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Dr. Michael Haynes
Director of Ethnic and
Rev. Samuel González
Director of Grand Oak Mission Center
Mrs. Dinah Ensor
Director of Church Health
Dr. Bob Perry
Mrs. Burnace Smith
Mrs. Patti Irvin
Youth Ministry Consultant
Rev. Doug Watson
Church Health Planting Consultant
Rev. Craig Coppenbarger
834 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807
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DATES TO REMEMBER
1-4 SoulQuench continues
4 Independence Day, GCBA office closed GOMC closed
10 Jerusalem Project Meeting, 11:30
12 Ozarks Berry Festival, 9-3, Remington's
12-19 GCBA VBS Annual Mission Trip, MX
19-26 GCBA Soccer Tournament Mission Trip to Guadalajara, MX
21-25 Girls Camp, Baptist Hill
28-Aug 1 GCBA Boys Camp, Baptist Hill
31 GCBA WMU Annual Meeting, 3-7:45, Hamlin Baptist
1 GCBA Boys Camp continues
4-8 Grand Oak Mission closed
11 Ethnic Pastor's Lunch
16 SW Region WMU Conference and Training, 9-3
16 Bible Study Leadership Training Conference, 8:30-Noon, Macedonia Baptist
20 Associational Leadership Council, 11:30
21 Missions Ministers Lunch, Noon
Greene County Baptist Association
Disaster Relief Chain Saw Ministry
Chain Saw Team at work and metal building donated for Disaster Relief Ministry equipment
Chain Saw Ministry-Helping Those in Need
The Greene County Disaster Relief Chain Saw Ministry was established in 2005 following hurricane Katrina. The first deployment was in January 2006 for 2 weeks in New Orleans. Since that time the team has performed cleanup for several local tornados, the Springfield ice storm of 2007, the Popular Bluff ice storm in 2009, the St. Louis tornado in 2011 and the Hannibal tornado in 2013. The team was originally called to Joplin, but was cancelled as the need changed to heavy equipment. For the past three years the team has cut and delivered firewood to needy families in the local area. In 2014 approximately 50 cords of wood were delivered.
The roster of volunteers includes over 120 people from 20 Greene County
Baptist churches. All volunteers have been trained in Chain Saw Safety and
Disaster response activities.
The equipment list includes 20 chain saws, two generators, electric sharpener, air compressor, a John Deere 34 hp tractor with brush claw, a 12 ft. trailer for chain saws, a 16 ft. flat-bed trailer, a 10 ft. trailer and a lunch box trailer. The mission of the chain saw team is:
1. Be a witness for Christ
2. Ensure the safety of the team
3. Satisfy homeowner needs
Since 2006 all of the chain saw equipment has been housed at the American Red Cross on West Bypass. Last year when items left from the Joplin relief efforts were returned to Springfield, the space was needed for storage of these items. The chain saw equipment is still stored at Red Cross but in the outside secured area.
In November 2013 a developer in downtown Springfield donated to the chain saw ministry a 24 ft. X 62 ft. metal building. The requirement was the building must be taken down and moved to another property. The building has been disassembled and stored. Just recently the approval was given by Greene County Baptist Association and Grand Oak Mission to re-erect the building on the Grand Oak property. Currently the building permit process is underway and fundraising will begin shortly. The goal is to have the building re-erected by end of 2014.
The team is always in need of volunteers who have a heart for missions to serve in time of crisis. To participate in the chain saw team activities please contact
Steve Losh at 417-861-9525 or Ronnie Walker at 417-343-3809.
Camp Season is here. Baptist Hill is humming. Camp Leaders are scurrying about and kids are having the time of their lives. We are blessed to have the best camp leaders and camping experience in the state (if not the country). I mean that!
Amazing Place. We are one of eight Associations in Southwest Missouri that own and operate Baptist Hill. Baptist Hill is eighty acres of prime Ozarks mountain woods just west of Mt. Vernon in Lawrence County. "The Hill" (as it is affectionately called) sits at one of the highest points in Lawrence County. The view is spectacular. Among many attributes, The Hill has a gorgeous spring that spills out from the mountain at the base of the camp. This provides a great place to play, camp, dig for Indian artifacts, canoe and have lots of other fun. Baptist Hill is the ideal environment to learn, build relationships, enjoy God's wonderful creation and meet God.
Amazing Leaders. We have the finest camp leaders in the world. Our camp leaders consider this ministry a calling from God and give their best. They work 365 days a year to ensure a great camp experience. From the moment camps shut down, they are evaluating the previous camp and preparing for next year. Our leaders continually pray that scores of young people and children will find the Lord at camp. I am humbled and amazed at the dedication of our leaders. It's been said, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." That is verified as you watch the hard work, love and sacrifice of our leaders. Our camp leaders are: SoulQuench Youth Camp - Gary Standefer and Cray Allred; Girls Camp - Treva Swadley and Kari Murray; Boys Camp - Scott and Julie Greer, John and Vanita McGaughey and Bryan Livingston.
