Mission Blog

April 2024 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

I am writing this article right after experiencing the eclipse beside each of you. Wow! What an experience! We were among a thousand-plus people watching it. Across the full eclipse, there was silence. Everyone was staring at the sky as one. This ended with a sudden burst of light and with shouting and clapping. It was a moment of awe that led me to worship.

My mind rushed to another moment that I anticipate and watch for beside each of you.  I long for the return of Christ. It is coming and we must be busy about His mission. Jesus ended His Commission with, “I am with you always, even till the end of the age.” We must be busy.  Your missionaries are busy sharing Jesus and making disciples. Last month, they reported 35 people who received the gift of salvation!

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Jaime Garcia– Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission in Gilmer

Jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

Senayda is a sister of the church and was previously Catholic. She has decided to accept Jesus and is one of the people who will be baptized. She gave her testimony of how she suffers criticism from her family but is firm in her faith in Christ. We are praying for her and her family so that everyone knows the truth and we hope that it is through the means that God uses.

Prayer Needs:

We are experiencing church growth and we need more workers. I am very zealous about our doctrine and prefer to take things slowly, but sometimes I am the one who has to do a lot of things. I want to start youth leadership and also a ladies’ group. Please help me pray for these needs. Thank you!

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Jose Gil – Proyecto Misionero “Lidia” 

With the BMA’s support, we had one fellowship time in the two cells. It was a blessing for the members and an opportunity to invite neighbors. As a result, one young couple joined the cell in Spring and one family opened his house in The Woodlands.

Prayer Needs:

  1. That the young couple in Spring accept Jesus to start the discipleship.
  2. That the family in The Woodlands interested in opening a new cell in their home will be blessed.

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

One lady who came to our meeting many times before, recently had some setbacks with her IVF treatment. This is a difficult time and faith challenge for her and also for people who are new to the faith. Suffering is indeed a part of our lives and we need a strong affirmation of God’s love. “…but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:13-14). We are praying for her and providing what we can to support her emotionally. We are also learning to depend on God’s promise to face all bad news.

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Shane Carter– Lamesa Mission

stumpofnavy@gmail.com 

I am heartbroken to report that we have lost some of the people that have been meeting with us to churches around us. We are growing nearer to the Lord with who is coming and we feel God at work in all of this.

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Omar Pina, Sr.– Missions in Waxahachie/Dallas

Dual support with BMA of America

omarpina2005@gmail.com

We had to move the new church in Plano to a different location and we had a greater attendance even though we had the concern of losing some people.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that we will have opportunities to train more leaders and partners to financially support our church planting projects.

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Brad Cauley– Cedar Park Mission

bwcauley@gmail.com

We had our first baptism connected to Redemption’s Table Church. On Good Friday, our friend Brandon celebrated his old life being put in the grave and His new life raised with Christ. What a joy to see people pass from death to life!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our move to Cedar Park which we hope will be in the next two months. The Lord may be opening a door for us in a special way. Please pray for His confirmation and blessing. Please continue to pray for leaders and for our community that relationships with unbelievers will continue to be nurtured and developed toward faith in Christ.

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Aderemi Badru- Light House Mission in Houston 

remibadru44hope@yahoo.com

Praise God! We are making progress in training leaders as we eagerly look forward to our launch. Nevertheless, we are praying that God will raise for us help and resources to be able to rent a new space for worship and children’s church. The hotel we are using is not convenient for us and the place we found requires us to find pay at least one year. We are grateful for the support of the BMA churches and are trusting that you can support us in moving into a new space.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for us that God will send us help and resources to be able to rent a new space for the use of the church.

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Robert Lee– Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

This month has been great for our church. At the end of the month, we hosted a movie night for Good Friday for families with children. This was our first family movie night and I believe it was a success. We also had fun celebrating the resurrection of Christ as a church family that Sunday. I am looking forward to planning more things for our community in the months ahead to reach young families.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for us as the next couple of months are very busy months in our community.

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Ciro Gonzalez– Rice Hispanic Mission 

cirogonzalez315@gmail.com

March 23 was a great advance as we mobilized 26 missionaries to the city of Rice. All focused on supporting the work and evangelizing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., it was a unique moment with an evangelistic focus on everything. We had training, food delivery, mass evangelism, fellowship, personal evangelism and enjoyment for children and families. We reached 13 people for Christ, three who would like us to visit them. More than 20 people requested prayer, and more than 60 people heard gospel. May God get the glory from it! We have announced His Word and we will continue to do so, but we are very clear that growth is given by God.

 Prayer Needs:

Pray for the new converts, pray for those who are being discipled, and pray for me.

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care 

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! It was another wonderful month out here on the South Plains that ended with an amazing Easter week. We had nearly 50 for our Good Friday communion service. It was a beautiful night focused on remembering our Passover Lamb. We are gearing up for a big June full of camp and hosting a mission team from O’Quinn, Pollok. We are so excited about what God continues to do. Thank you so much for your support and your prayers.

Prayer Needs:

A church van, open doors for the gospel and relationship connections at SPC and our surrounding communities

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

Blessings to all who make up the BMA of Texas family of churches. We always give thanks for your prayers and financial support. Here in our mission, everything moves forward with a firm and constant step. We are focused on evangelism, discipling converts, teaching them and building up the Lord’s church. This month, we had pecial Good Friday services with drama, specials and an evangelistic message. On Easter Sunday we also took the opportunity to bring the message of Jesus to people. We had a profession of faith from a young woman named Luz Mila who was searching for meaning in her life and had begun to get involved in the religion of Islam.We dedicated a baby, provided discipleship and had training for Sunday school teachers and leadership.

Prayer Needs:

For the lost, may your hearts be opened to be recipients of the precious gospel.

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Jose Torres– Tyler Hispanic Mission  

josetorres@gmail.com

The long-awaited launch day has finally arrived. Although we did not obtain the desired result, I know that God is guiding this plantation. Everything is well organized and ready so that when the Lord adds people, they can connect to the work that God is doing with this small group of disciples willing to serve the Lord faithfully.

Prayer Needs:

I ask for prayers for my family that we always work for the Lord with devotion and never as an obligation.

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that in the future we will have a place of our own.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

We had a mini-VBS centered around “Elements of the Gospel” that had several kiddos and lots of volunteers. It went really well. One Sunday, we brought in Chris Driver to lead our church in Oikos training so that we would become more evangelistically intentional in our relationships. He did an outstanding job inspiring our people biblically to really see the field that God has given us and we are taking action. We gathered on the Thursday before Easter for a Christ-centered Seder led by our worship leaders. It was fantastic as 70 of us were led to worship in this unique, historic way. We had a wonderful Easter service with 126 present!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that God provides a larger worship space in Jarrell for us, along with faith, wisdom and stewardship for it. There are so many people moving here who need Jesus.

March 2024 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

It is an exciting season in your Texas Missions. Your missionaries reported 35 salvations last month. They are all gearing up for Easter outreach and services. They need our prayers. We just finished up another successful audit and our staff is celebrating. You have a fine staff serving you in your Texas Missions. In 2023, 91 percent of your giving went to the mission field with only 9 percent being spent on the ministry. We are proud of this fact and thankful to God that he makes it possible. We try to be good stewards of the funds you invest.
One other thing we are excited about, we got to invest in pastors, staff and their wives at the Annual Pastors Conference this month. It is a joy to give back through the BMAT Church Connections Ministry. Todd West is doing a good job of leading this ministry. Todd planned a good conference but it was evident to all that God brought the details together into an event where we met with God. We were encouraged and equipped as we glorified God on both days. You should plan to be there next February.

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
The mission advances in a general sense. New families have joined. We have six oikos groups. New converts are being discipled.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our family in Cuba, going through one of the most critical economic crises of these times.

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Jose Gil – Proyecto Misionero “Lidia” 

josedario.gil@gmail.com
We are moving forward in teaching God’s Word. People are getting familiarized with basic doctrines. Sharing meals after every meeting is a joyful time. We are sharing as a family in God. The cell in Spring attended the sixteenth anniversary of Iglesia Bautista Getsemani. This cell is becoming a powerful reference in the vicinity of disciples. 

Prayer Needs:

Pray for robust leadership, wisdom to keep harmony in the cells. Also, pray as we plan a koinonia for the two cells during spring break week, and funds that will be needed.

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

Here at the mission we continue working to enlarge the Kingdom of the Lord by sharing the gospel and edifying the saints. We have had visitors for the first time this month and we pray that they come to salvation. A couple who is being discipled and who both accepted Jesus as their Savior is in a complicated immigration situation because they are not married, so I cannot baptize them. The church is strong and healthy.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that new visitors come to the knowledge of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We have an event coming on St. Patrick’s Day in which we are going to have food, games and fun. We have our members praying and working towards establishing new relationships.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that we have around 30-50 people attend our event and that we have a good number returning on Easter.

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care 

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! Another great month has come and gone out here on the Plains. It was a busy month full of a lot of ups and downs. Our folks, including me and my family, experienced a lot of sickness and medical issues. But God continues to be faithful and we continue to move forward. I really feel like we are on the verge of a major breakthrough at the college. Please continue to pray for us there. Thank you for all you continue to do for us. It’s truly an honor to be part of the BMA of Texas family.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for a breakthrough at SPC, upcoming events and that the Lord will provide a church van and a storage building as our children’s ministry continues to explode.

