the day, I penned a weekly Trumpet article answering questions from students. I really enjoyed doing that. Some didn’t enjoy all of my answers to those questions, but looking back, I’m not sure that I agree with all of them either.

*JUST THINKING: Let’s Gather In Waxahachie (pg.1)

Tom Mitchell – The annual session of the BMA of America will convene Aug. 2-4 in Waxahachie, Texas. Farley Street Baptist Church will host the meeting, with support from Heritage Baptist Church.

*COVID & the Upcoming National Meeting (pg.1)

Jeff Swart – The recent rise in both the COVID-19 cases and the COVID Delta variant have caused some concern about the safety of the messengers to the upcoming BMA national meeting. The national meeting was delayed in 2021 from April until August to allow our people time to be fully vaccinated, but many have not availed themselves of this opportunity.

*ReCharge Leader’s Oasis (pg. 1)

Nick Jacobsen – Without a doubt, ministry is hard — especially during a pandemic. Can I get an amen? Sometimes ministers have to pour from an empty cup. It happens far too often, and if I can be honest, it breaks my heart. Our pastors and leaders deserve better; they need more, which is why BMA conferences is excited to offer reCharge Leaders Oasis as part of our conference lineup. We want to encourage you to renew, recharge and be reinspired to serve your church.


Terry Kimbrow – Thank you for your consistent love, care and support to us through these amazing years. Our heart echoes what the Apostle Paul shared in his second letter to the church in Corinth: “for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” (II Cor. 1:11). Everyone at CBC — students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration have been blessed by your faithful prayers. Thank you for your faithfulness in standing in the gap and for lifting the name of Christ high during this day and age when the world desires to silence the way. It is with great joy to announce that our CBC Day will be on Sept. 12 this year.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: The Power of Connection (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – I often wonder why so many of us try to do ministry alone. The examples of Scripture usually show partners or a team approach to reaching our neighborhoods and the nations. However, we somehow think it is more daring, or maybe even more spiritual, to power through and strike out on our own. I have seen lead pastors do it and I have also seen those that work with students do it.

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Church Health (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Healthy Church Solutions is the church resource ministry of the BMA of America. Our mission is to help strengthen existing churches to become who God intended them to be. The status of the church in North Americas is pretty alarming and warrants our attention. We are told that 85% of American churches are plateaued or are in a state of decline.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Danny & Rita Ballard – Philippines (pg. 3)

God is good all the time, even during this ongoing pandemic. As we watch the entire world change how it operates, the chaos that surrounds us, the uncertainties that are before us, we are always assured that God is good and always in control of all things. Ministries may take a different direction at times, such as this period of chaos, but there are always opportunities to minister to the lost and dying generations.

VSM REPORT: A Hard Mission Field (page 4)

Cherie HallFrom the hills of Arkansas to the mountains of Utah, a Volunteer Student Missions (VSM) team traveled by air to help the community of Morgan, Utah. Morgan County, as well as most of Utah, has a history steeped in the Mormon faith — a hard mission field to say the least.

MISSION:World News (page 5-7)

LIFEWORD: News (page 8)

The Life and Legacy of Don Newsom (pg. 9)

Dr. John David SmithThis month we honor the life of Missionary Don Newsom, who served in the Philippines for 43 years, a fact that requires no narrative and speaks for itself. However, I would like to add comments on his profound legacy. 

Missionary’s Widow Passes Away (pg. 9)

Mary Burks Rhoden, 93 of Henleyfield, Miss. passed away on July 4. She was the widow of former missionary William Howard Rhoden, who pastored several churches, served as missionary for the Hobolochitto Association in Mississippi, Trinity Association in Lousiana, the state of Mississippi and was a BMA of America interstate missionary serving in Washington, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

The Master’s Builders Help with College Renovations (pg. 10)

Nelda Malone – Jacksonville Baptist College (JBC) called on The Master’s Builders to come help with some needed renovations as the college goes through many changes to begin a new era under President Dr. Joe Lightner. It had been five years since our group had last worked at JBC and we were happy to be back. This is job #172 for The Master’s Builders, since they began in 1991.

FROM THE MAILBOX: More on Modesty (pg. 10)

*STATE MISSIONS: Praise The Lord (pg. 11)

Paul White – It’s going to be a church! Connection Point Mission of Brookland and Missionary/pastor Chad White have set Aug. 28 as their organization day. It is wonderful to see a work come to fruition. Please remember to pray for them and to attend if possible. The service will start at 2 p.m.

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 11)

Connection Point, Brookland; The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale

BMA of America Meeting Schedule (pg. 12)

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