Will I See My Loved Ones Again Who Have Died and Lie Buried?

Job 19:26-27 – “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

II Samuel 12:22 – “And he said, while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: For I said, who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

John 11:23-24 – “Jesus saith unto her, thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. “

Acts 1:3 – “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

I Thessalonians 4:13, 17, 18 – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope…. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.”

We are permitted and encouraged by the Holy Word to anticipate reunion with our loved ones who have died in the Lord.
Submitted By: Charity Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Bismarck, Missouri

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First, Matthews GMA’s Receive Awards

Our GMA girls at Matthews received awards on 3/28/18. The girls are shown here reciting the Aim, Allegiance, and Watchword. The girls have been working hard on their steps and memorizing scripture. We work with a group of girls in New Madrid on Tuesdays and at Matthews on Wednesday nights. The girls are also getting ready for national camp this summer in Texas.

Matthews GMA’s Reciting the Aim, Allegiance, and Watchword

Matthews GMA’s Reciting the Aim, Allegiance, and Watchword


Lila Echert receiving her GMA award from Shelia Polk and Karen Magee

Lila Echert receiving her GMA
award from Shelia Polk and
Karen Magee

Missions Symposium & Mid-year Meeting

May 18th at 7:00 p.m. • May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Zion Baptist Church • St. Louis
Offering, Designated as a love offering for Bro. David Griggs. Come and meet 2 new foreign missionaries

April 2018 – Mission Director’s Report

Last Reminder ••• in the March issue I wrote about the states where we have churches working together in disaster relief and the need for our churches in Missouri to get involved in establishing a data base of our people who are willing to help when
natural disasters occur. Thus far I have had two ladies contact me showing an interest in helping get this started.

I am asking again anyone who would like to help in getting this started to please contact me between now and our Mid-year meeting. All I am looking for at this time is people who are willing to help establish this data base. Later we will be searching for those who are willing to go when help is needed. Sometime after our midyear meeting we will contact those who have notified me and try to get organized in this e?ort. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Don’t Forget ••• to make
plans to give a love o?ering (as an individual or a church) for Bro. David Griggs and bring it to the Missions Symposium at Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis May 18, 2018. If you do not plan to attend the symposium but want to help with this love
o?ering please mail it to:

BMAMO Missions
176 Bear Creek Dr.
Wentzville, MO 63385

Please make your check out to BMAMO Missions and designate it for “David Griggs Love Offering.” Bro. David has been a
faithful pastor of churches in Missouri for many years and has gone through several hospitalizations, therapy sessions and other procedures since last summer. This offering will help him with expenses and let him know we love and appreciate him.
If you have any questions please contact me by e-mail (mmbpaper@charter.net) or by phone (314-277-8644)
Please Attend ••• the BMAMO 2018 Missions Symposium May 18, 2018. This year we will have two Missionaries and their families with us to present the work God has laid on their hearts. This will be a great opportunity to meet Bro. Larry and Sis. Tammy Wood and hear about their desire to work in Ukraine. Also, Bro. Jimmy and Sis. Julie Walker and their 5 children will be
with us and share their hearts for the work on the island of Negros, Philippines. This should be an exciting time for all of us!

Show Your Willingness ••• to get acquainted, cooperate, fellowship and enjoy our brothers and sisters in the other churches of the BMA of Missouri as we gather May 19, 2018 at Zion Baptist Church in St. Louis for our mid-year meeting. We need
to get to know each other better, to work together to further His Kingdom, and to encourage one another as we seek His Will in what we do all across the State of Missouri and surrounding areas.

We will hear reports from the various departments of our work, make decisions that will a?ect our actions, and take time to worship our great God. The directors and committees of our various departments will offer ideas and recommendations that pertain to their work and ask for your permission (as representatives of your churches) to do what needs to be done. We NEED YOU to come and help us in this meeting!

Come praying for a harmonious meeting and expecting blessings as we fellowship with each other. We look forward to seeing you at Zion Baptist Church.

Symposium – Starting Time • 7:00 p.m. Friday
Mid Year Meeting – Starting Time • 9:00 a.m. Saturday

“Together We Can”

A message from BMAA President Paul White

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford. Being a part of something greater then ourselves is a God given privilege a?orded to the local church through being a part of an association. Attendance at local, state and national association meetings should be driven by a need-to attend (Proverbs 11:14) rather than a want-to attend mentality.

Like the strands of a rope that give it it’s strength, (Ecclesiastes 4:12) likewise, every church’s participation in our
association increases her strength and ability to fulfill the great commission. Everything is in place and in a few days, we will be converging on the city of Jackson, Mississippi for a time of Praise and Worship intermingled with our associations business.

From the God and Country Rally Monday night, annual message Tuesday night, through the call to the BMAA choir Wednesday
afternoon and the commissioning service on Wednesday night this year’s meeting will surely be one to remember.The following services will be available on live stream on bmalife.com/tv. Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night, and Wednesday afternoon during the BMAA Choir and Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony.

This year I will be ending my term as your President. I want to thank you for having allowed me this honor and privilege to serve.

