Bladen Baptist Association
Monday, July 27, 2015

**Associational Newsletter & Other News---

Is your Church having a Revival, Vacation Bible
School, special speaker, singing or another
special event? Let us know about it and we will
post it on the website. Also, please let us know if
your church changes service times so that we can
amend the information on our Churches/Pastor
page. Please send your announcements to: or  You may also call
the Association office at 910-862-3496.
Carolina Crossroads Up & Running Well!
Things are going extremely well at Southeastern
Carolina Crossroads.  Lives are being changed, addiction cycles
are being broken, Christ is being shared. 
Please visit this website to learn more info:
To hear two dynamic testimonies visit this facebook site:
How can you support this opportunity?  Pray for the staff as they
work with those attempting to overcome addictions.  Also,
pray for the ones addicted that our Lord will give them the
ability to overcome.   Invite the men to come to your Church
for a worship service.  They will greatly bless your heart. 
They share their story, sing and the Director, Rev. David
Chestnutt, brings a message.   Give. Funds are needed to
operate the facility.  Gifts of non-perishable items such as
canned goods, paper goods and so forth are always needed
and appreciated.
Checks may be made  payable to Carolina Crossroads or the
Bladen Baptist  Association.  If made payable to Bladen Baptist
Association,  please indicate "Carolina Crossroads" on the
memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the Bladen
Association office    or they may be mailed to P.O. Box
62, Elizabethtown,   NC  28337.
Other items needed include:  1 or 2 lawn mowers and 1
or 2 weedeaters. 
Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is our ministry to
support, enjoy and reap the benefits from.    Call the
Association Office for more info or to book the men to
come to your Church.
Worship Services Have Begun at the
Iglesia Bautista Renacer at White Lake
Excitement is building as we see people come to know Christ at
the Hispanic Work at White Lake.  Pastor Cipriano Moreno, pastor
of a work in Lumberton and Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina Hispanic Coordinator for the Eastern Region, is the new
work’s pastor. 
Please pray for this effort.  There are an estimated 4,000
Hispanics living in Bladen so the fields are white unto harvest. 
Pastor Cipriano invites everyone to join them in the services at
White Lake.  Services are held on Sundays with the Sunday
School beginning at 4pm and worship at 5pm.
There is a definite need for your Church family to be involved in
this effort.  Please help this new work by visiting worship services,
donating for the expenses of operation or simply by praying which
is our most important contribution.
Deep Impact 2015 
Mark 8:34-35
Deep Impact Missions Week
June 22 - 27 Hendersonville  $225.00
June 29 - July 4 Washington $200.00
July 5 - 11 Caswell $300.00+
July 13 - 18 Sandhills $200.00
July 20 - 25 Shelby $215.00
July 27 - Aug 1 Red Springs $215.00
Outside North Carolina
June 20 - 27  Honduras $1,550.00
June 29 - July 4 New York City $450.00
July 17 - 24 Cuba $1,850.00
North Carolina Mini-Weeks
June 18 - 21 Shelby $105.00
Aug 2 - 5 Red Springs $105.00
For more information
Tom Beam
800-395-5102 ext 5626
Summer Reading Library Program
Mondays @ Bridger Memorial Library, 3:00 pm
Tuesdays @ Clarkton Library, 3:00 pm
Wednesdays @ Bladen County Library, 3:00 pm
Dates:  June 29, 2015 - July 29, 2015
The Bladen County Public Library is offering a free summer
reading library program to the children of our community to
encourage them to read for pleasure during summer and to
retain their reading skills.  This year's theme is Every Hero
Has a Story.  This program is open to children of all ages at
each Bladen County Public Library Branch in the county.
Summer Reading will officially conclude with a special
performance on July 30, 2015 by the North Carolina Zoo -
to be held at the main library in Elizabethtown.  We
encourage guardians to call the library to register their
children in advance for these events.  If you plan to
register in Elizabethtown please call, 910-862-6990. If
you plan to register in Bladenboro please call
910-863-4586 and if you plan to register in Clarkton
please call 910-647-3661.
If you have any further questions or comments, please
contact the main library at 910-862-6990 and speak with
Children's Library Assistant Shannon. 
Super Summer Sundays at Dublin First Baptist
Throughout the summer months Dublin First Baptist will be
having special services.
Sundays at 6:00pm
June 28 - Dr. Perry Brindley, D.O.M. Buncombe
                Assoc. & President - Board of Directors, BSCNC
July 5 - At Lake Campus (Venue)
             Special Music:  The Mighty Echoes
July 12 - Rev. Bruce Cannon, D.O.M. Bladen Assoc.
               Special Music:  Dublin Praise Team
July 26 - Rev. Timmy Blair, Pastor - Piney
               Grove Chapel; President - Baptist State
               Convention of North Carolina
               Special Music: Trio from Piney Grove Chapel
August 2 - Mrs. Renae Henderson -
                   Pastor's wife at Crossroads Baptist Church
August 9 - Rev. Clay Warf
                   North Carolina Baptist Foundation
August 16 - Rev. C.J. Bordeaux, Pastor - Gorman Baptist
                     Church, Durham
August 23 - Youth Night Back to School Blast with
                     Ethan Drum
                     Special Music: AMPED Band to play
August 30 - Rev. Ronnie Wilson, Pastor - Western Prong
                     Baptist Church
                     Special Music:  WPBC choir/Praise team to
September 6 - End of Summer Baptism & Cook Out
                         at the Lake Campus
Everyone is invited to attend!
Available Camps at Mundo Vista for 2015
New Girls and Leaders Overnight Camp:
$50.00 per person
June 12 - 13 /Grades 3 - 6th
Weeklong Mission Camps for Girls:
$225.00 (Grades 4 - 6)
June 15 - 19                   July 20 - 24
June 22 - 26                   July 27 - 31
July 6 - 10
Mother/Daughter Mini Camps:
$225.00 for one mom/daughter,
$250.00 for one mom/two daughters
June 15 - 17/Grades 1 - 3        July 15 - 17/Grades 1 - 6
June 17 - 19/Grades 1 - 6        July 27 - 29/Grades 7 - 12
July 13 - 15/Grades 1 -3
Register by April 1, 2015 and take off $25.00 per camper or
Mother/Daughter pair from camp fee.
**Does not apply to girls/leaders overnight.**
Mini Camps for Teen Girls:
June 17 - 19/Grades 7 - 12
 Summer Youth Weeks at Fort Caswell
Dates:  Youth Week #1: June 15 - 20
            Youth Week #2: June 22 - 27

