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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 13

SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 13

March 29, 2017 

Greetings

Hello From Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) As I am writing this update we are in Abidjan Ivory Coast, Africa at the mission station. We will leave tomorrow to go to Doropo to work on the Mission House and for others to work in the Hospital. Brother Sherwood, and I have had a day to rest from travel, but the other part of our team has been traveling for nearly 24 hours and has a twelve hour drive ahead of them tomorrow. Please pray for safe travels as we go up country tomorrow. 

 

Congratulations to Rusty Brown as hidden in last weeks devotion was a promise to pay $10 to missions in the name of the first person to reply with the words “I read your Devotion” keep looking in the coming months for the hidden chances to support missions! 

 

State News

 

Men’s Retreat

April 22  Registration 9:30 AM Start Time 10:00AM Chain Saw Certification, Basic Shingling, Obstacle Course, First Aid, Preaching, Equipment Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Prizes awarded for competitions.  And Much More! Registration is $15.00 lunch is included! Event will be held in Turbeville, just off HWY 378 beside the former Children’s Home

 

Church Treasurers

 

The 2017 Mileage rate has changed to $.535 per mile

 

Ladies News

Greetings to each of you from Cote d’Ivoire. What a joy to reunite with some of the precious sisters we have met last year. Thank you for your investment in what God is doing here in Africa. Continue to pray for our trip. I love and appreciate each of you and your part in building the Kingdom of God. (Elizabeth Hodges, WNAC)

 

Combined Women’s Retreat will be held September 15,16th at Evergreen FWB Church (Conway). Secure your room before July 31, 2 queen $119.95 Sleep Inn, Conway. 843-995-2785 

If you would like to learn more about beginning a Women Active For Christ group in your church, please CLICK HERE

Youth News

 

Youth Rally Saturday May 6, Starting at 1 PM, Hosted by the Eastern Conference For more information CLICK HERE

 

Summer Camps 2017…Mark Your Calendars!!

 

…PLEASE plan your VBS around these dates…..

Our Summer Camps have been scheduled and we are Excited for a great year coming up.

The Theme for both camps will be “Glow in the Dark!”  Theme verse is 1 Peter 2:9

The camps will be at Camp Pee Dee in Marion, S.C.

 

Teen Camp will be in June this year …June 12th-15th  Monday-Thursday morning cost $175

…The Preacher for Teen Week will be Rev. Cory Boyd 

 

Junior Camp will be in July…… July 24th-28th   Monday- Friday morning  cost $135

… The Preacher for Junior week will be Rev. Kevin Bass

The State CTS Competition

CTS State Competition Convention at Peace FWB Church in Florence on April 28-29. Please send your completed Competition Event Entry forms and fees to Kim Driggers at 2894 Hicks Road, Turbeville, SC 29162, by March 25, 2017.

 

ETEAM

Dustin Hancock – Araras, Brazil

Gracelyn Coker – Chicago

Maggie Coker – Nashville

Hunter Langston – Nashville

Bayley Floyd – Virgin Islands

Michael Pennell – Virgin Islands

 

CMP

Hannah Reid – Ecuador

Kaylin Ridgeway – Illinois

 

Truth and Peace

Jonathan Carlson – Liberty FWB Church

Maysey Floyd – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church

Nathan Ledford – First Freewill Baptist

William Sargent – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church

Denise Wiggins – Peace Free Will Baptist Church

Alejandro Johnson – Spain/West Side 

 

Missions

 

Andy Moore (Brazil)  As we continue to push forward in this new year, we are thanking the Lord for opportunities to serve Him here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

We have restarted our weekly outreach ministry by giving free English classes on Saturdays and we are preparing for a baptismal service this month.  Also, our church is now involved monthly in ministering to a group of twenty orphans.  Please pray that we can show the love of Christ to these emotionally and spiritually needy children.- The Moores

 

 

  Bobby Poole (Brazil) The First FWB Church, Ribeirão Preto is having it´s 44th “Family Retreat”, which takes place during Carnaval (dias 24-28). Geneva and I started the Retreat 44 years ago to help get our youth, and the whole family, out of the terrible time (morally speaking) of the Carnaval days. Thousands of lives have been touched. They have some 150 registered for this Retreat. It will be at Camp Evangelandia in Jaboticabal.

Carlisle Hanna (India) Conference was just completed, and was great success! Rev. Stanley Rajkumar, and His Father David Rajkumar were the key note speakers.

David Aycock  (Brazil) The Lord has really blessed! Thank you for your prayers! With gifts from our partners we have been able to keep the construction of our Christian school going through April. We are building by faith! We are counting on God’s people to help us get the project completed. Would you consider helping us? Pray for Amilton’s salvation. He works for the Brazilian Post Office. We have completed our second evangelistic Bible Study and he is really interested. Our Discipleship classes for our new converts will conclude this month. We plan to baptize five. Thank you, David and Annette

 

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite –  Please pray for a bible study we are engaged in on Sunday Nights with a lady and her sons.

