Current News – 09-15-21

*Freeman Family To Transition to New Role (pg. 1)

Sam FreemanWe want to take a moment to share with our family, friends and supporters an update on our ministry. Over the last several months, due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to face the realization that the world, as we know it, has changed. A simple thing like travel, which we once took for granted, has now become filled with restrictions, requirements upon requirements and protocols unlike many of us have ever seen or experienced. While “difficulty” is something missionaries accept as just another part of the missions’ experience, what has become the new normal is becoming harder and harder to navigate . . . .

*Just the Crumbs Disaster Relief Responds to Ida (pg.1)

Beth Burkes – The BMAA Disaster Relief/Just the Crumbs are making preparations to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida. We are initially setting up at TFA Church, 1150 Highway 3185, Thibodoux, La. 70301. We began feeding God’s Pit Crew, a group of volunteers working on storm damage repair, on Sept. 8 and then on Sept. 13 we began preparing 1,000 meals a day for first responders and members of the community affected by the storm . . . .

Hurricane Ida Destroys La. Church Building (pg.1)

Sue Husser   I am the pastor’s wife and a member of The Crossing Church in Pearl River, La. For over a year, we have worked countless hours to renovate a building to become our new church home. We had completed our sanctuary, welcome center, restrooms and the youth room and we were only weeks away from fully opening our children’s ministry classrooms. On Sunday, Aug. 29, strong winds associated with Hurricane Ida ripped most of the roof off our building. Due to this unforeseen event, the building was compromised with 10-12 inches of rain . . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Upcoming PACE Registration (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Working adults looking for a convenient and flexible college option have another opportunity to enroll in the fourth five-week course of the fall semester in the PACE degree program. Classes are offered in-class, online or in a hybrid option. The registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 20. . . .

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Student Ministry Workers Retreat Recap (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – On Sept. 11, a group of 70 full-time, part-time, bi-vocational and volunteer student ministry workers joined together at Central Baptist College for the fourth annual Student Ministry Workers Retreat. I was especially excited to see the lead pastors who came and brought their student ministry workers . . . .

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: The Peace Index (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Leadership is not easy, but it can be very rewarding. The best leaders are always focused on helping others achieve their highest potential. In The 100X Leader by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram they state, “We need leaders who lead for the benefit of others, not just for themselves.” They make us aware that the two challenges of leadership are the leader accomplishing what they need to accomplish while simultaneously helping others accomplish their highest potential. A leader cannot give what he does not possess in the areas of joy, peace, contentment, encouragement, challenge or support. A leader needs to be the healthiest person in the room. . . .

JUST THINKING: The Excitement of Victory

 Some readers may know that this past Saturday the Arkansas Razorbacks soundly defeated a longtime rival, the Texas Longhorns. The excitement was evident as, due to the victory, fans poured from the stands by the hundreds like fire ants pour from a disturbed mound. I was just thinking — wouldn’t it be marvelous if believers demonstrated that kind of excitement over spiritual victories?

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Over 800 Miles (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – That is how far I traveled this past weekend to share about the ministry of the Baptist Trumpet. The fall local association meetings started off with the BMA of the Ozarks on Friday (Sept. 10) at Temple Baptist Church in Rogers. On Saturday morning, I was with the United Association at Caney Valley Baptist Church in Plumerville. Finally, I was honored to be with the Cathedral Baptist Church in Jonesboro for both services on Sunday morning to share how the Trumpet reaches around the world and helps to keep people informed and inspired. . . .

TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)

*IN MY OWN WORDS: Time to Speak Up (pg. 5)

Donny Parrish – The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. To tell you the truth, I was dreading the day. There are many days in my life that I don’t want to remember. I would rather just avoid reliving the pain. But when it comes to Sept. 11, even though it puts a lump in my throat and causes me grief, it’s a day that must be remembered. These are feelings that need to be felt and faced all over again. The sorrow, the horror, the disgust, the anger, the gratitude… it all needs to be experienced again. It should never be forgotten. It’s hard to believe, but we now have a generation of adults who can’t remember that day. Some were too young to remember, and some were not even born. So, for their sake and for future generations, Sept. 11 should never become a footnote in history. It must be felt. . . .

Plan Parenthood To Open Rogers Facility (pg. 5)

The Arkansas Times reports Planned Parenthood (PP) will open its facility in Rogers, Ark., on Sept. 14.

Recently, Family Council learned that Planned Parenthood had worked to acquire a facility in Rogers that could be used to perform abortions. The facility was acquired by an entity called 12 Redacre LLC, but the company’s mailing address matched a mailing address for Planned Parenthood Great Plains in Overland Park, Kan. PP’s website indicates the facility will eventually perform drug-induced abortions. However, the Arkansas Times article indicated that activity at the facility may initially be limited to things like transgender services and family planning. . . .

Ark. Galileans Hold Camp (pg. 5)

Dan Williams – The annual Arkansas Galilean Summer camp was held at Ponca Bible Camp in Ponca July 30-Aug. 1. There were 13 campers that attended. While attendance was lower than usual, those that attended enjoyed a time of fellowship and recreation, some quality outdoor time seeing elk and hiking and a challenge from God’s Word. . . .

A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: The Stray (Part 1)  (pg. 5)

Valerie Fish – “Be careful when you leave the house, there is a stray dog in the yard, and it growled at me when I left for work.” I looked around carefully as I headed to my car, but I didn’t see the dog. It must have been just passing through. “He’s back,” Hubby said as he came home that evening. “He was laying by the driveway when I pulled in and this time, he wagged his tail instead of growling. He looks hungry. . . . ”

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan & Donna Scroggins – Philippines (pg. 6)

August has certainly been an exciting month! Registration at the college, weddings, ordinations, baptisms, church visits, returning missionaries, painting the campus buildings and becoming the Asia Pacific coordinator all made for a very good month. The highlight for us has been the addition of 25 new enrollees at the Bible College. . . .

Gene Gambill Passes Away

Elmer Eugene “Gene” Gambill, 94 of Greenbrier, passed away on Aug. 31. In early 1945, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Navy and served as a Third-Class Petty Officer in the final weeks of World War II. Not long after his discharge, he met his lifelong companion and wife of 74 years, Barbara Arlyn Mitchell. After the couple married, he dedicated his life to the full-time service of God. . . .

Watson, Arkansas Pastor Dies (pg. 6)

Billy Gene (Bill) Watson, 65 and pastor of First Baptist Church in Bald Knob, passed away Sept. 3. He surrendered to the ministry in June of 1982 and was ordained in December of 1982 by his first pastorate, Park View, Trumann. . . .

STATE MISSIONS: It’s That Time of Year (pg. 11)

Paul WhiteFriday, I traveled to Temple Baptist in Rogers to attend the BMA of the Ozarks annual meeting. It was a joy to be back with our people after last year. I always enjoy sharing the work of State Missions and to seeing old friends and making new ones. Saturday morning, I had the privilege to again meet and share with the Mount Vernon Association at Central Baptist in Hughes the work of their State Missions Department. I enjoyed a good message and some of the best catfish I have ever eaten. Many departments were represented, and it was encouraging to hear how God continues to bless our state and national work. . . .

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 11)

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.

*CBC Ranked One of the Safest College Campuses

According to Niche, a college data and review site, Central Baptist College was ranked one of the Safest College Campuses in the US. At #24 on the list, CBC’s campus received a ranking that offered a safe and healthy environment. According to Director of Campus Safety and Security Chris Mitchell, “Being included in this ranking means our campus has very little to no campus crime, alcohol or substance abuse usage . . . .”

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