            Youth Week #3: June 29 - July 4
            Youth Week #4: July 13 - 18
            Youth Week #5: July 20 - 25
            Youth Week #6: July 27 - August 1
            Youth Week #7: August 3 - 8
            Youth Week #8: August 10 - 15
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly at
                  Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC
What's Happening:  Join the BeDoTell team for one of the best
camps in the Southeast.  More than 7,000 rising 7th - 12th
graders attend each summer and experience the beach,
contemporary worship, small groups, track times and lots of
fun! Students will have time to grow in their faith through music,
preaching, dramas, small groups and church group devotions.
Last summer, we celebrated these decisions: 487 salvations,
more than 3,200 recommitments to walk closer to God, and
425 called to ministry.  Our mission offering received was
$86,066.66 and 300,000 meals were packaged for Haiti.  We
celebrated our ONE MILLIONTH MEAL packaged for Haiti.
Go God!
The 2015 theme is "More", based on Ephesians 3:20.
Following Christ is so much more exciting than anything we
could ever experience here on this earth.  We have been tagged
for so much more, a mission bigger than ourselves, a part of
God's story.  Join us as we look at how to study the Bible, to
discern right from wrong, and to use God's Word to choose
truth over society's deceptions.
Cost:  $60. program fee plus lodging and meals.  The program
fee includes a T-shit, material and a BeDoTell CD.
Registration for Youth Week camps at Caswell begin
January 1, 2015.
Registration information can be found at
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we
ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us...
Ephesians 3:20
Community Fun Day
Location:  Friendship Baptist Church
                1989 Bull St.
                Garland, NC
Date:  July 19, 2015
Time:  3:00pm - 6:30pm
Mark your calendars.
LEAP OF FAITH will be singing, food, games, bounce houses
and much more. 
Let's bring our community TOGETHER!
Camp Caraway for Children
Dates:  July 20 - 24 & 27 - 31, 2015
Camp Caraway for Children is a week long Christian
children's summer camp.  Boys and girls who have
completed 1st - 6th grade attend as a church group with
adult chaperons.
Camp Caraway is located in the beautiful Uwharrie
Mountains seven miles west of Asheboro, NC.  We have
been programming summer camp experiences at Caraway
since 1963.
We use fun to:  share the love of Jesus, develop healthy
relationships, create lasting teachable moments and to
learn about the importance of missions in a Christ
follower's life. Intentionally through each fun activity and
recreation we are always pointing children towards a
deeper relationship with Jesus.
To Register:
Group leaders register their church group online: or contact
Mary Alice Landis (800)395-5102, ext. 5596 or .
Cost:  $265.00 per person.  The price includes
everything except optional snacks or gift
purchases and an optional missions offering.
For Questions Contact:
Mark Moore, Summer Director
July Executive Committee Meeting

