Bladen Baptist Association
Thursday, September 18, 2014

**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.
North Carolina Missions Offering
2014 Goal - $2.1 million
Every September, North Carolina Baptists give to the North Carolina
Missions Offering (NCMO). This important offering is a vital link to the
18 ministries of the North Carolina Baptist Men and provides almost half
of the budget for the Baptist State Convention's Church Planting Team,
helping to support, equip and train more than 100 church planters
across the state annually.
The North Carolina Missions Offering:
  • relieves suffering of people
  • plants new churches
  • mobilizes volunteers for missions
  • shares the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • responds to various disasters
  • treats the sick
"...There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines
...terrors and great signs from heaven... This will be your opportunity to
bear witness."  Luke 21:10-13
Joint Worship for Youth at Dublin First Baptist
Dublin First Baptist would like to invite those churches which do not have
a worship service on Sunday evenings or who would like to have their
youth group participate in a joint worship service with them to join them
on Sunday evenings, 6:00pm to 7:00pm for a service led by youth.
There is benefit for youth coming together to support and encourage
each other in their stand for Christ.  For more information you may contact:
Rev. Devon Varnum, Associate Pastor: Minister to Families, Dublin
First Baptist Church, (910)916-0525 or check out
AMPED Student Worship Service for 7th Grade - 23 Year Olds
Upbeat worship led by the student minstry band, drama, and deep
Biblical teaching, you won't want to miss it!
Judgement House - 3 Miles From Hell
Dates:  September 19 - 21
Call 910-739-3358 For Reservations
Friday, September 12th & Friday, September 19th:  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, September 13th, Saturday, September 20th:  5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, September 14th, Sunday, September 21st: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:  East Lumberton Baptist Church
                  201 Whiteville Road
                  Lumberton, NC  28358
Pastor:  Rev. Michael S. Bowen
Join us this year at East Lumberton Baptist Church for our annual
Judgement House presentation
. This year's story will take you through
nine scene journey into a families life and the decisions that they make. 
In the end a tragedy will occur and you will get to experience judgement
day, Heaven & Hell.  This event is totally free so make plans to attend.
Friends of Children - Baptist Children's Homes Saturday 
1 Day Missions For All Ages!
September 20: Odum Home in Pembroke
Is your church looking for a local missions project? Friends of Children 
workdays are a one-day opportunity to help with a variety of projects that 
let Baptist Children's Homes' boys and girls see God's love through you.
  • From painting to planting, projects are available for all ages.
  • Work side by side with BCH's boys, girls and staff.
  • Tour children's residential homes.
  • Enjoy a free lunch.
Registration is from 8:30am to 9:00am. Projects go from 9:00am to Noon. 
Lunch is served at noon and optional tours are available afterwards.
Please register online at
You can also contact Alan Williams at 336.474.1277 or

Fall Revival at Tar Heel Baptist Church

Fall revival services will be held September 14 - 17 at 7:00pm
nightly.  The following evangelists will hold services:
Sunday:  Rev. Dave Heller, White Plains Baptist Church, Whiteville
Monday: Rev. Bradley Tatum, Suggs Grove Baptist Church
Tuesday: Dr. Ray Lundy, Retired - Fair Bluff Baptist Church
Wednesday:  Dr. Mack Roberts
A nursery will be provided each night.  Please pray that God will send a
great revival.
Fall Coastal Retreat
"MASH:  Mature Adults Sharing Him"
Dates:  September 15 - 17
             October 6 - 8, 13 - 15, 20 - 22, 27 - 29
Location: North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
These three day retreats offer a relaxed time for fellowship, reflection and 
inspiration.  There are ample opportunities for leisure activities or visits 
to nearby attractions.  The retreats begin with supper on Monday and 
conclude with breakfast on Wednesday.  The cost is $136.00 per
person.  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.
Bladen Baptist Association IECS Seminar

Date:   September 16-18, 2014   9:00am until 4:00pm daily

Location:  Center Road Baptist Church,  2484 Center Road,
                  Bladenboro, NC
Cost: $25.00 (includes three seminar days, IECS notebook
                        and lunch during seminars)

Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy (IECS) seeks to assist
you in developing an individualized process for effective evangelism.
The biblical basis for the IECS is found in Acts 2:41-47. Rather than
being just one person's successful paradigm, this approach takes
insights from more than 100 pastors who are effectively and
consistently evangelistic. Evangelistic leadership, evangelistic prayer,
assimilation, event evangelism and personal e
vangelism are the five
strategy components.

The Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy is based on four
principles: Every Christian is called by God to be involved in the
Great Commission, evangelism begins with the local church,
churches are different and must find their own way to evangelize
their community, and God wants to bless Christians in reaching
nonbelievers. Evangelistic leadership, evangelistic prayer,
assimilation, event evangelism and personal evangelism are
the five strategy components.

To register please contact Rev. Bruce Cannon at 910-862-3496
or at  Deadline to register is Sunday,
August 31st. 

This is an outstanding Seminar  and is designed to help us
Intentionally focus our efforts on Evangelism.  Dr. Don McCutcheon,
former Director of Evangelism for the Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina, is the seminar leader. 
Brother Don is a superb speaker and one whose passion for
Christ and the lost is unsurpassed
Suggs Grove Breakthrough Tent Revival
Dates:  Thursday, Sept 18 thru Saturday, Sept 20
Time:  7:00pm nightly
There will be preaching, singing, and fellowship.
All under the Tent!
Everyone Welcome!
Thursday, September 18th the Anchormen and Colly Chapel Church
Choir will bring the message in song!
Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th Ernie
Dawson and Heirline will be sharing God's message in music!
Visit for more information and directions.
Building Faith Filled Families Conference
Building Faith Filled Families Conference
Dates:  September 19 - 20, 2014
Location:  Lakeview Baptist Church, Hickory, NC
Today's families struggle to keep up with the demands of life. 
School, homework, appointments, technology and practices
fill their days.  Many parents believe they are inadequate to fulfill
God's mandate to disciple their children.  Youth can become
apathetic about their faith and large numbers of students are
leaving the church in college.  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.
Pastors and church leaders, join us Friday to learn how to equip
and partner with parents in the spiritual development of their children. 
Parents, join us Saturday to explore why discipleship is so important
for your family and learn practical ways to disciple your children.
Friday Cost:  $20. per person/$25 per married couple
Saturday Cost: $15. per person/$20 per married couple
Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
For: Pastors, Church Staff and Lay Leaders
$20 per person/$25 per couple, includes lunch and
                                            training resource
Morning: Church Leader Seminar with Mark Holmen
Afternoon: Roundtable Discussions, Resource
                   Presentation, Q & A
Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
For: Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers
(Pastors, Church Staff and Lay Leaders are welcome, too)
$15 per person/$20 per couple, includes lunch and a
                                              parenting resource
Morning:  Extreme Family Makeover Parenting Seminar
                 with Mark Holmen
Afternoon: Age Graded Break Outs on Discipling -
                   Build Your Toolbox
Mark Holmen is a husband, father, pastor and consultant as
well as a speaker for Focus On The Family.
To register please visit
or contact Eddie Thompson at 1-800-395-5102 ext 5644 or
This is an outstanding conference and one that would be well
worth our time.
See You At The Pole Rally
This is an event for all Bladen County Youths, Parents, Guardians, and
any other persons concerned about the condition of the home, nation,
and our schools.
Date:  Sunday, September 21st
Time:  6:00pm
Featuring local youth leading in worship with a great message by
Rev. Chris Allen.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!
Revival at Zion Hill Baptist Church
Dates: Sunday, September 21st, 11:00am
    Monday, September 22nd - Wednesday, September 24th, 7:00pm
Speaker:  Rev. Bruce Cannon

Everyone is invited to attend!
See You At The Pole
Location:  All County Schools
Date:  September 24th
Time:  7:30am at High Schools
           7:45am at Middle Schools
           7:50am at Primary Schools
Spiritual Awakening Conference
Location:  Zion Hill Baptist Church
                  Bladenboro, NC
Date:  September 30
Time:  7:00pm
This is a quarterly event.  Please come join us as we come together to
pray for our homes, churches, country, etc.  
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!
"Faith" Fest
"Focus on Jesus"

Come and enjoy and evening filled with fun and fellowship!

