Ben Robinson and His Missionary Heart

Ben and His Mother Kim Robinson drop o? contributions at BMA Global Ministry Center

Ben and His Mother Kim Robinson drop off contributions at BMA
Global Ministry Center

Editor’s Note: This article arrived too late to be printed in last month’s issue but I am printing it anyway hoping it will inspire our readers to face the challenges of life with faith and enthusiasm that will bring victory!

If you ever have the privilege of meeting Ben Roberson, you will never forget him. One of the frst times I saw him, he was at a football game cheering on one of his favorite teams, the Conway Christian Eagles. When things didn’t look so good on the field, he decided to do something about the quiet, unmotivated fans: He walked up and down the bleachers yelling, “Come on everybody! “Let’s go!” Of course, we all did what he told us to do and supported the team…he’s Ben. Nobody can say no to Ben.
Fortunately for us here at Lifeword, people still can’t say no to him. Ben learned about the media ministry he came to love when his family joined a BMA church (Antioch) in Conway, Arkansas, where he became friends with former Lifeword Executive Director Steve Crawley. His mom told him that Lifeword spreads the gospel through media, and when he heard about how he could
raise money for media missionaries by walking, he asked if he could do that.

Nobody can say no to Ben, so, of course, she agreed. Having a missionary heart is in his DNA. His mother Kim lived on the
mission feld where her parents were IMB missionaries in Cali, Columbia. He knows about missionaries and what they do, so the
question about raising money came as no surprise to his family. Every year since that frst one, he has practiced, trained and gathered sponsors before the mid-October walk. This year his mom announced on Facebook that Ben would be walking again. His goal? Ten miles. But they would do it differently because of his health concerns. Ben would walk one mile each day leading up to the Walk, then the last mile at the Central AR Area Walk on October 10th. Contributions had already begun pouring in weeks before the event, and each time he asked his mom if he could hand deliver the checks and cash to our ofces. Leading up to October 10th, we saw him quite a bit, and it was a blessing every time. With almost every visit, someone in the ofce asked to take a picture with him. His determination has humbled all of us on the Lifeword team, and he is a celebrity at the BMA Global Ministry Center.

The night of the walk, his mom was out of town on a mission trip, but his dad and two of his adoring aunts walked with him for support. Ben came through the entrance gate that night with his entourage, sturdy walking shoes and new therapeutic
socks someone had donated so he could walk more comfortably. He did it. The training paid off. Now, it’s our turn to “cheer
from the stands” just like Ben does at football games when the fans are not doing their jobs. With funds still rolling
in, his most recent count is $3300. He’s challenging all of us: “Come on, people! Let’s go reach the world for Christ!”

If Ben can do it, so can you, and nobody can say no to Ben Roberson. Lifeword Sunday was October 21st but it is not too late!
Go to: and make your donation today!

November 2018 – Mission Director’s Report

As I prepare the report for the November issue of the paper I am reminded of all the things for which I am thankful as I try to serve as your Missions Director. I am thankful that I can still serve the Lord even though I cannot be as active as I would like to be. I am thankful for the churches that support missions and have a desire to see more churches planted
in Missouri and for the faithful pastors who are working hard to grow the churches with which they are working.

I am thankful for the fellowship we enjoy in the Lord as we work our various fields seeking to do His will each day and encouraging one another to be faithful. I am thankful for the fnancial support of many churches who continue to give to Missions and have provided funds that are available when we start a new work and that enable us to help in areas of our work
when needs arise while we look for a missionary.

We should all be thankful for the opportunity to work together in the most important work of carrying out the Great Commission. Thank you for our cooperation and involvement in Missions. As you look at the fnancial report above I hope you
will stop and thank God for His blessings as He has enabled us to be an encouragement to various areas of His work.
We had a great annual association meeting this past month and as revealed in the report on page 1 God led us to help financially in a few important areas of our associational work.

Here is an explanation of expenses in the financial report above and how these expenses are helping in Missions:
1. We support BMAA Associate Missionary Matt Baker in Nixa, MO in the amount of $200 a month. This is a mission project of the BMA of America.

2. We had committed up to $2,500 to help the Abundant Life in Christ Baptist Church in Charleston, MO for their parking lot. They only needed part of that amount for their parking lot, so the messengers voted to go ahead and send them the balance for their building fund. This church was started as a mission project of some of our local associations a few years ago.

3. Camp Garwood added several improvements at camp before this years state camp and needed to borrow funds from the Revolving
Loan Fund. The messengers voted to send $ 5,000 to the RLF to be applied to that loan in honor of Camp Director Chris Polk and his family for their continuing dedication to the camp ministry. The camp ministry is a mission outreach of our churches where many souls are saved each year.

