April 25, 2019
was recently voted to change from a quarterly publication to a Bi-annual. It will go from 8 pages black and white to 24 pages full color printed as a magazine. Single editions of The Informer will be mailed to individuals rather than in bulk to churches. To sign up for the latest edition of The Informer (currently in assembly) Click Here SCFWB Ministers and their families are automatically enrolled and need not sign up.
Men’s Day (May 18)
The SCFWB Disaster Relief board introduces “Adopt a Church Initiative” after careful assessment The Board recently decided that in lieu of a traditional Men’s retreat, That Free Will Baptists could better be served by coordinating repairs to existing Free Will Baptist Churches.
The church adopted this year is Immanuel FWB Church in Santee, Rev. Pete Minor is the pastor. On May 18th men and women from across SC will gather together to provide help and support in the form of painting, electrical, plumbing, pressure washing, carpentry, cleaning and landscaping.
***NEW ANNOUNCMENT*** for a select group of participants that day we will conducting an operation saturation in local neighborhoods.
The work will be divided into categories, with each category having a team leader to assign to specific work orders. Participants are encouraged to be on site and ready to work by 8AM. There will be a brief safety meeting followed by instructions on assignments. The DRT Board would like to have an Idea of how many are coming from your church. Please have one member from each church email firstname.lastname@example.org with an estimate of how many are coming along with a contact phone number. We will be contacting groups in the next couple of weeks to discuss further details.
The SC State CTS Competition Convention will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Horse Branch FWB Church in Turbeville. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with the competition beginning at 9AM. Please send completed Competition Event Entry forms and fees to Kim Driggers at 2894 Hicks Road, Turbeville, SC 29162, by April 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact her any time.
2019 Youth Camp
Registration forms and flyers are available on the Website. Click Here
Teen Camp 7/26-28 Junior Camp 7/29-8/01 Sailing away with the savior $135 June 30 Deadline More Information to come soon.
Carolina Women’s Retreat
The South Carolina Women’s Retreat will be held at Look Up Lodge in Traveler’s Rest, SC, Sept. 6th and 7th. Registration fee is $40 to be sent by June 30th to Cathy Logan, 1580 Potter Road, Lancaster, SC, 29720. The remaining monies can be paid upon arrival at registration. Registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 6th. Our theme for this year’s retreat is: “What Happens When Women Pray.” Please make arrangements to be with us for a great time together. Ladies are responsible to bring their own towels and bed linens.
ETEAM Students From SC
|Brazil||Olivia||Hefner||Fairview FWB Church|
|Chicago||Elijah||Purvis||Grace FWB Church|
|Chicago||Raegan||Price||Fairview FWB church|
|Panama||Gloria||Todd||Horse Branch Free Will Baptist|
|St. Croix||Elizabeth||Hicks||Horse Branch Free Will Baptist|
|St. Croix||Kaia||Thomson||Grace Free Will Baptist Church|
|Japan||Dustin||Hancock||Horse Branch FWB Church|
Truth and Peace Students
Caelie Crews, Temple FWB Church
Anna Johnson, Westside FWB Church
Andy Moore (Brazil) Our family is back in Brazil after spending six month in the U.S. It was so nice to get back to some warm weather and a blessing to see our Brazilian church family and to enter the new year together with them. We are excited and optimistic as we enter this year with all it’s opportunities and challenges. Please continue to pray for our church as we transition to national leadership. Thank you for your prayers and support in 2018. –The Moores
Bobby Poole (Brazil) I praise the Lord for the health He has given me over these 83 years. I have never had an operation of any kind, nor put in the hospital for something. But it looks like that within the next 10 days I will be having Cataraca surgery on both eyes. I would like to ask for the prayers of our people, especially during these next couple of weeks. Also remember the Marincek Church. The Church elected a new pastor but unhappily some did not like the one that was called. We had 5 families to leave the Church (two of the men were deacons) and I feel that they did not leave in love and some are doing their best to take some that stayed with the Church, out! Pray for Pr. Myron and his dear wife, as they are working hard to get the church going in the right direction, for the glory of our Lord! I am hurt as these that left the Church would not accept the majority vote of the Church to call Pr. Myron. The devil, also works, here in Brazil!!!
Carlisle Hanna (India) Please pray for Bro. Carlisle, Don, Mark, and Sis. Milly Hanna as they traveled to India on March 10,and 12. Pray for Hostel (Boy’s Home) ministry. Pray for South India and Nepal ministry.