The July Executive Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday,
July 21st, 7:30pm at the White Oak Baptist Church. Several
important updates including our Hispanic work at White Lake,
our drug and alcohol rehab facility, and the house that is being
donated to the Association will be shared. There are also several
key items of business upcoming including election of officers for the
upcoming year, our Calendar of Events, Annual Budget and other
items. If you are a pastor or an Executive Committee member
please attend this very important meeting.   White Oak Baptist
Church is located on Highway 53 approximately ten miles north
of Elizabethtown.
Fundraiser for Ayven
Date:  August 1
Location:  Bladenboro Historical Building
Many of you know about the 5 year old boy in Bladenboro who
has Lymphocytic B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia.  Treatments
have already been started and Ayven is having a very difficult
time (as of this past weekend).  A fundraiser is scheduled for
August 1st.  The medical bills combined with stays at Chapel
Hill or Duke plus travel are going to be huge. 
The meal 4pm to 7pm will be BBQ for $7.  Earlier in the day
however there is planned a hot dog cookout with snow cones,
bounce houses, etc.  The idea by  Charles Ray Peterson is to
have almost everything that day geared toward kids since
Ayven is only 5. 
Churches are needed to help cook and serve hot dogs from
10:00am until 7:00pm.  This will be on a "shift basis" with each
Church, should several volunteer, working only a couple of
Please let me know if  your Church family can help.  We need
hotdogs and trimmings too.  Also, please remember the child
along with the family in your prayers.  Mom and Dad are
Toby and Misty Lennon.
Pastor's Conference
Date:  August 11, 2015
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Galeed Baptist Church 
Speaker:  Rev. Jason Williams
Topic:  Released Time School Ministries
Lunch provided.
Bladen Baptists have been invited to join the Columbus
Baptist Association in this badly needed training.  The front
door of our Churches is open; but so is the back door. 
Many come into our Churches through baptism, but are
not discipled and integrated into the corporate life of the
Church and soon leave.
What if we could find out how to keep those who come to
us through discipleship?  Join us on Thursday, August 20th
for this presentation.  But first, call Teresa at the number
above to register.
FREE Military Wives Retreat
Taking Care of Your Heart and Your Soul
Military Wives Retreat
Location:  Camp Mundo Vista

