Underfunded Missionary Accounts Begin Decline

Free Will Baptist International Missions CFO Robert Conley released missionary balances as of February 28. “We are only two months into the new year, yet already four accounts show deficits after beginning the year at zero or with a surplus,” Rob confirmed. “Another 11 accounts are underfunded, meaning they have balances below established thresholds to sustain them long term.”

Accounts in the red at the end of February are: 

Each of these accounts reflects vital ministry.

  • Brother Carlisle’s account helps support pastors in India who travel extensively, holding services in churches throughout the week as well as on weekends.
  • The Torrisons are one of two missionary families tilling the soil in the hard ground of Uruguay.
  • Lázaro and Ariadna train pastors and leaders in Cuba and Panama, as well as supporting Hispanic ministry in the States.
  • The Teagues spearhead the JPense team providing wisdom and experience for the energetic, young team reaching young adults in France.

In addition to those in the red, 11 accounts are in the black but underfunded.

Ministries in Japan (the Japanese are the second largest unreached people group).

Ministries in France (France’s humanistic philosophies are so entrenched in its people that less than 2% of the population knows Christ).

  • Steve and Becky Riggs (+$4,669.36) are planting a church in a previously unreached town.
  • Matt and Cristina Price (+$8801.20) work with international students, who in turn can take the gospel to countries closed to missionaries.

Spain (Spain also has hundreds of pueblos without any hint of the gospel).

Additional mission works

  • Tyler and Kellie Penn (+$5,623.87) serve international university students in the States, sharing their lives and the gospel with students from closed countries.
  • David and Angie Outlaw (+$6,573.41) (Though David and Angie submitted their resignation earlier this month, they want to finish strong and leave a balance to fund continued ministry in Central Asia.)
  • Jerry and Barbara Gibbs (+$8,192.11), based in the States, represent the Mission in conferences and missions events, building awareness of the global need and how God is working around the world.
  • In the early stages of fundraising, Allison (+$4,899.56) and Daniel and Shelby Culwell (+$2,422.74) plan to assist workers in France and Japan, respectively.

“Find at least one missionary among those listed here and pledge to support them monthly,” implored General Director Clint Morgan. “Each of these missionaries will have opportunities to share the gospel with people we’ll never meet this side of eternity…if they have the funds to serve. They responded to the Lord of the Harvest and agreed to go. Let’s ask Him how we should help them.”

The Texas Challenge echoes Bro. Morgan’s sentiments. We challenge you to faithfully support one or more of these laborers, and to pray for a bountiful harvest.

State Office Update

By Marcus Brewer, Moderator & State Office Coordinator

Greetings from the State Office and the Executive Board!

I hope your 2018 is off to a good start. We have just completed the 2018 All Boards Meeting and have several updates to share with you.

State Meeting

First of all, this year’s State Meeting, the 104th Annual Session, is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Pine Prairie FWB Church in Huntsville. We will be sharing more details about the exact schedule, pre-registration, hotel reservations, and more as we confirm them, but we are looking forward to a great event and a time of fellowship, worship, and business in June.

The schedule for this year’s meeting will look fairly similar to recent years. We have reviewed and processed all of the responses we received to the survey we distributed online and at the 2017 meeting in Plano. While we expected to see a variety of opinions and preferences in the survey responses, it turned out that there were not many obvious changes that many of our people asked for. For example, when we asked which month (May-August) would be best for the meeting, June was the most common response, though other months also received some votes. Similarly, there was a small preference in
shortening the meeting from its current three calendar days to two, but the margin was small. While that change could be easily implemented by combining our Friday morning and Thursday afternoon business sessions, without eliminating any of our other program content, the Board decided not to make that change for 2018.

Youth Conference

Perhaps the most consistent theme among the responses we received was the desire to add/reintroduce/expand events and activities for youth at the State Meeting. There has been an obvious change in both attendance and excitement at the State Meeting since we were required to conduct our state youth competition before the end of May, which necessitated separating it from the State Meeting. In separate and joint discussions at the All Boards Meeting, the Executive Board and the Christian Education Board explored ideas to provide some new opportunities through the new Texas Youth Conference event. This year’s event, ALIVE!, will be held the week after the State Meeting, June 13-16 in Plano. In subsequent years, however, we are looking at ways to coordinate the two events to provide a better opportunity for our youth to be involved in ministry, to provide a more “whole-family” atmosphere at the State Meeting, and to encourage people of all ages to worship, serve, and fellowship with one another. That could introduce a way to enable some of the future State Meeting schedule changes discussed in the survey responses; we’ll continue to evaluate multiple options as we try to determine what kind of event will be most beneficial to our churches and families.

