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Missions

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
FBC Maypearl’s Missions Committee is led by Ted Bailey. If you would like to be part of this outreach effort, contact him at TedBailey50@hotmail.com.
 

Holy Jeans Store Ministry

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
The Holy Jeans Store receives donations of clothes, shoes, household items, and non-perishable food items.  The clothing and household donations are displayed and sold at garage sale prices.  The money from sales is used to stock the food pantry and help pay the rent and upkeep of the store.  Our food pantry services are for the local Maypearl community.  Assistance will be given for an emergency request (from loss of job, sickness, or fire).  Ongoing clients are required to fill out an application and provide necessary documents to verify proof of residency.
 
Store Hours:
Monday &
Thursday
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
First Saturday of the Month
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 
Donations accepted during store hours only. 
 
In the event of an Emergency Request,
please call one of the following:
 
Jane Askew: 972/723-7980
Doris Reed: 972/435-2020
Bea Pedrick: 469/383-5201

Wycliffe Bible Translators USA

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

 

 

Our Work

 

Wycliffe works all around the world. Currently our efforts serve languages spoken in more than 90 countries. The majority of the remaining translation needs represent minority languages—relatively small people groups, many of which struggle to maintain their identity in the shadow of majority culture. Often these groups have no written language of their own, and many struggle to gain the literacy skills they need to prosper in the majority culture.

The benefits of translation and literacy for these minority language groups are many. They include better health as a result of access to medical information, economic growth due to the acquisition of marketable skills, and the preservation of culture thanks to a written history. Most importantly, Bible translation brings people closer to God Himself—the One who transforms hearts.

Our History

 

Wycliffe was founded in 1942 by William Cameron Townsend. A missionary to the Cakchiquel Indians of Guatemala, Townsend caught the vision for translation after Cakchiquel-speaking men expressed their concern and surprise that God did not speak their language.

Townsend resolved that every man, woman and child should be able to read God’s Word in their own language. Borrowing the name of the Reformation hero, John Wycliffe, who first translated the Bible into English, Townsend founded “Camp Wycliffe” in 1934 as a linguistics training school. By 1942, “Camp Wycliffe” had grown into two affiliate organizations, Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL).

Today, SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators work together to translate Scripture, train field personnel and promote interest in translation. More than 700 translations have been completed, and hundreds more are in the process. With God’s provision, Townsend’s vision will be realized.

For more info go to http://wycliffeusa.wordpress.com/

Kingdom Authority Ministries

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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About Jacque & Marie

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
 
After graduating from Arlington Baptist College in 1988, Jacques and Marie Alexandre set their compasses toward Haiti and began their first work in Port-au-Prince.  They began their labor for the Lord in 1989 out of their living room after two weeks of intensive soul winning.  God honored that labor with 31 conversions and provided the foundation of an independent Baptist church that now averages nearly 900 souls each week in attendance.  From that meager beginning, God has given much fruit for their labor with over 4,760 conversions and 4,856 baptisms during the last 19 years.  Many of those who have been saved were involved in voodoo in various ways.  Bro. Rolinx, a practicing voodoo priest and worshipper of the god of this world, could not resist the power of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  His testimony is tremendous how that God brought Jacques into his life at the very moment of his greatest need with the message of life through the God of Heaven.      
God has opened many doors of ministry opportunity for these servants.  They have started works in Port-au-Prince, Hatt, and Pernier.  Jacques hosts two radio broadcasts that reach most of Haiti and even into the Dominican Republic, a nation which shares the island of Hispañola with Haiti.  In 2002 they began a ministry which feeds and educates 95 needy children on the island.  The Lord also provided a vision for the very first “Children’s Churches” in Haiti.  The church in Hatt averages 253 children each Sunday and the church in Pernier averages 45.  A local prison ministry has yielded much fruit with many women being led out of a life of bondage to Satan and into a life of liberty through Christ.  Jacques understands the Bible command to disciple men to carry on the ministry.  He has educated and personally trained 40 national missionaries who are all currently active in evangelism.  These men will become church planting missionaries in the rural areas of Haiti.
 