Join the BMAA Choir!

I have been given the honor and privilege of leading the worship this year at the BMAA meeting in Jackson, Miss. On Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m., we are going to be forming a BMAA choir, and that is where I will need your help!

Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and sing at this time. Please spread the word to everyone you can think of who
might be interested in singing with us. I have chosen four songs — Standing On The Promises, How Great Is Our God, What A Day That Will Be and Chain Breaker. A copy of the words to all the songs will be distributed as the choir goes on stage at the meeting.

I’m sure everyone is very familiar with the first three songs. The only “new” song is Chain Breaker, and it can be heard at youtube (or Google Chain Breaker by Zach Williams). I chose to end with this song because that is the message and testimony we can all declare together in Christ. Once we were all bound by chains of sin, but as believers we have experienced true freedom in Christ!

2018 God & Country Rally

Jackson, Mississippi Convention Center
BMAA Annual Meeting
Monday Evening
April 16, 7:00 p.m.

A Special Welcome to all our churches, pastors, Christian workers, and messengers to be a part of this special American event! Your presence will declare our need to pray for and rejoice in our great nation, the United States of America.
Dr. John M. Adams,
Executive Director Moral Action

BMA Annual Church Survey Deadline is March 31st!

By providing the most up-to-date information, your church helps BMA America connect, build relationships and understand the impact BMA churches are making through their local communities with the gospel. Please choose one of the following options to provide BMA America with the most accurate information for your church. What Can My Church Do?
1. Visit bmaamerica.org to view and edit your church information. Once on the web site, select the “BMA Churches” tab listed at the top, then click on “BMA Church Log In.”
2. Fill out the pre-populated survey you received in the mail and mail to:
BMA America
PO Box 1188
Conway, AR 72033
3. Request an e-mail or paper copy of the survey by contacting Lauren Noland in the Information Services department at 501-358-4007 or lauren@bmaamerica.org Remember, the deadline is MARCH 31, 2018!

2017 Alive Conference

First, we want to say “Thank You” to everyone who helped make the Student ALIVE Conference possible. It is a life changing experience that couldn’t go on without the help of many leaders in our churches. We would also like to say a special “Thank
You” to our speaker, Donny Parish. Donny captured our attention this year and brought us several messages on being transformed. Romans 12:1-2 was the focus of the messages during our weekend stay.

Bro. Donny Parish Teaching The Word

Over the course of four sessions, Donny dug into what Romans 12:1-2 says about our relationship with God and how we can become more like Him. Thursday night, Donny introduced being transformed, that it only comes when we recognized the “mercy of God” — Jesus’ death on Calvary. Accepting God’s mercy is the first step to becoming transformed.

Friday morning, Donny addressed what it means to be a living sacrifice. After accepting God’s mercy, we must become a living sacrifice so God can work through us. Being a living sacrifice entails living a life of mercy, bringing your body (everything you are), and making the choice to stay on the altar and not get off. When we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, God can then transform us by the renewing of our minds.

Bro. Donny Driving Home Another Point About Being Transformed

Bro. Donny Driving Home Another Point About Being Transformed

Friday evening, Donny unfolded what it means to be renewed and why we should not conform to this world. By not conforming, we are able to open our minds to what transformations may come and to the renewal that is necessary. To be renewed, a person must pray for renewal, study God’s Word, and become a disciple of Jesus. When our minds are renewed, we can clear the clutter the world brings and focus on our Creator and the life God has for us. When all these things are applied to one’s life, we can prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Summer Hill, Our Worship Team, leading us in Praise to God

Summer Hill, Our Worship Team, leading us in Praise to God


Saturday morning, Donny wrapped up the weekend by showing us when we are transformed, we will become more like God and show the fruits of His glory. The theme of ALIVE Student Conference was to not arrive transformed but to continue becoming transformed. On top of our four sessions with Donny, we had a small special session with him where we learned about LifeWord and what they do for people around the world. Many of us were challenged to take a leap of faith and join a mission group for over the summer. It sparked many conversations and helped us understand the need for the Gospel and how God’s people are spreading the Word.

Other than the sessions we attended, we were able to go to the Rec Plex and participate in a plethora of activities. There was ice skating, broom hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming, and a lounge area where anyone could sit and play card games. It was a great time and we all had a blast getting rid of excess energy. We were also able to go to West County Mall where we shopped and ate as many samples in the food court as we could.

Late Friday evening, we were entertained by illusionist, Jared Hall.

Illusionist Jared Hall & “Assistant”

Illusionist Jared Hall & “Assistant”

He did an outstanding job getting us to laugh and be amazed at his talent. A big take away from this conference is the process of being transformed. Donny said being transformed is not reaching the top of the mountain but is the climb up it. It is easy to get caught up with busy schedules and things in today’s society, but the goal is to continue to be a living sacrifice and do our best for God. When we transform, we show God’s light to the world and become more like Him.

We thank everyone again for making ALIVE Student Conference 2017 happen and can’t wait for next year!


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