Bounce Houses, Christian Music, Concessions, and more!
Popcorn and Movie starts at 8:00pm

Invite Your Friends!!! (Bring a chair and blanket)

All Kids Age 6 - 16

Date:  October 4th, 2014
Location:  Leinwand Park, Elizabethtown, NC
Time:  4:00pm - 10:30pm

Contact:  Jackie Smith (910)879-6195
              Bull Shaw (910)874-4233
Revival at Friendship Baptist Church
Date:  Sunday, October 5th, 6:30pm
            Monday, October 6th through Friday, October 10th, 7:00pm
Speaker:  Rev. Rob Wingo, Sharon Baptist Church,
                  Cumberland County
There will be special singing nightly. 
Everyone is invited to come and worship!
Richardson Baptist Church Celebrating 100 Years
& Homecoming
Richardson Baptist Church is celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary this year. 
Members have been commemorating this event throughout 2014 --- the
main kick-off to thecelebration began in April with Singing Under The
Trees, continued with Vacation Bible School in June, and will culminate
at Homecoming on
October 5, 2014.
Everyone is welcome to help us celebrate this milestone in the history
of our church at Homecoming.  We especially invite former members,
pastors, descendants of those with connections to the church, and new
friends, as well.  Feel free to dress in old-fashionedclothes, if you like. 
Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall, and on the ground, following
a program on the history of Richardson Baptist Church beginning at
10:00am.  Mark your calendar for October 5, 2014 --- we look forward
to seeing you.
Senior Adult Fall Festival of Fellowship
"Under Construction:  Ephesians 2:10"
Location:  Caraway Conference Center, Asheboro
Date:  October 6- 9
Senior adults don't want to miss the annual fall conference!  Our guests will
experience great fellowship, food, activities and worship at Caraway
amidst the beautiful fall colors of the 1100 acre property.
The cost is $235.00 per person and includes three nights lodging, meals
and program.
For more information or to register, contact Caraway Conference Center
at (336)629-2374 or Visit for
more detailed program information.
Homecoming at West Bladenboro Baptist Church
Date:  October 12th

Everyone is invited to attend!
Homecoming at Zion Hill Baptist Church
Celebrating 129 years
Date:  Sunday, October 12th 
Guest Minister
Rev. Robert L. Boone, 
Pastor 1992-96
Everyone is invited to attend!
Homecoming at Bladenboro First Baptist
Location:  Bladenboro First Baptist Church
                  Bladenboro, NC
Date:  October 12th
Speaker:  Dr. Roger Gilbert
Everyone is invited to attend!
Unite - Youth Evangelism and Worship
Date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location:  Mills Home in Thomasville
                  (Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338,
                  Thomasville, NC 27361; 336.474.1209;
An afternoon of evangelism, live praise and worship music, dodgeball
tourney, food and games. Youth groups and community children are
invited to unite with Baptist Children's Homes' children and staff for this
dynamic event. Info and registration (for the event or to enter your group
in the dodgeball tourney), visit or call
Red Boxes - Gifts For Inmates
Each Christmas, women from all across North Carolina provide gifts to
fill approximately 1600 red boxes to be given to women inmates at
North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women and Raleigh Correctional
Center for Women.  For many of these women our gift is all they receive. 
As one woman told us, "Your (WMU) gift has been the only gift I receive
at Christmas.  It's the highlight of my Christmas."
The gifts are packed in a bright red gift box that is a little larger than a
shoebox.  The words, "A Gift From North Carolina Baptist Woman's
Missionary Union" are printed on the top of each box.  A Christmas
card and scripture tract are included in each box.
This year Bladen Baptist Association WMU is collecting toothpaste.
Our goal is 1,000 individually boxed toothpaste. 
The toothpaste must
be 6-9 ounces in size and be in the original box.  The Toothpaste
is due at the Bladen Baptist Association office by
October 20, 2014.
White's Creek Baptist Church 100th Anniversary
Homecoming Celebration
Friday, October 24th, 7:00pm
  An evening with Ivan Parker - One of  gospel music's great's!  
  This service will be held at the Elizabethtown Middly School Gym.  
  A love offering will be received.

Saturday, October 25th, 7:00pm
  Musical Guests... Lumber River Quartet
  Guest Speaker... Rev. C.J. Bordeaux
  Location:  White's Creek Baptist Church
                 6062 Mercer Mill/Brown Marsh Road
  A love offering will be received.

Sunday, October 26th, 10:30am
  Musical Guests...Brian Free & Assurance
  Guest Speaker...Rev. Steven Harrelson, Great-grandson of
                                             founding members,
  Location:  White's Creek Baptist Church
                 6062 Mercer Mill/Brown March Road
  A love offering will be received.