For more info please go to :  www.nplhome.org

No Place Like Home Orphanage. Haiti

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
“Let the little children come to me” Matthew 19:14
This is a ministry of Jacque & Marie Alexander who returned to Haiti a few days before the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Their lives were changed that day and God placed it on their hearts to begin an orphanage for the many children that were effected by the tragedy that day. It is estimated that over 50,000 children became orphans as a result of the earthquake. On a piece of land in Clarcene, in Port au Prince that they owned, they were able to immediately care for three orphans. As you can imagine things were very tough in those first few months, but with the help from relief funds they were able to construct temporary living quarters for the children and for Jacque and Marie. They have come a long way through the prayer and donations of the many believers who support their ministry. They now have 10 orphans in the facility. Plans are being made to construct a permanent structure and the need for funding is critical. The children need sponsors to fund their on-going needs and for the construction of the building.
 
For more info please go to :  www.nplhome.org

Gideons International

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A Lasting Vision

The Gideons International, founded in 1899, serves as an extended missionary arm of the church and is the oldest association of Christian businessmen and professional men in the United States of America. Here are some highlights from our long history of service:

The Idea—In the autumn of 1898, John H. Nicholson of Janesville, Wisconsin, came to the Central Hotel at Boscobel, Wisconsin, for the night. The hotel being crowded, it was suggested that he take a bed in a double room with Samuel E. Hill of Beloit, Wisconsin. The two men soon discovered that both were Christians. They had their evening devotions together, and on their knees before God the thoughts were given which later developed into an association.

First Meeting Called —On May 31, 1899, the two men met again at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where they concluded to band Christian commercial travelers together for mutual recognition, personal evangelism, and united service for the Lord. They decided to call a meeting in Janesville, Wisconsin on July 1, 1899, in the Y.M.C.A.

“We shall be called Gideons.”—Only three men were present at that meeting: John H. Nicholson, Samuel E. Hill, and Will J. Knights. They organized with Hill as president, Knights as vice president, and Nicholson as secretary and treasurer. Much thought was given to what the name of the association should be, and after special prayer that God might lead them to select the proper name, Mr. Knights arose from his knees and said, “We shall be called Gideons.” He read the sixth and seventh chapters of Judges and showed the reason for adopting that name.

Effective Witnesses in Hotels—In view of the fact that almost all of the Gideons in the early years of the association were traveling men, the question quite naturally arose regarding how they might be more effective witnesses in the hotels where they spent so much of their time. One trustee went so far as to suggest that The Gideons furnish a Bible for each bedroom of the hotels in the United States. He commented, “In my opinion, this would not only stimulate the activities of the rank and file of the membership, but would be a gracious act, wholly in keeping with the divine mission of the Gideon Association.” This plan, which they called “The Bible Project” was adopted at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1908.

Church Support—It is interesting to note that the practice of the churches contributing to the support of the Gideon Scripture program originated with a pastor. Just two months after the 1908 Louisville Convention, a state convention convened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. National Secretary Frank Garlick and Mr. A. B. T. Moore attended a meeting of the Ministerial Union, and after their program they asked if Brother Garlick could address the ministers on the work of the Gideon Association. He spoke of the needed Bible distribution, and at the close of his 10-minute address, Mr. Moore’s own pastor, Dr. E. R. Burkhalter, First Presbyterian Church, arose and moved, “…that Gideon Bibles be placed in all local hotels and that the Union be responsible for the funds.” The motion was unanimously carried and a committee appointed to apportion the cost to the churches, according to their strength.

A Worldwide Effort—It’s been just over 100 years since The Gideons International placed the first Bible in a hotel room in Montana. Today, The Gideons are organized in more than 190 countries around the globe. Bibles and New Testaments are printed for distribution by The Gideons in more than 90 languages. Through God’s grace and to His Glory, more than 1.6 billion Bibles and New Testaments have been placed by The Gideons, and the work continues. . .

“The sower soweth the word.”—Mark 4:14

Gideon Bibles: As common in hotel rooms as pillows and blankets

The year was 1908. At the annual Gideon Convention it was requested that, “…the Gideons direct their energies toward furnishing a Bible for every guest room of hotels in the country.”