Date:  August 22 - 23, 2015
Families welcome if necessary.
You deserve a break to refresh your mind and spirit!  The
Woman's Missionary Union of North Carolina is here to
ensure you have a free weekend of laughs, smiles, tears,
food, fun, and more!
We are inviting YOU to our annual women's retreat at beautiful
Camp Mundo Vista on August 22nd - 23rd.  You can stay one
night or two.  So, come out and meet other spouses who have
sacrificed like you, hear some stories, play some games, and
leave refreshed.
If you don't want to travel without your husband or children -
we can accommodate.  There are limited free passes to the zoo
to keep them busy Saturday.  Others may show their military ID
and get discounted tickets at the zoo.
Email Margaret Harding at to receive
more information including the schedule.
Space is limited so register early!
Camp Mundo Vista is near the Asheboro Zoo.  Visit our
website at and click on Camp Mundo Vista.
North Carolina Missions Offering
North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO) is a special offering
received during the month of September that supports the
ministries of NC Baptist Men, Church Planting, Mission
Camps, Associational Projects and Mobilization Ministry
Your gifts to the North Carolina Mission Offering help:
~ relieve suffering of people
~ plant new churches
~ mobilize volunteers for missions
~ share the gospel of Jesus Christ
~ respond to various disasters
~ treat the sick
NCMO is your opportunity to impact lostness as
God accomplishes many wonderful things through these
various ministries.

The theme for 2015 is "So They Know" and the offering goal
is $2.1 million. The theme verses are John 13:34-35,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all
will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one
another. (NKJV)


