Mission Blog

July Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

It has been a big month in your BMA of Texas Missions movement!

In June of 2016, BMA of Texas Missions Trustees approved two new mission works. The first two missions to walk out our new funding, training and accountability structures. This month, we are celebrating these two churches stepping out of BMAT funding support. We are celebrating with them. They are both ready for this moment. Will you join me in congratulating and praising God for this moment in the lives of The Bridge Church, Waxahachie, with Bro. Matthew Prather, pastor, and Redeemer’s Love Church with Bro. Spencer Simpson, pastor? These churches need our prayers and deserve our congratulations. Will you or your church send them a letter?

The Bridge Church, PO Box 635, Midlothian, TX 76065

Redeemer’s Love Houston, 7801 Nairn St., Houston, TX 77074

We have already been able to celebrate with the Redeemer’s Love Church Family.  Here are some pictures:

Will you join me in praying for these and the 34 other Mission Points you are supporting? Let’s pray for souls saved, disciples made, leaders equipped and churches started for King Jesus and His Kingdom!

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

A word from your missionaries

Brad Holcomb – Redemption Hill Mission in Fort Worth

brad@redemptionhillfw.com

Through our experience in the ICU last week, the Lord impressed Psalm 23 on our hearts. We are asking the Spirit to help us not only know this psalm cognitively but experientially.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our family, that we would grow in our love for one another and adjust well to all of the changes in our life. Also, pray for the people of Redemption Hill that we would be bold in our evangelism with the neighbors the Lord has placed around us.

Timothy Alba – The Bridge in Seagoville

timalba1986@gmail.com

God has been doing some amazing things in our city this past month. It has been amazing to see God work in the lives of people. While it’s been awesome seeing people grow, I have also seen conflict between others. No matter what we do in ministry, there will always be conflict. It’s how we handle each case with love and patience. This can be hard at times, but it is necessary when things get tough. I have found the best response is not in how fast we respond to conflict, but patience through the circumstances and waiting to see some things play out before responding. I pray that God continues to give us wisdom through these challenging times.

Cesar Leal – New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

Perseverance, worship, and obedience to God is the key to keeping your work active and moving towards the goal that is this time the planting of new churches. We cannot allow the external world to weaken us, much less to stop us. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!!

Roberto Marcelletti – Anthony Drive Mission, Ennis

robbyypatty@hotmail.com

We see the great need our community has to listen to the good news. People are suffering and in need of the message of the gospel that is the power of God to save.

Mike Watt & Trevor Cowan – Cross-Work Mission, Tahoka

mike.watt@crossworkchurch.org

Our church has been putting out a ton of effort into our community through outreach and knocking on doors. Please pray that we see fruit from those efforts. We have had a ton of positive conversations and even general interest in attending, but no new visits from these efforts yet. Please pray Jesus grows His church.

Robert Lee – Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

God is continuing to work here in Normangee. Although the summer months are always a tough season of ministry, I am encouraged by the impact that our church is beginning to have in our community. Involvement in community events, like our town’s Juneteenth barbecue cookoff, have given us the opportunity to show the love of Christ to others around us and to be a light in our community.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that as the summer months wind down, we would be prepared for the ministry opportunities on the horizon in the coming months.

Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We continue to experience the work of the Lord among our community and the church. We have started to see things return to a sense of normality. We have had some new visitors coming to the services and more people willing to talk to us as we share the gospel with them.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that the Lord will provide Please pray for the salvation of the lost among our community and that our mission will grow spiritually and numerically.

Wesley Burke & Blake Moore – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches

wesleydavidburke@gmail.com

Our church has begun preaching through the Book of Ecclesiastes this month, and I have grown so much already in the Lord because of its dangerous doctrine. My challenge to readers is that if you haven’t spent time with the wise Preacher Qoheleth in that book, you should do so. It is helpful in these days in which we find ourselves.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that we will steadfast in our witnessing opportunities as a body. We have many!

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

It has been a very exciting and encouraging month here in west Texas. After starting at our first Oasis Life Group last month, we were able to meet every week, even on Father’s Day! The group just loves one another and loves being together. It’s so awesome to see them growing and learning and truly engaging the Word together. We had several opportunities to serve one another in needs that came up. We each developed our own oikos map (names of people in our spheres of influence that need to know the Lord) and have begun praying for opportunities to share Jesus with them. We are developing skills in the area of how to properly study the Bible with a focus on obedience to what we learn and not just gathering knowledge. We are also learning to share our story and share God’s story. This group is meeting in our house in Whitharral and it’s going great. So our next step will be to start a new group in Levelland and/or one of the other surrounding communities. Thank you for your prayers and your support of BMA Texas Missions! We are so proud to serve you and with you and to be counted among you!

