Philippine Mission Team to India

Go Beyond Borders – Mission Beyond Ourselves

By Joyce Porcadillia, President of General Baptist Bible College, The Philippines

This post was originally published in the 2016 Spring issue of the GB Messenger. Don’t receive the Messenger? You can always catch the latest digital issue on the Messenger website, www.gbMessenger.org

Philippine missions trip to IndiaThe General Baptist Bible College, Inc. (GBBC) over the years has evolved from a small Bible school of 18 students to a multi-level educational institution. The dream to have a training school has been fulfilled. Through dedication, commitment and hard work this institution was built. We thank our leaders who have gone before us for their leadership, foresight, careful planning, and generosity. If not for their leadership and vision in the past, GBBC wouldn’t even be here today.

Most of us were not around when GBBC started, but we all know that moving towards where GBBC is now has been challenging as well as inspiring. The current reality is that in order for GBBC to be distinct in its offerings, we need to adapt to the fast changing landscape of basic education, theological education, and ministerial training. We need to be proactive in responding to the demands and needs of our stakeholders and the different fields of missions and ministries. Therefore, we need to maximize our physical, human and financial resources and adopt new initiatives to achieve the vision of becoming a premier institution for leadership development in Christian ministries and missions in the Philippines and around the world. Continue reading

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Reaching The Unreached

By Mark Powell, International Missions Director

This post was originally published in the 2016 Spring issue of the GB Messenger. Don’t receive the Messenger? You can always catch the latest digital issue on the Messenger website, www.gbMessenger.org

THUMB - The unreached people groupsGod has gifted General Baptists with varied and unique opportunities to preach the good news that “Jesus tasted death for every man.” Since the time of Benoni Stinson we have been faithful to the call of reaching every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reality, however, is that in the world today there are still six thousand unreached people groups (Joshua Project). The call of the gospel and the command of the Great Commission, not to mention the echo of Benoni Stinson’s voice, is to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.”  From Asia to Micronesia to Central America and the Caribbean we have faithfully proclaimed the good news that Jesus has indeed tasted death for everyone. The reality, however, is that there is much more to be done and much more we can do!

The Joshua Project (joshuaproject.net) identifies 16,404 people groups in the world today. A people group is a group of people with a common identity that shares the same language and thinks in similar ways and has the same basic philosophy of life. The Grecians of Acts 7 would be an example of a people group. A people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow “without encountering significant barriers of understanding or acceptance.” The Joshua Project explains it this way: “In many parts of the world lack of understandability serves as the main barrier and  it is appropriate to define people groups primarily by language with the possibility of sub-divisions based on dialect or cultural variations. In other parts of the world, most notably in portions of South Asia, acceptance is a greater barrier than understandability. In these regions, caste, religious tradition, location and common histories, plus language may define the boundaries of each people group.” Continue reading

Summit Kids' Track - Let's Make A Splash!

Summit Kids’ Track – Let’s Make a SPLASH!

Kids’ ministry is one of the most important programs you can have in your church. In order to keep our churches alive, we must strive to reach children. This track is designed to help you implement a thriving kids’ program in your church. Whether you are a large church or a small church, this track has been designed for everyone.

Join us as we explore the best practices of kid’s ministry; how to begin, how to expand, how to recruit volunteers, and how to lead with mission and vision. We encourage you to not miss a single session. Begin one of the most exciting adventures and Make a Splash so that you can Connect with the next generation.

Main Stage Session – Tuesday 10:10 – 11:00 am in Main Ballroom

Taking place on the main stage of the Summit, this session is a must, a non-negotiable, a connection with the next generation! We’ve scheduled a special time without any other breakouts so you can join Relevant Church and a team of their volunteers as they take you inside what a kids’ service would look like. You will experience games, live actors, music, and an illustration you will never forget! You will be inspired and learn how the key to growing your church begins with kids’ ministry. We will also have a conversation on the advantages of using KidSpring in our churches, how to implement it, and success stories from General Baptist Churches who are already using KidSpring. So make plans to be here, Make a Splash, and connect with the next generation!

Kids Ministry for Churches over 100 – Wednesday 1:30 – 3:00 pm in Ballroom B

If you want your church to grow, you must grow your Kid’s Ministry. Join our team as we take you on a journey through the phases of a child’s life and how we must create environments with this in mind. We will also explore key aspects of mission/vision, staff structure, service planning, recruiting volunteers, and plans for growth. You will also learn how ONE simple decision exploded our kids’ programs. Be a champion for kids and be here! Continue reading

The Steads teaching English

Stead Family News from Mexico

By Ryan and Amanda Stead

This post was originally published in the 2016 March issue of the GBIM Capsule.

The Stead family stationed in Juarez, MexicoYou don’t have to drive very far into Juárez, Mexico to see that life there is hard. It is hard to stay warm in the winter and it is almost impossible to cool off in the summer. The average wage is $50 and $75 US dollars per week, if you can get a factory job. Most people have no hot water and they continue to have issues with the city water being potable. Yes, life in Juárez is hard, but loving the people of Juárez is one of the easiest things our family has ever had the pleasure of doing.