Suddenly - Eastern NC Prayer Gathering
Date:  September 11 - 12, 2015
Location:  First Baptist Church
                100 Rand Street
                 Richlands, NC  28574
Friday, September 11, 2015
6-6:30 pm       Registration
6:30-9pm        General Session
                       Prayer Focus:  J. Chris Schofield
                       Messages/Prayer: Steve Griffith,
                       Richard Owen Roberts
Saturday, September 12, 2015
8:30-12 pm    General Session
                      Prayer Focus: J. Chris Schofield
                      Messages/Prayer: Steve Griffith,
                      Richard Owen Roberts
12:15-1:30 pm  Lunch/Dialogue Session
                         Steve Griffith, Richard Owen Roberts,
                         J. Chris Schofield
For more information:  Contact First Baptist Church,
910.324.4147, email: or
This event is sponsored by the First Baptist Church,
Richlands, New River Baptist Association with area
churches in partnership with the Office of Prayer for
Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening, Administration
and Convention Relations Group, Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina.
Registration is required for the lunch/dialogue session
Saturday, September 11, 2015.  Please call
(910)324-4147 or email Gary McAbee -
Monday, September 7, 2015.
Youth Ministry Training
Date:  September 12, 2015
Time:  9:00am - 3:30pm
Location:  Cowee Baptist Church, Franklin, NC
Date:  September 22, 2015
Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Tyson's Creek Baptist Church, Bear Creek, NC
What's Happening:  What's your strategy for youth ministry? 
What do you want students to know about their faith by the
time they graduate?  A totally differing approach to what we
do each Sunday and in weekly activities, Bible studies,
fellowships and even in the summer.
Whether you are a youth minister, youth worker or church that
needs to build a more solid youth ministry, Youth Ministry
Training is for you!
Many of us are asked to serve in youth ministry, yet we have no
idea how to plan a year in advance so that the ministry is
balanced in all areas of spiritual formation. 
Sample topics include:
Enlisting and keeping volunteers
How to plan a mission trip
Risk management in youth ministry
The event also includes presentation of ministry helps, speakers
addressing issues of spiritual growth and renewal, and fellowship
and sharing of ideas.
Cost:  $35.00 per person or special group rate of $140.00 per
group of five, includes lunch and training materials. 
Early Bird Special: $25.00 per person, $100.00 per group of five.
More information and registration:
Call 800.395.5102 ext. 5566,
email  or visit .
Spring & Fall Coastal Retreats
Spring:  "Stay Alert"
Fall:  "God's Direction"
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
Sept. 14 - 16, 21 - 23, 28 - 30
Oct. 5 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 26 - 28
Come and enjoy a mixture of large-group worship, small-group
activities and recreation.  There is also free time for your group
to relax on campus or to explore Oak Island, Southport and
other local areas.  Cost for the retreat includes two nights
lodging, five meals and the program.  You may also consider
extending your stay by adding an extra day or two!
For more information or to register, please contact the
North Carolina Baptist Assembly at 910-278-9501.
Pastor's Conference
Date:  September 15
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Hickory Grove Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC
Speaker:  Jason Clamm, Hospice
Lunch provided.
See You At The Pole Rally
Date:  September 20, 2015
Time:  PM
Keep this evening open on your calendar.  More information to
Global Week of Student Prayer
Sunday, September 20 through Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Global Week of Student Prayer encourages students to find
new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout
the week.  Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE
SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever
and whenever and pray! The Global Week of Student Prayer
is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible
clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.
See You At The Pole 2015
Date:  September 23, 2015
"These all continued with one accord in prayer and  
supplication,”  Acts 1:14
For the last 25 years, See You At The Pole has been about one
simple act-prayer.  SYATP is still about students uniting
themselves in prayer before God interceding for their
Please mark your calendar for this event.  Also, be looking
for the SYATP Rally scheduled the Sunday evening before
the students gather around their flag poles to pray. 
Building Faith-Filled Families Conference
Today's families struggle to keep up with the demands of life.
School, homework, technology and practices fill their days,  Many
parents believe they are inadequate to fulfill God's mandate to
disciple their children and teenagers.  Parents may understand
the need for faith development in their children's lives but wonder
how and when they can disciple their children when life is so busy.
Join us in Raleigh or Wilmington to learn how to equip and
partner with parents in the spiritual development of their
children and teenagers.  This one-day workshop is designed
for pastors, church staff and lay leaders.
September 24, 2015 - Christ Baptist Church
                                     400 Newton Road
                                     Raleigh, NC
September 25, 2015 - Southside Baptist Church
                                     3320 S. College Road
                                     Wilmington, NC
Featured Speaker:  Dr. Mark Smith is the family pastor at
Lakeview Baptist Church in Hickory.  He has written two
books on the family. He is also a husband, father and
uniquely gifted leader and speaker.
Cost:  $15.00 per person  $20 per married couple
Register Online/More Info
Deadline to Register is September 16
Eddie Thompson,,
800-395-5102 ext 5644
**Note:  Dr. Mark Smith is a former pastor of Tar Heel
Baptist Church and excellent conference leader.
Senior Adult
Fall Festival of Fellowship
"Under Construction: Ephesians 2:10"
Date:  October 5 - 8
Location:  Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro
The Fall Festival of Fellowship at Caraway is now in its sixth year
and has gotten better and better each year.  Senior adults enjoy
great Bible study, worship, entertainment, mission and
fellowship all packed into one event.  Caraway is a beautiful
place to be in October and there is also plenty to see and do in the
surrounding area.
The cost is $235. per person and includes 3 nights lodging,
8 meals and program fee.  The event begins on Monday
afternoon and concludes on Thursday morning.
To register or for more information, contact Rose Skipper at
336-629-2374 or
Pastor's Conference
Date:  October 13
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  Northside Baptist Church
                 Bladenboro, NC
Lunch provided.
Carolina Women
Date:  October 16 - 17, 2015
Location:  Fort Caswell Baptist Assembly, Oak Island, NC
Cost:  Early Bird - $88.00, after August 1st - $98.00
   Includes lodging,, meals, and program fee. Cost is
   non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.
Time:  Registration opens 3:00pm on Friday and event concludes
   on Saturday at 4:00pm.
Leaders Include:  Debby Akerman, Phyllis Elvington, Beth Greer,
                             and CrossWalk
For more information please contact Donna Britt at for South Carolina and Margaret Harding
at for North Carolina.
Register online at
2015 NC Baptist Women's Retreat
Obedience By Faith
Dates:  October 23 - 24, 2015
Location:  Caraway Conference Center and Camp, Sophia, NC
"By Faith Abraham, When He Was Called, Obeyed..."
      Hebrew 11:8A
Worship Speakers:  Teresa Brown and Naghmeh Abedini
Scripture tells us as believers we are to walk by faith and obey
what the Lord tells us.  But, what does this look like in our
everyday lives when it seems contrary to what is going on in our
culture?  This weekend we will look at what Scripture says about
walking by faith and modern day examples of women living in
obedience to the Lord.
Rates begin at $130 (3 meals and lodging included)
$30 individual, non-refundable deposit required
Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015
For more information
Embrace Women's Missions and Ministries
800.395.5102, ext 5561
Fall Retreat
Dates:  October 23 - 25, 2015 or
             November 13 - 15, 2015

Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly at
                  Fort Caswell Oak Island, NC
What's Happening:  "Refined," a glimpse into what it means to be
a Godly girl or a Godly guy.
The retreat will feature a guest speaker with worship and drama
led by our own BeDoTell Team, small group sessions, recreation
and church group devotions.
Speakers for both retreats will be Acton Bowen of Acton Bowen
Outreach (
Cost:  $141.00 per person, includes retreat materials, lodging and
four meals.
More information and registration:
Call Fort Caswell at 910.278.9501 to register or visit .
Association Annual Meetings
Date:  Monday, October 26, 2015
Location: Cypress Creek Baptist Church
               1321 Old Fayetteville Rd
               Garland, NC
Date:  Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Location:  White's Creek Baptist Church
                6062 Mercer Mill Road
                Clarkton, NC  28433
Please save the dates for our Annual Meetings and mark
them on your Calendar.
The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina will be present
on Tuesday afternoon to sing and share testimony.  Dr. Ken
Hemphill, noted author, speaker and Southern Baptist Leader
will bring the closing message on Tuesday evening. 
Dr. Ken Hemphill
Please plan on joining us for what will be a very powerful series of
Pastor's Conference
Date:  November 10
Time:  10:30AM - 12:00 Noon
Location:  White Oak Baptist Church
                 White Oak, NC
Speaker:  Mr. Larry Hammonds, VA Services
Lunch provided.
Christmas By The Sea
Dates:  Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, Dec. 2 - 4, 7 - 9
"Christmas Reflections"
Start your holiday season off with a trip to the coast and a ticket to
the Carolina Opry.  The retreat begins with supper on the first day
and concludes with breakfast on the final day.  Deposit is half
the total bill, requested 60 days in advance.
For more information or to register, please contact the NC
Baptist Assembly at (910)278-9501.
Pastor's Conference
Date:  December
There will be no Pastor's Conference in December.  There will be
the Annual Christmas Party for Pastors.  Further information will
Baptist Children's Home Food Round-Up 
A special "Thank you" to the churches of the Bladen Baptist
Association and our church currently under watchcare,
Delco First Baptist Church.  You have done a wonderful
job!  Many, many bags and boxes of food were delivered to
the Association office in addition to $2,019.00 in checks and
gift cards!  Our middle office was almost full!
Job Well Done!!!
Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina
Sharing hope ... changing lives
Pushing Back The Dark
Pushing Back The Dark was a tremendous success
with well over 500 in attendance.  There was great music,
tremendous preaching, food, fun, and lots of fellowship. 
Four Points North out of Lumberton, NC  & Divine out
of Pembroke, NC led worship through great music.  Ken
Freeman delivered several challenging messages. We had
Open Mic after midnight and several individuals and groups 
performed.  All did an outstanding job! 
Ken Freeman also spoke at services at Center Road
Baptist Church and Elizabethtown Baptist Church.  It is
estimated that around 80 people made professions of
faith during Pushing Back the Dark or the following
church services!  Praise the Lord!
Many people were involved to make this a success.  A special
"Thank you" goes out to the Youth Committee and the
Evangelism Committee, the churches who donated money, the
churches who put up tents and provided food, the driver who
picked up Ken Freeman, the WMU of the Bladen Baptist
Association, the youth and groups who performed during Open
Mic, the workers who worked at the event to serve,
cook or chaperone, those who prayed for this event,
and the ones who stayed behind to help us clean up afterwards
and anyone else who contributed in anyway.  THANK YOU!
Also, a special "Thank You" goes out to those who took
time from their busy schedules to attend.
January 1, 2015 Mileage Rate Per IRS
2015 Standard Mileage Rates
The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2015 optional
standard mileage rates used to calculate the
deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,
charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for
the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:
· 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, 
from 56 cents in 2014
· 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving
purposes, down half a cent from 2014 
· 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an
annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating
an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs,
tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and
moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as
gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions
based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than
the standard mileage rates.
First Baptist Church Delco under watchcare
First Baptist Church of Delco approached the Bladen
Baptist Association several months ago and asked that
they become a part.  At the October Annual Meetings of the
Bladen Baptist Association, it was voted to accept First
Baptist Church of Delco under watchcare.  First Baptist
Church of Delco sent many people and equipment to
Bladen County following the tornados and helped greatly
to clean up debris and make repairs.  They also have
participated with us on several projects including the Food
Roundup for the Baptist Children’s Homes and the collection
of toothpaste for The Red Box Ministry.  We look forward
to working with First Baptist Church of Delco in the future.

