Mission Blog

Church Planter Spotlight – Spencer Simpson

This week’s church planter spotlight is focused on Spencer Simpson. Spencer is the lead planter at Redeemer’s Love in Houston, TX. We asked him ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

I am single right now.

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

I have been the lead planter at Redeemer’s Love for 1 Year and 8 months.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

Southwest Houston is one of the most diverse areas in the entire United States. There are many immigrant communities surrounding our mission, and a great need for the Gospel to be proclaimed in the midst of them.

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

We have large populations of West African, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Central American, and Middle Eastern immigrants. They tend to stay close together, and there are usually entire apartment complexes and neighborhoods populated by one group.

How is your daily time with God?

My time with the Lord is how I begin my day. I am currently reading through the Gospel of John. I use the time before bed as an opportunity to pray for the church and other things that are coming in the next day and week.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy fishing, reading,  & camping!

What is your favorite theme park ride?

My favorite theme park ride are roller coasters!

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place is The Lanier Theological Library here in Houston.

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

I often get discouraged when a lot of our regular attendees choose other events or leisure time over being at our Sunday service. Prayer would be appreciated for their commitment as well as my patience with them, and with the Lord. Another area is in pushing our regulars (Some soon to be members) to be doing evangelism and making disciples. It has taken 7 months to break down the idea that it’s just the pastor’s job to do those things. I’m praying that their hearts have been prepared by the Word and our guidance to be effective disciple makers.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

Six of our regulars are considering membership, and will be attending membership classes in May! We are excited to see them commit beyond just attending and it is very encouraging to see them grow spiritually!

Please pray for Spencer as he continues to plant Redeemer’s Love in Houston. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Spencer Simpson.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.

Church Planter Spotlight – Kingsley Nduka

This week’s church planter spotlight is focused on Kingsley Nduka and his family. Kingsley and his wife are resident interns at Redeemer’s Love in Houston, TX. We asked Kingsley ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

I was born into a Christian Catholic family in the year 1976 on February 26th. I grew up in the family of seven sisters and three brothers. As a child, I knew my mother was a Christian because she woke us up by 5:30 am to pray every day and made us pray before eating anything. My father was not a Christian, but, to the glory of God, in 2016 I led him to Christ. I got married on July 29th, 2006, to my Joy and friend, Joy Nduka and on February 28th, 2012, we gave birth to our Testimony, Ebubechukwu Nduka.

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

We have been planting in Houston for 10 months.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

Ethnically diverse, with a growing population of immigrants.

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

There are many immigrants in our field.

How is your daily time with God?

It is filled with the desire to know more about Him and His will for my life by the day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and fishing.

What is your favorite theme park ride?

I’m not sure if I have a favorite.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

I don’t particularly have any favorite place.

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

Pray that the peace of God will dwell in the heart of my wife, my son and I, until we reconnect together.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

I am looking forward to leaving Redeemer’s Love where am serving and hoping, in December 2019, to focus and prepare on the new church plant work at “The Bridge Houston Baptist Church.” This work will start in June 2020, after my graduation from seminary in May 2020.

 

Please pray for Kingsley and Joy as they continue to serve at Redeemer’s Love in Houston. Pray for them as they move out of internship soon and into a new church plant. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Kingsley Nduka.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.

Church Planter Spotlight – Jaime Garcia

This week’s church planter spotlight is focused on Jaime Garcia and his family. Jaime and his wife are actively planting Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida in Mesquite, TX and Gilmer, TX. We asked Jaime ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

My family is small and beautiful, with a missionary heart willing to carry the Name of Jesus to the families of each place, always wishing that people hear about God.

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

Approximately 11 months in Gilmer TX and traveling to Mesquite approximately 2 years serving in home Bible studies with evangelization house to house.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

Much need of the Gospel, families that are idolatrous and badly indoctrinated.

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

Hispanic people from different countries and different cultures.

How is your daily time with God?

I try to have a very intimate and quality time with Him. For me it is very essential because it is through intimacy with Him, that you get answers and the firmness to continue.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Fishing and playing futbol with my son Isaac.

What is your favorite subject?

The promises of God.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place is Cancun, Mexico.

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

I believe that the minister of the Gospel always has different challenges and more when he is in the mission field. One of them would be the administration of my time. I want to serve full time and it is a challenge that I know that with the help of God I will achieve it.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

The tears of a repentant sinner. That breaks my heart and gives me enough reasons to continue doing the missionary work.

Please pray for Jaime and Gloria as they continue to plant in Gilmer and Mesquite. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Jaime Garcia.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.

April Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

The New Testament tells the story of a rapidly expanding church movement. People were being discipled and churches were forming all over the world. We need such a movement in Texas to give every man, woman and child the opportunity to hear about and receive Jesus. Our population is exploding. God is mixing world populations. The nations, tribes and tongues are moving to Texas. The problem is, there are no such movements in any western culture. They exist in other cultures but not the USA or Europe.

Elements of a Kingdom building movement are:

  1. An understanding that Jesus is Lord of His church, every believer and His mission
  2. Disciple Making- invitation to follow, help in following, and released to follow
  3. Missional Impulse-a burden that every man, woman, and child can hear and know Jesus
  4. Equipping and releasing leaders
  5. Healthy Reproducible Systems
  6. Risk and Faith

Contrast that with a Common Western Institutional Model

  1. Competing identity and rule
  2. Programming
  3. Marketing
  4. Recruiting and Holding Volunteers
  5. Controlling Structures
  6. Risk Avoidance

Your Texas missions department seeks to be and promote a movement among the churches we are starting. We are seeing the seeds.

1. We believe Jesus is Lord of each church, this department, each mission, and his mission. Our Value that reflects this is, “Plant unique churches that glorify God while reaching into unique and diverse pockets of lost people.” Our efforts are diverse because we leave room for God to call uniquely gifted and prepared men to reach into unique pockets of lost people.

2. Our mission is to make disciples. Every mission has a disciple making strategy. Our value is, “Plant churches that demonstrate a genuine commitment to multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.”

3. Our churches share a burden to see the gospel presented and offered to everyone in their reach. Our value is to, “Plant churches to reach the lost.”

4. We recognize that every follower is a minister and proclaimer of the gospel. God has placed them in time, location, relationships in order to make disciples. These people belong to God and he has the right to assign and reassign. The church is to equip and release them for their unique ministry engagement. Again, our value states, “Plant churches that demonstrate a genuine commitment to multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.” Five of your mission churches have already sent out planting teams. Several existing BMA churches are also currently planting churches. Last week I was blessed to be in a unique send service. Westside Baptist Church in Nacogdoches is currently supporting and hosting the Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Renacer Mission. Last Sunday, the church and mission celebrated together as they laid on hands and sent a missionary from this Hispanic mission to start a new church in Dallas. That is equipping and releasing leaders.

5. We are creating systems that reproduce and are based on sound biblical principals. All of our equipping tools are applicable to any context and we freely give them away. Our value is, “Plant churches with prepared, equipped and cared for church planters.”

6. If God asks us to do it, it will be bigger than us. We will be in over our head. We better walk humbly and dependent, right? We better pray and ask others to pray. The goal below is God sized. It will only be God achieved. Through it God can be glorified and His Kingdom can advance. Like anything that matters, we will only see it come about through prayer, sacrifice, and faith. Will you join us in praying, sacrificing, giving and risking all for:

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PROJECT 2029
100 New Churches/10 years

  • That we see an aggressive multiplication movement of churches who make disciples, equip and release leaders, and start churches for the glory of God and the advancement of his Kingdom Mission
  • That each new mission begin with a plan to begin three new churches in their first 10 years
  • That pastors and churches of the association be encouraged and equipped to start new churches
  • That we connect, evaluate, identify and train new prospective church planters

I would love to come and share Texas Missions with your church or association. I have open dates and look forward to hearing from you.

A word from your missionaries

Weskey Burke – Intern preparing for Nacogdoches

wesleydavidburke@gmail.com

BMA Missions is alive and well in the heart of our nation’s capital. I am investing in a local church in Washington DC where Mark Dever is the senior pastor, but I should really say they are investing in me as an intern. I want to challenge all the church leaders who see this that if you have never heard of the 9Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever or never visited 9marks.org then do it now! Grace!

Prayer Needs:
Please pray for Trinity, my oldest. She is asking many questions about the faith so we are sowing deep seed right now.

Mike Watt – Crosswork Mission, Tahoka

mike.watt@crossworkchurch.org

Cross-Work is starting phase 2 of our planting process. We are gearing up for Easter and praying God will send us people who need Him. We are investing and inviting our community to come “Try Something Different” this Easter and give our church a try.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that the core team sticks to the plan. Pray that I am able to keep the vision in front of them and we can all push towards the goal of every person in Tahoka having a chance to hear and respond to the Gospel and planting a church that plants churches throughout west Texas.

