Report from Peter and Mary Lou Jenks: It has been a busy and productive summer in Nebraska. One of the highlights was the Day Camp at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp, which is located between the two church plants where we serve. Buses arrive on Monday morning and bring children K-6th grade to the camp. Most of these children attend our JOY Clubs at Victory Baptist Church in Fullerton and Grace Baptist Church in Genoa. This year over 100 children were ministered to at the camp. The program was led by two mission groups that teamed up: one from Lincoln, NE, and the other from Ames, IA. The closing program [...]
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Are you discouraged? Have you been downcast? Do you know others who feel faint-hearted? Chapter six of Galatians is God’s instruction for us how we are to deal with the frailties of this life. Hear this in Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” It is hard for me to think of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of the Bible. This man continued to be faithful in such adverse conditions. Praise the [...]
Serving Christ is undoubtedly an inheritance we can never lose and a joy that can never be diminished, and the body at Desert Hills Baptist is blessed beyond measure. While spring reminds us of new life coming, we have been reminded of new blessings bestowed and upcoming here in Buckeye, Arizona. This is how BCP missionary church planter and wife, Adam and Elizabeth Zamora feel! The ministry has seen growth not just in numbers (we now host an 8:45 and 10:30 service to help with parking and seating) but in ministry participation. We have recently finished a sermon series on Christian Habits. Families were excited to share steps they need [...]
We are so privileged to be serving in West Virginia at Galilean Baptist Church. As in most churches, we have our ups and downs. We started 2018 saying goodbye to one of our key men who was promoted to glory in early January. Even in that we have been able to see God’s mighty hand at work. Jim Evan’s prayer for as long as we have been at Galilean is that his 2 daughters and their families would start attending church again and that the family members who are not saved would get saved. Since Jim’s home going, his two daughters have been attending regularly with their children, and on [...]
A key word for us this year has been transition. At the end of 2017 we were beginning our transition out of Thousand Oaks, CA. After ministering there for 3 years, the Lord brought that church back to a position where they could again call a full-time pastor. As we sought God's will for our lives, two churches in CO contacted us for help. The one church was a new plant, two and a half years old, whose pastor was leaving to help plant another church. It was comprised of young families and filled with promise. This is the church we believed God wanted us to help, so at the [...]
Building a beautiful marriage is strikingly similar to building a beautiful house. In any construction project there is a certain amount of dust which is the evidence of progress being made. While there may not be literal dust in constructing a beautiful marriage, there certainly is evidence that it is taking place. All of us at Baptist Church Planters are excited to announce that my latest book is now available for purchase. We want to put it in the hands of every pastor, church librarian, Biblical counselor, small group Bible study leader, and couple of every age! May we present to you a dozen ways this exciting new book can [...]
Greetings from New Jersey! Please allow me to share with you some of the things that the Lord has been doing in our ministry during the past year! After twenty-three years of meeting in a converted 3-bedroom row-house in the City of Camden, one of the poorest cities in the nation, on January 7, 2018, we were able to relocate to the Township of Pennsauken by renting four rooms at a Lutheran Church. We presently conduct our Sunday morning service in their fellowship-hall while our nursery children, primaries and teens meet in three additional rooms. In Camden, we have ministered the gospel to hundreds of families, and have seen many [...]
In this issue: Meet the BCP team; What does revitalization mean?; Give for the fun of it!; "Priorities of a Servant-Sending Church," part 2; Family Camp report; "The Importance of a Partner"; "Meet our Retiree"