A word from your missions office
By HEITH MITCHELL
God is faithful! You, the churches of the BMA of Texas, are faithful! Your missionaries are faithful! As I write to you for the second time during this crisis, this is what I am pleased to report.
God is faithful! He is sustaining and protecting the work of BMA of Texas Missions. He is even advancing the Kingdom during this trying time. He is faithful to guide us, provide for us and protect us. We both expect it and are awestruck by it, I want to praise the Lord!
You are faithful! God is using you to sustain this ministry. You are walking this crisis and are still walking in faith. I know this because you continue to faithfully provide for your supported missionaries. This has been amazing encouragement to each of them. They know you love and care about them because you haven’t neglected them in your own hardship.
Your missionaries are faithful! They have seen 18 salvations since the shutdown! They are taking care of their people and reaching out to and serving their community. The men are putting in more hours than ever. They could use your prayers and words of encouragement.
I ask you to pray for your missionary Nick Brockway in the town of Meadow, Texas. Nick and Jennifer had their fifth child named Tripp this month. He has a heart issue and Down Syndrome. Tripp is progressing but has spent 3 weeks in the hospital with at least a month to go. Pray for baby Tripp and his family.
We would love to share with your church about what God is up to and show you how you can be involved. I am personally available to come and share. We also have tools we can provide you to help you become a partner in church planting. Reach out to us.
Together we are laboring and praying with the hope of seeing:
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
Not for our glory, not for the BMA, but for the King and His Kingdom. We hope to see this goal become a reality without really focusing on church planting. We want to stay focused on our Great Commission. If we focus on sharing our faith, baptizing, and discipling towards obedient Christ followers then these new churches among these unreached pockets of Texans will result.
We would love to share with your church about what God is up to and show you how you can be involved. We have tools we can provide you to help you become a partner in church planting. Reach out to us.
A word from your missionaries
Cesar Cantu – Intern preparing for West Columbia
Let us not be afraid to fail.
Matthew 14:28-29 says “And Peter answered him, ‘Lord if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, “Come.” So, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’
In this encounter, Peter learned what it felt like to move in a direction Christ was asking him to move. Yet the anxiety of the situation causes Peter to fear and lose focus. What we see as failure, Christ used to build confidence and caution at the same time in Peter. We should be so bold to ask God to command us to come.
My prayer is for an opportunity to move into the community of Brazoria County.
Wesley Burke – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches
God is sovereign even when his church is forcibly scattered. May the scattering from this pandemic grow all of your hearts to value the gathering more in days to come.
Pray that we will be able to share the gospel in a post COVID-19 world.
Mike Watt – Cross-Work Mission, Tahoka
It’s been a sprint of a marathon thru this crazy time. Pray we run this race well!
Jesse Hales – Starting Point Mission in Round Rock
Dual Support BMAA/BMAT
At the end of February, our six month internship with Antioch, Georgetown ended and we met with the leadership of both the BMA of Texas and the BMA of America. They were excited to see what God has been doing. With that, they shared the same main concern we have had from the beginning which is our lack of another missionary family to partner with in this ministry. It’s not impossible for one family to start a church on their own, but history and scripture show that it is much preferred to minister with a partner. We’ve been praying for such a partner since we first felt God leading us here.
The leadership of both associations agreed to continue to support us with the understanding that we would keep praying and actively seeking such a partner in ministry. They also asked if we would be willing to pray about the possibility of merging our ministry and partnering with Chris Mindi, another BMA church planter nine miles away in Leander. Chris and I went through assessment together and moved to the same area at the same time with the same purpose to start a new church and see people saved and grow in God. We have both been praying for a long time, asking God to give us a ministry partner. As they asked if I would pray about it, they made sure I didn’t feel any pressure from them to answer one way or another but simply pointed out from their observations that we seemed to be a great match for each other. I told them I would pray about it.
After having several meetings with Chris and Sarah and reaching out to several of our closest prayer warriors, we spent time waiting on God and praying for clear direction. After about a month and a half I felt that God had clearly knit my heart together with Chris’ and made it clear that we were to join them in ministry.
We are all very excited to see what God is going to do with this new partnership. I’m sure as I have time and space in the future to share more with you about this, you too will see how incredible God is in the way He has brought us and fit us together. He never ceases to amaze me.
Although this will be a big change for us there are a lot of things that will not change. We have made a lot of great contacts here in Round Rock and fully plan to continue to grow those relationships. Nothing is changing about our support or how to send that in. Our dependence on your prayers certainly doesn’t change either, nor does our commitment to starting a church to see people saved and growing in discipleship. What does change is now we have a partner and can do that much more effectively. Thank you, and we will do our best to keep in touch more regularly.
- For souls to be saved
- For the effects of this pandemic to continue to open hearts to the truth of the Gospel
- For guidance as we go through the merging of the two church plants
Jaime Garcia – Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida Mission, Gilmer/Mesquite
In Matthew 16:18 we find a beautiful promise for Christ’s church and it is the Lord Jesus who says it. That is why we trust that the church will prevail and will go on lighting the earth until He returns. Now that we are quarantined, we have been working through media and many people have rejoiced in hearing words of hope. Thank you for your support and above all for your prayers. I love you all.
Spencer Simpson – Redeemer’s Love Mission, Houston
Thank you for your prayers and support that encourage and allow us to bring the gospel to this area of Houston!
Pray for our ability to be a light in southwest Houston during the COVID-19 crisis. We want our community to see the hands and feet of Jesus through our efforts as a local body of Christ.
Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilians affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
A local and national revival
Gamalier Luna – New Mission in El Paso
Beloved shepherds surrendering is not an option. Let’s go forward. In Christ there is power.
Help me pray to find a place for our church.
Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches
This quarantine time has been a blessing. I have been able to share more with my family. We have prayed together. I have read the Scriptures more, read the gospel of Matthew, and now, I am in Mark. I’m studying the book for seven steps to plant new churches. I’m also studying the driving course to get my driver’s license. Also, I am studying English. Pray for us.
- Pray for my theological classes as they are almost complete.
- Pray for my family in Venezuela. My older sisters, Maria Molina, Anaira Molina and Olipa Molina are ill.
- Pray that this pandemic will soon pass so I can get my missionary work in shape.
Isaias Rojas Osechas-Church Plant in Spring
Thank you very much for praying for and supporting us.
Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care
I cannot tell a lie. I’m tired of this whole mess. But in my weariness, I stand amazed in the presence of the Nazarene! I stand amazed at His faithfulness! I stand amazed at His wisdom! I stand amazed at His sovereignty over all things! He has opened a great big door for me to personally reach into the community of Sundown that wasn’t there before this virus! I have been invited into fellowship with 15-20 men from Sundown by a young man I ran into at the local hardware store. There is a tremendous opportunity to see God start a church and deeply impact this town for Christ! Needless to say, I am pretty excited about walking through this door! Please pray for us and this opportunity. God is definitely on the move here in west Texas!
Sundown, Journey Fellowship, Cross Work Church, Nick and Jennifer Brockway and baby Tripp