Jaime Garcia – Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission, Gilmer/Mesquite    

jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

Let us continue united in doing the missionary work and unite in prayer for all the needs of the servants of God who always have the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ in their hearts. Pray that they can continue trusting and believing in the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ who said that He would be with us until the end of the world. Amen.

Prayer Needs:

Please and thank you for helping me in prayer so that God continues to use me more and more in presenting his Gospel and that people receive the Word of God with pleasure and simplicity of heart.

Spencer Simpson – Redeemer’s Love Mission, Houston

spncrsmpsn@gmail.com

Our heart is focused on making disciples of Christ, and we are overjoyed to see the spiritual progress and growth of the people in our discipleship groups, which are designed to teach them about being a disciple and how to go and make disciples.  Thank you for your continued love, support, and most of all prayers as we seek to make disciples in southwest Houston.

Prayer Needs:

Since we have had a semi-public existence on social media and other platforms we do receive numerous guests. However, often some of these guest seem to be at odds with the churches core values, as well as seem to be primarily focused on self, and are not interested in the mission of Redeemer’s Love. Alongside this we have a good amount of regulars but the idea of committing to a church is difficult for them since many have church hopped for so long. This stems from the challenge of trying to develop a core team on site, rather than coming in with one. The relationships we have built with other churches/ministries will hopefully alleviate some of this concern, as well as solidify a stronger core team that will survive going public unlike past attempts of public launches.

Isaias Rojas Osechas Church Plant in Spring  

isaias.roja5299@gmail.com

Thank you for your support and prayers for the planting of new churches and pray more for all and our situation as volunteer planters.

Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches  

nrmolina23@gmail.com

Prayer Needs:

  1. Pray for the establishment of the New Renacer Baptist Church of Nacogdoches. Pray for new Hispanic families to win for Jesus Christ.
  2. Pray for the pastoral family of Molina Perdomo
  3. Pray for two new Works in Marshall and Cussing.
  4. Pray for legal documentation, a work permit and Social Security. On April 14, 150 days will be met, after the traces.
  5. Pray for my theological training, Associate and Master’s preparation.
  6. Pray for the group of disciples to persevere.

Cristian Martinez – Grace Harvest Baptist Mission, Lubbock

cristian.lmbc@gmail.com

I desire to continue to share with you what we anticipate God doing in Lubbock as we make disciples whose lives are centered on the gospel, passionate for God’s glory, and equipped to live out Jesus’ mission in everything they do.

Through the church’s proclamation and demonstration of the gospel of Jesus, we expect to see God creating new hearts that are passionate for His glory. This transformation will result in new lives that will be equipped to strategically bring the Kingdom of Jesus to their home, workplace, school, neighborhood, the City of Lubbock and through it, the ends of the earth. This vision is inspired by God’s greatness (Habakkuk 2:14), God’s design to use local churches at the center of His eternal plan (Ephesians 3:10), and God’s strategy to spread the gospel in the world (Acts 14:21-23).

Please pray for us in this journey and for more laborers to reap the spiritual harvest in the city.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for unity in my family and among the disciples, for fruit as we proclaim the gospel and make disciples and that Satan will not take the seed of the Word from their hearts but they will obey it, grow, and produce fruit.

Cliff Robertson – Carpenter’s House Mission – Lake Jackson/Clute   

drcliffrobertsonjr@gmail.com

We realized that we must continue the work we began at the first to keep growing. I think this is a lesson we all need, whether we are two years old or 20!

Prayer Needs:

Pray that the upcoming projects and opportunities to reach out will be all that God intends them to be!

Ronnie Mills – Kingdom Chapel Mission, Saginaw/North Fort Worth   

ronnie@kchapel.org

Hey, BMA churches! I’m so excited for all the Lord is doing among us. We’re not in our fifth week in our new space, and we’re loving it! We ask that you pray for us to continue in faithfulness to the Lord, and that He provides in the area of worship, and youth. Love you all!

Prayer Needs:

Our request is just that we would build a community of believers that love the Lord, and are committed to one another and what the Lord has called us to.

Matthew Prather – The Bridge Mission, Midlothian/Waxahachie      

Matthew@discoverthebridge.com

The new building God has provided is coming along.

Prayer Needs:

Easter Outreach and finishing the new building

Church Planter Spotlight – Mike Watt

This week’s church planter spotlight is focused on Mike Watt and his family. Mike and his wife are actively planting Cross-Work Church in Tahoka, TX. We asked Mike ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

Blanda and I have been married for 18 years. We have 4 boys two of which are twins. Their ages are: 11 years old, 8 years old, and 6 years old.