Dinner-On-The-Grounds following service.  Bring a dish and join us!

For more information call Rev. Kincy Barrow, 910-874-1525
Annual Meetings for Bladen Baptist Association
Date:  October 27th
Location:  Love Grove Baptist Church, Tar Heel, NC
5:45pm Dinner for Pastors, Spouses
6:30pm Pre-Session Registration
7:00pm - 9:00pm Meeting 
Date:  October 28th
Location:  Northside Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC
3:00pm Pre-Session Registration
3:15pm - 6:00pm Meeting
6:00pm Dinner by host church
7:00pm - 9:00pm Meeting
All Messengers and Pastors are encouraged to attend.  Everyone is
invited to attend!
Men of Steel
Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen presents: 


Date:  November 1st
Time:  7:00pm

Speaker:  Rev. Devon Varnum
               Associate Pastor at Dublin First Baptist Church, Dublin, NC

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."  Proverbs 27:17
Youth Tent Revival at Northside Baptist Church 

Location:  Northside Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC

Dates:  Wednesday, November 5th
            Speaker:  Rev. Zach Canady
        Thursday, November 6th
Speaker: Rev. Jonathan Falwell (Son of Rev. Jerry Falwell)
Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA

From 6:00pm until 7:00pm each night there will be contemporary
Christian music.
Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.
The speaker will begin at 7:00pm each night.

Everyone is invited to attend! Come and be a part of this exciting
Super Senior Fest
Date:  Thursday, November 6, 2014
Location:  Kennedy Home in Kinston
                  (Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338,
                  Thomasville, NC  27361; 336.474.1209;
Cost:  $9.00 per person
Super Senior features is a day of enrichment for aging adults.  In
addition to entertainment and lunch, breakout sessions led by a number
of experts provide information and assistance to seniors regarding a
variety of topics.
For info and registration, call 336.474.1209.
Date:  November 17th
Time:  7:15pm

Speaker:  Rev. Thomas McCuddy
Christmas By The Sea
"Born This Day"
Location:  North Carolina Baptist Assembly, Fort Caswell
Dates:  December 1 - 3, 3 - 5, 8 - 10
Start your holiday season off with a trip to the coast and a ticket to the
Alabama Theatre.  The cost is $166.00.  The retreats begin with supper
on the first day and conclude with breakfast on the last.  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.
Campus Crusade For Christ Outreach at Bladen
Community College
Approximately 320 were served hot dogs. Those served were new
students, faculty and staff. It was an added blessing to our day. The folks
from Dublin First Baptist were enthusiastic and welcoming in serving
and greeting our new students.  We also distributed 150 backpacks
with school supplies to the new students from Campus Crusade. The
bags contained a variety of scriptural material including bookmarks,
new testaments, and other handouts. Overall, it was a very good day.

Twyla Davis headed up this event. The Bladen Baptist Association,
Dublin First Baptist Church, Sandy Grove Baptist Church and others
helped financially or volunteered to help make this event a success.

