THE COMMUNICATOR

 
 

Reflections

On Monday, October 6, messengers and guests will convene for the 98th annual meeting of the association. First Baptist Church, Laurel, will host the respective sessions that begin at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations for the meal are strongly

advised. This year’s theme is: “A Call to Action: Understanding the Burdens of Ministry.” Dr. Tommy Mitchell, pastor at FBC, Agricola, will deliver the afternoon message and Jonathan McKenzie, FBC, Laurel will lead the music. Dr. Dean Register, pastor of Crosspoint Community Church, Hattiesburg, will speak during the evening session and Jeff Aplin, Magnolia BC, will lead the music. At the conclusion of the 6:30 p.m. session, pastors and staff will be asked to stand and members of their respective congregations will gather around them to offer affirmation, encouragement and prayer. Representatives from South Central Regional Medical Center and Crossroads Counseling Center will have materials for distribution. Also, resources on observing Clergy Appreciation Month and “Praying for Your Pastor” will be available to churches. An offering will be received during the 6:30 p.m. session for the Flowers Associational Missions Offering fund. Monies from this account are available to fund student scholarships, assist missions volunteers and provide help to ministers and their families in times of special need. Please see that your congregation is well represented at the sessions, especially the 6:30 p.m. session. I look forward to seeing you on October 6! TAN 
BSU
 
Dear friends of BSU, Greetings from your BSU at Jones. I hope that this finds you doing well in these hot days of late summer. Summer has come and gone, our summer missionaries have returned, and school is in full swing. It has been an extremely busy time for us at your BSU. I would like to share a few highlights with you so you can see what the Lord is doing here and that you will know better how to pray for us. We started the semester with a 1 day leadership training and planning time. Then we kicked of the year with Dorm Move In on August 17 & 18 and a special Sunday night worship service to welcome students to JCJC. I am grateful for all of the help as we moved students into the dorms. In addition to 10-12 students, we had help from several area churches. A special thanks to FBC Ellisville, Indian Springs, The Circle, County Line & Tucker’s Crossing for helping with this outreach project. We also set up a tent on campus 3 days during the first week of school in an effort to meet students and hand out info on the BSU. We handed out 600 bottles of cold water and 2200 flyers in the August heat. We also hosted a Back-to-School party with 75 in attendance. This year marks the launch of something new. We have partnered with the Threads college ministry of FBC Ellisville and several other churches to host the weekly gathering at the BSU Wednesday nights at 8:25, and we have seen attendance grow from 121 to 134 so far. We have also seen a number of students sign up for small group Bible studies, nursing home ministry and other ministry projects through BSU. We have seen an increase in cooperation and unity of spirit and purpose in reaching and disciplining students on campus. I am very encouraged by these efforts. So far we have seen 2 students come to faith in Jesus in the first 2 weeks of school; may that trend continue. We are seeing much interest in Bible study and evangelism on campus as well as an interest in missions. I am excited to see what the Lord has already been doing at Jones in the few short weeks school has been in session, and I am eager to see what more the Lord will do at Jones this year. I would also like to welcome Brock Langley to our staff. We recently hired Brock to serve as our intern responsible for Court St. Coffee, and he is doing a good job. We have also seen an increase in business, which is a welcome change. This may be the year that our coffee ministry really begins to flourish. Please pray for the 2 new converts as we seek to disciple them. Pray for more fruit of the gospel this year. Pray for energy for the work of the ministry of BSU. Pray for the health of our staff and their families. Pray for our coffee shop. We really appreciate all of your prayers and support. May God richly bless you for your love and support. Sincerely, Frank Porter
 
 

Missional Mobilization

Outside the 4 Walls of the church

The Past….The Present…The Future

2007-2011

 

Obedience to the Call of Jesus!

HE is at work!

 

HE called out more than 700 people from Jones County Baptist churches to serve our community at the South MS fair. Lives were changed and people were saved.
 
HE built Court St. Coffee, the coffee shop located at the Baptist Student Union at JCJC. Lives are being touched and the gospel is being shared both locally and globally through this ministry.
 
HE provided over 500 backpacks & school supplies for needy children in Jones County and City Schools. He loves children.
 
HE has allowed the purchase of two ministry trailers (the Evangelistic Block Party Trailer & Disaster Relief Trailer) that are being used to meet the needs of lost and hurting people in Jones County and beyond.
 
HE called for the obedience of an 86 year old senior adult to travel to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver to minister to the people of the World. She obeyed.
 
HE met the needs of children and families that were adopted by our Churches during the Christmas season. Families are now being impacted by the gospel and Churches are reaping the harvest.
 
HE has given life to a dying church because people prayed and people acted in obedience to His call.
 
HE has opened the door for ministry in our public schools through Bible clubs, prayer walking, and athletic events. Lives are being changed and whole families are being saved.
 

HE has called pastors and believers in Jones County to start new churches, so that the lost and the 36,000 unchurched people living among us will hear the gospel and as a result communities will be changed and people will know Him.

 

What more will HE do?

 

I was hungry and you fed me,

I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,

I was homeless and you game me a room,

I was shivering and you gave me clothes,

I was sick and you stopped to visit,

I was in prison and you came to me…

 

This renewed urgency to obey God’s commands to take the Christian call outside the church and to the people was the result of severaI encounters I’ve had with dire human need which exists not solely in the far reaches of the world, but here within miles of our churches. In the past month and even in the most recent days, I have encountered heartbreaking situations of immense suffering. The discovery of three families, all very different in nature but similar in need, has troubled my soul and has prompted me to take literally God’s command to help the homeless:

 

First: A Family of Eight: A dad, mom, four children, and two grandparents. A word picture of their situation would essentially amount to a Third World scene housed inside trailer walls.
 
Second: A Family Living in a Car: Because of confidentiality, I’m unable to share details at this time about this situation. Again, the need is great.
 

Third: A Mother and Her Son Facing Eviction: This, too, is a confidential situation. In a matter of days, a mother in her thirties and her little boy will have to leave a travel trailer in which they have been living. Their future is unknown.

God has planted a mission within my heart to shelter the poor which I cannot escape: In Matthew 25:35-36 Jesus was not making idle conversation with His disciples as He painted word pictures of the homeless and the hurting. As a disciple with the same obedience to my Master, I am compelled to act upon the powerful words of Jesus—I must not neglect suffering humanity. I must not neglect Jesus: “As ye have done this unto the least of these,

you did it unto me.”

Will you join me in finding ways to address the needs that are listed above? Will you pray for wisdom and guidance for how we as God’s people can respond to these circumstances? My personal pray is that Christ will use us together to be His hands and His feet in the days ahead. If you would like additional information concerning these needs or if you have suggestion on how to help address these issues please contact Rena at the JCBA office.

 

Missional Mobilization Coordinator

Rena Register