A word from your missions office
By HEITH MITCHELL
Thirty saved in September! Good reports of progress made at mission points! Are we emerging from the virus fog? I hope so! I am proud of your missionaries. They feel the weight and urgency of the Great Commission and they are about it. This Church Age will expire. We must tell this generation about our Lord and help them to be His disciples. Politics will not change anyone’s life. Jesus will change their life and can change the lives of the generations that come after. I know we are two months from the election, but let’s not lose sight of our most urgent task. A good soldier doesn’t get tangled up in civilian affairs. Instead, we seek to please the one who enlisted us as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:4).
We had a good retreat together in August. Here is my favorite picture of us together.
We all join you in praying for the end of this virus and shutdown. We pray that God will get glory in this season.
We would love to share with your church about what God is up to and show you how you can be involved. We also have tools we can provide you to help you become a partner in church planting. Reach out to us.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us in laboring and praying for:
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
Pray with me for society to open again so we may draw closer to people to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us remain faithful to the Great Commission.
These are difficult times but that is where you can see better the glory of God. Let’s move on because victory is ours! God will fulfill His purpose in each of us.
Pray for my family in Colombia. Pray also for wife as she is going to have an operation.
Kingsley Nduka – Light House Mission in Houston
Let’s give God praise for his faithfulness over us this season.
Please pray for a meeting location for us to be able to gather groups together in one place.
Wesley Burke – Redemption Baptist Mission, Nacogdoches
We have had the opportunity in our new work to meet many different people. Some of them have claimed Christ and desired to join our church’s covenant community. As we got to know some of them, we learned that they were participating in openly sinful activity, and we confronted them in love with the gospel message they claimed to believe, but refused to follow in certain public areas. They have chosen to walk away from our membership process. This is hard, but I share it to encourage all of you (especially pastors) to remember that the way is narrow, not broad, and Jesus Himself is sovereign and in control. It is He who looked at 5,000 and said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). After this speech, full of hard truth, only the 12 remained, one of whom was a devil (Jesus words concerning Judas). We are not Christ. I am not saying that, but we are under-shepherds (pastors) and sheep. Trust the Lord in these strange and difficult days and let the increase be because of Him and the promises of his Word, not just your efforts. This has been a hard but rewarding lesson for us to learn.
And after some days Paul said to Barnabas said, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are” (Acts 15:36).
We will do well to remember that our chief example of mission work is Scripture and that Paul and Barnabas had in their mission to simply, “see how they are.” Pastor, do you have other churches and brothers that you regularly speak this way about? Congregant, do you have other members of the body of Christ that this simply yet deep connection has been formed with? If not, find someone and obey the Spirit in these matters. Our unity depends on it, and unity is a precious commodity of the saints in our current hour. Grace to you all!
I have started teaching part-time in a private Christian school in Nacogdoches. Please pray that this will lead to many good connections in the community that would benefit our growth as a body of Christ in the city. Prayer is needed for our intentional efforts to evangelize in Nacogdoches. Pray that God would give growth to our church through biblical conversion.
Jesse Hales / Chris Mindi – Anchor Austin in Leander
We at Anchor Austin thank you for praying for us and supporting us as we go into the holiday season. Pray for us to have more opportunities to be more effective in spreading the gospel in this part of the state of Texas. Our vision is to be a multi-ethnic congregation of believers anchored and maturing in Christ with discipleship as our heartbeat.
Continue to pray for Anchor, Austin, especially for those we are already ministering to, that they would mature in their faith. Pray also for our ongoing outreach ministry specifically to unbelievers.
Gamalier Luna – New Mission in El Paso
We have moved into a new building and have these needs:
1. Bass speaker
2. Speaker for keyboard and a keyboard
4. Four microphones
6. Cables for microphone connections
7. Live Studio Audio Mixer/Mixing Console
8. Microphone stands
9. Drum Set
We would be blessed to receive items or the money to purchase them. Thank you for everything.
Chris Driver – West Texas Multiplication Network/Texas Missionary Care
The last couple of months have been busy. I am working with people from 10 different towns. I have high hopes that we are going to start seeing new groups forming in towns we have not reached yet.
