The Administration and staff of Baptist Church Planters would like to offer our condolences to the family of Fred Henzler at his Homegoing on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Fred was a faithful servant with BCP for many years and served in several positions of leadership. One of Fred’s passions was for those in law enforcement and he served as chaplain for his local division even after he was physically unable to go to the office. Fred will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Tim and Susan Heinrich – Church Planters at Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA
Monday, Jan. 20
Please remember the Heinrich family in prayer as they plan the funeral services for Susan’s mom, Shirley Shimp, who passed away on Sunday. Services will be on Saturday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Tracy, CA. Cards may be sent to Tim and Susan at 1220 Appalosa Way, Tracy, CA 95376.
Herb and Wanda Taylor – Director of Missionary Care, Coordinator of Hispanic Ministries
It was the fall of 1987, our first year of traveling in missionary evangelism, and our home was a 24 ft. travel trailer. That November we held a week of special meetings at Faith Baptist Church in Toms River, NJ where Pastor Joel Spiecker and his wife, Sandy, were serving in their second year of ministry. Throughout that week a special friendship formed and for over the next thirty years we ministered at Faith Baptist every fall (we missed only a few years) and they became a faithful supporting church. Recently, we participated in the retirement celebration for Pastor Joel and Sandy as well as the installation service for the new pastor, Pastor Mark Doane and his wife, Rebecca. What a joy it is to have these special ministry partners. They help make this ministry all possible!
We recently asked for your prayers concerning our need for an increase of $500 in our monthly support due to fluctuating monthly support, increased health care costs, and supplementing ministry expenses. We rejoice that $200 per month has been promised toward this need!
Brent and Michele Howard – ChurchCare Construction Builders
I have a strong drive to share with you about all that has happened in our lives since our last prayer letter. Prepare yourselves because it is a lot. Time has gotten away from me in the busyness of the last few months of 2019!
When I last wrote, we were preparing to drive to Newfield, NY for a missions conference and then continue on to Camden, NY to replace the roof on Servants Baptist Church. The missions conference was very profitable and enjoyable, and the roof project proceeded as planned. We had Lee Bowman from First Baptist Church of Niles, OH and a group from Newfield, NY drive up to help Ron Cornell and us. There were several from the church that pitched in also.
When we returned to Niles the drive to get the roof shingled at First Baptist Church of Niles, OH pushed us to work pretty hard. I was able help for some of it, but having injured my back in New York, we were thankful for some from the church that stepped in to help Brent and Ron do the large section of roof. Praise the Lord for helpers and healing.
The end of October brought a much-anticipated trip for Brent and me. For several years we had been planning to take a big hunting trip to celebrate our 20-25th anniversaries. We are thankful for the opportunity to drive out to Colorado for a mule deer hunt with Dave and Diana Whipple and Steve Little. God blessed us with a perfect week to hunt in this beautiful country as we hiked many miles a day in search of the two mule deer that we brought home. The last day there we tried to drive deer up to Steve on the top of the mountain, but quickly learned that you do not use this method of hunting in these rugged mountains full of places to hide.
The drive back to Ohio was during a pretty severe winter storm. We thank the Lord for His answered prayers for safety on this trip and as we drive around every day. We understand that we are under His protection and we are grateful! Praise the Lord with us for His safety.
We were back in Niles for one day and I was able to attend the Ohio Women Missions Union retreat at the Carlisle Inn in Amish country. What a beautiful drive through the scenic countryside we had. It was fun to be able to spend time with my sister, Stephanie, there also! Four days later I had the opportunity to minister to my friend Amy Vair and her family as she recovered from a serious infection after her c-section. I was so blessed to be able to spend time with her and help care for her sweet little boys. Praise God for spiritual refreshment and serving others.
Our kids continue to do well. Thank you for praying for them! Riley is at our home in Grafton. He continues to work for Paul Duffy doing trim carpentry. After a tragic accident took his puppy in September, he was able to get a new puppy, Diesel, in November. Ryanne continues at Faith Baptist Bible College. She was on the Dean’s list with a 4.0 last semester. We are so proud of her as she worked her job at dining services twice as much as the previous semester and still maintained those great grades. She is scheduled to complete her two-year degree debt free in the spring of this year. She is looking at camp ministry for the summer, possibly in Alaska. Praise the Lord our kids serve Him.
We enjoyed the holidays at home in Grafton with our children. Since that time, we have been working inside the building toward completion sometime in early spring. We continue to drive screws into drywall, blow insulation, pour concrete in the steps, and work towards building an addition that will be used to glorify God. Please pray for clear direction for those who decide about our next job.
My favorite Psalm is the first one. It challenges me to be careful with whom I keep company (vs. 1). It encourages me to be in God’s word (vs. 2). It reminds me that the Lord can bring forth fruit in my life in His time (vs. 3). It comforts me that the Lord knows my way and I will not be driven away like chaff. (vs.4-6). Take a minute to read it and think about where you are at in your relationship with the Lord. Pray for us to continue to be faithful in our relationship with our Lord.