December 2017 – Mission Director’s Report

My wife and I thank you for the Christmas bonus that the messenger approved in our annual meeting. Your support encourages us to do our best in serving the Lord as He leads. Your words of encouragement are also uplifting as we face the challenges before us each day. We have had the privilege of working with the BMA of Missouri Churches in various capacities for 29 years and have grown to love the people whom we serve. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work for the Lord.

As we approach a New Year we are reminded that we need to plan our work and work our plan. Please pray for all the pastors and other leaders in our association as we carry the message of salvation to our world. Pray that we will have the wisdom to know God’s will, the desire to do His will, and the strength to finish His task before us There is much concern about our churches who are seeking pastors who are willing to lead them to grow in the Lord. Please pray for God’s will to be done in each of these churches as they seek God’s direction. We are also concerned about establishing new works in areas that need a greater witness for the Lord. We are praying for men who have a desire to start and establish new churches in our state. We serve the God who can do all things and who does all things well! Let’s make sure we do not hinder His work but that we will always be willing to do as He leads.

As we look forward we are seeking ideas for our 2018 Missions Symposium. If you have any ideas please get in touch with me and share your ideas. Working together we can meet the challenges before us and inspire one another to expand our horizons for the glory of God. We need to plan a meeting that will be of interest to as many as possible and that will challenge all of us to do our best. I welcome your input about this meeting that will take place at Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis May 18-19, 2018.

I have been invited to meet at our world headquarters in Conway, AR the first part of January with representatives from other states where the BMA has churches to discuss how we can coordinate the disaster relief work of our churches. Please pray
that this will be a productive meeting that will help us be better prepared “Helpers.”

Thank you for your cooperation and please pray for our Special Missions Committee as we try to make plans and as we seek ideas to grow the work of the Lord among our churches. Together we can be stronger and more e?ective in the work of the Lord. We
are not in competition with one another, but should be helping one another.

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