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We continue to advance in the work that God has placed in our hands—evangelizing, discipling and serving. This month we gave two evangelism presentations and two are being discipled. Five cells meet in homes every Wednesday. The youth have their weekly meeting on Fridays while we adults learn about stewardship. This month’s Sunday services challenged us to be better in our priorities, in our relationships and in our testimony.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God opens doors for us so that hearts are receptive to the message of the gospel.

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

This month we have members who are facing some career changes and we pray the best for them. At the same time, we also pray for God to add to our number as some of our members with new jobs are moving on and relocating to another city. We are getting a deeper understanding that we are the branches and Christ is the Vine and that remaining in Him we have peace for life changes.  

Prayer Needs:

Pray that our new series of Bible studies in the Gospel of John would be a good spiritual formation for us.

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Omar Pina, Sr.– Missions in Waxahachie/Dallas

Dual support with BMA of America

omarpina2005@gmail.com

Our main struggle is to have people fully committed to the Lord and His work regardless of the time and efforts we made in equipping them.

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Chris Mindi– Anchor Austin Mission in Leander    

chris.mindi@bmats.edu

Our mission is healthy. The church is doing well. We are slowly, steadily and simultaneously developing leaders. Even though it is not the only metric by which we measure the health of the church, it shows the commitment from the individual, when they own the vision and mission of the church, to start investing through their talents and treasure. God is the only one who is convicting each and every person with Anchor, Austin to be committed to seeing the big picture of what God is doing through this local church in making disciples who make disciples. As a leader who is leading this, it is a great encouragement to see the transformation of Christians wanting to be disciples and be on the mission.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the launch on March 31, as we are getting ready for our Sunday worship services. Pray for gifted individuals to lead the congregation in worship through singing. Pray for us as leaders to lead the congregation with discernment, faithfully unto the Lord.

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Robert Lee– Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

This month has been a busy one for me. I have been working toward furthering my career as a bivocational pastor. That has consumed a lot of time over the past couple of months, but I am looking forward to once again having more time to devote to the work of ministry. We have been excited to see new members bringing others to hear the gospel, and are excited about an outreach event we are planning for later this month!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for our planned outreach event to build connections with new families in our community.

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Tim Alba– The Bridge Mission in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

So far we are right on task with our expectations this year. We had a huge blessing this year with an investor who gave a lump sum to our church. The amount was to cover rent for a whole year. We did not see this relationship coming, but God did. We are hoping to maintain that relationship through the year and see how things develop over time. We know that last year was a little rough in the tithe department and yet God showed up to pull the resources we did not have. We are hoping to one day do the same for others who are planting churches and be a blessing to people who may need assistance as well. We are more than humbled, and we know God will continue to do miracles as long as we are faithful.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for our leaders and that God continues to give us wisdom and open doors.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

On Feb. 10, about 10 women of our church invested a few hours of a Saturday by visiting almost 60 local businesses that morning. They took them a bag of donut holes along with a nicely prepared bag of chocolates, church info and gospel tracts. Many of the ladies were able to pray with those with whom they left the treats.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that God will lead us in equipping more men to serve in the role of elder.

February 2024 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

BMA Texas Missions hosted the second annual Young Intern Leadership Retreat in Lindale Jan. 18-20. It was a beneficial event. Larry Bickel, Todd West, Jerry Fulton, Brad Holcombe and I shared leadership equipping with these 12 young people. We sang, prayed, spent time in the Word and worked on ourselves while building relationships. We took a break and escaped a Tyler escape room in the middle of the retreat. We thank New Harmony for providing us with transportation.
These interns come from four BMA of Texas churches that are investing in their young people and equipping them as leaders.  Texas Missions is partnering in that equipping. They must be out of high school for at least a year with a burden to be in ministry leadership. We want to talk to your church about partnering in this program. God is faithfully raising and calling leaders!

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Jose Gil – Proyecto Misionero “Lidia” 

josedario.gil@gmail.com
The apartment for the Spring cell caught fire. The host family is a very young couple, both of them being new believers. In addition to the apartment fire, hey have been through tough situations lately such as financial, health and transportation issues. Even through all of this, they told me that their confidence and hope remains in God. It was a touching moment and I thank God for the testimony of these disciples. 

Prayer Needs:

Gratitude: The host couple in Spring cell got a new place to live on the very same day of the fire.

Wisdom: I will lead a workshop on church’s cells for eight weeks.

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Jaime Garcia– Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission in Gilmer

Jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

This month a woman with many burdens told me about her problems and I led her to the feet of Christ. We have also been working with the annual agenda and with the different ministries where there is a lack of participation. We had our first church meeting and it was very good. 

Prayer Needs:

Please pray with me, for the leaders who I believe will be the future successors of ministry here at Gilmer.

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
The church has moved forward. We have three new families. One of them started a new discipleship cell and that is our reason for being.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for new converts who are in discipleship.

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

We had a great evening this month for a prayer meeting. A total of 17 people came and shared, laughed and prayed together. I loved to see people’s faces filled with joy and happiness as we finished the night and took a group picture. We got to know each other better by listening to each others’ stories, including the children. I sensed a pure affection for the collective life, as people go through life as believers and we have a connection with each other.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that we will have more people respond to our event in the coming months.

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Omar Pina, Sr.– Missions in Waxahachie/Dallas

Dual support with BMA of America

omarpina2005@gmail.com

This month was focused on equipping members for evangelism and reaching more souls. It is a big challenge to get the church members involved in doing the work of the ministry. We won’t move to another stage until every attendee is involved in the ministry of reaching souls.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for more workers willing to serve unconditionally and funds to find a place to which we can move.

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We continue to advance in the work that God has placed in our hands—evangelizing, discipling and serving. This month we gave two evangelism presentations and two are being discipled. Five cells meet in homes every Wednesday. The youth have their weekly meeting on Fridays while we adults learn about stewardship. This month’s Sunday services challenged us to be better in our priorities, in our relationships and in our testimony.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God opens doors for us so that hearts are receptive to the message of the gospel.

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Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We are gaining momentum in our church plant and are planning a big community outreach event for St. Patrick’s Day. We are going to have bounce houses, pickleball, corn hole and food. Our goal is to reach 50 adults to share the gospel and get connected within our community.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that our church plant continues to gain momentum and that we reach people for our event.

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care 

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! This year is off to a great start. We officially started Oasis Kids on Wednesday nights. Our new children’s director, Brooke, is doing a fabulous job and we had 19 kiddos this past week. Our monthly men’s breakfasts continue to grow. We have begun finalizing plans to host our first mission team from O’Quinn, Pollok in June. We are so excited about what God is doing. It’s going to be an amazing year. Thank you for all your support that allows us to do what God has called us to do out here in west Texas.

Prayer Needs:

New discipleship opportunities in sundown and Whitharral

New connections at SPC

Storage building

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Peter Oyeniran – Planting in Mission Bend

peteroyeniran11@gmail.com

We give God praise for helping us secure a place of worship at one of the daycare centers in southwest Houston. The team was able to gather for worship. Our challenge now is that we need some materials like speakers, a microphone, foldable chairs for worship and a children’s department. Could you help us with any of these needs?

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Tim Alba– The Bridge Mission in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

Our church has been on track. We do have struggles like any church but we also have amazing stories to tell when it comes to God doing powerful things through our congregation and leadership. For one, our strongest ministry currently is our women’s ministry. We have seen multiple salvations and baptisms come through that ministry. These ladies have done an amazing job sharing Christ and promoting our plant through events and outreach. We have also been successful in going out on the streets and sharing the gospel in the summers at parks and street corners where there is a lot of traffic. The amount of people we have prayed for and shared the gospel with has been astounding. We have taken opportunities to share the gospel with people walking in front of our building and seen them receive Christ. We have also been successful at giving to our community and involving ourselves in city-wide events so we can promote our church. God has done amazing things this year. We are hoping to engage more people and challenge our congregation to new heights in their walk with Jesus.

Prayer Needs:

Please continue to pray for our plant and that God continues to use us in our community.

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Chris Mindi– Anchor Austin Mission in Leander    

chris.mindi@bmats.edu

Anchor, Austin is growing in a sustainable, healthy way. These past few months have been a great blessing to the mission. We met new families in town who are Indian Christians. They share our vision of how God is leading Anchor, Austin in making disciples who make disciples. We have a young man who has been with us for a couple of years now, growing in the Lord and maturing in faith. God has blessed him in finding a fiance and now they both are getting married soon. As a church, we are blessed to invest in their journey. Another praise is that we were able to secure a facility to start our worship services. God is blessing us by preparing individuals to see what God is doing through Anchor, Austin and supporting it with their time, talents and treasure. www.anchoraustin.com

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the start of our Sunday worship services beginning this Easter Sunday.

Please pray for laborers, that God would send whom he is moving to come and join us in His mission in Georgetown.

Please pray for us as leaders in this mission to have timely wisdom in making decisions and challenging people to be missional.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

God continues to move us forward on this mission! Two separate ladies have been attending our church for several months.. My wife and I have been meeting with each individually to dig into their current place spiritually. One is coming out of years as a Mormon. Both are hungry for God’s Word. One is either very close to saving faith, or else she is a baby Christian, and we are seeking to clarify with her and move her forward. The other woman is not a believer, but clearly seems to be being drawn to Jesus.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our church as we cast the vision for Oikos groups and events as we lead our people to be more intentional evangelistically as they build relationships with unchurched people.