David Aycock (Brazil) Now that Carnaval is over here in Brazil, the country is ready to start a new year. In the meantime we have finished the Developing Your Character college level course, progressing in three evangelistic Bible studies, preparing for the children’s program for the year (we appreciate our two oldest daughters and their families involvement in the work) and putting in place volunteer Sunday School teachers for the year. Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. Please keep the construction of the Christian School in your prayers. Funds are needed to be able to finish by the middle of the year. Thank you! David and Annette
Frank and Tarri Dillon (Monk’s Corner) Pray for the Dillon’s as they have already begun having services in the Monk’s Corner area. Please remember them as they labor in this community to build a new church. If you would like Bro. Frank to come to your church he can be contacted at email@example.com
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite (Bulgaria)
Thank you for praying for our Palm Sunday event over the weekend. We were so happy that 37 people (including 14 who traveled in from the village of Odarne) decided to come! It was so encouraging to see people from such a wide variety of backgrounds interacting with each other and encouraging each other. For several of the people from Odarne, it was their first time experiencing a church gathering. . . and we are thankful that this experience was positive! Please pray that what people heard and experienced on Sunday will cause them to think more about Jesus this week and challenge them to continue seeking Him. Please be praying for our Easter service this coming Sunday. We will be using a rented hall and will be conducting the service in both Bulgarian and English. Please pray that many people will be able to attend and that God will use the event to help people understand the true meaning of Easter and that they will understand that they can have eternal life because of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Next Saturday, May 4th we will be hosting the next “Explore God” discussion group in English on the theme of “Is there a God”. Please be praying that we will have a good turnout like we did for the first meeting. We are very excited that we have also been approached about the possibility of doing something similar in Bulgarian at a local coffee shop. Please be praying that these discussion groups will help us find people who are open to having conversations about spiritual things and that through these conversations we can share the wonderful truth of the Gospel.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Please pray for endurance for our team; as we all will be very busy over the next couple of months, and also safety and prepared hearts of the people that will be coming down to serve with us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Our youngest daughter attends a public school in our neighborhood. There are 25 students in her class. We have invited all of them to an Easter egg hunt this Thursday after school in a nearby park. Since egg hunts are not common in Spain, this will be a new experience for all of those in her class. Many have said they are coming and excited about it. Please be in prayer that through this we will be able to build deeper relationships with the parents. Please also be in prayer for our Easter services. We are preparing a skit to be performed during the morning services. Please be in prayer for the skit preparation, that we will have many unsaved guests, and that they will see the power of the resurrection through every aspect of the service. email@example.com
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken) We thank everyone for their continual prayers and support for the work here at Rejoice Fellowship. Please remember Bro Randy as he recovers from a recent stint.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) We are thrilled with the excitement and response in our new target pueblos for our weekly English Conversation times. Yesterday we had 14 people join us for some great conversations around the table. Continue to pray that God will give us opportunities to share our faith with these new friends.
Mirial Gainer (Japan) My eyes are doing well after cataract surgery. I’m using glasses for reading but not for driving. I’m finally finished with my neck braces. So thankful that the surgery was successful and the numbness in my hands is gone. I would appreciate continued prayers for Mother and for me as I care for her.
*Rev. Tim Hackett will be transferring to Greenville Hospital soon. Please pray for him as he continues to recover from elevated ammonia levels and siezures.
*Rev. James Childers (Beaver Creek) He goes tomorrow the 26th for another PET scan, please continue to remember him in prayer.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) is recovering at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter following complications from a recent surgery. He still continues to receive regular dialysis. Please continue to remember him in prayer.
*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday May 14th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence
*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday May 14th at 9:00AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast –March 23th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, May 7th, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday May 21st at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM
*Central Conference Meeting –July 13th
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – TBA
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – June 28th 2019 Grace FWB Church Meal is at 5:30 and services at 7PM
*True life Conference Meeting – TBA
*Eastern Conference Meeting – June 8th at St. John’s FWB Church in Pamplico at 9:30 AM
22nd-25th Unity Revival held at Liberty FWB (Lancaster) with Rev. Buddy Seay, Special Singing by The Parsons 7PM Nightly Sponsored by area churches
April 28-May 1: Revival at Bay Branch
FWB (Timmonsville) with
Sun. at 11 & 6; Mon.-Wed. at 7
April 28th – May 1st Peace F.W.B Church, (Florence) Rev. Scott Ard Sun 6 pm Mon. – Wed. 7 pm
28th Living Lord’s Supper Temple FWB Church (Darlington) 6pm The Church will follow the drama with partaking in Communion Preacher DonSquiresfor more info: text or call 843-855-4264
MAYDAY MONDAY REVIVAl New Prospect FWB Church (Johnsonville) Every Monday in May 6th, 13th 20th 27th. Rev Frank Dillon will be the evangelist. Special offerings will be taken up to assist with the Church plant in Monk’s Corner.
May 19 – 22 Revival Mill Branch FWB Church Sun @ 6pm Rev. Larry McAllister, Mon @ 7pm Rev. Carroll Bazen, Tues @ 7pm Rev. Kevin Johnson, Wed @ 7pm Rev. Tim Larrimore
Please email church news and upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crowd You Run With
Have you ever thought about how people associate us with the people we spend time with? There are so many sayings that come to mind with regard to this. “You’re known by the company you keep”,“Bad company spoils good morals”, “If you lie down with dogs, you’re going to get up with fleas”. I could go on…
We are given clear instructions in The Word of God on this matter, so here is a little insight.
Lu 5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Jesus does not deny that he kept the company of sinners. Many of us only have people in our lives that look like us, talk like us, and live like us, but we never allow someone to be in our company that is lost. Jesus ate and drank with these people. This was not some feed the poor initiative. It is fair to say that he enjoyed their company. I am sure that everything was ultimately intentioned to fulfill God’s will and bring these people to Christ. It was risky to let these people be a part of his life. One could argue that in the case of Judas Iscariot it even cost Jesus his life. But what we need to focus on is the impact that foul mouthed fishermen like Peter, and Tax collectors like Levi (Matthew) ultimately had on the kingdom.
I’m thankful my father-in-law and pastor took a risk on me twenty years ago. I am where I am today because he did.
SCFWB Executive Secretary