When you’re in Juárez the people hug and kiss you, shake your hand and say “Díos le bendiga!” (God bless you!) They call you “hermano” (brother) and “amado” (loved one) and you wish with all of your heart that you could change lives. We bring the Gospel message which provides hope, joy, and comfort. Without that hope, this job would be heartbreaking and would make us feel helpless. And, we pray for them. You pray for mercy in the scorching heat in the summer and divine warmth in the freezing winters knowing that in the cinderblock homes, there is no heat for the most part. You pray for rain, although there are few crops to benefit. The land is desert and all that that entails, rattlesnakes, scorpions and black widows included.

So — what do we do? The one thing that is apparent is that these people need opportunities. They need a way to improve their lives to help them feed their families and break generations of poverty. Shortly after arriving, the people found out that we home school. They immediately began asking us to teach them English. In Juárez English means better jobs, and better jobs mean better pay.

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a great avenue for developing relationships and meeting obvious needs. More importantly it spreads the Gospel to people who wouldn’t be caught in a church on their worst day, but will show up for English classes.

We are currently teaching children’s classes. Studies show that attaining a second language is easiest before the age of 13, so we are excited to take these classes to young people. We hope to build a small library of simple readers in English to help build vocabulary. We currently have materials to begin study in the book of Matthew. We’d love to have the ability to give each one of our students a Bible with both English and Spanish. Having bilingual Bibles would contribute substantially toward learning the vocabulary. We currently have no budget for any of the materials we use and are severely limited in what we can do. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

The possibilities are endless in this city of over a million people, most of whom would give just about anything for an opportunity to better their lives. We hope to provide friendships and the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior to these beautiful people. Please consider coming down on a team to help here, supporting the ministry or our family personally so that we can continue doing this work. Thank you for sending us, for supporting us, and for anything you may be willing to do or invest to help the beautiful people of Juárez.

The Yeomans are preparing for a ministry in the Philippines and finally in Niger, Africa.

The Yeomans – Those That Have Never Heard

By Nicole Yeomans, Missionary to The Philippines

This post was originally published in the 2016 Spring issue of the GB Messenger. Don’t receive the Messenger? You can always catch the latest digital issue on the Messenger website, www.gbMessenger.org

Romans 10:14 tells us “But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him?”

I can still remember the exact moment that someone posed the question to me for the first time, “but what about those that have never heard the Gospel, will they go to heaven?” I stood looking at them like a deer in headlights and my life was forever changed.  I spent  the next 4 years at Welch College, studying the Bible, missions and Christian Education. It is there that I met my husband, Kris, who was also studying missions. God had placed a call to missions in both of our hearts.

Romans 10:14-15 continues by saying, “And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?”

Kris, Nicole, and familyWe believe very deeply that God has called us to make His name known among the unreached peoples of this Earth, to share Jesus with those who have never heard, to be intentional in our relationships with the purpose of sharing Jesus and to make disciples as we go where God leads us.

What does that look like for our family in the very near future? Until now, our involvement with missions has been leading short-term mission trips to some of the most unreached parts of the world, including Niger, West Africa. Continue reading

Summit registration

New Summit Registration System

We’ve changed our registration process!

With more and more families attending the Summit, we’ve made it easier and less expensive for families to register for and attend. In the past, each church registered everyone that was attending the Summit from that church. Any families had to register their children on a separate form and pay for every child. That could add up quickly and possibly keep key leaders from attending the Summit.

Now, each family will fill out their own form for their family. If you are attending with the whole family, your registration fees will not exceed the max. You pay one time for the family, kids and all! (see below).

We’ve also kept the Block Registration for churches that are sending several people to the Summit. The Block Registration fee is the same, $400 per church, but does not include child registration. Families in a block registration will still need to register their children separately (see below).

With all the new possibilities, take a little time to go over the options and see which type of registration will be the best for your family and church.

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Faith Home - Honduras

Starting, Equipping, Inspiring – Obeying the Great Commission

By Clint Cook, Executive Director

This post was originally published in the 2016 Spring issue of the GB Messenger. Don’t receive the Messenger? You can always catch the latest digital issue on the Messenger website, www.gbMessenger.org

General Baptists are obeying the Great Commission. I clearly recall the first-hand view I received back in 1999 when I went on my first international mission trip to Honduras.

Children singing along Sunday School songsMy first mission trip abroad was alongside one of my deacons, Ken Morris, in which I was to preach and he would lead worship on a medical/mission team. Our trip began at Faith Home where we visited with the children and workers and toured the grounds. We then traveled with the rest of our team several hours by bus over difficult terrain to the capital city of Tegucigalpa and then to a very remote village in the hills near Tegucigalpa.  The country of Honduras had only recently survived the deadly and destructive hurricane named Mitch. Their political and economic infrastructure lay in shambles, their roads and other transportation system was nonexistent, and their citizens were in dire need of help. One of the most amazing things I remember about that trip is that despite all of these obstacles, the Honduran people were joyful, grateful for our help, and starving for the gospel! The depth of their struggles and loss paled in comparison to their desire to learn about a man named Jesus and their need for a Savior. While some were unable to change their current situation, they were determined to change their eternal destination. I cried day after day as I watched the altars fill with people asking Jesus into their hearts. I realized I was watching the carrying out of the Great Commission! Continue reading