My Prayer For Our Nation
For more than five decades we have drifted away from the principles
God set forth when he created this great country.  We have deluded
ourselves into thinking that we could replace God's laws with the laws of
man.  This has created a society where anything goes: where there is
no right or wrong.  My hope is that we can band together to change our
ountry.  I truly believe we can do this by getting on our knees and praying
to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
My prayer is not that we will not pass laws to make abortions illegal,
but that there will be no one seeking abortions.  My prayer is not that
we will make pornography illegal, but that they will go out of business
due to lack of business.
My prayer is not that we will pass laws regulating morality, but that the
people of this great country will become great again because the Word
of God is written upon their hearts.
My prayer is that God will give us God fearing leaders who seek
His counsel and forgiveness.  That God will put these men and women
into positions of leadership in our governments, our schools, our
businesses, our little leagues, our civic organizations and in our churches. 
Mattress Sets For Kentucky - Thank you for Helping!
The Churches of the Bladen Baptist Association in partnership with the
Riegelwood Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Delco donated
$18,000.00 to help purchase bed sets and bed bug covers for families
living in the very poor coal mining area of Kentucky.  Because of the
generosity of our churches, fifty twin sets, fifty full sets and twenty queen
sets of mattresses were purchased as were covers to go on the
mattresses to eliminate the problem of bed bugs.  As you may recall, the
families were being threatened to have their children removed by the State
this problem could be resolved.  In addition to the money donated for the
beds an additional $1,500.00+ was received to help cover the cost of
transporting the bed sets to the area.
When the mattresses are delivered the families will also receive a
witness of the Gospel.  Please be praying that this generosity will lead
many to come to know Christ as personal Savior.  Thank you for
giving to this wonderful mission project!
Together We Made A Difference
Praying together, contacting our friends and neighbors, encouraging
others to vote against the Countywide Beer and Wine Referendum
and our going to the polls to cast our vote WORKED! Together we
made a difference.  We limited the amount of exposure alcohol
has to the residents of Bladen and helped those sister cities and
rural areas who wanted to remain dry to do so.
However, the battle seems to not be over.  It has been verified
through the Bladen County Board of Elections that there is an
effort underway to bring alcohol back on the ballot this November. 
This time, however, the referendum is not just to allow purchase
of alcohol but to allow it to be consumed on-site which, as you
can imagine, is a far more dangerous thing.
How will this be allowed? Through a petition process. 
Petitions are being circulated around the County in homes, stores,
communities, at festivals, etc. for those wanting to see alcohol sold
countywide in Bladen to sign.  Please do not sign a petition
unless you know exactly what petition you are signing.  There is
talk of a second petition being circulated...this one for a County
Sheriff candidate.  It would be a huge shame for one to sign a petition
thinking it was for a Sheriff
candidate when it is in actuality an effort to bring alcohol countywide.
We, at the point of writing this newsletter, have also seen the reopening
of Internet Sweepstakes locations in Bladen.  These must be stood
against as well.  Many of the ones who are patrons of these establishments
are using our tax dollars (mine and yours) to play these games and they
simply cannot afford to do so.  Please help me pray that God will remove
this evil from our County.  Counties around us are standing strong
against this and we must do so as well.
Mission Trip to Guatemala
Want a great Thanksgiving?  Imagine having just returned from carrying
the Gospel to Guatemala through an area-wide VBS and seeing hundreds
of boys and girls hear about Christ and maybe give their hearts to Him. 
What a powerful Thanksgiving time that would be and what stories you
would have to share with family who comes in for the holiday!
Below is an e-mail from Missionary David Miller, and IMB Missionary serving in
Guatemala and the brother of Mrs. Lynn Warren.   It gives great info about what
will be taking place and logistical details of where you will stay, etc

We would love to have some folks come to Guatemala from Bladen
County. Here is a possibility for you.We have an active partnership
with a Guatemala Baptist Church (La Iglesia Bautista Belén,
Santa Bárbara)and Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez (Augusta, GA)
in the town of Pochuta to plant a church in an area called Esquipulas
where there is little access to the Gospel. In 2013, Abilene sent
three teams- evangelism, medical, VBS-to work there. In 2014,
they will be sending more teams. They could use your help.

November 15-22 VBS We just had VBS in Pochuta on Dec 9-12
and had around 300 kids participate.We expect that same type of
response in 2014. 

Here are some answers to your questions:

What, roughly, would the trip cost per participant?
In-country costs are usually just under $500 per person for the week. This includes
hotels and other lodging, meals, vans, translators, generally all expenses other than
personal items purchased. Airline tickets are generally $650 with the price being
inflated in December. It is important to purchase December tickets several months
in advance for around $750 but whichwill cost near $1000 closer to December.
Delta flies directly from Atlanta into Guatemala City. Continental goes through
Houston, American goes either through Miami or Texas. 

Are there accommodations, such as a Missions Residence, where the teams may
On your arrival and departure days, you will stay at the Baptist Mission's Arkansas
House, a residence for mission teams. We have a wonderful little hotel in Pochuta
where we stay. Teams usually arrive on Saturday, travel to Santa Barbara on Sunday
for morning service and Pochuta for ministry preparation in the afternoon, ministry on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning, return to Guatemala City on
Thursday afternoon, free day for shopping on Friday, departure on Saturday

