Bible Club @ The Lake discusses Daniel and the Lion’s Den


2015-07-21 10.22.02Volunteers from Harvest Bible Fellowship Church in New York are continuing to host a special Bible Club at the Lake event from 9-11:30 a.m. through Thursday at the pavilion at White’s Creek Lake. The week will close with a Block Party/Carnival in the grassy lot by the Department of Health (DHS) building on Highway 9 South on Friday, July 24, from 6-8 p.m. This event is sponsored by the churches of the Webster Baptist Association and Harvest Bible Fellowship Church of the Finger Lakes Baptist Association of New York. Children ages 6 -12 years old are invited to attend! On Tuesday, the story of the day was about Daniel and the Lion’s Den. (Photos by Gwen Sisson)

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Seminary president to speak at the Weekend of Encouragement


Iorg photo suitDr. 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

Mission trip gave Easley an appreciation for home


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“Over The Water Charlie” shares his experience as a summer missionary to Grantham, England at Tuesday night’s Spring Meeting of the Webster County Associational Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) as part of the Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer.

The “mission field” was a rundown government apartment complex in Grantham, England. The children were filthy. They had very little parental guidance. They literally had nothing.

Charlie Easley join a group of 12 Mississippi State University students through the campus Baptist Student Union on a week-long mission trip last summer to make an impact for Christ on the lives of these children and their families. Easley shared his story as part of the Spring Meeting of the Webster County Baptist Association’s Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) at Walthall Baptist Church. The meeting was held in conjunction with the national Annie Armstrong North American Week of Prayer held March 1-7. Continue reading

Prayer service set for persecuted Christians around the world


how-can-we-remain-silentIt began with news coverage of Iraqi Christians fleeing persecution from ISIS terrorists. The scenes of Christians fleeing to the mountains brought a reminder that religious persecution is an ever-present reality.

With that in mind, the Webster County Baptist Association has scheduled an association-wide prayer service at First Baptist Church of Mathiston on Oct. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. Rev. Martin Jacks, the associational director of missions, said one of the guest speakers for Saturday’s event will be Ken Rhodes, the Missions Mobilization Director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Other speakers at this event will be members of a missions team from First Baptist Tupelo who have been involved in work with a church in Myanmar. Jacks said this is one of the areas of great persecution in the world.

“We need to get this in front of people,” Jacks said. “The recent news events showing the persecution of Christians and others by ISIS brought this persecution to national awareness but it is something that has been a fact for many years and is growing worse.” Continue reading

Webster County group makes plans to help church plant in West Virginia


IMG_0522Mantee 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

Helping neighbors in a time of need


Disaster Team 2Three 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