The first placement was made by Archie Bailey, a Gideon, who was a regular guest at the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. He approached the operator of the hotel and asked for permission to place Bibles in rooms. Permission was granted and Mr. Bailey placed an order for 25 copies of God’s Word with The Gideons headquarters on November 9, 1908. He covered the cost of the Scriptures with a personal contribution.

Today, Gideons continue to place copies of God’s Word in hotels. Last fiscal year, Gideons placed 1,977,396 Bibles in hotels and motels throughout the world.

During the “Flood The World With Scriptures” campaign during the months of April and October, Gideon camps are encouraged to check all the hotels and motels in their territories to ensure that like-new, clean copies of God’s Word are available. Bibles that are worn or have “disappeared” from rooms are replaced. Of course, Gideons first get permission from the hotel and motel managers.

Why hotels?

A single copy of God’s Word in a hotel or motel room has the potential to touch up to 2,300 lives during its six-year life span. And hotel industry surveys indicate that 25% of their travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms. Multiply that by the approximate 5 million hotel and motel rooms across the U.S., and it’s easy to see the tremendous potential for impact that these Scripture placements offer.

We’ve received many testimonies over the years of how God has used Bibles in hotel and motel rooms to comfort weary, hurting travelers. Often in these moments, people are forced to take an honest look at their lives. And in doing so, they realize there must be something more to life. And it’s then, through a Gideon-placed Bible, that they meet Jesus Christ.

Numerous reports have been received at The Gideons International headquarters about how people in motel rooms were contemplating suicide and then opened a Gideon Bible and met Christ instead. It makes one wonder–“What if those Gideon Bibles were not in those hotel and motel rooms?”

What happens to the used Bibles?

Gideon-placed Bibles in hotels and motels that are more than six-years old, or are dirty, worn or otherwise unacceptable are replaced with new ones. This work is all carried out by Gideons during the “Flood the World With Scriptures” campaigns. The Scriptures are funded by contributions received through church offerings and Gideon Expressions greeting cards as well as personal donations from Gideon and Auxiliary volunteers.

The used Bibles that are removed still have useful life and can continue to have an eternal impact on many lives. Some are repurposed through placements in prisons, jails, rescue missions and civil defense shelters.

A Bible in a motel room saves a life…and a soul

My son used to be employed with Holiday Inn. A cleaning lady found this note and gave it to him.

The note reads: “I’m so glad for you who are responsible for leaving this Bible. I was getting ready to kill myself and I read this and found there is something to life, even though I’ve thrown mine away. Now I feel like I have something to live for.”

May God bless you for placing His Word so that people like this will know that God loves them.

Bill

Please pray for our ministry

Please pray that Gideons will continue to place Bibles in hotels and motels. Also, please pray for continued contributions for Scripture purchases so that Gideons can place more copies of God’s Word in more and more hotels and motels throughout the world.

You can help provide Scriptures in hotels and other places throughout the world with your purchase of Gideon Expressions cards. Order today right on this site. Click here www.gideons.org/Expressions/GideonExpressions.aspx to order online or to download  an order form to mail in. www.gideons.org/Expressions/~/media/PDFs/General/GidCard_Occasion_OrderForm.ashx

Lottie Moon

Monday, November 1st, 2010

 

Are we there yet?
More than 6,400 unreached people groups would say no. But there is promising news – for the first time in history, researchers can identify the people groups that remain untouched by the Gospel. What does this mean? We could conceivably reach the rest of the world in our lifetime! Yet, because offering receipts are down, Southern Baptists haven’t been able to send as many people as God’s calling out. Let’s start to reverse that trend! This year, let’s give as much as we can to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® so more workers can carry a witness to those waiting to hear. 

What can our church do that all might know Him?
The anticipated and beautiful vision of all peoples knowing and praising God comes closer to being realized as Christians seek unreached people groups to tell them the story of Jesus. Are we there yet? Not yet. But now that we know who the remaining unreached people groups are and where they live, we can get there in our generation. It will be costly, however. What can our church do? We can own the Great Commission as never before. We can pray. We can serve. And we give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® so those called to invest their lives sharing the Gospel can go. 