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Aderemi Badru- Light House Mission in Houston 

remibadru44hope@yahoo.com

We are grateful to God that the Lighthouse of Hope For All Nations is growing and leaders are being trained and identified. We are looking forward to our public launch March 24, but we desperately need to rent a bigger space so that we can have room for our children’s ministry. We are currently trusting God for the provision of funds to rent a space and to get some of the equipment that is needed.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for us that God will send us the help needed to rent a new space for worship as we look forward to our public launch, and also that God will give us wisdom to reach the unreached in our community.

January 2024 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

Happy New Year! We enter 2024 with anticipation that rests squarely on the goodness and faithfulness of God. It is a joy to serve God, our missionaries and each of you. We are fellow laborers in seeing the great commission carried out and God’s Kingdom advanced. Let me know how Texas Missions can serve your church.

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Brad Cauley– Cedar Park Mission

bwcauley@gmail.com

Rob has opened his home for our weekly Bible study bringing many new believers and some interested in the faith, including a childhood friend he’s known for over 30 years. In early December the three of us had lunch where his friend shared both his respect for Rob’s faith and his own concerns and problems with faith for the past 30 years. Those concerns began to break down as he watched his friend, Rob, walk through the death of Rob’s son, leading his family through the suffering and shining Christ through the darkest of valleys. As we three reflected on Christ’s faithfulness with not a dry eye at the table, this friend shared how amazing it was to think that “Someone like Him, could actually want someone like me.” This was the first time Rob heard clearly his friend’s faith in Christ, repentance of sin and surrender to the loving forgiveness of Christ. We are now walking through baptism scriptures leading to the day that Rob will have the privilege of baptizing the friend he’s ministered to for 30 years. How faithful is our God!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the Lord to open doors for the gospel to touch lives in Cedar Park, for our family’s move to the community and for God to continue to pour out His Spirit on the new believers and leaders in our church.

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

Thanksgiving is always a great time for me to celebrate God’s provision. This year, with all the ongoing events in between, we are uncertain about what we can celebrate. Many things come with a concern. We had a breakthrough on one project, and I have to say that God is faithful and He never delays. I am of little faith, yet still loved by God!

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God will increase the number of this ministry in the coming year of 2024 and that we will have a great start for the new year.

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Jose Gil – Proyecto Misionero “Lidia” 

josedario.gil@gmail.com
A group of immigrants, mostly Venezuelans, asked to ignite biblical teaching. They live in the same neighborhood and just heard about Christ as Savior and Lord. I volunteered myself to help with this, having the vision of farming a cell in that community (Spring, a few minutes drive from the cell in The Woodlands). For the time being, we have had three meetings and I found this is a promising group to become a strong cell. The momentum of our ministry and the feedback from the contacted people lead us to foresee a cell-mode church.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that we will have the faith to keep our minds free of fears and be enthusiastic about reaching new people.

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Tim Alba– The Bridge Mission in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

Our church so far has been on  track. We do have struggles like any church but we also have amazing stories to tell when it comes to God doing powerful things through our congregation and leadership. For one, our strongest ministry currently is our women’s ministry. We have seen multiple salvations and baptisms come through that ministry. These ladies have done an amazing job sharing Christ and promoting our plant through events and outreach. We have also been successful in going out on the streets and sharing the gospel in the summers at parks and street corners where there is a lot of traffic. The amount of people we have prayed for and shared the gospel with has been astounding. We have taken opportunities to share the gospel with people walking in front of our building and seen them receive Christ. We have also been successful at giving to our community and also involving ourselves in city-wide events so we can promote our church. God has done amazing things this year. We are hoping to engage more people and challenge our congregation to new heights in their walk with Jesus.

Prayer Needs:

Keep Larry Alba in your prayers. He just started treatment for his cancer. Thank you.

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care 

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! What an amazing holiday season we had here at Oasis! From Thanksgiving for college students to Advent services to an amazing Christmas Eve Communion service, it was a truly special time for our church. And now we turn our attention to 2024 and the theme of “Refresh” where we will refocus on the basics of our faith and mission that God used to get us this far and trust He is going to use it to spur us to reach out even farther for His kingdom. We are praying for open doors in Sundown and here at the college and we truly believe God’s going to open those doors. As always, thank you so much for all your support and prayers that make it possible for us to be a part of what God is doing out here in west Texas. 2024…HERE WE COME!!

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God will open doors at SPC and Sundown, our leadership development, the adoption and implementation of new Missional Community rhythms and a storage shed so we can finish remodeling.

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Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

People who are attending are very actively inviting other people into their sphere of influence. One lady, named Marian, came to church for the first time in years. She gave up trying to find a church, because they all did not teach the Bible, as she has a Bible Church background. She was encouraged to know that we teach the Bible and take His Word very seriously.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that some of our new visitors over the holiday season will plug into our fellowship.

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Shane Carter– Lamesa Mission

stumpofnavy@gmail.com 

We are steadily moving forward. We will be starting a Sunday morning meeting in January and have started a discipleship group on Sunday evenings. We are also beginning a discipleship Bible study at the police department on Tuesdays at noon in January.

Please continue to pray for open hearts and doors as God does his work in Lamesa.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for continued good health and for opportunities to spread the gospel in and around Lamesa.

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Aderemi Badru-

Light House Mission in Houston 

remibadru44hope@yahoo.com

God has been gracious to us by adding to us and helping us to train the people we have.

Prayer Needs:

At the moment, we need a space for worship that will be conducive for us to have children’s ministry. We currently meet at the hotel and our children use the gym for the kid’s church which is risky and at the same time difficult to manage because the people in the hotel can decide to use the gym at any time. In addition, with the growth we are experiencing, we surely need a better place. Please pray for the provision of funds and for us to be able to get the kind of space that will enable us to not just have a ministry for the adults but a place where we can have child care and kids ministry. Pray for provision for us to be able to get the equipment we need such as musical instruments and a public address system. God has been so gracious to us in the last year and we are seeing real commitments from those joining the church. Please pray that they will be established in Christ.

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Peter Oyeniran – Planting in Mission Bend

peteroyeniran11@gmail.com

We give God praise for helping us have a formidable team. We are able to have a get-together with a family and they will hopefully join us as a team.

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Bichitrananda Satpathy– International Baptist Mission, Fort Worth

bichitrananda31@gmail.com

I shared the gospel with two people during the holiday season. They patiently heard the gospel and were open to it. However, they are yet to surrender to Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move on their hearts so they may accept Christ as their Savior. Their names are Ansul and Jashbir Singh.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for God to bring people to our biweekly gathering, for God to raise leaders and for His direction in this year.

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
The condition of the mission is favorable. Five people came to Christ during our Christmas service. We have welcomed two new families. We continue the discipleship and meetings of the oikos.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that in the future we may have a place of our own.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

December was a time for our first Christmas Eve gathering as well as a successful New Year’s Eve outreach. As we approach our one year birthday as a church, God continues to draw people to Himself and to us. We long to see more people come to faith in Christ. We are seeing genuine worship, fellowship and discipleship, but not the salvations that we hope to see. It may just be about God’s timing as we continue to faithfully sow gospel seeds in personal conversations and corporate worship.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray over these five goals we have for 2024: 1. To see lost people come to lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. 2. To expand our worship leader position into a larger position where he oversees worship, tech, web, and communications. 3. To go from two to four elders. 4. To launch three discipleship groves of 3-6 people and complete writing the material by year end as we go. 5. To add three more fellowship groups. 6. To relocate to a larger space.

November 2023 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

Exciting things are happening in our BMA family among our Spanish-speaking churches. We are seeing growth and health among these churches. You are currently supporting 14 Spanish-speaking missions. There are currently 24 established BMA churches among us. Some of these churches have recently joined us but some have been around 40 years. These churches are faithful and inspiring among us.
  Around Houston, there has been a long and faithful fellowship of BMA churches made up of Centro de Vida network churches, churches started by Arnulfo Maldonado and current BMA of Texas efforts. Arnulfo worked to expand and strengthen this fellowship around the BMA of Texas. Elvis Garcia, your current BMA of Texas Missions Hispanic coordinator, continues to serve these churches and strengthen their fellowship.
We are excited about what God has done in 2023. A new BMA Association of Hispanic churches is forming in San Antonio with six churches involved. A new BMA Association of Hispanic Churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area has formed with seven churches. A new BMA Association of Hispanic Churches in east Texas has formed with six churches involved. These fellowships have been formed and organized like our other local associations. They are working together and have elected officers.
Elvis is leading a cohort training 13 young leaders from these churches right now. There are some wonderful future leaders in this group. Last year, at the annual Texas Hispanic Men’s Conference, seven men surrendered to the ministry. Elvis is steadily hearing from Spanish-speaking churches wanting to discuss fellowship with the BMA. We are praising the Lord that he is using us to do our part in reaching the millions of Hispanic people in Texas.

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Jaime Garcia– Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission in Gilmer

Jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

I am happy for God’s answer to prayers and their results, thanks to God and you. We continue with the mission even with all the tests that abound. We will continue preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus. Believing that God is opening doors.

Prayer Needs:

Please continue praying for us, my family and the brothers now that we begin the directive and leadership. We need God to give us direction so that together we can plan all the affairs of our congregation.