 

Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are stateside and raising support to go to Ecuador to work in the Christian school, Jungle Kids for Christ. To schedule services contact Matt at mattdeckard.10@gmail.com  

Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) This past Saturday our church met at our house for a cookout. We invited the students from our university class. Praise the Lord half of our class showed up! None of these students are Christians and most know absolutely nothing about the Gospel. They asked many questions and we had several good discussions. Pray for the seeds that were planted Saturday. Please also pray for our family as we are continuing to battle illnesses. nmorgan@fwbgo.com

 

Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Are moving into much labored for home this week, continue to remember them in Prayer.

 

 Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Last week we hosted a French Student in our home. The wole time she was here, we had wonderfully sonny and pleasant weather. Soon after she left we watched as the temperatures began to drop and we’ve even had snow the last couple of days. With the dreary weather comes sickness and depression for many Spaniards, who always prefer warm weather much more than cold. Pray with us that they will turn to the Son, in their times of anxiety and distress.

Mirial Gainer (Japan) Continues to care for her mother. Please remember them both in prayer

 

PRAYER/PRAISE

*Sister Lossie Evans Wife of Rev. Johnny Evans is believing that the Lord has healed her.

GLORY!

 

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) has started chemotherapy treatments and is seeing some improvements. Please remember them in prayer.

*Rev. Parvis Ashoori (Central) is at home now but still has a long road of recovery ahead. Please remember he and his wife in prayer.

* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) Paul is doing better at this time.  He is healing very nicely from his last fall out of the wheel chair. He is receiving therapy at this time hopefully they will get him back to at least standing and maybe getting up from the chair by himself.  Please keep praying for him.

*Linda Wilson (Wife of Pastor Rodney Wilson, Low Country FWB Church) Continue to require fulltime care please pray for her and Bro. Rodney. 

*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.

 

MINISTER Events 

*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday April 11, at Bazen’s Restaurant, Florence SC 8:30 AM

 *Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday April 18, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, Lake City SC

*Spartanburg Area Minister BreakfastThe breakfast begins at 9 am on Thursday April 20 at the Grapevine Restaurant on Hwy 9 in Boiling Springs

 

 *Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, April 24, at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, April 4, 2016, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM 

 

*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday April 8th, at 9AM Oak Grove, Conway

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday April 27th at First FWB, Church, Inman 5:00PM Rev. Earl Hendrix preaching.

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – April 7th Friday 5:30 PM Black River Andrews

*True life Conference Meeting –TBA

 *Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday June 10, New Vision FWB Church 9:30 AM

CHURCH NEWS

March 

26-31 Unity Fellowship Revival First FWB Church Simpsonville (Beaver Creek)  6PM Sunday and 7:30 Mon- Fri Dr. Todd Black Preaching, Singing by The Rogers Family

26-29 Revival Oak Grove FWB Church (Central) with Evangelist Wesley Campbell. 6pm Sunday 7:30 nightly, special singing each night. Pastor Paul Hyman and congregation invite everyone to come worship.

 

April

Living Lords Supper Temple FWB 1660 N Governor Williams Hwy. Darlington, SC 29540 April 9th at 6pm (A live dramatization of the Lords Supper with the congregation partaking in the Bread and Cup) All of our sister churches, family and friends are invited to come and share with us as we act out and partake with you in the The Lords Supper experience.

 

10-14 Revival Lockhart FWB Church (Beaver Creek) with Rev. Chris Todd 7pm Nightly

 

Please email church news and upcoming events to chris@scfwb.com

God Gives the Increase

By Clint Morgan

 

Preaching in the markets, a central gathering place for the African people, was one of the most productive methods of evangelism we used in Africa. Often, we spoke to the same people repeatedly, because they frequented the same market each week. As we journeyed from market to market in our area, people frequently spoke of a couple who, several years earlier, came and gave the same message. I soon discovered the couple was Eddie and Sandra Payne. I was extraordinarily grateful to them for the efforts they made to prepare the spiritual ground and to sow seed in the area.

 

Quite a few people responded to the gospel as we witnessed during those long, hot days in the African sun. It would be easy to talk about the souls saved and churches planted as a result of our ministry. But that simply would not be honest! Why? The Paynes, Sherwood and Vada Lee, African evangelists, and many others worked in those same fields. It would be extremely pretentious of me to claim those who accepted Christ were the result of my ministry.

 

I am reminded of the Corinthian church members’ discussion. Some people said they were led to Christ and discipled by Paul, others by Apollos, and still others credited Cephas. In the opening chapters of his first letter to them, Paul delivered a rather scathing reprimand to all of them. He reminded them he was not crucified for them and they were not baptized in his name. He gave a pretty clear summary of his perspective on this matter when he stated: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

Paul simply would not accept people raising him to a level he did not merit. He knew others labored with him, but God brought souls to Himself. If we want to see people respond to the gospel, we must plant and water! Then we can count on God to give the increase. 

Let’s pray, as never before, that our missionaries—both home and international—will see a great moving of God’s Spirit and that many unbelievers will respond positively to the gospel. 

Do you have a friend to whom you have been witnessing? Why not pray that he or she, too, will respond positively to your witness? But, let’s not forget, it is God who gives the increase.

 

 

 

 

 

 “Prosphero Theos”

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary

 

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