Released Time School Ministries Update 
The 2014-2015 School year has now come to a close. It was
a great year for Released Time!  We  had around 850 students
registered this year and around 200 professions of faith!  Praise
the Lord!!
We would love to continue to grow by adding more schools
and students, but as God' s Word says, "The harvest is plentiful,
but the laborers are few. Pray you therefore the Lord of the
harvest, that he send forth laborers into His harvest."
(Matthew 9:37-38)  Our prayer is to add Elizabethtown Middle
next year, but we will need the teachers, helpers, bus drivers
and a location. Please ask God how He might lead you to be
We also would ask you to pray for our transportation. We will
sell our current buses this summer and purchase replacements.
The board has agreed that by the time we do all the needed
maintenance we would be better to purchase different used
buses than to make repairs to the existing ones. 
On the State level: Brunswick County Released Time began
and did very well! There is also an open door to begin the
ground work for a Released Time in Aberdeen.  A former
Released Time student from the Ohio area has a desire to
begin a program through the Church she currently attends.  
Lastly, Duplin County has taken almost two years, but we are
excited to share that we will begin a Released Time this up
coming school year.  
Please be in much prayer for this ministry and find out what
the Lord would have for you to do.  We need volunteers to
be able to begin new programs.  We also need funds.
We so greatly appreciate all your support for this ministry
and Praise the Lord for His blessings!

Through Christ,   Jessica Williams 910-549-0344
Director, Bladen County RT
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Update From Hands On Africa and Dr. Andre
After 8,000 miles of driving we finally arrived back in Chicago after
an incredible trip of seeing God's hand at work in many ways. 
The start of the trip in Arkansas started off with an incredible
night of God's doing and from there on we experienced many,
many highlights working alongside our Lord. The week in New
Mexico has confirmed our involvement there and indicated and
confirmed to us that we will be working there for many a year
to come.  It is an ideal situation for us to duplicate our Africa
ministry in the USA.
We have completed our call and instruction from God and have
now prayed and interceded through all 49 States of America.  It
took us 3 trips and 7 of the team members were fortunate to
participate in all 3 trips.  What a journey!  God surely revealed
himself to us in many situations as our Provider and Protector
and that He is the Sovereign Lord.  He cares for America and
yearns for them to turn back to Him.  We surely know that God
did use us, in whatever small way it might be, to touch
many lives, encourage many weary believers and to bless and be
blessed in many ways.  On Him we trust to multiply our efforts
and start a revival that will spread like a wildfire across America.
Thank you for all those that have received us, hosted us, worked
with us, blessed us and prayed for us.  You all had an enormous
role to play in enabling us to accomplish this mission.  We will
soon be off to Sierra Leone, then it is Malawi and Zambia.
Continue to pray for us as we continue in obedience.  Financially,
Hands on Africa, currently struggles.  Please be in special prayer
for God's provision.  Many blessings and love in Christ Jesus.
Dr. Andre Delport, Hands on Africa
Christian Women’s Job Corps of Bladen County 
 (A Hand Up Not A Hand Out)
We are looking for mentors and volunteers to be involved with
this ministry.  Our plan is to train mentors within the next
couple of months to have them ready to serve participants in
the near future.
Christian Women’s Job Corps ministry is in a mission context in
which women help women, encouraging them for new life in
Jesus and where women in need are equipped for life and
employment. This ministry has two important elements: 
Bible Study and One-On-One mentor relationship.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about
CWJC of Bladen County please contact:
Site Coordinator:  Jennifer Carter at 910-733-5497
Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 3047, Lumberton, NC  28359

