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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 29

SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 29

July 26, 2017


July 29th  Jim McComas will be at Fairview Free Will Baptist Church. He will be conducting a workshop on church revitalization. Conference times are 9:00 – 12:00, a light breakfast will be served. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this vital workshop. Please contact Tim Hackett at 864-583-8924 or 864-680-3426 if you plan on attending. Jim will also be singing and speaking at Fairview on July 30th during the 10:00 worship service.

“You Can Break the Chains of Addiction’ Service

Dynamic testimony and message of Hope from speaker Jim McComas

If you are battling an addiction or know someone who is please come, and invite others to attend. August 13th @ 11 am Temple Free Will Baptist Church 1660 North Governor Williams Hwy. Darlington, SC


College News

Welch College will sponsor a fellowship and appreciation dinner for the pastors and their wives on Monday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin, 2688 David H McLeod Blvd, Florence, SC 29501.


This dinner will provide Welch representatives Mike Edwards and David Williford opportunity to express gratitude for the support provided by the South Carolina and Eastern Conferences, bring college updates, and promote the upcoming SC ITF Dinner on Saturday, September 16, 6:00p.m. at the Lebanon FWB Church.



Ladies News


Combined Women’s Retreat will be held September 15,16th Secure your room before July 31, 2 queen $119.95 Sleep Inn, Conway. 843-995-2785 meeting will be held at 1st FWB Church Myrtle Beach. 67th Ave. N. Myrtle Beach, SC. There are a few rooms still available at the Mystic Sea Hotel 843-448-8446 Attendees may also seek other lodging as well. Please submit $20 to the attention of Cathy Logan, 1580 Potter Road, Lancaster, SC, 29720 to help cover expenses for the speaker and any other retreat expenses. Please pass the changes on to your ladies interested in attending the retreat. Please plan to bring gift cards for the WNAC Provision’s Closet to help our missionaries if you are attending the retreat on Sept. 15th – 16th. Gift cards are an excellent way to help our missionaries. Please contact Pam Hackett, 864-680-3150 if you have any questions. Thank you for being a blessing to those who serve as our faithful missionaries.


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

Youth News


Summer Camp Happening Now!

Camp is going great with 116 campers attending. Please pray for the services this week, and for the preacher this week Rev. Kevin Bass 


Andy Moore (Brazil)  Our church here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil was priveleged to host the annual, regional fellowship of Brazilian FWB churches.  For most, it was the first time they had seen our new church building.  There were more than 150 participants from the region.  Our hearts were stirred by the preaching of God’s Word and through the God honoring music.

Please continue to pray for the movement of FWB to expand throughout  Brazil.



Bobby Poole (Brazil) The First FWB Church of Ribeirão Preto, baptized 20 new converts recently.  John has conducted 5 weddings, so far this year and at this point, they will have 7 babies born, this year, in the Church family. The Church, also is helping, with preachers, the Marincek Church. John does not want me to overload myself (at this point, I am doing fine, health wise). Thanks for your prayers.

Carlisle Hanna (India) From Pastor Budhrai

Praise for Uncle’s visa.  Pray for the one he now needs.  Pray for our son Eliyon as he stays in Shivmandir now and is not able to come home each day.  Pray for peace where there is much unrest in Darjeeling area.  Pray for these churches:  Raikota, Hatkhola, Ammjamni, Singhvita, Foudijote and Kumargachh.  Pray for Madan Soren and for our South India work.



David Aycock  (Brazil) Thank you for your prayers! We completed the two Bible College level courses – Church History II and How to Study the Bible – we offered for this semester. It has been gratifying to see the interest and spiritual growth our students manifested during the courses. We are preparing a young man João Paulo and a married couple Fernando and Paula for church membership. Pray for the salvation of an eighty year old man named Carlos who in his latter years has lost family and home due to wrong choices he has made throughout his life. We continue to build the Christian School building. The Lord has provided thus far. Would you consider giving a special offering for this cause? May God continue to bless, David and Annette



Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite –    Please pray for safety of travel as my parents fly back to America tomorrow morning. They have been with us for about two weeks and we have had the privilege to take them to our two churches in Svishtov and Varna.

