Bladen Baptist Association
Thursday, May 05, 2016

**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:  You may also call
the Association office at 910-862-3496.
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
"We were sleeping under bridges.  Sometimes we ate,
sometimes we didn't."
The story of thirteen year old Jonathan and his nine year
old brother Thomas was shared last fall through the
Baptist Children's Homes Annual Offering video.  Now,
Jonathan says, "We get three meals a day and two
snacks.  We are fed really well."
The Baptist Children's Homes are able to feed Jonathan,
Thomas and all of BCH's residents "really well" because
of churches across North Carolina working together to
collect food, cleaning items, personal items and gift cards
for the annual Food Roundup.  It takes the help of every
church participating in the Food Roundup to provide as
much as 700,000 meals and snacks to the residents. 
This equates to $350,000 in food, supplies and gift cards. 
(Gift card donations are the perfect way you can help us
purchase perishable food throughout the year.)
The Bladen Baptist Association is once again participating
in the Baptist Children's Homes Food Round Up.  Collected
food, cleaning supplies, food cards, etc  can be brought to
the Bladen Association.  Two Men and A Truck will be
providing pickup of the food again this year. 
The deadline for dropping off the food at the
Association office is April 25th. 
Thank you in advance for your generous giving.
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:
Weeklong Boys Camp
Father-Son Mini Camp
Mother-Son Mini Camp
Weeklong 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
carpenters, roofers, finishers (drywall, painting, etc.) and
general laborers.  If you are interested, please, contact
Bruce Cannon at the Association office at 862-3496 or call
me at 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 Associational 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 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.
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
or your local Area Agency on Aging office
SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of
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:
800.395.5102, ext 5628
Dear Pastor or Church Leader,
In a world devoid of moral clarity, and too often church
congregations heavily influenced by worldliness and
secularism, the need for clear thinking and laser-like
commitment to God's truth is an absolute must! 
Unequivocal commitment to the Word of God and a clarion
call for revival is at the very heart of the North Carolina
Pastors Network (NCPN) mission.  As a strategic facilitator
for the renewal for which we are praying, we are delighted
to announce the "Carolinas U-Turn Conference."  It has
been a "transformational" and "life-changing" event for
pastors, church leaders and engaged believers!
"U-Turn: A Roadmap for Renewal" is a powerful one-day
conference hosted by the American Pastors Network and
the North Carolina Pastors Network, specifically designed
to answer questions about the Biblical role and duty of
pastors in society, culture and leadership from a Biblical
perspective and presented by such prominent authors
and speakers and George Barna (founder of the Barna
Research Group) and David Barton (WallBuilders), along
with Pastor Paul Blair (Reclaiming America for Christ),
Steve Schelbner (Character Health Corp.) and others. 
Hear how history and present-day cultural trends can be
strategically impacted with the truths of God's Word. 
During the day, we will:
•Identify the biblical components necessary for triggering a
U-turn in our society.
•Explore the top cultural issues that will confront your
church in the next 5 years.
•Learn why and how pastors can be biblically empowered
to speak on political issues without politicizing their pulpits.
•Understand how prayer must lay the foundation for
spiritual renewal in our nation.
•Realize the urgency of the pastor's biblical obedience
to engage the culture from the pulpit.

We hope you will join us for this very important and timely
"U-Turn" event in North Carolina!
When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016
Where:  Southern Evangelical Seminary,
3000 Tilley Morris Rod., Matthews, NC 28105
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pricing (lunch included):•Early Bird Adult Rate
(ends March 24) - $29.00
•Student Rate (with ID shown at door) - $21.00
•Group Rate (5 or more individuals) - $25.00
For details and tickets:
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
~ 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 ~
Additional Spring Events:
May 3: Founders Day at Cameron Boys Camp
May 7: Barbecue Festival at Broyhill Home in Clyde 
Deep Impact KIDS 2016
You Are The One
DI Kids Weekend
Cost: $75.00 Per Person
Ages: 1st - 5th Grade & Leaders
May 13 - 15, 2016
Red Springs Mission Camp
Red Springs, NC
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
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 informative
studies 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
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 came through in a big way! 
We were asked to provide 1,000 toothbrushes for the Red
Box Ministry….our Churches gave 2,413 toothbrushes. We
have enough left over to give to various charitable groups
around the area including our own Carolina Crossroads.  
Thank you 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
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
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 on this site provides curriculum interpretation
and information to assist pastors, staff and volunteers to lead
Bible Drill in a local congregation.