Mission Blog

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…

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

Cesar Leal – New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

We need to influence the Hispanic population by generating trust and eradicating people’s strong fears for COVID-19. God has enough power to heal, even to eradicate this deadly virus, but we submit under His will when He exercises his sovereignty on this earth.

Wesley Burke – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches

wesleydavidburke@gmail.com

Thank you for your prayers brothers and sisters of the BMA of Texas.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for a young man you can call D. He is struggling to believe the gospel, but I trust God’s work through our efforts in evangelizing him weekly through Bible reading together.

Jesse Hales / Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin in Leander

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

We at Anchor, Austin thank you for praying for us and supporting us, as we continue to serve the communities around us. Pray that we have more opportunities to be more effective in spreading the gospel in this part of the state. Our vision is to be a multi-ethnic congregation of believers anchored and maturing in Christ with discipleship as our heartbeat.

Prayer Needs:

Continue to pray for Anchor, Austin. Pray for those we are already ministering to, that they would mature in their faith. And, pray for our ongoing outreach ministry specifically to unbelievers.

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

When I think of all the amazing churches in the BMA of Texas, I’m reminded of how Paul felt about the church in Ephesus. Paul wrote, “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16). As your missionaries, we are deeply aware of your faithfulness to us. And like Paul, we can’t thank the Lord enough for you, your support and your prayers, especially during this difficult season that has posed so many uniquely complicated challenges. In spite of it all, we press on here in west Texas. I’m thankful for the leadership groups God has given me to lead and I’m especially excited that one of my leaders has started his first discipleship group. That’s what it’s all about! Please continue to pray for us. We will definitely continue to give thanks for you.

Prayer Needs:

Continue to pray for persons of peace in the towns of west Texas.

Isaias Rojas Osechas-Church Plant in Spring

isaias.roja5299@gmail.com

Thank you for your support in this difficult stage due to the pandemic. We appreciate the coaching, training, financial support and prayer support you provide.

Prayer Needs

Pray that God will keep us healthy in the face of the attacks of the pandemic and give us more wisdom for the great challenges of these end times, to promptly reap the great harvest.

Ronnie Mills – Kingdom Chapel Mission, Saginaw/Fort Worth

ronnie@kchapel.org

BMA family, I wish wholeheartedly that I could express my thanksgiving in person for all of your prayers and support as I battled COVID in the hospital. I want you to know the Lord has shown me great mercy and answered your prayers in bringing me home to my family. Thank you also for our church family who is doing well, who also persevered through this challenge for us. We love you all and we’re looking forward to pressing on with that in which the Lord has tasked us.

Prayer Needs:

Please continue to pray for our church as we continue the work in the Lord here in Saginaw. We are in the process of raising some new leaders, and we would love your prayer. Also, we’re trying to figure out unique ways to reach our community that will meet specific needs while bringing the gospel to those in need. Please pray over this, that God would open doors for us.

Matthew Prather – The Bridge Mission, Midlothian/Waxahachie

Dual Support BMAA/BMAT

Matthew@discoverthebridge.com

We started this year with a series called, Run to Win. We talked about how running to win looks like running toward Him. Through this series, we have focused on discipleship and the importance of our walk with Christ being stronger at the end of 2021 than it was at the beginning. Please continue to pray for us as we try to lead people from where they are to where God wants them to be. We continue to reach and minster to those that are far from God. One man, in particular, stands out to me this month as he is now going to church for the first time in his life. Please pray for him and many others like him to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Thank you for your continued support and prayers during this challenging time for churches.

Prayer Needs

Pray for us to lead well this new year.

Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

Greetings, BMA family! All of the members of our mission send our warm hugs from a distance. We are happy to share with you what is happening in our mission. The Lord continues to move in an awesome way. The body of Christ is growing spiritually and discipling the new believers.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the unity of our congregation and for our own building for the services.

Mike Watt – Cross-Work Mission, Tahoka

mike.watt@crossworkchurch.org

Pray that we can lead our people with vision. We want to help our people see the Cross-Work Church that can be here in 400 years and not just what we have in front of us. The harvest and the harvesters matter. Please pray for our upcoming marriage seminar.