Also from the All Boards Meeting:

  • The CE Board is also tentatively planning a Men’s Retreat for October, and WAC has a Ladies’ Retreat also planned for September. More details on those will be released as they are finalized.
  • The Mission Board announced that two of our mission works, Clearview and Woodforest, have set goals to be self-supporting by June of 2019; we’re looking forward to seeing that come to reality.

Cooperative Giving

Finally, it seems that there has been some confusion in the last few months about cooperative giving (also traditionally called “co-op” for short). Co-op is a way to easily give to support multiple ministries in which all of our churches can participate (thus, the label of “cooperative” giving). Gifts given to co-op are assigned to several recipients based on a pre-defined distribution. At the state level, we have a distribution plan that assigns gifts to four ministries, as follows:

  • 40% State Office
  • 12% National Together Way plan (“National Co-op”)
  • 25% State Home Missions
  • 23% Christian Education Board

Churches may give directly to State Co-op, or you may give through your District treasurer. Regardless of how your church or District gives to State Co-op, please be specific in how your treasurer describes those funds when transmitting them each month. It seems that we have recently had funds sent to our State treasurer that were labeled as “State Office” instead of “State Cooperative Giving”; as a result, the Mission Board and CE Board are not receiving their share of those gifts. Our State treasurer is working with District and church treasurers to determine the extent of those allocations and what funds might need to be reassigned as a result. (Another common example is churches still describing gifts to “Hillsdale” or “FWBBC”, both of whose names have changed. While those funds can still get to where they’re assigned, it creates extra work to make sure the records are accurate. The same goes for gifts to missionary accounts with misspelled names or out-of- date information.) The bottom line is that, going forward, we encourage everyone to double-check your reports to make sure that all of the funds are accurately described.

Directory

As a reminder, please visit the State Association website at and review your district’s and church’s information in the directory. We’ve counted eight churches currently without pastors, and perhaps one or two more that may be anticipating a transition in the near future. If you see any information that needs to be changed, please send updates and corrections to me at the State Office.

We appreciate all that you do for Texas Free Will Baptists and for the work of God. As always, you can contact us with any questions.

Outlaws Resign From Mission

Antioch, TN—The Board of Free Will Baptist International Missions voted to accept the resignation of David and Angie Outlaw from missionary service MARCH 12, 2018. The Outlaws submitted an official letter of resignation to Free Will Baptist International Missions, explaining, “David desires to resume a constant pulpit ministry that involves the continual exposition of Scripture and leadership in a local church. The One who sovereignly led us from the pastorate to the foot of the Tien Shan Mountains now leads us toward our next task…Though we do not yet have a church to pastor, we are issuing a 90-day notice to resign our positions at FWBIM effective March 1.”

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Appointed to missionary service in April 2006, David and Angie served five years sharing the gospel and teaching national leaders in Central Asia. Angie taught English courses, led outreach events, and served alongside IM partners at a humanitarian aid organization. David worked to equip national believers and church leaders, teaching the necessary theology and leadership principles to build generations of Central Asian Christians.

As visas became increasingly difficult to obtain and living in Central Asia was no longer feasible, David and Angie transitioned to traveling to Central Asia several times a year while expanding their teaching and training ministry to Russia, Panama, Cuba, and South Korea. With Nashville as their home base, David and Angie also worked over the last several years with North American churches to raise awareness for missions and a passion for the lost through conferences, events, and services.

“David and Angie are gifted people who played an amazingly strategic role in opening ministry possibilities for IM in Central Asia. I know their passion for souls will drive them wherever God leads them. They have served honorably over the last 12 years and leave with our blessings and prayers,” stated General Director Clint Morgan.

Director of Field Personnel Curt Holland agreed, saying, “David and Angie are a talented couple, passionate about the advancement of the Kingdom.”

David and Angie explained, “Our plan is to continue training pastors in Central Asia with IM (taking about four weeks throughout the year, probably two trips), as a church will allow. As a result, we ask our supporters to continue giving to our account through May. Since our love and relationship with Central Asia will continue, we also encourage our supporters to continue supporting the partnership in Central Asia or designate that money to the WMO.”

Added Angie, in a Facebook post, “Nothing’s changing, except our location. And we actually don’t even know what God’s next location for us is but we know that he is faithful. It has been a privilege for us to be a part of that IM family, and we will always be part of that family still serving and training leaders in Central Asia, and anywhere they will have us! And in between, will share the Word and serve people from the local church.”

Let’s continue to pray for the Outlaws, as they follow the Lord’s direction in their ministry.