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

Thanksgiving is always a great time for me to celebrate God’s provision. This year, with all the ongoing events in between, we are uncertain about what we can celebrate. Many things come with a concern. We had a breakthrough on one project, and I have to say that God is faithful and He never delays. I am of little faith, yet still loved by God!

Prayer Needs:

Pray that we will develop a relationship with new people we met from Thanksgiving events, and pray that God will be with us when we share the Gospel with them.

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
It was an immense blessing and privilege to participate in the BMA of Texas Annual Meeting. Once again, we feel like part of a big family. Thank you BMA!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that in the future we will have a place of our own.

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Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We passed out Bibles and shared the gospel at our Town’s Christmas Market Days event. Our kids were excited and took the initiative to distribute Bibles with us. They were better at it than me! My son told me, “That people are more willing to take a Bible from a kid than an adult, Dad!” I think he is right, but praise God that His Word got into the hands of many people.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that in this upcoming caroling event to our neighborhoods we encounter people with soft hearts ready to receive the gospel with gladness. Pray that we are light and salt to our city. Thank You for your ongoing support.

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Robert Lee– Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

Coming out of this Thanksgiving and entering the Christmas season, we are so thankful for the good things happening at Harmony.  We are excited about inviting our community to our Christmas cookie and cocoa fellowship this month and hope to use that time as an opportunity to build more relationships with people in our community.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for us to continue building more relationships in our community during the Christmas season.

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Chris Mindi– Anchor Austin Mission in Leander    

chris.mindi@bmats.edu

Put Off, Put On

Jeremiah 6:1–7:29; Colossians 3:1–17; Proverbs 12:1–28

We often hear that being a good Christian means not doing bad stuff. This statement is true—but not exhaustive. In Colossians 3, Paul says, “Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5). He then lists other inappropriate behaviors: “anger, rage, wickedness, slander, abusive language” (Col. 3:8). And he also lists new behaviors we need to “put on,” like “affection, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” (Col. 3:12).

From this we can gather that, as Christians, our lives should look different. But is there more to this command than certain behaviors?

We’re not supposed to put on new behaviors simply so that we can have polished, admirable lives. Colossians 3 opens with a statement: “Therefore if you have been raised together with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is” (Col. 3:1). Believers identify with Christ—just like we’ve died with Him, we’ve also been raised with Him. He is life for us. And one day, we will be reunited with Him, and we’ll reflect Him perfectly.

All of Paul’s teaching rests on this truth. And all of our actions should reflect this new life we have in Christ. We shouldn’t continue in the old behaviors that used to be common to us (Col. 3:7). We are changing into His likeness. “You have taken off the old man together with his deeds, and have put on the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created him” (Col. 3:9–10).

Avoiding certain behaviors is part of being a Christian, but it’s hardly just that. It’s about a new life built completely on the foundation of Christ’s life-giving work. We should forgive one another because He forgave us (Col. 3:13). We should love each other and strive for unity because He loved us and united us to Him (Col. 3:14). We should strive for peace with one another because Christ has conquered chaos (Col. 3:15). The message of Christ and our new life in Him should help us encourage and challenge each other as believers (Col. 3:16).

Does your life reflect this new life? How can you turn from simply avoiding bad behavior to seeking new life in Him?

Prayer Needs:

Pray for us at Anchor, Austin, that we as leaders depend on God for His timely wisdom in making decisions with humility.

Pray for Georgetown, Texas as we plan to start worship services soon in the new year.

Pray especially for the Indian community in north Austin for God to move his spirit both in Christians and Hindus to be open about missional living and for Hindus, willing to listen to the truth.

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Brad Holcomb– Redemption Hill Ft. Worth

brad@redemptionhillfw.org

“Cynicism looks reality in the face, calls it phony, and prides itself on its insight as it pulls back. Thanksgiving looks reality in the face and rejoices at God’s care. It replaces a bitter spirit with a generous one.” – Paul Miller, A Praying Life

Prayer Needs:

Pray for the health of family and wisdom in preparation for a series called, “Jesus and Culture” that I will be preaching through in January.

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care 

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! It never fails that when God begins to love them the enemy begins to move against Him. It’s happened to us in many ways this month but God has proven Himself faithful through all the sickness and difficulties our church family have been enduring. We have several very overwhelming conditions that need God’s mighty hand and we are trusting His promise that He will see us through and use it all for our good and His glory! We definitely need your prayers and continually give thanks for your love and generosity to us! As always, we are so blessed to be part of the BMA of Texas Family!

Prayer Needs:

Health of members

New contacts in college and surrounding communities

Open doors for the gospel

Storage building

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We salute all the churches of the BMA of Texas family, and we thank you for your prayers and financial support. Here in Houston, we continue working to enlarge the Kingdom of God through evangelizing, discipling, and serving. We continued with our cell method, five cells meet during the week in different areas of the city, and this month we were together celebrating Thanksgiving. During this time we had the opportunity to share the gospel with many non-believing friends, we are discipling three people. God continues to work among us.

Prayer Needs:

May God touch hearts and people be saved.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

Thank you for the way that your support of the BMA extends to support of our church plant. Your prayers and generous giving have brought a new church into existence and a light is shining in Jarrell, Texas.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our church to continue to reach the lost of the Jarrell area. Please pray that we find a larger space to meet when the time is right and that if necessary, we can get out of our current lease.

July 2023 Missions Update

A word from your Missions Office

By HEITH MITCHELL

Two of our BMA of Texas Missionaries came out of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, which is a large Baptist Denomination in Nigeria.  They began with the SBC but are independent and have 12,000 churches.  They have an annual fellowship of pastors in the US and Canada who have come out from them.  

This year, New Harmony Baptist Church in Tyler hosted their fellowship conference and I had the pleasure of speaking and fellowshipping with them.  We treated them to some Texas BBQ.  

I am thankful for their investment in bringing the gospel to Texas among Nigerian immigrants.

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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

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A word from your missionaries:

Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We have a website and a new logo! Please pray that the LORD continues to work in the hearts and minds of those in this community. There are many people deceived by other teachers tickling their itching ears. Many Churches around us are teaching another Gospel, whether it is a name-it-claim-it, cheap grace, or legalism. We have built partnerships with other Baptist Churches here that preach the Gospel and pray that people believe in Jesus for salvation alone.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for boldness and open doors to share the Gospel with all of San Antonio!

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Brad Cauley– Cedar Park Mission

bwcauley@gmail.com

We felt the Lord give us a name for His church we’re planting – Redemption’s Table. As a house church network, the table is a special place, both for family meals of belonging, but for deep conversations in the living room where we meet as a family. As the early church was taking their meals together gladly and daily, this had a rich meaning for us as a family of Christ-follows to remember that our mission flows from our belonging. Even in creation God made us first in His image – be embody His character and nature as well as enjoy the deepest intimacy of our lives with Him, our Creator – and second to rule. Our actions flow from our identity, our purpose from our belonging. In Christ we are the household of God being built together as a spiritual dwelling of God, so the “table” part came pretty quickly.

It was the first word that eluded us for a while… “King’s table?” “Christ’s table?” “Shepherd’s table?” Finally we were worshiping with a friend’s house church network and the other word that has been so rich in our experience with Christ came through. For all of us who have been redeemed, His name as Redeemer sings of His transforming work in us, taking us from worthless to priceless by His redeeming work on the Christ, the forgiveness of our sins. The filth and guilt paid in full gives us a freedom to follow Him as He restores the image of God in us again and allows us to join Him as He does the work in the lives of others. So in the midst of worship, after having hands laid on us as we were prayed over, the two names came together – Redemption’s Table.

When the prodigal son finally woke up, came to himself, realized the depths of his own stupidity in choosing life outside of dad’s house, the emptiness of the world and its false promises, he purposed to get as close to his father as he possibly could. He knew he could never have sonship again, he had blown that, wasted and defiled the sacred gift, he was no longer worthy of that honor. He knew he would only plead the clean the toilets of dad’s servants, and even then knew it would be great mercy if his father let him back on the property. But as his father ran to him and covered his head with kisses, as he told his father about his unworthiness and tried to plead for a servant’s position, his father didn’t even let him finish. A robe, a ring, sandals. That day, that very same day, the son was brought to his father’s table as his son, feasting in his father’s joy and abundance and love. That’s our story. Undeserving, no right to expect this underserved privilege, yet our Father’s salvation, purchased for us by our older brother’s blood, has made a place for us, not just in His kingdom, not just saved from hell, it has made a place for us at the table in the Father’s house as His sons and daughters. “Indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Christ Jesus.” Everything we are and everything we do as Christ’s people flows from this one central reality – we are His because He saved us. That’s why we serve, that’s why we preach, share Jesus, labor in His flelds for harvest, and battle the enemy at every point as we follow Christ in seeking and saving the lost and raising His people to maturity all for His glory and His renown. Thank you, Father, for the wonder of a seat at redemption’s table with our name on it.

Prayer Needs:

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Please ask the Lord to clarify which house and neighborhood for our move in the next 9 months. Please pray for provision to make the move as He directs.

We are seeking key leaders as shepherds. Please pray the Lord directs us in this process.

We seek God’s blessing on our witness of Him in the Cedar Park area, including connections with city leaders both civil and social.