Blessings to you,
David and Glynis Miller
Find It Here
Want a wealth of resources to help with evangelism, discipleship, Bible
studies and prayer?
Check out these links: and
These two links provide tremendous resources for pastors, Sunday
School teachers or anyone wishing to grow in the Lord and be equipped
to reach the lost for Christ. There are study tools, witnessing tools, videos
and a host of other info FREE just for the viewing or downloading. 
Check them out!
Bladen Youth and Adults Participate in
Local Ministry/Mission Projects
Youth from several Bladen Churches worked during the week of June
15 - 19 to build wheelchair ramps, minister to residents in nursing homes
and many other types of ministries.  Ten wheelchair ramps were built and
one roof was repaired by these teams.  We extend a very special
"Thank You" to our crew chiefs: Mr. Gary Pope, Mr. James Bridger,
Rev. Arthur Smith and Mr. Currie "Wig" Wiggins.  We also want to say
"Thank You" to Mr. Joe McLaughlin and Mr. Richard Batten who drove
vans and buses for the youth to travel to and from work projects.
A special "Thank You" to the Churches who participated as well.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Rearrested
The Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, age 27, who
was freed from prison June 23 has been rearrested while trying to
leave Sudan with her family.
"This is extremely concerning," Russell D. Moore, president of the
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said. "The persecution of this
brave Christian woman has been a shocking violation of human rights.
The church should mobilize to pray for Mariam's safety, and for any
hindrances to her being allowed to leave the country to be removed."
Ibrahim gained her freedom after a Sudanese appeals court overturned
a death sentence she received for refusing to renounce her Christian faith,
Bloomberg News reported.  Ibrahim, whose conviction and death
sentence were greeted by international protests, was convicted
under Sharia law of "apostasy" (leaving Islam) and sentenced to death
by hanging.  She also received a sentence of 100 lashes for adultery on
the basis of her marriage to a Christian.
Ibrahim gave birth to the couple's second child, a daughter, May 27 in
the Omdurman Federal Prison for Women, their 20-month-old son, had
been imprisoned with his mother since February.
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
January 1, 2014 Mileage Rate Per IRS
2014 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2014 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, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a
car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

·            56 cents per mile for business miles driven

·            23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes

·            14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half
cent from the 2013 rates.
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

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
Released Time - School Ministry Update
We are so blessed with how the Lord has worked in the Bladen County
Released Time this year. We have a total 667 students currently
enrolled. Our newest school, Elizabethtown Primary, is really getting
established with hard working, caring, Christ Centered volunteers.
Bladen Lakes has already moved for the need of two buses every time
they meet with a total of 64 students. Bladenboro Primary 3rd grade
class alone is up to 68 students and we are needing to provide
addition transportation as well. Clarkton Middle has a new
teacher, Kristy Bryan, and we are excited about building relationships
with the students. Bladenboro Middle also acquired two new volunteers
and continues to grow monthly.  Dublin Primary has reached a peak for
them at 126 students with many dedicated volunteers. Tar Heel Middle
continues to grow by 2-4 students a week as the students feel  
loved by the volunteers there.  Praise God for this invaluable
opportunity to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are
in need of financial support for this ministry.  Please
prayerfully consider giving either as an individual or a church. If you
would like to give please contact the Bladen Baptist Association.  
And have a Blessed Christmas Season.        

Jessica Williams
Interim Director for Bladen County Released Time
The Agape Pregnancy Support Services of Elizabethtown is open the 1st
and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 5pm until 8pm in the evening.  We have
been very busy with helping moms and babies.  Last week we had two
ladies choose life for their babies.  We have parenting classes each night. 
We thank the Churches that are helping us.  Our expenses are $1750
monthly.  We are only receiving half of it per month.  I will be glad to share
with your Church how God is using us to minister in His Name.  Donations
of goods or money can be left at the Office of the Bladen Baptist
Association.  Further information can be had, or to schedule me to
speak at a Church, please contact me at 910-308-2583.  Thank you! 
Helen Rogers, Director.

Teams Needed to Build Wheelchair Ramps and Make
Other Minor Repair
Funds have been obtained for most of the ramps needing to be built.  The
ramps are needed all
over the County for people who have had strokes,
are cancer victims, or simply may be unable to
get up and down steps. 
Usually 4 volunteers can build a ramp in 3 or 4 hours.  It will literally change
the life of those receiving the help.
To volunteer, put a group together and contact the Association Office at
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

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.
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The pages found on this site provides curriculum interpretation and 
information to assist pastors, staff and volunteers to lead Bible Drill in a 
local congregation.