 

1000 BRICKS BY JUNE!

Order a personalized brick for $250 to line the walkways at Welch College! Purchase a brick “In Memory” of a family member or friend. Place one “In Honor” of a teacher, pastor, or someone who has impacted your life. Show your support for the school by having a brick with your name or group’s name on our campus. We want 1000 bricks ordered by the first of June so we can have them in place by September.

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Since 1942, the mission of Welch College has been to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life. That mission started the first day the college opened its doors to eight students on Richland Avenue in Nashville.

Today, Welch College enrolls more than 376 students annually from 25 states and several foreign countries. Students enjoy a distinctly Christian education with a strong core of biblical and theological studies at the heart of every educational program.

The need for Christian leaders is greater now than ever. Welch College is committed to preparing such leaders by guiding students toward spiritual and intellectual maturity, and by giving them a practical understanding that makes them effective Christian witnesses anywhere, anytime.

This commitment demands that we honor and embrace the foundational principles of our past as we face the challenges and opportunities of the future–always striving to continue Building on the Legacy!

For a modest sum, you and your family can honor individuals, alumni, or friends of the college, or you may choose to purchase a brick in your name. These pavers will be a beautiful addition to our campus walkways and sidewalks and will be installed in Spring/Summer 2018.

Thank you in advance for considering and supporting Welch College and the Building on the Legacy campaign as we pave the way the future for our students.

If you purchase four bricks, Welch College will give you a 5th brick for FREE.” A College representative will contact you about the 5th brick.

Click here to place your order today!

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2018 Youth Conference

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Sign up now for the

Alive! Lone Star Youth Conference

Date: June 13-16, 2018

Fee: $119 per person

Location: Collin Creek Free Will Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Sponsored by: Texas State Christian Education Board

Questions? Contact Heath Ferguson at 281.825.9172 or hferguson@woodforestchurch.com

Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday

  • 7:00  Games/ Conference Challenge – Heath Ferguson
  • 8:15 Service #2 – Ron Davis
  • Snacks after service

Thursday

  • 9:30  Games
  • 10:00 Service #3 – Ron Davis 
  • Lunch to go
  • Activity – Six Flags
  • 8:30 – movie, games, snacks at church

Friday

  • 9:00  Service #4 – Split sessions
  • 10:15 Service #5 – Stephen Kimbrell 
  • Activities – included
  • 7:00 – Games
  • 7:45 – Service #6 – Stephen Kimbrell 
  • Dinner at the church

Saturday

  • 9:00 Service #7 – Split Sessions
  • 10:15 Service #8 – Stephen Kimbrell
  • Lunch to go

Hotel Information MAGNUSON HOTEL – $81/NIGHT + TAXES

Phone:  972.578.2243

Request FWB Youth Conference

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Cut-Off:  May 29, 2018

FAIRFIELD INN – $109/NIGHT + TAXES

Web:  Book your group rate for Baptists 2018 Youth Conference

Cut-Off:  May 13, 2018

Register for the conference HERE

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Truth & Peace Spotlight – Aaron Collier

Texas Free Will Baptists are proud to have several students participating in E-Team and/or Truth & Peace. We applaud their desire to serve the Lord and grow in their faith, but we also know the financial cost is great. The Texas Challenge is happy to spotlight each participant. Please consider supporting each of them as you are able. Additionally, if a student in your church has been selected for E-Team and/or Truth & Peace, please have them contact us at fwbtexaschallenge@gmail.com.

Today our spotlight is on Aaron Collier (New Beginnings, Bryan) who is going to Truth & Peace.

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Hi, I’m Aaron Collier. This summer I will be participating in Truth & Peace, the leadership conference for Free Will Baptist students. I am part of New Beginnings, a Free Will Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. I am excited for this great opportunity to worship and learn with my fellow Free Will Baptists. Truth & Peace will be at Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma. From there, we will travel to Little Rock for the national convention in July. This conference will cost about $1500 total. Any contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your consideration,

Aaron Collier

Click HERE to donate to Aaron’s account.

E-Team Spotlight – Leah Wright

Texas Free Will Baptists are proud to have several students participating in E-Team and/or Truth & Peace. We applaud their desire to serve the Lord and grow in their faith, but we also know the financial cost is great. The Texas Challenge is happy to spotlight each student over the next few days. Please consider supporting each of them as you are able.

Today our spotlight is on Leah Wright (Clearview, McKinney) who is going to Chicago and Truth & Peace.