Please pray for the Trifonovs in Varna as their church is hosting an English and Music camp all week. A group of college students from America is helping them in this outreach event. In a little over a week, we will be going to our first of two camps. Amy and I will ministering in various ways at both camps. Please pray for us as we spend the next week getting all of our lessons and plans ready for our time at the camps and pray that the kids who come to the camp will learn more about Jesus and that those who don’t know him as their Savior and Lord will do so during their week of camp.



Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are in Ecuador and are getting settled in. Pray for them as they transition into ministry there.mattdeckard.10@gmail.com


Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Thanks for your prayers for the Esperanza church. We are so excited to see the church growing. For the last two Sundays, we have had every seat full. Please continue to pray for the church, for wisdom, and for continued growth. Thanks also for your prayers for Mandi’s procedure. Praise the Lord the results were good.



Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Rejoice fellowship in Aiken has been experiencing a great summer so far. We had VBS in June and it was a great success.We had 20 – 25 kids from K4 through 5th grade. We have had two new families join us since VBS. Thank the Lord for His blessings as we our faithful to His call. Pastor Randy



Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Tim & Kristi Johnson (Spain)—Our “Galactic Starveyors” VBS was a huge success.  We had 46 kids and 23 teens who participated.  About 1/2 of them came from unsaved homes.  Please pray with us that God will use the Truth they heard to speak to their hearts and change them.


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



* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) as her tumors have increased in size a little and one is effecting her right kidney. They might have to put in a stint but Dr. is concerned it might not be possible to get to area. He said nephrostomy tube might be what he will do and she wears a bag on her leg. Pray that next couple of treatments will begin to shrink tumors. * Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) From Sis. Mary. Paul is doing better at this time. He did have a scare the other night with his heart but after an EKG everything looks good. We still need prayers for God’s Will in our lives.  We take one day at a time. Bro. Tony Miles


*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Recently Came home from an extended stay in the Hospital, and is undergoing rehab. He also continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.



*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Will resume in September.

*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Will Resume on September 12th at 11:30AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs


*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, July  31, 2017, at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday August 15, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, in Lake City


*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday October 10th, at 9AM South Conway FWB Church

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday October 26th at Liberty FWB, Church, Lancaster

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – October 6th Friday 5:30 PM Fellowship, FWB Church, Florence

*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday October, 21 9:30 AM

*Eastern Conference Meeting – TBA



July 29th  Jim McComas will be at Fairview Free Will Baptist Church. He will be conducting a workshop on church revitalization. Conference times are 9:00 – 12:00, a light breakfast will be served. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this vital workshop. Please contact Tim Hackett at 864-583-8924 or 864-680-3426 if you plan on attending. Jim will also be singing and speaking at Fairview on July 30th during the 10:00 worship service.

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

I’ve Come Too Far To Turn Back!

Ge 22:1 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.


Here we see the trial of a lifetime being placed upon Abraham, the friend of God. I would suspect that most of us know the story. It is that God has commanded Abraham to take his son, up to an appointed place and offer him there as a burnt sacrifice unto the Lord. Immediately our red flags go up when we here anything like this and they should because we know that is something that defies our understanding of a living God. Well to be honest with you it defied what Abraham knew about God also. But what we see here is Abraham being obedient unto the Lord.

Now what I want to say to you today is that I don’t know where you are in your walk with God but wherever you are you have come too far to turn back know. And for Abraham if there ever was anything that would make him turn his back on God it was this trial. How could God make a promise to me and then tell me to kill the son of that promise? I imagine this question running through the mind of Abraham.

But let me remind you of something about Abraham. Many years before as a man living in Ur of the Chaldees  God called him to leave all that he knew and to take all that he had and go to a foreign land. At this point it seem the trial of Abram’s faith was; do you love me more than father and mother? The answer came in the form of unquestioned obedience a resounding yes. Now the trial of faith seems to be; Abraham do you love me more than your son? We also see here that in fact he did.

One could ask how Abraham could go through this great trial with such obedience. I think that the answer lays in the thought “I have come too far to turn back now.




 “Prosphero Theos”

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary




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