Wheelchair Ramps Still Needed
We still have lots of families in need of a wheel-chair ramp. 
Please consider putting a team together and working 3 to 4 hours
to help a family in need.  You will literally change the life of the
person, unable to maneuver up and down steps, by building the
ramp. Call the Association Office to volunteer.  We will be glad
to show any group, young and older, how to build the ramps.
Worship Services Have Begun at the Iglesia
Bautista Renacer at White Lake

Excitement is building as we see people come to know
Christ at the Hispanic Work at White Lake.  Pastor Cipriano
Moreno, pastor of a work in Lumberton and Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina Hispanic Coordinator for the
Eastern Region, is the new work’s pastor.  

Please pray for this effort.  There are an estimated 4,000
Hispanics living in Bladen so the fields are white unto
harvest.  Pastor Cipriano invites everyone to join them in
the services at White Lake.  Services are held on Sundays
with the Sunday School beginning at 4pm and worship
at 5pm.

There is a definite need for your Church family to be
involved in this effort.  Because this is a start-up ministry
we are having to purchase everything an existing
congregation already has in place.  To find out how you
may be involved please stop by or call us at the

Please continue to remember The Thrift Store & the volunteers
that keep it going in your prayers. Contributions are always
appreciated.  Also consider sponsoring/ adopting an orphan
through Hands on Africa.  Check out their website to find out
how you can help in their ministry.
Lisa Hester, WMU/Women’s Ministries’ Director reports,
“The total amount given to Hands On Africa since 2008 when
we re-opened is now $23,000.00”
Great Job Volunteers!  Thank you so much for allowing the
Lord to  use you to bless so many in deep need.
Lisa L. Hester: 910-648-5555 or 910-872-3286 .
Excerpt taken from "A Husband's Prayer Warrior "
by Sharon Jaynes
Dear Lord, I pray for my husband, from head to toe.
    His Head -That he will look to You as Lord of his life.
    (1 Corinthians 11:13)
    His Mind ¬¬- That he will have the mind of Christ and think as
    the Holy Spirit would lead him and not the flesh. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
    His Eyes -That You will keep his eyes from temptation and
    that he will turn his eyes from sin. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 9:47)
    His Ears - That he will hear Your still small voice instructing him.
    (1 Kings 19:12, Psalm 32:8)
    His Mouth - That his words will be pleasing to You.
    (Proverbs 19:14)
    His Neck -That he will humble himself before You and be
    strong, courageous, and careful to do everything written in
    Your Word so that he will be prosperous and successful.
    (James 4:10, Joshua 1:8-9)
    His Heart-That he will love and trust You with his whole heart.
    (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5)
    His Arms-That You will be his strength. (Psalm 73:26) 
    His Hands-That he will enjoy the work of his hands and
    see it as a gift from You. (Ecclesiastes 3:13, 5:19)
    His feet - That You will order his steps and that he will
    walk in Your truth. (Proverbs 4:25, Psalm 26:3)
Bible Drill Information
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might not sin against him. When God's word dwells in our hearts
we are better able to mediate on his promises and his character
and to flee from temptation. Children and youth must learn that
scripture is consequential to their lives. Children and youth
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