Amazing Results. The most amazing (and beautiful) thing about camp is the fruit that is born for the Lord. Each year scores of kids come to Christ. Others make life-changing decisions; still others surrender to become a pastor, missionary or to another Christian vocation. Camp leaders, cabin leaders and other workers are invariably renewed and return to their churches to serve more faithfully. Heaven celebrates when Greene County Baptist Association conducts camp because the Lord and his Angels know great victories will be won for the Kingdom.
My Story. I trusted Jesus in my grandmother's home when I was a young child. As a teenager, I struggled with what it meant to be a Christian. While in my mid-teens, I attended church camp one summer. The final night of camp the preacher delivered a powerful sermon on total surrender to Christ. I remember the struggle that went on inside me. Should I? Could I? Would I? Finally, I made a personal and public decision to give God my all. It was a life-transforming decision. Camp was critical to that decision. Camp provided the setting and the atmosphere for me to hear from God and respond.
Camps Are Amazing!
SOCCER TOURNAMENT MISSION TRIP
When I was young I felt the desire to present the Gospel to people on the streets. I sat near a man sitting in a park reading the newspaper, and thought of how to start the conversation. My first words were: "Nice day isn't it?" The man looked at me and continued reading the newspaper. Finally I went a little closer to him and I asked another question: "Is there any good news in the newspapers?" The man turned to me, and with a voice that I will never forget said: "There is nothing good in this life." I was terrified. I knew it was a good opportunity to start the conversation but his answer intimidated me. After dead silence, the man stood up and left. I missed my opportunity to present the Gospel.
This story reminds me of the different methods Jesus used to make His message understandable. He illustrated His teaching using daily implications of life in His time. He attracted attention by talking about the Sower and the Seed, and The Lost Coin; and on one occasion, He drew a child to Himself to explain the requirements to enter in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus was an expert in doing complicated things to be understood in a simple way.
Football (soccer) is a sport that is played all over the world. Talking about soccer is a common practice of our time. What better opportunity believers have to use this analogy and apply it to the eternal truths of Heaven. In July this year, a group of 19 missionaries are preparing to go to the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. We carry over 100 soccer balls. But they are not ordinary balls. Each one has been designed with different colors that
illustrate the plan of salvation. We will have the opportunity to talk about Jesus and the way of Salvation offered to all people. We also carry hundreds of salvation bracelets with the explanation in Spanish.
Global competition of soccer in Brazil has aroused worldwide an atmosphere of celebration and openness to talk about soccer. Our mission team is preparing to compete against the schemes of Satan and to extend the Kingdom of God. We ask for your prayers for these missionaries that represent the Good News of Salvation.
July 12-19 - Greene County Baptist Associational VBS Annual Mission Trip to Guadalajara, MX.
July 19-26 - Greene County Baptist Associational Soccer Tournament Mission Trip to Guadalajara, MX
September 15 - The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at Iglesia Bautista Casa de Oracion, with Pastor Omar Rodriquez, President of Emmanuel Baptist Convention, Guadalajara.
September 18 - Miller Management Services Training Event; "Establishing an Effective Counting Committee and Counting Process", 11:00-1:00, GCBA
office. Lunch provided; $20 in advance, $30 at the door.
October 6 - Ed Stetzer, Vice President of LifeWay Christian Resources will be speaking at the "Transformational Church Conference," Life Point Church, Ozark.
-Exciting Pastor News-
The Pursuit welcomes Andy Thornton as their new Pastor.
Andy and Sarah have 3 children.
In July John Black begins as Pastor of South Gate.
John and Becky.
Springhill welcomes Dr. Adam McClendon as Pastor. He begins at the end of June.
Adam, Adrienne and their 4 children.
Ridgecrest called Dr. Chad Grayson as Pastor. He begins the middle of July.
Chad and Lenora have 3 children.
National Heights - July 27
Service at 10:30, lunch follows
Willard, First - September 28
Dinner Theatre 27 & 28 pm
O z a r k s B e r r y F e s t i v a l
Missouri Baptist Children's Home
Saturday, July 12
9 - 3
Craft Auction 9:30 - 10:30
Quilt Auction 10:30 - 3:00
For information please contact Joann Britt at 816-898-1094.
WMU Annual Meeting
Thursday, July 31
Hamlin Baptist Church
Meeting begins 3:00
Light meal 5:15 (no cost)
For more information or questions contact Edna White at 417-849-0045.
Grand Oak Mission Center
Churches responsible for
food in July
Boulevard, Bois D' Arc
Briar Street, Golden Avenue
Homeland, Lone Star
Bible Study Leadership Training
(for all age groups)
"3 Roles for Guiding Groups"
Macedonia Baptist Church
Saturday, August 16
Each attendee will receive the newest resource book "3 Roles for Guiding Groups." Deadline for reservations is August 4, Macedonia at 417-882-6647.
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