My son, Zakary, tore his ACL and is scheduled for knee surgery. Also, continue to pray for our first group of leaders as they learn and grow and prepare to start their own groups. Pray for the towns of Morton, Sundown, Whitharral, Tahoka, Loop, Aspermont, Haskell, Meadow and Wilson to be open to the gospel as we reach into them.
Isaias Rojas Osechas-Church Plant in Spring
Thank you for your prayers and support. We are providing training and enrichment activities. We are achieving our goals to reach new souls for Christ in three new mission points in Harris, Spring, and Montgomery (Woodlands) Counties.
Pray for us as we seek to plant 10 new churches with our 12 family groups. I would like to acknowledge and thank Arnulfo Maldonado, BMA Texas Missions Hispanic coordinator, and my coach, Elvis Garcia for their support.
Ronnie Mills – Kingdom Chapel Mission, Saginaw/Fort Worth
Things are going well here in Saginaw. The Lord continues to provide for us, and is keeping the doors open for His gospel to be proclaimed. We’re truly grateful for all your prayers and support for us as a church. We have remained committed to the call upon our lives and relying upon the power of our God, to help push us through this difficult season. We’re praying for the BMA of Texas, as well, and are so grateful to be a part of this great association of churches.
Please be in prayer for us to continue strong in the Lord, that He would continue to open doors for us here in Saginaw for the gospel to go forward. Pray for the unity of our body, and also that we would be of sound mind and doctrine. We believe your sincere prayers for us make a big difference in the work of our ministry, and we just ask that you would press forward with us in spirit. If you would like to help us financially with any needs our mission may have, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings to each one of you in Christ!
Matthew Prather – The Bridge Mission, Midlothian/Waxahachie
Dual Support BMAA/BMAT
This year has been an interesting year for all of us. COVID-19 is not something that any of us expected to have to deal with when the year started. As with every other church it has caused us to adjust in many different ways. Through all of this we have been able to minister to a lot of hurting and struggling families. We are continuing to reach our community in new and different ways. Social media and our website have played big roles in this as we continue to connect with people of all different kinds of needs and struggles. Almost daily, we are able to minister to someone who has found and reached out in these ways. Pray for us as we continue to build these relationships and minster to them. We are also seeing one person a month accept Christ as their Savior due to our digital presence. We are thankful that God is using this ongoing situation to allow us to reach new people. Please pray for us as we continue to impact our community in different ways. Pray for those to whom we are ministering who are hurting and struggling. Thank you for your continued support and prayers!
Pray for us as we lead our church through COVID-19.
Spencer Simpson – Redeemer’s Love Mission, Houston
God has been moving greatly at Redeemer’s Love! We are overjoyed to begin looking at planting more churches in southwest Houston as the Lord continues to bless us with a growing flock to shepherd. Thank you for your prayers and support, God is blessing your faithfulness and kindness greatly.
As we grow and begin to look at planting more churches, we ask that you would pray that the Lord will continue to supply or raise up men in our congregation that will be faithful Shepherds of these future churches.
Jaime Henriquez – Fuente De Vida Eterna Mission, Houston
I just want to thank you to all the BMA churches of Texas for all your support and prayers. We would not be able to do the work we are doing in our mission without your prayers and support. It is a pleasure to share with you what the Lord is doing in our mission as we continue to work in his Kingdom. We are having our services in a rented church building that allows us to grow. Souls are being saved and lives are being transformed by the power of the Lord. You are part of everything that the Lord is doing through this mission. Recently, we had a special event for friends and families to share the gospel with them. We had a good attendance and had the opportunity to share the gospel with them. God continues to work in every family and transform lives.
Pray that God will provide our own building for the services for our mission.
Mike Watt – Cross-Work Mission, Tahoka
Our little startup church is moving forward. We take comfort in knowing Christ will grow His church (Matthew 16:18). We are challenged to make disciples. Pray that we become a disciple-making church! We are under the conviction that online content is not the same as church. We will continue with value-adding online content. In addition, we have started changing our wording from “stay connected” to “join us for what you can.”