4. We also voted to send $3,000 to the BMAA Seminary to be applied to the project of putting new roofs on their buildings, The seminary trains pastors and missionaries who serve in the United States and around the world leading many people to
Christ each year and planting churches in new areas.

5. The messengers approved a raise in salary for the Missions Director which is now $650 a month and our by-laws provide that Department ofcers and committee members shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in performance of their duties. In this report the Special Missions Committee meeting expenses in preparation for the annual association and the Director’s expenses are combined. The Special Missions Committee meets a minimum of two times a year. The Director is involved in all aspects of our mission endeavors with the Special Missions Committee acting as advisors and assistants as needed and as directed by the Association.

If you have any questions about the above or any other work of this department contact me or any member of our committee. We are THANKFUL to serve.

James Hoffman, Missions Director

91st Annual Session of the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri

The BMA of Missouri met at Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell for its ninety-first annual meeting October 27, 2018. Twenty-two churches were represented by 49 messengers, with 10 additional churches represented by letter only. After a welcome from
host pastor Ben Kingston and the morning devotional by Bro. Brian Kingston, President Dale Fish called the business meeting
to order.

The body approved a change to the Association Bylaws, moving the Annual Association from the 4th Saturday of October to
the 2nd Saturday. Bro. Dennis Baker read his report outlining liability concerns of the Association and its individual departments. The Association asked the Special Missions Committee to give further consideration into the issues and recommendations highlighted in the report. A motion was passed to spend $1,563 from the Revolving Loan Fund to purchase liability insurance from Brotherhood Mutual to cover the Association for the coming year while the needs and recommendations are under review. Note: As we prepare this issue of the paper Bro. Dennis Baker informed us that insurance has been purchased to cover all the departments of the BMA of MO (except Camp Garwood which has insurance on another Brotherhood Mutual Policy)
and became e?ective November 1, 2018.

Bro. Gene Hankins, Pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in McAlester, OK and Missions Director of the BMA of Oklahoma was invited by the host pastor to come and share what God is doing with their Church Planting efforts in Oklahoma and to bring the morning message. They have a very viable work started northwest of Oklahoma City.His report and message encouraged us to do our best and trust God for results.

BMAA Seminary President, Dr. Charley Holmes spoke to us about the plans, needs and goals of the Seminary, emphasizing the need to raise funds for replacing the roofs on their buildings. The messengers voted to give an o?ering of $3,000 toward this project. Bro. Holmes has led our Seminary very well.

The Association also voted to give Camp Garwood $5,000 from the Missions Fund to be applied to the camp’s indebtedness
with the Revolving Loan Fund. This money was given in honor of the Chris Polk family for their ongoing dedication to the camp
ministry. We also encouraged him to pay himself the back salary for the few months this summer he withheld his pay while funds were low.

Bros. Ben Kingston and Jerry Adams were elected as the President and Vice-President (respectively) for the coming
year. Last year the Association approved a $2,500 gift from the Missions Fund to the Abundant Life in Christ Baptist Church
in Charleston to help with their parking lot expense. However, the actual cost ended up being only $1,445. The Association
voted to give the $1,055 balance to the church for their building.

A standing vote of appreciation was given to Bethel Baptist Church and Pastor Ben Kingston for their hospitality and for
the delicious chicken and steak lunch that was enjoyed by all. This meeting was well attended and the fellowship was
sweet and uplifting causing us to look forward to the next time we can be together. The 2019 Missions Symposium and Semi-Annual Meeting will be held with Grandview Baptist Church in Springfeld (May 17-18). The Annual Association will be at Bethel Baptist Church in Sikeston (Oct. 12).

Don Burke,
Recording Secretary

October 2018 – Mission Director’s Report

How quickly this associational year has passed! It should remind us that what we are going to do needs to be done NOW and not put off to a “later date!” All of us have friends who are lost and need to hear the Gospel. Let’s not wait till it is too late!

Churches need to revitalize their methods and update their outreach. Someday it will be too late! God is patient and kind
but soon His wrath will be poured out against sin and evil. What are we doing to avoid that! May we start this new associational year with a greater desire to be busy about our Father’s Business and may we be able to say at the end of this new year in the Lord’s work that we have been faithful and can rejoice in the fruit of our labors.

We are blessed in many ways and should share the Good News of Jesus every opportunity we have. People are searching for answers and we know WHO has THE answers we need so we can look forward to eternity. God has blessed us with the funds needed to do what we had planned to this year. He will be faithful to provide more funds and the personnel to do the things He want us to do in the year ahead.

Let’s work together to do more for God and reach the lost in the days ahead. We need each other’s support, encouragement, and help and with it more will be accomplished. We are not in competition with one another, but we are encouraged to work together for God’s honor and glory.