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Robert Lee– Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

We have made some big changes this month at Harmony. As part of our plan going forward, we have worked toward creating a more welcoming environment for new visitors. The same Sunday we began these changes, we also celebrated a baptism! Isn’t God good!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for upcoming ministry opportunities we are working to develop right now.

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Fidel Torres– Cristo Vive Mission in Denton 

fidtol@msn.com

In chapter 34 of the Book of Ezekiel, God reproaches the leaders of Israel, whom he compares to shepherds of sheep, for not doing what God expected of them.

In his rebuke, Ezekiel, through the Holy Spirit, specifies to these evil leaders what God expected of them.

Ten things that every leader, shepherd of sheep should know, and the list is this:

Go, Search, Find, Gather, Rescue, Feed, Bring Back, Bandage, Strengthen and Do Justice.

These marks of ministry, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, characterized him when was here on earth. These are so important that they can be applied to every missionary that God sends.

Considering people as sheep, and becoming their shepherd, and giving each one of these caring characteristics, is part of what our Loving Shepherd expects of each one of us. Let us pray that it be so.

Prayer Needs:

May God give us grace with our new neighbors, and may we be able to contact many Hispanic neighbors who live in the area. That we have very good health that we recover from the great fatigue that we have after the move.

May the heat subside, so we can work better when we’re outside.

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Tim Alba– The Bridge Mission in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

I know many planters have expressed discouragement in the past. This is part of the struggle we will continue to go through in the future. God does not promise us a struggle free mission. Jesus never embraced that idea. Instead Jesus knew suffering was a big part of doing great things for God. So much that Jesus knew His death would end in suffering. We have to embrace suffering as part of the growing process or we will always feel discouraged. It’s not always pretty being a church planter but it’s well worth it when you see people get saved and baptized. You know that all your efforts and suffering was worth seeing people gained to the Kingdom of God. Eternity is bigger than your suffering. Embrace the mission. It’s worth it!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for two people Frank is going into surgery this week and getting a bone marrow transplant. Also pray for a young lady named Arianna. She is deeply confused about her Gender. We are helping understand what God says about male and female. We are continuing to minister to her.

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We greet with great affection each of the churches that are part of the BMAT, we are happy to communicate that we are seeing the hand of God move in our church, this is something of what happened this July. We had 4 professions of faith, Victoria Perla, Rubí manzanares, Omaet oviedo and Fanny G. gave their lives to Jesus, our brother Real Manzanares decided to follow Jesus in the baptism, We celebrated our anniversary with an attendance of 87 on Sunday 23 and we carried out the biblical vacation schools where 2 children gave their lives to Jesus. We give glory to God for what he is doing in our midst and to each of the churches that pray and financially support this ministry, God bless you!!

Prayer Needs:

We ask for your prayers for Sister Delmy Cruz who recently lost her baby and for Sofia, a girl who is in the hospital with an inoperable tumor in her brain. (Translated with Google Translate)

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from West Texas! Wow! Just WOW! We know God is so good all the time but then there are times when His goodness just overwhelms us in special ways! That’s definitely what He did this past month at oasis! We had the amazing privilege to celebrate 8 baptisms in front of friends and family, some of which weren’t believers! We stirred the waters with 5 men from 3 generations of one family, 2 sisters (one was saved just a week before), and my mom! WOW! Just WOW! And then we finished off the month with an outreach partnership serving the cosmetology students at SPC and made great connections for the fall semester so we can open up for them during the week! WOW! Just WOW! As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of what God is doing here in West Texas!

Prayer Needs:

Open doors for the gospel

New connections at SPC

Fall outreach to SPC students

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Abner Nunez– Planting in San Antonio   

elias1951@hotmail.com

Sometimes there are days that we wake up discouraged, we see that our work is not yielding. Other times things like they improve, In any case we must continue praying and working, asking God to help us and give us understanding.

Prayer Needs:

For health, because I can bring my girlfriend Gladys Salinas from Venezuela. It would be very helpful for my ministry. For me to get a better 2nd job. (Translated with Google Translate)

Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

I see families moving in and out in our street this summer and I felt excited because I have a chance to meet some new neighbors and reach out to them. Sometimes I looked back to the short period of time ever since I moved into this neighborhood the names I had remembered and they had moved out now. If I am not seeing myself as a missionary I probably would not have talked to them and gotten to know them. Thanks be to God that he made me on this mission.

 Prayer Needs:

Pray that we can find a public space nearby to host events for our community.

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

July was an exciting month as we transitioned to live music for worship on Sundays; continued our sermon series through Acts; had our first Member Meeting where 90% of our members came together along with twelve others considering joining; had a church-wide fellowship at a local spot called The Granary; hosted a Women’s Iced Tea Party; and replaced our banner with a wonderful sign for our church.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our people to continue to proactively engage others during the week with what we call S.U.N.L.I.G.H.T. interactions. Pray for a member who is prayerfully considering launching a weekly time for our 7-12th graders. This would be so great for their discipleship and for our retention of families with youth.

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
Thank you, dear brothers, for supporting us in the establishment of the Kingdom of God, both in this great country and in our country of origin Cuba.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for the people of Cuba, subjected to one of the most aggravating social crises in their history, and especially for the Christian people on that island. (Translated with Google Translate) 

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Shane Carter– Lamesa Mission

stumpofnavy@gmail.com 

School is right around the corner, I pray that we remember it is all Jesus and not just about school activities. Jesus deserves our full attention not our after thoughts. I only say this because I have put the wrong value on sports in the past. It is really about who you trust more.

Prayer Needs:

The lost and our kids.

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Jaime Garcia– Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission in Gilmer

Jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

Happy for the opportunity to serve Christ and also to be part of this team of churches with vision and love for souls, I believe that you really have that desire to reach souls for Christ, blessings in abundance for all of you.

Prayer Needs:

Please help me with prayers for the new families that are visiting the church, also for my new stage in this phase 2 where as a mission we are working for the stable as a church associated with BMA (Translated with Google Translate)

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Ciro Gonzalez– Rice Hispanic Mission 

cirogonzalez315@gmail.com

On July 12th we did our first prayer cell meeting, as I am almost 4 months into Rice as a BMA planter, and there was a special reason to celebrate, we are halfway through the discipleship up to that point. We met at the home of a disciple called Queen and family, we made a banquet and we enjoyed all together, there they took advantage of knowing each other since they had only heard for me from some of them, 13 adults and 7 children was the assistance we had and we rejoiced, we prayed, I challenged them to continue seeking God and exorte each of the men to take position of heads in the home to guide all their families on the right path, in Santodad y Amor, we took advantage of praying for the families present and for all the families of Rice, it was an incredible time and blessing. (Translated with Google Translate)

 Prayer Needs:

Pray for Rice’s families.

Let us pray for the children.

Pray for me that God will give me wisdom and guidance to open our church in Rice.

June 2023 Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

We are excited about three new missionaries starting this month.  All three of them have been equipped and sent out of BMA Churches.  

Brad Cauley is preparing to make disciples in Cedar Park.  Brad is an Elder at Antioch Church in Georgetown and is being sent out by them.

Lisandro Barrueta Is making disciples in San Antonio.  He was discipled in the ministry of Iglesia Bautista Misionera de San Antonio and pastor Cesar Leal.  He has completed an internship there with the church.

Shane Carter is preparing to make disciples in Lamesa. He has been discipled and has finished an internship at Oasis Mission in Levelland.

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I want to thank you for your care of your missionaries.  They were able to enjoy the annual missionary retreat this month because of your continued faithfulness.  

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We celebrated the Organization and release of Mensajeros De La Verdad Iglesia Bautista in Bardwell.   Pathway Baptist Church in Waxahachie has prepared and supported this church well.  It was a wonderful day.

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

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A word from your missionaries

Jaime Garcia– Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission in Gilmer

Jaime.garcia2911@gmail.com

Thank you for your prayers and for your collaboration in missionary work, together we are doing this for Love of the Precious Name of Jesus Christ. Blessings to all my beloved brethren.

Prayer Needs:

Prayer, for my wife Gloria and my son Isaac, that they always have that availability of workers so that they see with their hearts, so many needs in people and that they continue to support me so that they do not get discouraged. (Translated with Google Translate)

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Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from West Texas! Summer is crazy busy here on the South Plains but we are continuing to stay steady and strong here at Oasis! God continues to grow and challenge our people. We have had many conversations about baptism and will be having our 3rd baptism celebration next month! It’s awesome to see God calling our people to obedience. We will be gearing up for the start of our college ministry soon. So please pray about helping with supplying K-cups for our free coffee and Wi-Fi ministry to the college students starting in late August. Thank you again for all you do and for all your support! We love our BMAT family!!

Prayer Needs:

Start up for college ministry

Open doors for the gospel

New connections in community and college

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Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com
Thank you BMA for all the love and care you have for your missionaries, allowing us to enjoy some time of fellowship and family rest at the church planter retreat.

Prayer Needs:

We pray that we may have a place of our own. (Translated with Google Translate) 

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Haitao He– Free Salvation Bible Mission in Corpus Christi 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

Mission work is to share a word from God with people who don’t know God. Their gods, or things they valued the most, are more important to them until they realize that they are sinners who need salvation. Love, forgiveness, and salvation on us the believers bear the witness of the power of salvation.

 Prayer Needs:

Pray that Holy Spirit will strike people to recognize their sinful nature and Christ’s forgiveness of sin can be witnessed by our thoughts and actions.

