2020 contribution statements are ready for pick up on Sunday, January 17th. They will be on the desk in the welcome center.
Please let Brandie Winter, our financial secretary, know if you have any questions.
EVERYONE is welcome to come start the new year studying Crazy Love by Francis Chan. The class meets at 11:00 AM every Sunday morning in room 201-202 (the Awana game room). Please contact Donovan & Lisa Batt with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Haiti team wants to invite you to the 5 PM meeting in the fellowship hall this Sunday, Jan. 17th. They will be sharing their stories of the recent trip to Christian Light School. They will talk about how God used them, the work that was accomplished, and how they were touched by what they saw and experienced! Remembering it wasn’t just a team of nine, but also included several student and staff members that worked right beside them.
You can scan the QR code and sign up for the Wednesday Night Supper on January 20th. Menu: Soup, Sandwiches, Carrots, Celery & Dessert Please sign up by 5 PM on Monday, January 18th.
Lottie Moon Offering
Dear Church Family, It’s been a difficult year and, we’d all agree, it still is. That’s as true for our Southern Baptist overseas missionaries as it is for the rest of us. Some serve in countries that are returning to martial law lockdowns after having endured them for months on end earlier this year. While grateful for the technology, many are weary from long days of working online. Others have been busy distributing food in refugee camps and delivering personal protection equipment to medical clinics. They’ve lost colleagues, some due to Covid but others unrelated to the pandemic. Hundreds have been forced out of countries they had served for years, even decades, with very little prospect of returning. Now they face the challenge of a new assignment, learning a new language and culture. Many have been in a prolonged state of waiting for deployment or redeployment, hoping that world leaders will soon open borders and foreign governments would issue visas.
Yet, with God’s help, what has been true for 175 years is still true today: Southern Baptists’ witness among the nations remains uninterrupted. Challenged? Yes. But uninterrupted. We still have thousands of Southern Baptists’ most gifted sons and daughters proclaiming Christ among the nations. From Paul Chitwood IMB president
Our goal this year is $2,000 in support of those serving around the world through the International Mission Board (IMB). Help us to reach our goal by using the special envelopes or by giving online through our FSBC website.
Our next business meeting will be on Sunday, January 31 at 5 PM in the worship center. Everyone is welcome. All members are encouraged to attend to help take care of church business.
FSBC is excited that God led us to start a Broadcasting ministry many years ago. As we entered into this crazy year, the fact that we were already set up to livestream and record our services was a blessing. The equipment that we use for this ministry is beginning to wear out and we are in the process of replacing it. Would you be willing to prayerfully consider helping us purchase the new equipment to keep this ministry running smoothly? Click on the link below to hear from Gary Classen the head of our Tech Team for more information!
Happy New Year! 2020 was quite the year! But despite all the mayhem, the Lord’s work has continued on in South Sudan. We celebrate the publishing of a trial of six New Testament books in the Dinka Malual dialect. The trial has been well received and the locals are excited to have a clear and accurate translation of the Word of God in their mother tongue. We continue to press on through Paul’s writings and are currently in Ephesians. Please pray for our translator, James Madhieu, as he labors diligently to produce a translation that will stand approved.
Pray for the children in our Bible literacy program. That the Gospel would penetrate their hearts and draw them to Christ while they learn to read and write Dinka. May they learn to love school and good foundation be established, that they may go far in their education. Pray especially for girls, as very few make it to high school and even fewer to university. It is estimated that 75% of South Sudanese girls will marry before their 18th birthday.
Our cotton crop did wonderfully and we are currently making pillows to sell! We have so much cotton that we need a gin to process it! We’ll learn to spin cotton soon!
Akol, a ten year old boy, has been staying with me the last several months. His parents left him when he was very young and he slept in the market for at least two years. Akol has been a joy to have around. His heart is soft and he’s teachable. He enjoys school and Bible lessons and riding the bike I brought from Uganda when you all came to visit in 2016. Pray the Lord would save Akol at a young age and use him mightily to bring his people to faith.
Please pray for me as I travel to a remote area to research the many tribes that are still without a church or any known believers among them. May the Lord make a way for foreign and domestic missionaries to come and stay among the people of Raja so that His name may be made great among the peoples of Africa.
Thank you all for your support of this ministry over the years. You are a vital part of this work and the Lord is using YOU to evangelize and disciple the Dinka of South Sudan. Thank you for partnering with me in bringing the Gospel to Aweil and beyond.
For His Name’s Sake, Shannon Albert
On behalf of my sister and brother, I want to thank you all for all your thoughts and prayers for dad and I while we were sick, quarantined and after dad passed away on Dec. 20th. Knowing how much our friends and family cared for us means so much and we are forever grateful.
Thank you also for the beautiful red roses! They are still looking good at 10 days old.
God Bless You! The Wendell Brack Family Johnna, Mark & Mike
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