We finished up our sermon series on the attributes of God. Our people were challenged and encouraged weekly for that 8-week series. We are excited to announce that we are getting back into the schools! High school and middle school discovery Bible studies have started as well as our elementary school Bible club. Pray that God uses these programs to get His gospel into the schools and that we can advance His Kingdom and on-ramp people to Cross-Work through these outreach programs.
Please pray that we impact our town with this challenging invitation.
Robert Lee – Harmony Baptist Church in Normangee Replant
Our church is certainly looking forward to the days to come. Although the COVID pandemic has slowed our progress, God has been faithful to keep sending new people to be a part of us as we work toward replanting and I am firmly convinced that God will answer our prayers as we seek open doors in our community. I know that our folks can attest to the power of prayer. We cannot let fear keep us from taking the Gospel to those around us.. There is a lot of work left to be done here. One of my friends who pastors another church here shared some statistics with me the other day that his denomination had gathered about Normangee and the surrounding communities. Even before COVID, only 10 percent of our local population attended a church on any given Sunday. There are certainly plenty of people here in the Normangee area in need of the Gospel. I firmly believe that God will continue to be faithful to us and bless this effort to reach our community through this replant.
Pray for opportunities to reach our community, and especially for us to have opportunities to show the love of Christ to our local school.
Neptaly Molina – Iglesia Bautista Mission, Nacogdoches
I have been reflecting on why I plant new works, and I see there are five reasons why I should plant churches:
1. To follow the biblical strategy
2. To practice evangelism effectively
3. To bring in the harvest
4. To reach new groups of people
5. To obey the Great Commission
We must dedicate our days to God (Psalm 52:8). After the pandemic was announced, the decisions in different parts of the world began to emerge. One of them was the temporary closure of the worship centers, sites of religious meetings with more than 20 participants. For this reason, each organization took its measures and began to meet in smaller groups, due to the closure of the physical structures. But, it is not an impediment to locate a house of God. My dear reader, you are a house of God! In it, you, together with your family, can worship God. You can worship Him, no matter the location. The most important thing is to humbly desire to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Take advantage of this day to do it! May your house today and in future be a house of praise to God so that you can enjoy even more the presence of God.
Pray for the Molina Perdomo pastoral Family. Pray for a family we are burdened to reach and a home we pray God restores. I have the opportunity to distribute meals to low-income Hispanic families and attract them to the church. There is a pastor who wants to help me with those groceries for people in need. Pray for this ministry. Pray for evangelistic activities to attract new people to Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Renacer.
Cesar Cantu – Carpenter’s House Church in Oyster Creek
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Do not let it be all about following rules. We cannot take the stance that I have gotten my life together and I am making good choices and in doing so see the errors of others are magnified.
Our prayer is that God would make us better disciples so that we can make more disciples.
Timothy Alba – Resident Intern in Seagoville
This week, I have been in 1 Peter. I have been studying mostly 1 Peter, chapter 2, where he talks about the church being the living stones and Jesus being the Cornerstone. I love how Peter gives the church the responsibility to represent Jesus in all we do. Peter says in verse 12 of chapter 2 that people will observe our good deeds and will glorify God because of it. I think Peter is remembering Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. God is calling us all to live according to His Word so that people will observe them and some might get saved. I have learned this month that we have a responsibility to be a light in the world by reflecting Jesus in all we do. This command is not only for pastors or leaders but also for the whole church. We all have a responsibility to Christ in our world. I think the church desperately needs to hear this message once again. The world is watching us more than we know. And people pay attention even when we are not. I think C. H. Spurgeon says it best, “A church life is always more forcible than its speech. When men take stock of it, they reckon its deeds as dollars and its words as pennies. If its life and doctrine disagree the mass of onlookers accept its practice and reject its preaching.” So here is a challenge to you. How can you be a better representative of Jesus this week?
Donny Sadler – Impact @ Bethel in Dallas
Thank you for your support. Continue to pray for our launch.
Pray that the fear of COVID-19 will ease in Dallas.