Bladen Baptist Association
Thursday, December 08, 2016
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Associational 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:  
You may also call the Association office at 910-862-3496.
Pushing Back the Dark...
A very special "Thank You" to everyone who helped with Pushing Back the Dark Youth Event.
It was a powerful time in the Lord for all who attended.
Thank You Mrs. Debbie Edwards for all you hard work!!
Lots of Fun!
Thank You to all the Churches who participated in Pushing Back the Dark!!
A Powerful Night of Worship and Christian Fellowship!
Congratulations to Dublin FBC / Lake Church
Three (3) supporting Staff have been called to serve in their growing multi-site congregation.
Rev. Mark Gregory - Associate / Student Pastor
Mark is married to Courtney and they have a son named Harrison
Tommy Knight - Worship Pastor
Tommy is married to  Megan and have 4 children,Teddy, Lila, Andrew & Dannen
Bryan Hickman - Children's Minister
Bryan is the son of Rev. & Mrs. Kevin Kinlaw
Pictured left to right:
Rev. Mark Gregory; Senior Pastor Cameron McGill; Tommy Knight; Bryan Hickman
Baptist Children's Homes Food Round Up
A very special "THANK YOU" to all the churches in the BBA for an abundance of blessings
to the Baptist Children's Home Food Round Up.
Camp Caraway
 Camp Caraway is close enough to Home yet far enough away to Deepen your child's relationship with God.
"I know the week they are there, they will get immersed in God's Word as well as enjoy fun,
safe activities and make new friends and memories that will last their lifetime."
(Dee Dee Camper Mother)
Camp Caraway is located in the beautiful Uwharrie Mountains seven miles west of Asheboro, NC.
Since 1963 we provide quality Christian summer camp programs.
We use fun to:
Share the love of Jesus - Develop healthy relationships
Create lasting teachable moments
Learn about the importance of missions in a Christ follower's life
For more information visit:
"You get to grow your bond with God and meet new people,
meet friends, and the counselors are good to hang out with, talk to and have a blast."
(Thomas - Camper)
Programs Offered:
Week-long Boys Camp; Father-Son Mini Camp; Mother-Son Mini Camp;
Week-long Children's Camp for Church Groups;
Father-Daughter Mini Camp
Bladen Baptist Men Report

The flood damage in South Carolina was extensive and NCBM will begin rebuilding efforts in January for the flood victims. Would you be willing to commit a week to the effort?
We need carpenter, roofers, finishers (drywall, painting, etc.) and general laborers.
If you are interested, please, contact Connie Holland at the Associational Office at 910.862.3496 or call me at 910.874.1525.
After we determine the interest we will coordinate with NCBM which week we may be needed.