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Greetings from McKinney Texas! My name is Leah Wright, I am the daughter of Randall and Collette Wright who are church planters with Free Will Baptist North American Ministries. My family is planting a church in McKinney, Texas. I hope this letter finds you and your families doing well. Things are going very well for our family here in McKinney. I am excited and looking forward to getting out of school this Summer and finishing up my Sophomore year. However, the thing I am the most excited about this Summer is the opportunity I have to be a part of ETEAM-Chicago and the Truth and Peace Student Leadership Conference! I consider this a great honor and a great opportunity!

ETEAM- Chicago– During the month of June, I will be traveling to Nashville, TN where I will spend a week on the campus of Welch College. Here I will receive mission training and engage in team-building exercises in preparation for our mission work in Chicago. Once in Chicago, we will be partnering with a local church to help them reach their community. We will do this through providing a Vacation Bible School for the community, working at the church, and helping meet needs of the unchurched in the community.

Truth and Peace-During the month of July, I will head to Moore, Ok, to spend ten days on the campus of Randall University. Here I will have the opportunity to experience even more teaching, training, and team-building exercises. I will be challenged in learning how my unique blend of personality, spiritual gifting, and abilities can be used to enhance my leadership and service when I return home. Then I will spend my last week at the National Youth Conference, which this year is in Little Rock, AR. The students of Truth and Peace will be the labor force for the two thousand plus attendees of the National Youth Conference, where our training will be put to test in a real-life laboratory of servant leadership.

I am writing to ask you too prayerfully consider making a financial investment this year to help me as I try to walk through the ministry “doors” that God has opened for me! I need to raise $3400.00 total to cover the cost of my summer ministry opportunities. My family and I are already personally working and saving to raise as much of this as we can.

If you would like to help support me, you can send your tax-deductible gift to my account. You can make your checks payable to Clearview Free Will Baptist Church, with the memo Leah- Summer Missions Please send donations to Clearview Church: 3120 Bldg C, McKinney TX 75070.

You can also give electronically, or you may text any dollar amount to 84321. (Example: 50leah-missions)

Sincerely,

Leah Wright

Click HERE to donate directly to Leah’s E-Team account (funds here are NOT applied to Truth & Peace)

 

E-Team Spotlight – Katherine Salgado

Texas Free Will Baptists are proud to have several students participating in E-Team and/or Truth & Peace. We applaud their desire to serve the Lord and grow in their faith, but we also know the financial cost is great. The Texas Challenge is happy to spotlight each student over the next few days. Please consider supporting each of them as you are able.

Today our spotlight is on Katherine Salgado (Collin Creek, Plano) who is going to Panama.

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Hello my name is Katherine Salgado and I am a member of Collin Creek Church. I am 18 years old and a senior at WEHS. I am writing because I have recently been selected by the Free Will Baptist Missions Department to serve this summer as a member of ETEAM Panama 2018. I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve Christ. While in Panama, I will be serving in various ways including manual labor, performing and helping in a new church effort.

I am reaching out to my community to ask you to be a vital part of this opportunity. First, I ask for prayers that this may be a successful and safe trip for my team. Next, I pray that my financial needs are met. The total for my mission that I must raise is $3700. I must have half of my funds by February 15th, and the rest by May 1st. My family and I are working very hard to provide as much funds as possible, but I know we will not be able to cover the entire total by ourselves.

Will you please consider committing to praying and/or a financial contribution of any amount? Please join me in prayer that I may be able to serve Christ faithfully and share His news.

Thank you so much. May God bless you and your willingness to serve.

Your humble servant,
Katherine Salgado

Click HERE to donate to Katherine’s account.

E-Team Spotlight – Kayleigh Horton

Texas Free Will Baptists are proud to have several students participating in E-Team and/or Truth & Peace. We applaud their desire to serve the Lord and grow in their faith, but we also know the financial cost is great. The Texas Challenge is happy to spotlight each student over the next few days. Please consider supporting each of them as you are able.

Today our spotlight is on Kayleigh Horton (Collin Creek, Plano) who is going to St. Croix.

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My name is Kayleigh Horton. I am a member of Collin Creek Church in Plano, Texas. I am 16 years old and attend Wylie East High School. I have been selected by Free Will Baptist International Missions to serve this summer as a member of ETEAM St. Croix 2018. I am very excited that I have been chosen for this amazing opportunity to serve the Lord. I have been praying for God’s providence in receiving aid, both spiritual and material, for this mission to serve the people in St. Croix. I ask that prayers be offered up as I prepare to go on this mission trip. I also ask that, God willing, my financial needs would be met. The total cost of this trip that falls on me is $3700. I must have half paid off by February 15, and the remaining by May 1st. All contributions, whether prayer or a financial donation, are heavily appreciated.

Thank you in aiding me to do God’s work.

Gratefully,

Kayleigh Horton

Click HERE to donate to Kayleigh’s account.