Robert Lee – Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

God has been very faithful to us, even in the tough times. Although the past month or so after the holiday season has been challenging, I am encouraged to see God provide for some great opportunities to reach out into our community in the coming months.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for continued opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ to families in our community.

Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches

nrmolina23@gmail.com

In these Bible passages, the apostle Paul had concrete goals– to know more about Christ (v. 10), to lose the world in order to win Jesus Christ (v. 8) and to follow the target to reach the purpose he wished to achieve (v. 14). To sum it up, his goal was to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7-8).  This for me is also a goal that I have for 2021. This represents the four pillars on which I rest to let God do His work through me in the Renacer Baptist Church of Nacogdoches.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that the Lord will help me to follow in the footsteps of Paul, in fulfilling these steps in my ministry at this time.

Gamalier Luna – New Mission in El Paso

gamaluga@hotmail.com

Friends, stay firm. If you need to talk to someone you can call me. I’m at your service at 915-274-8679.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for our vision and our family.

Roberto Marcelletti – Anthony Drive Mission, Ennis

robbyypatty@hotmail.com

Culture of discipleship through the gospel is the vision God has given me. This is not achieved with events but a persevering and patient work that takes a long time. The new followers of Jesus from the beginning are injected into their DNA the vision of doing the same with other people and these new disciples are placed in new works as they did in Acts 14.

November Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

I really had an enjoyable and uplifting time at the BMA of Texas State Meeting. The Word was preached faithfully and the reports from our ministries were encouraging. The music was so uplifting. The Farley Street Family welcomed us warmly and took care of us across a long busy day. I love that we are hosted by church families. It changes our meetings for the better. Thank you Farley Street, Ellis-Hill Association, officers, departments, Justin Owens, Cassie Fulton, speakers, musicians and breakout teachers for a good annual BMAT Meeting.

I hope you were able to get to know your missionaries at the meeting. They enjoyed your fellowship and encouragement. The commissioning service was a time that meant so much to each missionary, especially the four new works that were introduced at the service.

BMAT family, we love you. It is a joy to serve you and serve beside you. If we can assist you we want to. We have trainings 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:

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

Cesar Leal – New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

I praise God for this month of October where I was able to share more of the Word of God and feel the support of 12 missionary brothers who visited me to hold workshops and evangelize in the streets. We saw God glorified.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for my family in Colombia. Pray also for wife as she is going to have an operation.

Kingsley Nduka – Light House Mission in Houston

kingedu700@gmail.com

Let’s give God praise for his faithfulness over us this season.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for a meeting location for us to be able to gather groups together in one place.

Wesley Burke – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches

wesleydavidburke@gmail.com

Our new church studied the precious words of assurance spoken by Jesus in John 10 this month. I will remind you readers of it as well. We shall not be taken out of Jesus’ hands if we believe in him. He and the Father are one, and we shall not be taken out of the hands of Father either. Those eternal hands are the blessed assurance of our hope, and to think they were spread wide and pierced for you and me. (John 10:28-30).

Prayer Needs:

Petition God with us that he would grow our church through authentic conversion!

Jesse Hales / Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin in Leander

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

We at Anchor, Austin thank you for praying for us and supporting us as we go into the holiday season. Pray for us to have more opportunities to be more effective in spreading the gospel in this part of the state of Texas. Our vision is to be a multi-ethnic congregation of believers anchored and maturing in Christ with discipleship as our heartbeat.

Prayer Needs:

Continue to pray for Anchor, Austin, especially for those we are already ministering to, that they would mature in their faith. Pray also for our ongoing outreach ministry specifically to unbelievers.

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Back to basics! That’s been my focus this month. It’s so easy to get lost in a big vision and focus on all the things that need to happen down the road and neglect the things that need to happen right now. So, I have been focusing on keeping the main thing the main thing; that is, making disciples who will make disciples and let Christ build His church! Training with my six leaders is back on track and going great! I know they are going to be starting a new generation soon.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the Nick Brockway family, more potential leaders, and for the towns of Morton, Whitharral, Aspermont, Haskell, Meadow, Lamesa, Sundown, Tahoka, Loop and Levelland