FBC members were in Utah Spring FBC church planter, Justin Bindel
2014 working with ministries there shows the team where he hopes to plant a new church.
The Call to Utah and the Salt Lake AreaIn the late fall of 2012 our pastor responded to a presentation by the North American Board to lead our church to become the "Key Church" for the area of Salt Lake City, Utah. This area is one of the most difficult and least reached areas in North America. The virtual church-state of Utah is composed almost entirely of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, Mormons, or non-Christians.
We began our first partnership with Church Planter/Pastor Bobby Wood and Redemption Church in Ogden, Utah in 2013. Our first team arrived on the field in Utah in the Spring followed by a group of our college students in the summer. Our teams helped Redemption Church begin to spread the word about this new church, which meets in a local theater. They also helped to spread the word about the real Jesus and how He can change their lives.
In September of 2013 we sent our next team who were there for the first official service of Redemption Church on Sunday, September 8th.
This past March, 2014, another team from our church made the trip to Utah to worship with both Redemption Church in Ogden and another church in the state. From children to adults the group ministered to people in the area. Outreach included providing free lunch and spiritual conversation to students at Weber State University as well as ministry in a local homeless shelter.
This will be a long-term commitment for our church. If you are interested in finding out how you may plug-in to help with this vital mission effort please contact our Pastor of Missions, Rod Payne, at either his email address or by phone at (940) 723-2764. Please be in prayer for the state of Utah as we work together with other believers to bring the Good News to people there.
Above and below this article you will find pictures of some of our recent work in Utah.
Orphans' Embrace Haiti Outreach
This past summer our church sent a team to work with Orbie for Orphans and Samaritan's Purse in a ministry to children in Haiti. Thousands of water bottle hygiene kits were given to children to help them as that country continues to try to rebuild. Thanks to the many who helped purchase the kits as well as assemble them and pray for the team that delivered them.
Operation Christmas Child Donations Accepted Through Monday Morning, November 24
Once again this year our church is serving as the collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. This wonderful way of sharing both Christmas cheer and the love of Christ with children throughout the world continues its work through thousands of churches. Local coordinator, Clint Tittsworth, shared that last year 6,806 boxes were collected and we are looking for great things this year as well. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful ministry.
Angel Tree All City Outreach
Our All-Church, Angel Tree Outreach will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. The Angel Tree Outreach helps to provide Christmas gifts to children who have parents who are in prison and cannot be with them during this time of their year. There are still "angels" left to "adopt". This means agreeing to purchase a present for a child, usually in the amount of $20 or so, that will help to make this season that much brighter for them. Thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes, purchasing gifts and distributing them to help make this a special Christmas for children in our area. This ministry is part of our "Give Christmas" outreach this holiday season.
For more information on you may get involved in this ministry please contact our Missions Pastor, Rod Payne at 723-2764.
Hope for the Holidays Provides Warmth
We continue to need your donations for our Hope for the Holidays warm clothing drive. This year the items are being distributed through our local Faith Mission Ministries. New hats, gloves, scarves, long flannel undergarments and gently used coats may be dropped off at the Give Christmas - Hope for the Holidays display in the main hallway of our downtown campus.
Ministry to the Lakota Indians in South Dakota
On behalf of First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro TN., I would like to thank First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, TX for their generous donation of $500 for our mission trip to the towns of Manderson and Porcupine on the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. For the 40,000 Native American people on the Reservation, living conditions are extremely hard. That area of South Dakota is the poorest area of our country. Ninety-seven percent of the population on the Reservation lives below the federal poverty line. Your generous gift enabled us to provide much needed food for the women and their families.
Our ministry involves VBS for babies, children, youth and home repairs, but is most noted for its adult programs including a women’s group. Their interest in the Bible study is encouraging. They have grown in knowledge about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. This year the men’s study group saw a tremendous increase in attendance which shows that barriers of mistrust are being overcome.
We share the hope and love of Christ with them and we are pleased that the members of First Baptist Church Wichita Falls have an important role in this mission effort.
Orphans' Embrace is a ministry of First Baptist Church designed to educate, engage and equip the body of Christ to biblically respond to the plight of the fatherless in our community and around the world.
The ministry desires to encourage others to walk out James 1:27 by providing opportunities to care for orphans through adoption, foster care and orphan care.
Upcoming opportunities for involvement in this ministry include a summer mission trip which will be in Texas this July, 2014. The cost is low and the reward will be high.
If you are interested in more information please call our Missions Office at 723-2764.
To sign-up for future projects, contact Rod Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is invited to be an active participant or to serve as a prayer partner!
For more information contact Rod Payne at 723-2764 or fill out the Missions Outreach Form below to receive information on upcoming events.
Click here for the Missions Outreach Form