That’s what being associated means. It’s part of God’s plan that we help one another in life through our homes and churches. Let’s renew this spirit and let God show what He can do in each of our localities. Continue to pray for God to call men into the ministry who will make the sacrifces necessary to lead our churches to greater heights of labor for the Lord. Look for ways you and your church can help others accomplish God’s will in their lives and ministries.

Thank you for your words of encouragement and for your support of the work of the churches of the BMA of Missouri Missions. There is no limit to what we can do as we follow God in our lives. I have started trying to attend more local association
meetings in an effort to get to know more about what is going on in our churches and to get better acquainted with our people. If you would like for me to visit your annual meetings please let me know ahead of time when your meeting takes place and I will try to come. I look forward to the opportunity.

by James Hoffman

Overseas Bible Schools

As Evangelistic International Ministries wraps up an amazing summer of Overseas Bible School (OBS) and we re?ect on all of the beautiful people that heard the Gospel, we’re in awe and humbled to be servants of Jesus! We were blessed to see the work of God in Shinyanga Tanzania, La Flecha Honduras and Ramnicu Valcea Romania! The cultures are vastly di?erent, but the power of Jesus’ saving grace is universal!!

Each summer we are amazed as God handpicks and prepares each team to come together and serve Him in a foreign country. The teams this summer were most defnitely called by God for His purpose and glory. We started our summer OBS in Shinyanga Tanzania. Renatus Kanunu serves as EIM Tanzania Missionary and he led our team with wisdom and confdence in the Lord. As we traveled Hut to Hut to share the Gospel in the village nearby Renatus’ young church, our team saw the power of the Living Word of God!! The following Sunday there were 22 new visitors in attendance for worship service! In the afternoon we had OBS
in a school close to a village where there are plans to plant a church. Our team led 300 children through scripture from
creation to the cross. Lives were changed, hearts were touched and souls were added to the Kingdom of God thru the work of
the Holy Spirit!

Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Guy, AR sent a fantastic team to serve with us in La Flecha Honduras. Manuel and Maira Lepe have served as EIM Honduras Missionaries for 12 years. We served with them each day in several di?erent schools as we presented the Gospel and gave the children a Shepherd’s Bags. In the afternoon we had OBS at a large school in La Flecha close to Maira and Manuel’s home church. The children and parents loved learning about the love of our creator and his perfect plan for our Savior! Pastor Jose’ served with us throughout the week and I’m excited to hear how he has been able to disciple this community.

To close our summer OBS a team from Antioch East Baptist Church in Magnolia, AR traveled with us to Ramnicu Valcea Romania. Throughout the week we served with Cristi Ciuculescu, Pastor of The Good Shepherd Church. Each morning we went into a gypsy village for OBS. The children and their parents were so excited for someone to care enough to come to them and share the love of Jesus. In the afternoons we had OBS at a soccer arena in Poscesti. Jesus Christ was made famous in both villages!
We have started plans for our 2019 Summer OBS!

Philippines – May 22 – June 1
Honduras – June 22 – June 28
Tanzania – July 10 – July 21
Honduras – August 3 – 9

Please visit our website if you are interested in serving with us next year! “The call of missions is to love Jesus in such a way that we strive to live every single moment committed to being witnesses of the Gospel and it’s transforming power.”

Alicia Jackson, EIM OBS Director,
Mike Goodwin, EIM President

September 2018 – Mission Director’s Report

By the time most of you read this we will be half-way through our fnal month in this associational year. The new associational year begins October 1st and all departments of our work will give their annual reports summarizing what we have done this past year and presenting recommendations for your consideration about what we plan to do in this new year.

Please pray that we will be sensitive to the needs and to God’s plan for meeting those needs. Our host pastor for the annual meeting in October, Ben Kingston, has invited Bro. Gene Hankins to preach in our worship service and I am looking forward to hearing him preach and to visit with him at this meeting. Bro. Hankins is a successful pastor and is also the Missions Director for the BMA of Oklahoma. He has led his church and the BMA of Oklahoma in church planting and I look forward to what he can share with us that might spark a fire of planting churches in our churches here in Missouri.

We continue to pray for churches in Missouri that are searching for pastors and hope God will burden more preachers to get involved in pastoring and not be satisfed with just “preaching” when the opportunities arise. Brethren, we need a burden
for ministry if our churches are going to grow and plant more churches!

Please pray for me as I try to encourage churches and preachers who are discouraged and who are searching for God’s leadership in their ministries. We serve THE MIGHTY GOD and need to give Him our best e?ort in all we do! If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

If you have any ideas that will help us in the work in Missouri PLEASE share them with me or with any member of our Special Missions Committee so we can consider them when we meet before the annual meeting to formulate recommendations about the work in 2018 – 2019. This committee meeting will be taking place within the next few weeks so we need to hear from you as soon
as possible.

