Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and guest speaker for the Weekend of Encouragement set for March 20-22 said over the years, he has learned that a positive word can make all the difference.
“I started out in ministry with a more negative, judgmental attitude,” Iorg said. “While I still believe it is important to uphold biblical truth, I have learned to do so in a more positive way. I also have learned that most Christians – and many ministers – are struggling with the demands of daily life and a positive word makes all the difference.”
Iorg’s encouraging words will be the focus of the upcoming Weekend of Encouragement, sponsored by the Webster County Baptist Association. Continue reading
Organizers felt the biggest need in Webster County churches was encouragement.
As a follow-up to last year’s Discipleship Revival, the Webster County Baptist Association is hosting “A Weekend of Encouragement” — a county-wide revival over the course of one weekend to encourage those on a personal, a church-wide and county-wide level.
Services are set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Mantee Baptist Church with the theme: “How to Find Personal Encouragement;’ 7 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Eupora with the theme, “How to be an Encourager Within My Church;” and 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Mathiston with the theme, “Churches Encouraging Churches.” The guest speaker for the Weekend of Encouragement will be Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, Calif.
“I am looking forward eagerly to see what God is going to do during this weekend,” said Rev. Martin Jacks, director of missions for the Webster County Baptist Association. “God blessed us so much last year and people were excited about that event long after it had ended. God has some good things in store for Webster County.” Continue reading
This year, over 2,500 homemade bears will be a special gift for special children around the world.
The bear ministry at Lollar’s Grove Baptist Church will provide 2,500 bears this year to be used in shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child ministry through Samaritan’s Purse International. With Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week held each year the week before Thanksgiving, volunteers have been working hard to finalize and pack the bears. Ministry volunteers will take the bears on their trip to the Southeast Regional Collection Center in Atlanta, Ga. The week after Thanksgiving, local volunteers will use the bears to help fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes that may not be completely full. Continue reading
Mantee Baptist Church pastor, William Carpenter said “if people will commit to this mission, and ever go to Ritchie County, (W.Va.) they will fall in love with the place and its people.”
Next month, a team from Webster County will be traveling to West Virginia on June 21-28 to help grow the church plant they helped start in 2012.
Last Fall, Missionary Chris Barrow of Dawn’s Light Baptist Church made a return visit to First Baptist Church of Eupora and the Webster County Baptist Association to garner continued support and updates for a church planting project in Ritchie County, W. Va. The Webster County Baptist Association committed to a three-year partnership with Barrow, who is working in conjunction with the North American Mission Board to plant a Southern Baptist Church in this rural West Virginia community. Continue reading
Three years ago, disaster relief teams were in Webster County helping to clear debris from a tornado that ripped through the county.
And almost three years to the day, work crews from Webster County are in Louisville, helping tornado victims begin the road to recovery that they know so well.
Jim Didlake, director of the Men’s Ministry Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, said the Webster Baptist Association Disaster Chainsaw team led by Gene Williamson was on the ground in Louisville the day after the tornado, working to assist with the clean-up. This team joined several other teams responding to the area. Continue reading