Prayer Needs:

Please be in prayer for the start of our next group. Please pray for the names on our oikos lists that need to know the Lord. You may not know all their names but God does and I know He wants them to be saved more than we do! And please continue to pray for the towns of Levelland, Whitharral, Smyer, Sundown, Whiteface and Morton.

Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches

nrmolina23@gmail.com

Recently, I visited my son, Josue, who was celebrating his birthday and is at the house of some Venezuelan friends in Utah. We worshipped with the BMA mission in the city of Morgan where the missionaries are Gavin Roberts and Chase Twin. It was a great blessing. The time of worship was beautiful and we enjoyed the preaching and fellowship.

Isaias Rojas Osechas – Church Plant in The Woodlands

isaias.rojas9952@gmail.com

Thank you for your support in this new area of The Woodlands. I pray that God will have new opportunities in several more families with whom we are in touch. Please pray for my health.

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

ronnie@kchapel.org

“Let brotherly love continue” ( Hebrews 13:1). I am reminded of our love for one another. The same love that our Lord showed us. Let us continue to be faithful to one another in the love of Christ.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our mission, that we will continue to see the Lord’s hand upon us and Him going before us.

Jesse Hales/Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin Mission in Leander

halesjesse@gmail.com | chris.mindi@bmats.edu

Thank you for your support through prayers and supporting the BMA Texas Missions. We need you! Thank you for being the backbone of missions through your generosity. We at Anchor, Austin believe and commit our lives to doing God’s Work, and you are collaborating with us in His mission on this earth.

Prayer Needs:

Continue to pray for our summer outreach projects and reaching out to those pockets of people who have never tasted God’s love or never knew who Jesus Christ is.

March Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

Jesus instructed us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus not only taught this truth but he modeled it perfectly. The people around Him didn’t always want to love their neighbors. They looked for a loophole. Jesus was asked, “Who is our neighbor?” You likely know the story Jesus used to teach a Jewish audience that a Samaritan was a good neighbor.

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Garland just loved their neighbors well. This BMA church started back in the 1960s near downtown Garland. This church saw healthy missional ministry for many years. They have struggled for a few years now. Their neighborhood transitioned in ways they didn’t realize. In the last 5 years, they have gone into their neighborhood to learn that it now speaks spanish. They began to pray for these neighbors and for laborers who could reach them. Last year, they were able to start a Spanish speaking church. They just chose to end their services and leave their building to the Spanish church. This church is reaching the neighborhood and BMA of Texas Missions is helping.

Go Forth Baptist Church in Kilgore is loving their neighbors well. They are sharing Jesus and seeing salvation and life transformation stories. They recently outgrew their building and merged with another church assuming a bigger facility. The question of what to do with the old Stone Ridge building came up. Obviously, they could have sold it and funded future expansion. They chose instead to love their Spanish-speaking neighbors. There is currently no Spanish-speaking Baptist church in Kilgore. Go Forth is starting one out of their old property and BMA Texas Missions is helping.

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. We also have resources we can share with you. Let us know.

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

A word from your missionaries

Cesar Leal – New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

I am very grateful to God for his multiple blessings, in health, and providing for my material needs of my family. Pray for the progress of my personal and legal documents in this country.

Wesley Burke – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches

wesleydavidburke@gmail.com

Prayer Needs:

Pray God would grow our church through authentic conversion.

Jesse Hales / Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin in Leander

halesjesse@gmail.com | chris.mindi@bmats.edu

God is good! It is always encouraging when you feel led to pray for someone you know who needs Jesus and then that person shows up at your door unexpectedly or you run into them unplanned in the community. God has been faithfully giving us opportunities just like this to share the Gospel. It’s also very encouraging when people hear about your church before they even move to the area and connect with you wanting to meet up. It is obvious that God is working and wants Anchor, Austin to a bright source of His light in the north Austin metro area. Praise Him with us for all He is doing. Thank you for your support.

Prayer Needs:

We have had a few of our families in our small groups tell us recently that they will be moving out of the area. Although this is expected in any ministry, I think it is especially hard for a new church plant to lose a good percentage of committed families all at once. Please pray that God will be with these families and lead them to others who will continue to faithfully disciple them in God’s Word. Pray also that we will be able to quickly fill the void they will leave behind in our groups. Thank you.