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Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission in Tomball

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

We are always grateful for all the spiritual and economic support that each church gives us, thanks to you we can carry out the work of God in this church. God continues to work in our midst, there are several recent converts being discipled, new visitors in whom the word of the Lord has been sown, in young people and adults there have been people who have sought reconciliation with God and are about to be part of the membership of the church. Yoao is a young man who has been visiting the church all this month, he is struggling to make the decision to give his life to Jesus and there are many things that need to be corrected, pray a lot for him, as well as for Jonaiquel and Victoria who have begun their discipleship process.

Prayer Needs:

For the salvation of Yoao and the spiritual growth of Jonaiquel and Victoria, a young woman who has just given her life to Jesus and has many serious personal problems. (Translated with Google Translate)

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Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in Helotes 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

Please pray as we move forward to meeting regularly on Sundays and that the people involved will commit to our Church.

Prayer Needs:

I have a tooth abscess that needs to be removed and been on medication, please pray that this goes well and that the bridge they put on stays put. Pray that I get fully recovered quickly.

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Fidel Torres– Cristo Vive Mission in Denton 

fidtol@msn.com

The book of the Prophet Ezekiel gives us a different picture of what life was like for a slave. Ezekiel gives us his perspective on exile. And he shows us that even in extremely difficult situations, he did not stop serving God, he always looked for a way for the slave people to remember God and depend on Him. Always ready to teach him to seek God. Dependence on God is what allows us to do the unthinkable in situations impossible for us.

Prayer Needs:

Gratitude for your many prayers in our move, since we did not hurt each other much, God provided a lot. May God give us grace with our new neighbors, and may we be able to contact many Hispanic neighbors who live in the area. That we have very good health that we recover from the great fatigue we have after the move. (Translated with Google Translate)

Tim Alba– The Bridge Mission in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

It’s interesting how during the toughest times you see God work through certain individuals. This has been the toughest month so far as we have had to encourage our members about their commitment to our church. We understand that people get busy but we encourage to make God a priority, especially during this evil age that we live in. With that being said we had 3 salvations and are baptizing 5- 10 people at the end of this month again. We have seen some growth but the work is burdensome and inconvenient. However, it’s all worth it when we celebrate with heaven as we rejoice to see new souls saved. Keep fighting the Good fight it’s worth it, even when we can’t see it.

Prayer Needs:

Please continue to pray for Frank Martinez. He is about to be put in the Hospital for 2 months due to Bone marrow surgery. Thank you.

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Omar Pina, Sr.– Missions in Waxahachie/Dallas / dual support with BMA of America

omarpina2005@gmail.com

Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the retreat a few weeks ago.

Prayer Needs:

For wisdom as I continue to train leaders and model faithfulness in the ministry and calling.

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Cesar Leal– Iglesia Bautista Misionera de San Antonio & Iglesia Bautista Emanuel in Seguin

cesarchacin@hotmail.com

This month we have dedicated more time to worship with songs and to invite using social networks and we have seen how new people have arrived and this has us very motivated to such an extent that a worship group has already been formed that we are using every weekend. Praise the Lord!!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for a local or own land for the church in San Antonio. (Translated with Google Translate)

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Kyle Cheatham– Grace Church Jarrell Mission  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

My family *loved* the Church Planter getaway in Galveston! In early June, our people gathered for a meaningful evening of prayer and worship that served as the beginning of our transition to live music on Sundays as God has provided just the right family to help with that! We had our highest attendance yet at the end of June and continue to meet and draw in new people as we study through the book of Acts on Sunday mornings and our men study the attributes of God on Tuesdays.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for peace and reconciliation as our church continues to work through a situation that negatively affected some, however, our people are responding graciously and I believe God is strengthening us through this. Pray that the enemy is unsuccessful in dividing us and that all walk in grace and repentance toward reconciliation.

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Shane Carter– Lamesa Mission

stumpofnavy@gmail.com 

Lamesa is fertile soil and ready for a church of unity and disciple-makers, we are ready to bring the BMA back to Lamesa. Please keep us in your prayers.

Prayer Needs:

Keep every missionary in your prayers as we are taking back people for God’s kingdom one person at a time.

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Brad Cauley– Cedar Park Mission

bwcauley@gmail.com

The Lord reminded me this month that all of our walk and all of our work is a response to what He initiates. He is God who calls, He is the God with the plan, and He is God who chooses the man (people) for the mission. In the book of Joshua, just as He did with Moses in Exodus 3, God calls Joshua to Himself and to His plan. The famous, “be strong and courageous” passage only comes after God has clearly stated what He plans to do that He then invites Joshua to walk in. What an incredible comfort and what a powerful source of boldness, confidence, and strength for the mission ahead. And when we follow God’s faithful plan to call people to His mission from Noah, to Abraham, through Moses, Joshua, David, and all the way to us, we hear His say again, “I will build My church.” Who are we that the Lord would invite us into this greatest of all missions with Himself? 30 years into walking with the Lord and I still am blown away by His tender love, His faithfulness, and His ever closer presence as He accomplishes His purpose in this world, in the hearts of His people and through their lives into the lives of others. May God’s grace and mercy and peace fuel our hearts with boldness, courage, and renewed energy to join Him as He works His will through us.

Thank you for your prayers and your support of God’s mission!

Prayer Needs:

Please ask the Lord to confirm where in our specific area, he would have us plant. Please pray for wisdom about who to bring with us as well as for open hearts on the harvest.

May 2023 Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

On May 12th & 13th, your BMA of Texas Missions had the pleasure of sponsoring the Hispanic Men’s Conference at Daniel Springs.  This year’s conference was called ‘Desarrollando una nueva Generacion de Lideres – Hombre a Hombre 2023”  This conference has been held for many years at Daniel Springs.  I think it was first coordinated by Buddy Johnson.  This year Elvis Garcia did a great job bringing the conference together.

Around 90 men attended the conference.  It began with lots of soccer and fellowship.  The worship team from Caminando con Jesus in Humble did an amazing job of leading worship.

Speakers this year were me, Jaime Lengua, Luis Ortega, and David Dickson. The Lord blessed with a salvation, a baptism in the Daniel Springs pond, and 9 who surrendered to ministry!  Daniel Springs were wonderful hosts as always.  Here are some pictures from the conference.

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

Kyle Cheatham– Planting in Jarrell  

kyle@gracejarrell.com

We celebrated our first baptism this month! Around 40 of our people came back together on a Sunday evening at the home and pool of a church member to celebrate the baptism of one of our young adults and the graduation of one of our high schoolers. Great time for each of them to share with our church and our people praying over them.

We continue to love being in the BMA family, from the essential coaching and the cohort to the upcoming Galveston gathering for planters!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our people to continue to proactively engage others during the week with what we call S.U.N.L.I.G.H.T. interactions.

Fidel Torres– Planting in Denton 

fidtol@msn.com

In the book of Jeremiah, God tells us about the consequences of not aligning our lives with the Will of God. The people of Israel suffered the consequences of his bad decisions. Jeremiah’s message was to return to God and allow Him to discipline them. But they instead sought shelter in other nations and other gods. No belief, god, or religion deserves that we put our trust in them, only the True God, Jesus Christ is the only one who deserves it, if we don’t manage to see it, we will pay the consequences like the entire nation of Israel.

Prayer Needs:

May God protect us in the change of house that we will do this month. May God give us grace with our new neighbors, and may we be able to contact many Hispanic neighbors who live in the area. May we have very good health so that we do not get hurt during the change.

Jaime Henriquez– Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

First I want to thank the entire BMAT family of churches for their prayers and financial support. Here at Fuente de Vida Eterna Baptist Church we are working on the work of the Lord and witnessing how God is touching and transforming lives. Of the people, this month we had the joy of seeing the salvation of a man from Colombia named Johneiry, he and his family arrived from Colombia and he gave his life to Jesus and is starting the discipleship process, our little sister Alison Henriquez decided to follow Jesus at the baptism, and a new family that has been visiting the church for over a year applied for membership this month and they have also started membership classes. God is working in this work that is his. The last Sunday of this month we had an attendance of 65 people and we give glory to God for it.

Prayer Needs:

Pray that God will continue to open doors and touch hearts and transform lives through this ministry.

Isaias Martinez– Conroe Mission 

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com

It was a wonderful opportunity to participate in the MAN TO MAN event with God for the first time and at the same time bring 4 of our leading men, as it was comforting. One of our men gave his way to the holy calling to be a worker of the BMA work in the state of Texas. Your prayers for brother Urleidy Centeno.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for our next mission trip to Cuba in the first half of July.

Tim Alba– The Bridge in Seagoville 

timalba1986@gmail.com

This month has been an eye-opener for me. I realize that many times our churches can get inwardly focused. We forget that our mission is greater than what we find in the four walls of our church. Our services and home groups are training grounds to go and participate in God’s mission and sometimes we forget that. I pray that God would continue to grow us and all and that the Holy Spirit of God would bring conviction to His Church. Stay focused and continue to pray that we live our life to glorify God.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for Frank Martinez. He is in need of a Bone marrow Transplant.

Cesar Leal– New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

I praise God for the changing of the seasons, the time of spring and the beginning of summer has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with new people we meet on the street and around the buildings we are visiting to disciple. In wintertime, people rarely went out and remained more hidden. These are wonderful times that we must take advantage of to extend the Kingdom of God by preaching the Word of God!!!