The members of this committee are: Ben Kingston, Chairman; Dan Wisely, Clerk; Claude Evans, Russell Chitwood, Dale Fish, Don
Burke, and Brian Meade. These men would welcome your input and help in doing the work the association has given us to do. If you need to meet with the committee that can be arranged if we know of your desire early enough to make the arrangements.

I look forward to working with you and enjoying your fellowship at our annual meeting at Bethel Baptist Church, Lonedell. Let’s pray that the year ahead will be a great year of seeing souls saved, preachers encouraged, and churches growing!

August 2018 – Mission Director’s Report

We continue to have several churches without pastors and it seems there is a shortage of preachers to call upon in times of need. That gets discouraging. At the same time we are hearing that some of our churches are growing and souls are being saved and that is encouraging. We need to remember that God is a loving and gracious God and that He is pleased when we are willing to do our best for Him. As someone has said, “The greatest ability we can have is our ‘availability’ to God. To be available to God and faithful to follow Him is the best we can do.

God is blessing our work and we need to remain faithful to Him until the Lord comes and takes us home. Let’s encourage one another as we work together for His honor and glory. God blessed us with another great camp with the lost being saved and the saved being revived. Remember to mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting of the BMA of Missouri that will take place October 27, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. Pray for a harmonious meeting where we can renew our determination to do God’s will. Pray for our churches to have the leadership they need to fulfill the commission our Lord gave us to go into all the world with His message of salvation. If I can be of help to you or your church please let me know. We can encourage one another and increase our effect on those around us. Remember, it is not “my” work or “yours” but God’s.

by James Hoffman, Mission’s Director

Searching for Pastors

New Testament Baptist Church of Sullivan, Missouri is seeking a full-time, lead Pastor. Average attendance is around 200 in Sunday morning service. The church is located in mid-Missouri on Interstate-44. To submit a resume or for further information, contact Bro. Dave Wright by phone • 314-606-7069 or via e-mail •

First Baptist Church at Bourbon, Missouri is seeking a pastor. To send a resume or for further information, contact the Pulpit Committee Chairman, Kelvin Erickson at (573) 341-2109 or

Missouri State WMA Report Given at Mid-Year Association Meeting

The newly elected (March 2018) President of the Missouri State Women’s Missionary Auxiliary of the Baptist Missionary Association of Missouri gave the report of the WMA at the Mid-Year meeting of the BMA MO. Sis. Barbara Williams (Emmanuel,
St. Louis) did a great job informing the messengers and visitors about the work of the WMA and all that the ladies of our churches are doing for the Lord. What a blessing to learn all that is going on in our work!

Faithful Member of Mt. Zion, Poplar Blu? Called Home

Dorothy Nell Goldschmidt, age 94, of Fisk, MO, died Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Swift Creek Residential Facility, in Poplar Blu?, MO. She was born October 13, 1923 at Coon Island, MO, daughter of the late George and Lillian (Scoggins) McBroom.

She taught at several area schools during the 1940’s and enjoyed raising her children on the farm and being active in school functions. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Poplar Blu? since the 1940’s. Dorothy also enjoyed writing autobiographical poetry to commemorate people’s lives. July 11, 1942 she married Arthur L. Goldschmidt. He preceded her in death May 23, 2005. She is survived by one daughter: Jolene Kingery and husband Gayle of Poplar Blu?; one son: Larry Goldschmidt and wife Linda of Fisk; nine Grandchildren: Doug Goldschmidt, Nathan (Bree) Goldschmidt, Logan (Alisha) Goldschmidt, Pamela (Matthew) Hudson, Nancy (Brian) Markus, HaSue (Je?) Fryer, David (Amy) Kingery, Travis Kingery, and Jonathan Kingery; 11 great grandchildren: Nicole Fryer, Jesse Lamb, Earl Arthur Lamb, Lucas Kingery, Emma Kingery, Lane Kingery, Elliott Goldschmidt, Lela Claire Goldschmidt, Reese Hudson, Quinn Hudson, and Oliver Henry Goldschmidt.

She was preceded in death by one son: Jackie Goldschmidt; two grandchildren: Holly Michelle Goldschmidt and Michael Earl Kingery; two sisters: Evelyn Fickert and Louise Vines; and two brothers: Lex and Max McBroom. Visitation was at 10:00 a.m.
June 23, 2018 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services followed at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Matthew Johnson offciating. Burial was in Shain Memorial Cemetery at Fisk. Memorials may be made to Fisk Library, c/o Susan Williams, 919 County Road 579 Fisk, MO 63940, or a Charity of your choice.

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