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

We started with 6 families 1 year ago.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

Small towns in West Texas are hard. I spend a lot of time with nice “good” people who don’t think nice is good enough to get into heaven.

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

We have both rednecks and Hispanics in our field.

How is your daily time with God?

I take part in morning Scripture reading and study and maintain constant conversation throughout the day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

What’s “free time?” Lol. Between planting, being a husband, and dad, I don’t get much of that. I also run a parachurch outreach ministry. All that to say, I do love a good action movie and playing the occasional video game and reading comic books.

What is your favorite theme ride?

Anything named after Superman.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place is the beach.

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

What to do next… Easter didn’t really net us new people. A ton of people said “yes” to invites and a ton said they were coming, but in the end we only had 1 family. They returned from their first visit on Christmas.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

That 1 family did come back! They were interested in doing the 40 day Red Letter Challenge with our church.

Please pray for Mike and Blanda as they continue to plant Cross-Work Church in Tahoka. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Mike Watt.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.

Church Planter Spotlight – Ronnie Mills

This week’s church planter spotlight is focused on Ronnie Mills and his family. Ronnie and his wife are actively planting in Fort Worth, TX. We asked Ronnie ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

Tiffany and I have been married for 12 years, and we have four children: Kaili, Cayden, Brynlee & Ellie Jo. Our home is busy, and we love it! We enjoy trips to Dinosaur Valley, Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor and more! We believe in the importance of family and value time together. We also recognize that family is not ultimate, so we do our best to be a family on mission with Jesus!

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

We’ve been planting for 7 months.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

I guess I would have to say that what adds to the uniqueness of our mission is that there is not a certain type of people or group here, but it is very diverse—and we love it!

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

We are in an area with a large population of all kinds of people, North Fort Worth. We’ve been blessed, because Kingdom Chapel is already becoming quite diverse. We have a variety of ethnicities, backgrounds, styles, etc. and we’re so glad!

How is your daily time with God?

Currently, Tiffany and I are doing the #redletterchallenge which is a 40-day journey. On top of that, I spend time in God’s word, and prayer in the mornings, when I return from the gym!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy community, and hanging out, but one of my most favorite things to do is ride my motorcycle!

What is your favorite theme ride?

The Riddler at Six Flags, by far the best!

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Crete, Greece. I was there in the Navy, and loved it!

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

We’ve been challenged in the area of worship, however, we know God has the right person and team for us. Please pray that we would be patient, trust, and do whatever the Lord calls us to do.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

We’re so excited about everything going on, but nothing excites us more then seeing our mission statement lived our right in front of us, Seeing Others Fall In Love With The Kingdom. The Lord has really gone before us, and seeing it all unfold has been such a blessing!

Please pray for Ronnie and Tiffany as they continue to plant Kingdom Chapel in Fort Worth. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Ronnie Mills.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.

Church Planter Spotlight – Arnulfo Maldonado

Each week we hope to spotlight our church planters here in the state of Texas as they work to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our first church planter spotlight is our director of our Hispanic network, Arnulfo Maldonado. We asked Arnulfo ten questions that will let you know a little more about him.

Tell us a little about your family.

I am happily married to my wife Elizabeth. We have four children: David, Abner, Eliezer, and Jazer.

How long have you been planting in your mission field?

I have been planting in the Spring/Houston area for 10 years.

What do you see is unique in your mission field?

Because I am the Hispanic coordinator, I get the opportunity to lead and train new planters.

What different people or groups do you see in your field?

There are Mexicans, Central Americans, and Puerto Ricans here in my field.

How is your daily time with God?

I pray and read the Bible every morning.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play with my children during my free time.

What is your favorite subject or sport?

My favorite sport is futbol or soccer.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

I especially enjoy the rural areas of the world.

Share a challenge you are facing right now and how we can pray for you.

I am structuring the Project 2029 where we hope to see 100 new churches in 10 years. Please pray for this endeavor.

Share a praise you are excited about that we can share with others.

I am excited that there is now a new Hispanic church planter in the Dallas, TX area.

Please pray for Arnulfo and Elizabeth as they seek to plant new Hispanic churches not only in Spring/Houston, but all across Texas. Pray for safety and God’s blessings upon their work.

If you would like to help support the work that they are doing, you can send your monies to:

BMA Texas Missions
P.O. Box 73
Waxahachie, TX 75168

Please designate it for “Arnulfo Maldonado.” You can also give online at bmatexasmissions.org/give.