When does the routine or the expected become remarkable? David Whipple, Executive Director of ChurchCare In my mind a story is worthy of a remark when we are praising God for what He is accomplishing. If we are just giving a report then “just the facts” are necessary. Tell me what has been accomplished. The back story is usually more interesting and revealing of how God uses our routine activities to bring glory to Himself. ChurchCare missionary builders slogged through what should have been a relatively routine building project at First Baptist Church in Niles, Ohio this past summer and fall. I am not implying that First Baptist was [...]
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Bob and Penny Toomer moved to Utah thirty-one years ago to help establish Baptist churches. They have been involved with four mission churches and helped start a Christian ranch. They are currently serving at Mountain View Baptist Church in Grantsville in a number of capacities: youth leader, assistant pastor, filling the pulpit when the missionary pastor, Ron Ehmann, is traveling and doing small group Bible studies. Another major part of our ministry is traveling extensively doing round pen demonstrations for churches as an outreach. This unique ministry allows people to hear the gospel while watching the training of a horse in the round pen. Bob and Penny enjoy being active [...]
The people at Grace Baptist Church have faced some great challenges, but they also have seen God work in greater ways. In 2015 they were without a pastor, meeting in a building that held 60 people, and were down to about 12 members. Yet God was not finished with them. Through past discussions with a real estate agent, and the help of deacon Michael Ronning, the group engaged in a transaction of faith and sold their present building and property to a developer, and moved 4 miles to a new church property that seated over 200. This new property included over 11,000 sf with 2 buildings. The prior church people [...]
Carlos, Issa and daughter, Rebecca - taken in August of 2016. According to recent statistics, over 56 million Hispanics live in the U.S. That’s more than the entire population of Central America (that’s 7 countries.) In fact, the Hispanic population surpassed the Anglo population in California in 2014. It’s undeniable – the mission field has certainly come to America! One part of that vast mission field is in Hayward, CA where BCP missionaries, Carlos and Issa Vasquez, serve in the ministry of Iglesia Bíblica la Roca – Bautista Independiente. This church plant presently meets on Sunday afternoons in the facilities of an English-speaking church, Fairway Park Baptist Church in Hayward. [...]
Don and Joyce Shade serve as Tentmakers at Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA. Tentmakers are mature lay people who are financially self-supported and led of the Lord to aid missionaries and church plants. Don drives truck for Costco Wholesale, and Joyce teaches high school chemistry and physics, but they, with their boys Richie, Lee, Benny and John, are an integral part of the church planting team with missionaries Tim and Susan Heinrich. Don serves as the only deacon right now, teaches the adult Sunday school class and is the head usher. He is also the church Treasurer, and Joyce is the Financial Secretary right now. They both assist Tim [...]
Ulysses and Augustine Bestey have served as BCP church planters since 1997. They are faithfully proclaiming the Gospel and nurturing saints at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. In May they had three baptisms—an eight-year-old girl and ten-year-old girl with her father. In June they had two baby dedications and two candidates for membership. Every first Saturday of the month Ulysses serves as volunteer chaplain at the City Union Mission, a homeless shelter, and he also serves voluntarily on the faculty at Carver Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary & Institute. Ulysses is working as the Assistant Director at Paseo Baptist Learning Center in Greater Kansas City, Missouri, where Augustine also served [...]
Miguel and Ana, both from Colombia, South America, faithfully served in ministry for over 20 years in several Latin American countries before coming to the United States. While planting a church in Waterloo, Iowa, Miguel and Ana realized they needed to partner with a mission agency, so in 2000 they attended Baptist Church Planters’ candidate school and became official missionaries. They faithfully built up the body of believers in Waterloo and are now presently serving at another church plant, Iglesia Bautista Hispana in Seminole, FL (meeting at Starkey Road Baptist Church.) This past year, the Quintanas rejoiced to see these blessings: 1) Their Hispanic group meets in a small church [...]
March 22-24 were days of blessings, challenge and encouragement from the Word of God as we hosted our second tri-annual Leadership Summit at the Ministry Center in Grafton, Ohio. Missionaries from coast to coast, as well as many of our board members and a few special visitors, took part in this intensive training program themed Expect More. Missionary church planter Jim Mitchell from Thousand Oaks, CA, shared that the greatest blessing received was “good Bible teaching related to where we live as church planters.” Through expository preaching and practical teaching, the speakers shared ways that God helps us be the leaders, shepherds, evangelists and encouragers that He gives us the [...]