Prayer Needs:

Pray for my children and grandchildren requested by immigration to enter this country.

Brad Holcomb– Redemption Hill Ft. Worth  

brad@redemptionhillfw.org

“Mark this down, okay? You and I were never meant to repent for not being everywhere for everybody and all at once. You and I are meant to repent because we’ve tried to be.” – Zack Eswine, The Imperfect Pastor

Prayer Needs:

Just prayer for my family and I that I would learn to do life and ministry without circumventing Jesus. Also that I would learn to be a cheerleader for my family rather than just seeing myself as a manager to them.

Ronnie Mills– Kingdom Chapel in Ft. Worth

ronnie84@gmail.com

BMA Family, thank you for your love and support over these years. We are so grateful for your prayers for us, and your love for our mission in Saginaw, TX. The Lord calls each of us to continue faithfully to the work He has called each of us to. I want to encourage you in that, as you also encourage me. He is faithful, He will finish what He has begun. Amen.

Prayer Needs:

We ask that you would intercede on our behalf over our students going to camp this summer, along with our children. For the first time, we are offering a VBS here at Kingdom Chapel, and we ask that you would seek the Lord in prayer over us. Ask Him to save, grow, and fill these little ones here with His Spirit, and purpose through His Son Jesus Christ. We love you all. Blessings.

Haitao He– Corpus Christi Mission 

haitao.he@bmats.edu

Working people are getting more stress under the current inflation situation, we see the worry of the future has been a burden to them, we pray that they will find peace and be less worried with faith in Jesus Christ, because Jesus teaches his disciples not to worry about tomorrow and trust in God the father which is a great comfort for the believers.

 Prayer Needs:

Pray for salvation for people who are not yet believers!

Chris Mindi– Anchor Austin Mission in Leander    

chris.mindi@bmats.edu

Badly Aligned

2 Chronicles 19:1–20:37; Titus 3:12–15; Psalm 101:1–8

Like a car with bad alignment, we are prone to drift off course when we’re not focused on steering our faith. Often, we use intellectual pursuits to disguise our drifting. It’s easier to argue an opinion than to respond faithfully. It’s stimulating to have a theoretical conversation about a complex issue because there is no hard-and-fast application. When we drift, we might even succeed in convincing ourselves that we’re being faithful.

New Christians often have a zealous faith and a desire to learn that make seasoned Christians take a second look at their own faith. In Psalm 101, the psalmist expresses this type of zeal for God. While his specific actions can seem strange to our modern ears, his desire to pursue God with his entire being is one we ourselves should adopt. He follows his repeated “I will” statements with promises to sing of God’s steadfast love and justice, ponder the way that is blameless, and walk with integrity of heart. He knows the danger of haughty eyes and arrogance of heart, and he determines to avoid people with these traits. Instead, he aspires to seek out faithful people who can minister to him (Psa 101:6).

Complex faith issues don’t always have hard-and-fast answers. They require intelligent conversations and careful consideration. But most of all, they require humility and a committed zeal to follow God- whatever the outcome.

We need to be humble and honest about our weaknesses. If we know we need help, we need to be like the psalmist and seek out mentors who can minister to us. And if someone calls us out as arrogant and haughty, we need to address where we’ve drifted.

Take a look at your own heart. Where are you drifting?

-Daily Devotional

Prayer Needs:

Pray for our First Annual Family Retreat at Anchor Austin.

Pray for Indian Independence Day celebration, we are putting an effort to make it happen as an open event to invite our friends from different faiths and have a time of celebration to become friends and this to be a start of a healthy relationship.

Pray for our team members to have patience, and spiritual strength, as they are discipling / evangelizing (one-on-one) our friends who are not saved yet.

Jose Torres– Tyler Hispanic Mission 

emailjosetorres@gmail.com

We are blessed to serve alongside such a faithful group of churches such as those of the BMA of Texas. May God continue to bless your ministries as well.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for baptisms in our groups. We would love to see lots more!

Ciro Gonzalez– Rice Hispanic Mission 

cirogonzalez315@gmail.com

So, my beloved brethren, be steadfast and steadfast, growing ever in the work of the Lord, knowing that your hard work in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians:15:58.

I. We must stand firm. Despite all the setbacks we encounter, the difficulties and weaknesses we must remain firm. Firm in our calling, firm in whom we have believed, firm in our work.

II. We must be constant. Constant in what we have undertaken, constant in our encouragement for God’s work, constant in going and preaching the glorious good news of salvation.

III. We must grow, in wisdom, in the spiritual, grow as people but in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ we cannot stop, we must always grow, remembering that this work is rewarded in eternity.

 Prayer Needs:

May God heal me, right now I have covid.

Bichitrananda Satpathy– International Baptist Mission, Fort Worth

bichitrananda31@gmail.com

The book of Daniel encouraged me to seek and trust in our God, who is sovereign and eternal and whose kingdom is everlasting amid chaos and confusion around the world. We look around the politics and the leaders of the nations and get frustrated by what is happening worldwide. The world is increasingly turning against God and His will. But the book of Daniel calls us to trust the God of the Bible no matter what because HIs kingdom is coming and will be forever, and we will be part of that everlasting and glorious kingdom.

Prayer Needs:

Please be praying for our mission here in Fort Worth as we disciple new believers and look to build our core teams. Pray that the Lord would bring people to our contact in miraculous ways to launch our plant.

Chris Driver– West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from West Texas! Summer is in full swing out here but it has felt like FALL!! We’ve had lots of rain and storms so now we are battling weeds and mosquitos! LOL But Oasis continues to grow and we are really finding our sweet spot as far as how we do life and ministry together! This may be the most exciting and fun time I have ever had in ministry! To see our people learning and growing and serving and hungry for God and His word is so awesome! We’ve got big plans for the summer and for the start of college this fall. In looking forward to the college ministry in particular, if you would like to sponsor some K-cups for our weekly Free Wi-Fi and coffee days, please let me know. I can’t wait to see our building full of students this fall! Thanks again for all you do for us as BMAT Missionaries and for all your love and prayers!

Prayer Needs:

Summer events

Fall college ministry start up

New relationships/connections in community and college

Open doors for the gospel

Open doors for the gospel

New relationships within the community and the college

Rudy Villareal– Hometown Church Mission in San Antonio 

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We have seen some growth as we are continuing to reach our community, and believe we have found a building for Sunday mornings. We have been growing together and sharing as a growing Church plant. Many are eager to share the Gospel. Please pray that God, continues to open doors for the Word to be shared.

Prayer Needs:

We need prayer for our families that are connected with us, that the Holy Spirit works in their hearts and they submit themselves to the Word of God. We have an overwhelming majority of people who are unChurched folks or never have been a member of a Church and they are being challenged in discipleship.

April 2023 Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Why would Timothy need strength if there wasn’t hardship in front of him.  There is always hardship in front of us.  We aren’t alone.  we can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  We have everything we need to walk in Jesus.  I really have grown to love this passage.  Trials are unavoidable but often crisis is if we will be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Request

I am seeing God at work.  I am hearing of so many BMA baptisms right now!  The Lord is about His mission.  At the same time, I have never seen so many under attack at the same time.  Please pray for your missionaries and the pastors and leaders in our BMA family.  Pray for their protection.  

If you are feeling the attack, I encourage you, to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  Retreat to rest and refocus on the Lord.  Lean into others.  Isolation is so dangerous in our struggles.  Let someone know and pray together.  God is good and he is with us BMA family.

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 Ft. Worth

brad@redemptionhillfw.org

Zack Eswine says, “Mark this down, okay? You and I were never meant to repent for not being everywhere for everybody and all at once. You and I are meant to repent because we’ve tried to be.”

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that we as a family abide in Jesus in the coming weeks, grow in our love for Him, one another and the church. That we come back with a renewed zeal in the Lord and love for others.

Cesar Leal – New Mission in San Antonio

cesarleal2002@yahoo.com

God has been good to us, we have experienced many of His blessings. We are already nearing the end of the legal registration of the Church: we are in the phase of the Federal Registry. we already have our State registration and in the ISR. Glory to God because He has provided us with the necessary resources and we have been able to move forward. I think the best is ahead and there are many new things that we will experience and where we will continue to see the powerful hand of God!

Prayer Needs:

For a permanent place for our church. Not just on Sundays.

Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

As always we thank the entire family of churches of the BMAT. By your prayers and offerings, the church is healthy, growing, evangelizing, and discipling. Carrying out the great commission. This month we had two professions of faith, we finished the first quarter of Bible Institute and an evangelism campaign.

Prayer Needs:

May God open doors for us for the gospel may be received by unbelievers.

Haitao He – Corpus Christi Mission

haitao.he@bmats.edu

We feel the great joy to make a step forward and put on more work loads, as we pray that God help us and we know it is time we need to get used to the growing pain. Pray that God will sustain our minds, spirit, and strength.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for more people to visit our Sunday house church service.

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from West Texas! It is so much fun serving the Lord in church planting!! It’s got moments of struggle and difficulty but, WOW! It sure is fun seeing God move in the lives of people who have been out of church and far from the Lord but are now all in and on fire for Him! We are growing in every way! Every week we are having visitors come who have been invited by our people and even by the guests themselves! New ministries are being formed and our systems are beginning to really take shape. God is definitely working! Thank you for helping us serve the King and His Kingdom as BMAT church planters!