On another subject, the Region 3 Men’s Worship Rally in November was a great success, so much so that I am considering an Eastern NC Men’s Rally for late spring/early summer. 
I would like some feedback from our Association Baptist Men. 
Would you be interested in a men’s rally to include musical guests and special national level speakers?
Would you be willing to assist in the planning process? 
If so, please, let me know.  Call me at 874-1525 or email to
Remember, Baptist Men is not just who you are, it’s also what you do.
We are a Missions organization.  Be on mission, wherever you are!
Kincy Barrow - Baptist Men’s Director - Bladen Baptist Association
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 PO Box 62, Elizabethtown NC 28337.
Other items needed include:  1 or 2 lawn mowers and 1or 2 weed eaters. 
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.
Need Help Paying For Medicare Coverage?
Do you or someone you know need help paying for Medicare coverage? 
If so, the Extra Help program may be able to help!
Extra Help is available for those who qualify, but you have to apply. 
An Extra Help application is easy to complete over the phone, on the Internet or by hand. 
Applications for the Medicare Savings Programs are also available.
Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets may qualify for money saving programs,
called Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program.
These Programs may save you money on the following:
Extra Help
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plan premiums
  • Medicare prescription drug deductibles and copayments
Medicare Savings Program
  • Medicare medical coverage deductibles and copayments
  • Medicare medical coverage premiums
For more information about Extra Help or for help completing an Extra Help application,
contact: North Carolina Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program  or your local Area Agency on Aging office
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance 
Call for an appointment: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bladen County Division on Aging Contact:  910-872-6330
"The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging takes a lead role in meeting the needs of older adults and caregivers in Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties through coordination and provision of comprehensive services, resource development, fiscal and programmatic oversight, and effective advocacy."
For more information contact:
Halona Locklear - Aging Program Specialist
One Day
Equipping Leaders To Make Disciples For Pastors, Staff, Teachers, Leaders & Volunteers.
Join NC Baptist Evangelism and Discipleship consultants for this intensive training with equipping sessions in Sunday School and small groups, children's and youth ministry, worship and music ministry, women's ministry, evangelism, special needs ministry, pastoral leadership and more!
Saturday, August 20, 2016 ~ 8:30AM ~ 4PM
Location: Western Avenue Baptist Church, Statesville, NC
Early Bird Deadline August 5 ~ $15.00 person - Registration Deadline August 17 ~ $20.00 person
At The Door Registration ~ $30.00 person
Registration includes equipping sessions, plenary sessions, materials and lunch
Registration will be taken at the door as space permits.
Group Rate: One free admission for every ten leaders registered from your church.
For more information and registration:   1-800.395.5102, ext 5628
Friends of Children - Baptist Children's Homes Saturday Workdays
 (1 Day Missions For All Ages)
May 14: Camp Duncan for Girls in Aberdeen
May 28: Odum Home in Pembroke
We Need You!
Volunteers of all ages can be the hands and feet of Christ to hurting boys and girls by participating in
Baptist Children's Homes' statewide Friends of Christ workdays.
There's no better way to learn about Baptist Children's Homes than to be involved. 
Baptist Children's Homes offers workdays at a number of the ministry's caring locations around the state. 
It's the perfect one-day outreach for your church or volunteer group.
~ From painting to planting, projects are available for all ages
~ Work side by side with Baptist Children's Homes boys, girls and staff
~ Tour children's residential homes.
~ Enjoy a FREE lunch
Registration is from 8:30am to 9:00am.  Projects go from 9am to Noon.
Lunch is served at noon and optional tours are available afterwards.
To register, contact Alan William at 336.474.1277 or
You can also register online at
 Baptist Children's Homes ~
Deep Impact KIDS 2016 - "You Are the ONE!"
Cost: $75.00 Per Person
Ages: 1st - 5th Grade & Leaders
September 23 - 25, 2016
Shelby Mission Camp - Shelby, NC
DI Kids Mission Weeks
Cost: $150.00 Per Person - Ages: 4th - 5th Grade & Leaders
July 11 - 15, 2016
Shelby Mission Camp - Shelby, NC
July 18 - 22, 2016
Red Springs Mission Camp - Red Springs NC
For more information:
Deep Impact Summer Missions Camp at Caswell
July 3 - 9, 2016
Deep Impact camp will combine the worship experience of summer youth camp with the hands-on
missions experience of a mission trip.  Each participant will choose from a wide selection of mission projects
which they will be involved in throughout the week. 
Deep Impact camp is for adults and youth only (rising 7th - 12th graders).
No childcare will be available for this camp. 
All adults and youth will be expected to participate in a mission project.  
These mission projects will mainly be off campus and each church must provide
drivers and transportation to and from the projects daily. 
All lodging is in the barracks and meals in the dining hall. 
Big Daddy Weave will be leading worship each evening and Chad Poe will be our pastor for the week.
To register: contact the NC Baptist Assembly at  (910)278-9501 or online at
World Missions Week At Caswell
July 4 - 9, 2016
World Missions Week is the place you want to be! Celebrative worship, small group time
and mission moments are but a small part of World Missions Week. 
Big Daddy Weave will be leading worship each evening and Chad Poe will be our pastor
for the week. Inspirational and informativestudies will be provided for all age groups (pre-school, children, youth, adults) as well.  North Carolina Baptist Men coordinates this week with assistance from NC Woman's Missionary Union. This is the only week of the summer at Caswell that offers programming for all age groups.  
To Register: contact the NC Baptist Assembly at (910) 278-9501 or online at

Embracing New York City
Date:  September 15 - 18, 2016
Join Embrace in 2016 in Reaching this Iconic City with the Gospel
Embrace Mission Trip to New York City
For ladies college-aged and older
Cost:  $550. includes airfare, missionary insurance, lodging, ministry expenses, and ground transportation
Application deadline is May 4, 2016. 
Applications for the mission trip can be downloaded at
For more information about Embrace, please visit, email
or call 1-800-395-5102, ext 5561.
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
"I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." 
Acts 13:47
January 1, 2016 Mileage Rate Per IRS
  2016 Standard Mileage Rates
The IRS has just announced the standard business mileage rate will fall in 2016 to 54
cents per mile (down from 57.5 cents per mile in 2015),
while mileage for medical or moving purposes will decrease to 19 cents per mile
(down from 23 cents per mile in 2015).
Lower fuel prices are a contributor to these declines in the mileage rates.
The standard charitable mileage rate remains set at the statutory rate of 14 cents per mile.

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.
Red  Box Ministry Update
Once again our Churches will be collecting Lip Balm for the Red Box Ministry.
Thursday, September 29, 2016  
Drop Off Location:
Bladen Baptist Association Office (Mon.-Thurs. 8:30-4:30pm)
Thank you in advance for being so generous!
Released Time School Ministries Update 
We have been so encouraged to see God's hand at work in Released Time this year, as we minister to over 970 students monthly. From Hands on Africa ministering to our Dublin location, to reaching some of our special needs children at our Bladen Lakes location to numerouse professions of faith in our Middle Schools ( about 80 total)!

Our prayer is that His Word would be spread among the nations, and that God would continue to use and
provide a portion of this through Bladen Released Time and its committed workers and supporters. 
Bladen Released Time - Jessica Williams, Director
"And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen."  Luke 2:20

 Update From Hands On Africa and Dr. Andre Delport
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 Association.
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
Bible Drill is open to students in grades 4-12.
Psalm 119:11 tells us to hide God's word in our hearts, so we 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 cannot grow in their relationship with
the Lord without  memorizing scripture and learning to treasure God's word.
Bible Drill participants develop skills in locating Bible books and
key passages, memorize the names of the books of the Bible in order, memorize the verses
and key passages, and develop skills in the proper handling of the Bible.
For more information about Bible Drill Information - visit
The pages found from
this site provides curriculum interpretation and information
to assist pastors, staff and volunteers to lead Bible Drill in a local congregation.