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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 49

SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 49

December 13, 2017



Date Set January 27th Active Shooter Training How to implement appropriate security measures that will not impede ministry, should the leadership be armed, what does the bible say about all this?” This will be a one day event available to the leadership of all of our SC Free Will Baptist Churches. This will be held at Lebanon FWB Church at 9:00 AM it is FREE to the Leadership of your Church IE Pastor, Deacons, Ushers, SS Teachers (Lunch will be provided). Churches must register for this event. Registration opens Friday December 15 and Closes Saturday January 20th at scfwb.com


Feb 22-23 76th Annual SCFWB State Meeting hosted by the Beaver Creek held at Turning Point FWB Church 104 Fairview Church Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29323. Theme: Revival, Renewal, and Revitalization Isaiah (40:31) Speakers Include Dr. David Crowe, Rev. Kenneth Akers, Rev. Jim McComas, Dr. Brad Ransom, and Thurs. Evening Dr. Joe Arthur

Registration begins December 27, at scfwb.com    Hotel Accommodations-


Comfort Inn and Suites $89.00 154 Candlenut Lane Spartanburg, SC 29316

(864) 814-2001 Mention (Turning Point Rate)


(Closest) $99.00 Holiday Inn Express and Suites 161 Sha Ln. Spartanburg, SC 29307

(864) 504-3333 (Mention Church Rate)


Days Inn (External Rooms) $69.00 115 Rogers Commerce Blvd. Spartanburg, SC 29316 (864) 814-0560 (Mention Church Rate)



Pastors and Church Leaders we are updating all church information on the website. We would like to have the most accurate information available for you. Please visit www.scfwb.com and search for your church’s name in tool bar. Email me back with any corrections to services times and addresses. Please provide an updated picture of your church if you would like it included on the site.



Randall House has launched FreeWillBaptistAuthors.com, a website that features all Free Will Baptist authors, regardless of where the book was published. Authors in good standing with a member church of the National Association of Free Will Baptists may submit books to be included on the website. Go to http://freewillbaptistauthors.com for details.


Disaster Relief Efforts


Leonard Restoration Project Work will soon commence on the home of Pastor Mark and Myra Leonard. This is a combined effort of the SCFWB Disaster Relief Board, Minister Ministry, Hands Held High (North American Ministries), as well as various churches and Individuals.

If you are interested in volunteering in this project visit: http://www.scfwb.com/ministries/disaster-relief/ and fill out the volunteer form.

Couples Retreat 2018 : The place will be the same at Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The dates for the retreat are February 9th and 10th, 2018. Brother Jim McComas will be back with us singing and preaching. The cost will be the same as last year. The cost is $190 with the deposit of $140 due to secure the room and $50 due when they check in. We look forward to seeing you all again!


Andy Moore (Brazil)  This November, our church celebrated 8 years of ministry here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Please pray for God´s power on the service and for the continuing ministry here in this spiritually needy city of over 550,000 souls. –Andy Moore and family


Bobby Poole (Brazil) Times like Easter and Christmas is when our Church here really misses Geneva. She had a real love for drama, plays and such. This year the First FWB Church (Ribeirão Preto)​, choir will give two presentations in the First Church, on the 16th and 17th. Especially, on the 16th the Ipiranga and Marincek Churches are invited. They also have been invited to sing in 3 hospitals. The Marincek Church will have a small program on Sunday night, the 17th. The Lord has been good to us this year! Thanks for your prayers. May all of our people have a blessed Christmas and a great, for the glory of our Lord, 2018!


Carlisle Hanna (India) Please remember Bro. Carlisle and Mark as they will be traveling to India on the 27th. Also please be in prayerful consideration of Bro. Carlisle’s deficit account as well as the ongoing ministry in India.


David Aycock  (Brazil) We are hoping to complete the construction of the Christian School by July of 2018. We need $65,000 to restart the construction after a pause after we depleted our funds. Please continue to pray with us and give as the Lord directs. Annette and I are grateful for you partnering with us. Pray for the following prayer requests: 1) funding for the construction of the Christian School, 2) six students who are studying Old Testament Survey, 3) three young people who are doing our discipleship class and 4) Rodney (our son-in-law) is providing an evangelistic English class for adults and has reached several unsaved adults.


Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite- This Sunday December 17th, we will host our third monthly “gathering.” The theme will be “Jesus – the light of the world.” We are hoping to invite those in attendance to participate in a Bible reading plan that will start at the beginning of January and to really begin pushing to start some weekly local Bible studies with people who attend. Please pray that God will prepare the hearts of those who will attend for the truth they are going to hear.Over the next week we will be participating in several Christmas outreach parties in Pleven and the surrounding area. At each of these parties gifts from Operation Christmas Child will be handed out and the Gospel will be presented. Please pray that there will be a lasting impact from these efforts. A few of the parties will be held in villages that currently do not have an evangelical church and we are praying that we might be able to connect with people who would be interested in studying the Bible. Continue to pray for Yaro, a man who attended our last “gathering” because a friend who attends our church in Svishtov told him about us. Shortly after writing this email I will leave to have coffee with him. Please pray that we will be able to share more about Christ with him as we get to know him better. Pray also that we will be willing to connect with us others who might also be interested in studying the Bible and learning about Christ.



Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Greetings from Sunny or Rainy (depending upon the time of day) Ecuador. We want to first say thank you all for praying for us as we are in language school!  The Lord certainly is blessing here as we continue our time in full time study! He is also opening doors for us to share with our language teachers as well. Just this week I, Matt, have had the opportunity to talk with my professor about the church, persecution, and various other topics in the New Testament. Also, next week we, along with two teammates also in language school, have the opportunity to have our professors in our home for Thanksgiving to share this wonderful part of our culture with them. Please pray that God would produce fruit from these opportunities. mattdeckard.10@gmail.com


Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Please pray for us as we wrap things up here in Spain. Pray for our last English class Wednesday night. Pray also for our flights. We fly out Saturday. Finally, pray for our children as they make this transition.



Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken).  Pray for them as they continue to minister in Aiken.



Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) This past Saturday, our Christmas program in the Cultural Center of Alpedrete went amazingly well.  We had around 100 people, with at least 25 of them from a non-church background.  We will be repeating the program this coming Sunday evening (December 17th) in the nearby town of Moralzarzal.  Pray that God’s name will be glorified as our church shares “What is Christmas?” again!


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



* Rev. Terry Brown (CA) Please remember him and his family as his wife Debbie passed away. Visitation tonight from 6-8PM Funeral 2PM Thursday, Cox and Collins Funeral Home in Mullins

* Rev. Sam Baine (BC) Lockhart FWB Church, as he was admitted to the Hospital in Rock Hill for elevated heart Rate and Blood Sugar.

* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) From Sis. Mary. Paul is doing better at this time. Please continue to remember them in prayer.

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) Please remember her as she has taken a 6 week break from  her treatments.


*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) continues to receive regular dialysis please continue to remember him in prayer.


Minister Events

*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday January 09th at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, January 09th at 11:30AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs


*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – January 30th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday January 9th at The Railway Restaurant, Lake City 10:30 AM


*Central Conference Meeting – January 13th 9AM at Unity FWB in Johnsonville.

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – TBA

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Thursday Evening and Friday Morning January 25th,26th Location TBA

*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday January, 20 9:30 AM Bethel, FWB Church, Fort Mill

*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday, March 10th 9:30 AM New Prospect FWB  Church Sheminally


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


14-17 Revival  ENOREE FWB Church (BC) with Westley Campbell on January 14th at 10:30am & 6pm January 15-17 at 7pm                               

God With Us?

Mt 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.


You may be wondering why I put a question mark at the end of God With Us. The reason is because of the “awe” that statement  inspires. Why would God who is High, and Holy want to leave the splendors of heaven and the right hand side of His Heavenly Father to come and live among the sinful people of this world? Oh wonder of wonders, that God would be with us. What Love the Father has shown us!


 “Prosphero Theos”                                                             

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary





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