West Virginia Mission Trip
Where: Bluefield West Virginia
What: We need volunteers and teams to lead VBS in at least 5 churches and folks willing to help with repair and construction in the community. We also invite ministry teams like puppet teams, drama teams etc to join in.
Cost: 255 or 225(for non ac dorms)
Update: We are continuing to plan on going until circumstances dictate that we should cancel. There is a possibility that those who have higher medical risks will not be able to participate.
Ecuador Mission Trip Report
On August 4th a team of six from the Hephzibah and Kilpatrick Baptist Associations travelled to Ecuador to spend a week ministering in the Sigchos Canton (like a county). We spent the week travelling with church members to remote communities sharing the gospel and teaching the Bible to whoever would listen and training church members. The first day of ministry I travelled with Pastor Marco Lozada to a community called Herba Buena on a unique endeavor. Herba Buena is the place where he grew up and is the place where his parents still have a small farm.
Over the years Marco and I have talked about beekeeping and he expressed interest. That interest grew when we noticed honeybees flying in and out of the ear of the large statue of Gabriel that watches over the city of Sigchos several years ago. (Those bees still maintain a hive in the head of that statue.) Pastor Marco purchased some equipment a couple of years back but we hadn’t been able to find any bees until he happened upon a swarm in a cornfield back in May. He shook the swarm in a box and walked 3 hours back to his parent’s house in Herba Buena in the dark. He was afraid check the bees so I brought a suit and a smoker with me and we arranged to do a hive inspection when I arrived.
The day came for the inspection. I was a bit apprehensive since the bees in South America are Africanized. Africanized bees can be 100 times (no exaggeration) more aggressive than the European Bees I work with. Apparently word got out that we were going to inspect the hive and 20 folks showed up to watch what might quickly become a spectacle. Instead of working the bees we spent the next two hours leading a Bible study on the dirt floor of their home. We spent time teaching what the Bible says about trials, suffering, family life and the gospel. Afterward we put on our gear, taped every possible entry point and with some difficulty (because of the thin air at 9500 feet in elevation) lit the smoker. To my surprise the bees worked quite nicely and we even found the queen. We even managed to rob a little honey to everyone’s delight.
Another day we travelled to a town named Tingechee. This is a very remote and sparsely populated region. The soil is poor being primarily made up of volcanic sand and the people there make a poor living trying to farm it. Word had gotten out that we were coming and about 50 folks gathered. We brought bread, cheese, drinks, candy and Quechua/Spanish interlinear Bibles. About 25 children gathered in a public building while I taught adults on the steps of the Catholic church.
For an hour or so I taught from the parable of the soils and concluded the message by asking them to consider which kind of hearer of the Word they would be? At the conclusion of that time one elderly man indicated that he believed and wanted to follow Jesus. Afterward we shared the Bibles that we brought with the adults and children. They remained on the steps for 30 minutes or more with Bibles open reading the Word of God in their native tongue for the first time. May the Word of God take root and increase bearing fruit in their lives.
Weekly pastor's meeting 10:30 at the association office
2/17 Women's Spring Meeting
4/2 Treasurer's Clinic with Tony Neal
4/17 VBS Clinic at Reedy Creek
7/11-17 West Virginia Mission Trip
2020 VBS Clinic
Theme: Concrete & Cranes
Reedy Creek Baptist Church
Church Treasurer's Clinic
with Tony Neal
Wrens Baptist Church Fellowship Hall