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). The longer we strive toward the vision God has laid upon our heart for reaching West Texas with the gospel, the more I have experienced this truth. But I am so thankful for the clarity that God continues to provide as we remain faithful to that vision. He has recently established some steps that I had avoided for several years. We are so excited about these new steps, but they promise to stretch us and challenge us in so many areas of our lives and faith. I will be sharing these new steps soon, but for now, please just join us in praying specifically for the towns of Levelland, Whitharral, Sundown, Smyer, Whiteface and Morton. We continue to marvel at God’s goodness and faithfulness and His willingness to use us in His plan to reach west Texas. Thank you all for your support and your love and your prayers.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the towns of Levelland, Whitharral, Sundown, Smyer, Whiteface and Morton.

Isaias Rojas Osechas-Church Plant in Spring

isaias.roja5299@gmail.com

Prayer Needs

Pray that we achieve the our goal of starting 10-12 family groups. Also, pray for our vision, purpose and mission as we work with our great BMA family.

Ronnie Mills – Kingdom Chapel Mission, Saginaw/Fort Worth

ronnie@kchapel.org

BMA churches, what a pleasure it is planting alongside each of you. We trust and pray the Lord is blessing according to His will in your context as He is here as well. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We are doing well, and have seen the Lord moving among us as a church body. One celebration this month is we’ve received two new families into our family covenant, and we’re very excited about that. We continue to press forward in Christ and His calling on our lives. Blessings.

Prayer Needs:

Continue to pray for our mission here in Saginaw. We know the Lord hears, and answers accordingly, and we’re truly grateful for each of you.

Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

I am glad to be part of the family of the BMA of  Texas. The Lord is working among our people, saving souls and discipling them. God continues to transform life in our congregation.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that the Lord will provide our own building for our church.

Mike Watt – Cross-Work Mission, Tahoka

mike.watt@crossworkchurch.org

Pray for us this coming month as we gear up for Easter! We want to meet needs and share Jesus.

After school Bible club

Marriage Conference

Robert Lee – Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

God has been good to us even in the midst of an ice storm. We were given a great opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to our community by simply opening our doors and offering for others to come in out of the cold. I firmly believe the gesture, as well as other ways we were able to show the love of Christ this month, were noticed and reflected Christ’s love for the folks around Normangee.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for God’s guidance as we fill new roles and begin to lay the framework for areas of ministry not currently in place.

Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches

nrmolina23@gmail.com

Biblical Passage: Philippians 3:10-14; 2 Timothy 4:7,8

Romans 1:16-17 is a message consistent with the time in which we are living. I see in Paul’s courage in preaching the gospel. I see in Paul the courage not to be ashamed to lose that redemptive message. This text appeals to me and also moves me to preach the gospel. It motivates me and challenges me not to be ashamed of my task that I have to fulfill.

Roberto Marcelletti – Anthony Drive Mission, Ennis

robbyypatty@hotmail.com

We are trusting that the Lord will guide us in this process of carrying the gospel and that people will approach Christ in repentance and faith.

Timothy Alba – New Mission in Seagoville

timalba1986@gmail.com

I have learned that running a race can be difficult. Paul used this analogy to explain to the Corinthians that running well will end in reward. However, this race feels more like a marathon than a one time event. I tend to over plan and get lost in my directions at times. I need to slow down and bring things back into perspective when making plans and reaching goals. I also need to not get so down on myself when plans don’t get accomplished. I know that God is at work and I am where I need to be, but I know that I want to move things faster than I should. I pray that God gives me patience and I learn to celebrate the small victories God gives me each day.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God gives me wisdom each day. There are situations that I am not always equipped to handle, but I know God is in control and teaching me each day. I pray that I stay on course and remember why I went on mission to begin with.

Spencer Simpson – Redeemer’s Love Mission, Houston

spncrsmpsn@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. The Lord has continued to bless us as a church as 2021 has gotten underway, and we are excited to see how He continues to use us in southwest Houston to advance His Kingdom.

Prayer Needs:

One of the greatest needs in our community is godly families. In particular, godly men who would be responsible fathers and husbands. Please pray that the Lord would continue to build relationships with families and men in our community. We truly believe that southwest Houston could look totally different in generations to come as the gospel impacts families here, and we want BMA of Texas churches like ours to be a driving force behind that.

February Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

God still can and He still is! He has saved 24 souls through the efforts of your missionaries this month. He is still about His mission. Remember how He ended his instructions to his church in The Great Commission, “I am with you always till the end of the age.” Brothers and sisters, that promise is alive today. Christ is with us and empowers us to carry out His mission.

Your missionaries are about that mission. They are faithfully persevering through trials just like each of you. That perseverance is being and will be rewarded. We must persevere until we know how to adjust or reach the other side of this pandemic.

BMAT family, we love you. It is a joy to serve you and serve beside you. Thank you for your faithful support in prayers and giving. If we can assist you, we want to. We have training you can come to or we can bring your way. We can partner with you or share with you. Let’s partner for the Kingdom and pursue…