Your giving matters!
Think your gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® won’t make a difference? Every penny given to Lottie Moon is used to help support more than 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries serving overseas. Last year, those missionaries reported 506,019 baptisms and 24,650 new churches. The lost are believing because you give! 

Give so they can share
Southern Baptist missionaries can’t carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth without our support. How much will you give to reach the remaining lost? Think about what you are spending on Christmas gifts. Then consider giving your biggest gift to God – through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. The 2010 goal is $175 million. Our church’s goal is ____. 

Fast facts about lostness
Now is the time to take a fresh look at the challenges ahead and be ready to finish the task of reaching all peoples. Here’s a global snapshot of the work ahead of us: 

• 4,743 people groups not engaged at all with the Gospel
• 6,426 unreached people groups (those with less than 2 percent of people who profess to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ)
• 1.7 billion with little or no access to the Gospel
• 1.5 billion Muslims – 22 percent of the world’s population
• 950 million Hindus in the world 

There is much work to be done. With 45,560 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention, the task is doable, but it will take all of us, starting with our own church! 

Who is Lottie Moon?
Born into privilege on a Virginia plantation, Charlotte Digges Moon was a smart, forceful woman who could have achieved most any goal. But God’s call focused Lottie’s life on sharing Christ’s love with China’s lost masses. For 37 years she endured hardship and danger in a land oppressed by famine, disease and war. In the end, she loved the Chinese people more than life itself, giving her own food to starving neighbors – eventually dying of starvation herself. 

Why is Southern Baptists’ international missions offering named for this early missionary? Throughout her career, Lottie wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. One of those letters, excerpted below, triggered Southern Baptists’ first offering for international missions in 1888 – enough to send three more missionaries to China. 

“How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.” 

Lottie Moon, Tengchow, China, Sept. 15, 1887 

(Want to learn more about Lottie and read more of her letters? Go to imb.org/Lottie) 

Missionaries serve ‘the forgotten people’
“We are the tips of the fingers for the Southern Baptists in America that are reaching out all over the globe to take the message of Jesus Christ to the people,” says missionary Alan Dial, who serves with his wife Babs among the Basotho of Lesotho. Many Basotho are infected with HIV and AIDS. “Without your help and without your giving [to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®], we wouldn’t be here.” Join us this (Sunday, Wednesday, etc.) for a powerful testimony of the work the Dials and their stateside partners are doing among a people group the world has forgotten. 

‘I am not afraid!’
Ever wonder if your giving really changes lives for Christ? This (Sunday, Wednesday, etc.) join us to learn about the Kabyle Berbers of North Africa who, even as they are persecuted, grow stronger in their faith and bolder in their witness! 

How much, on average, does it cost to support a missionary?
• $43,845.86 a year
• $3,653.82 a month
• $843.19 a week
• $120.13 a day
• $5.01 an hour
• $.08 a minute
(Reported April 2010. Support includes housing, food, children’s education, medical expenses, retirement and more.)

Week of Prayer

May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You (Psalm 67:3, NIV). 

It’s a beautiful vision: People who speak Kirmanjki and Kabyle, Thai and Tatar, and use sign language in Czech—all knowing and praising God. It’s a vision that comes closer to being realized every year as Christians seek unreached people groups to tell them the story of Jesus. 

Nov. 28-Dec. 5 our church will join thousands of Southern Baptist churches to celebrate how God has responded to the faithfulness of His people. We will also pray for our missionaries as they partner with national Christians to take the Gospel to the remaining unreached. Look for your Week of Prayer guide in your (church bulletin, pew rack, etc.). 

Lottie Moon celebration
Our church members’ dollars in the offering plate translate to souls saved for the kingdom of heaven. It’s the biggest reason to celebrate the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. Join us on (date) at (time) as we celebrate our offering with a (dinner, festival etc.). We’ll have (video, drama, music, testimonies, etc.) as we witness God’s hand at work around the world.

As you give, more can hear

We know who the last unreached people groups are and where they live. We can reach them in our lifetime! 

But it’s going to cost. 

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
National Goal: $175 million

 
100 percent of the offering goes to support missionaries and their work