Prayer Needs:

Leadership development

Open doors for the gospel

New relationships within the community and the college

Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com

Thank you, dear brothers, for every prayer and support you give us to be able to do what we are most passionate about, to serve Christ.

Prayer Needs:

Please for each of our 6 teaching points in the city (OIKOS)

Kyle Cheatham  – Planting in Jarrell

kyle@gracejarrell.com

We have been thrilled to see our people be quick to take initiative to come alongside and care for one another, rather than leaving it to me alone. Our people are gladly taking the initiative to share the gospel and invite people to church. Please pray for further gospel conversations in our community! 

Prayer Needs:

1) Pray for continued evangelism as our people seek to be “sunlight” to our community. Pray for Jacklyn and I as we found out we are having a baby girl this October! 2) Pray for the salvation of a 30 year old named Reed who is coming regularly and also meeting with me weekly. 3) Pray for wisdom, timing, and funds for adding live music and a leader for worship.

Luis H. Perez – Planting in Kyle

luisperez6162@gmail.com

I am grateful to the BMA for all the support of myself and our church, and we do not stop praying for the BMA missionaries.

Prayer Needs:

Keep praying for Kyle’s Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Chris Mindi  – Anchor Austin Mission in Leander

chriszion@outlook.com

If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will reveal things that can only be discovered in the presence of God. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will give us God-ideas for our ministry, family, business- for our lives. This is the truth that we want everybody at Anchor Austin and all over the world, especially ‘THE CHURCH’ to realize the marvelous God we have to continue with boldness in this world. After all, ‘Prayer is the difference between th best you can do and the best God can do’ –

M. Batterson. That’s a BIG difference! 

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Anchor Austin as we meet new people and making connections in this busy place Austin TX. Pray earnestly for all relationships to be stronger and genuinely caring for each other so that they know, there is a God who loves in a perfect way and we can see in the testimony of those who believe in Him. Pray for ongoing relationships, that the gospel becomes clear for them to understand and put their faith in Christ as the Savior.

Rudy Villareal – Hometown Church in San Antonio

rvillarreal1@gmail.com

We are seeing growth in the people you are helping us reach! We have shared the Gospel regularly, and as some have seen me share the Faith it has encouraged others wanting to evangelize more. We are starting a regular time to go out and share the Gospel with four other men who are eager to share the Good News! We started a Bible Study at the Community Center at Grey Forest a little small town right next to Helotes. It is a community historically recognized for the number of artists who live there and frequently described as “eclectic.” We have the Mayor involved and a number of influential neighbors. I also had an opportunity to meet the Mayor of Helotes and pray for him, and he invited me to do the invocation for their previous City Council meeting. I was able to meet some other Council members and am in prayer for them as well. We also have made some inroads in a popular San Antonio community called “Alamo Ranch,” and are working to reach the people who live there.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for us in these things, you are sending the Gospel forth and we appreciate your partnership!

Robert Lee – Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant

bro.robert.f.lee@gmail.com

Things have been good this month here in Normangee. We were blessed to be able to serve again one week this month at Panthers for Christ. We also have some other good things in the works that, Lord willing, will give us more opportunities to serve youth and their families in our community. Pray that these things would work out in the days ahead.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for continued opportunities to serve youth and their families in our community.

Fidel Torres – Planting in Denton

fidtol@msn.com

Thank God our neighbors who smoke marijuana day and night have already left their apartment. This has been a great blessing for us, we thank everyone for their prayers.

Prayer Needs:

May God give us wisdom with the people we are discipling, and may they continue to grow. May God grant us more people of peace.

Tim Alba – The Bridge in Seagoville

timalba1986@gmail.com

I learned this month that a leadership who is not unified is a church not unified. I have been teaching our leadership that unity is our top priority when it comes to developing our culture in our church. If our leaders can’t unify then our people will find no reason to do so. We are working towards building a stronger team so we can’t impact our people. If we want our churches to thrive we are going to need a church that is unified in our mission and vision. Philippians 2:2

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for Frank Martinez. He just found out that he has cancer and we are asking God to do a miracle in his Life.

Bichitrananda Satpathy – International Baptist Mission, Fort Worth

bichitrananda31@gmail.com

Prayer Needs:

Pray for God’s power and wisdom to lead us in our mission efforts and for us to launch in this year 2023.

Jose Torres – Tyler Hispanic Mission

emailjosetorres@gmail.com

Thank you for backing our work in the Lord with prayer and finances. Very happy to be part of the BMA family!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for the Spanish speaking people of Tyler that they may want to follow Jesus as their Lord and pray that we may become better and better at disciple making for the Lord.

March 2023 Missions Update

A word from your missions office

By HEITH MITCHELL

Your  BMA of Texas Missions had two stand out events this month.

We have the blessing of supporting Todd West, your Pastor Connections Coordinator with the BMA of Texas.  He put together a pastors conference hosted by Round Prairie, Fairfield. It was a blessing to me and everyone who attended. The Lord really worked on my heart. I thank each preacher and musician that were part of it.  Thank you Bro.Chris and Round Prairie family for the warm hospitality. When it comes back around next year, you want to be there.

We are thankful for you and grateful to serve you, BMA of Texas Family.

For the second year in a row, the Liberty Association hosted a mission rally for Texas Missions. On a Saturday morning, they highlighting four Texas missionaries per year. They cover the missionaries’ travel and lodging expenses. Each of these missionaries share their work and the Word. The service ends with lunch. While this is happening. the ladies love on the missionaries’ wives with gifts, crafts and a program. The association splits the offering with the four missionaries present. Because of this rally, the Liberty Association is getting to know it’s missionaries and the missionaries are getting to know the churches. Are there any others who would like to host such a rally? We would be glad to!

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

The winter weather brought us some difficulties of mobility and contact with people, however we are very optimistic to start a new season where we are already seeing changes in mobility and contacts of parishioners, making expectations very interesting for the coming months. I believe the best times are yet to come, praise the Lord!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for the church of San Antonio and its meeting place. We are working on some projects for this year.

Haitao He – Corpus Christi Mission

haitao.he@bmats.edu

People who are struggling in their lives need a good support system and the church can be a big part of it, with more support especially spiritually and emotionally they will succeed!

Prayer Needs:

Pray that we can be a caring and loving witness to the internationals we encounter here in Corpus Christi, and pray that they will see us as their support group and join our community.

Isaias Martinez – Conroe Mission

isaiasmj1966@gmail.com

Many thanks to the churches of the BMA for having us as part of this great family and for preparing us in the multiplication workshops to be more effective in our work.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for four men who have accepted Christ and are in discipleship.

Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care

cjdriver316@gmail.com

Howdy from west Texas! Everything continues to go well for us here at Oasis. We’re settling into regular services and our Life Groups are back up and running. I’ve been most excited this month about a new group we started. It’s a young couples group we are calling Table Talk. We have had five to six couples each time and we’ve had amazing conversations around a meal. It has been such a refreshing and productive time! I am loving seeing God move in the lives of these young people! As always, thank you so much for all your support and prayers that have given us this chance to be a part of what God is doing here in West Texas!!

Prayer Needs:

Open doors for the gospel

Continued growth for our people

Leadership development

Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston

dairyjeny@yahoo.com

I am pleased to inform you that things are going well here in our church. We are working on carrying out the Great Commission of making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them. The five cell groups continue to do their work. Every week on Wednesday there are five small groups that gather in the city and through them we are reaching souls for the Lord. Young people have their meetings on Fridays and we are discipling one person right now.

Prayer Needs:

Please pray that we can start two new cell groups and that God will call a brother to plant a new church this year.

Fidel Torres – Planting in Denton

fidtol@msn.com

We continue to adapt to this great city. Already, we are making better contacts with people. God granted us three more people for His Kingdom.

Prayer Needs:

May God grant us to be healthy so as not to interrupt the steps we have already achieved. May God give us grace with the people He puts in our path. Wisdom with the people we are disciplining.

Kyle Cheatham – Planting in Jarrell

kyle@gracejarrell.com

Remember to rely on Christ for the strength to fulfill our calling. As Paul clarifies in Colossians 1:28-29, our work of ministry and disciple making is one where we toil and we struggle, but we are do so with His energy and His power. Grace-enabled effort!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our church and me to engage unchurched people even more. Pray for God to raise up or bring in a worship leader. Pray for wisdom on our space as we grow.

Jose Torres – Tyler Hispanic Mission

emailjosetorres@gmail.com

It is a blessing to be in co-mission with BMA Churches!

Prayer Needs:

Please pray for our children, Diego and Sofia, as they make decisions regarding their future, specifically their education. Pray that God may develop our church plant leaders.

Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin in Leander

chriszion@outlook.com

Persistent prayer was the key for early church growth in Acts when we read the Bible. God is listening to all our prayers and He will answer in His timing. At Anchor, Austin, our desire is to be known as a church that prays. We are seeing God move in miraculous ways. 

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Anchor Austin as we gain momentum, prepare ourselves towards starting worship services in Fall 2023. Even though we have not met with all the BMA churches, the fact that you support the vision of a church plant to see God move Indian Christians here and to see other Indians know Christ and put faith in Him is a great encouragement. Pray for us as leaders of this movement to be full of wisdom and humble in spirit and to continually see God work in and through us.