It's been awhile since I've written in our missions blog!  Things have been busy for me...and for you I'm sure.  Here is some exciting mission updates:Chainsaw

  • Cleanup in Portageville - Last week three from our church went to Portageville, Missouri to work with 50 people in chainsaw clean-up from the ice storm.  It's overwhelming to see the damage that was done by the ice!  The group had 500 requests for yard clean-up!!  We got rained out one day, but cleaned up 80 yards.  I can't tell you how many limbs and logs that we dragged to curbs...ALOT.  We know of one person who gave their heart to the Lord, and our group presented the gospel to one young man (he wasn't quite ready to accept the Lord).  It was truly a spiritual experience!  It was amazing to help some widows who knew the Lord who in turn asked to pray for us.

  • Ciudad Obrera - Our new mission in El Salvador has begun to meet this month of February.  I hope to share specifics about the ministry to post very soon on this blog.   For now, please pray as this new church is launched that the Spirit of God will draw men, women, boys and girls to Himself through this new mission.

  • Kim Roberts Mission Trip to Istanbul, Turkey - I received this letter from our very own Kim Roberts (Kim worships with FCC and leads the Baptist Student Union ministry on Southeast's campus): "The Baptist Student Union, in partnership with the Student Ministry team of the Missouri Baptist Convention, has been given the opportunity to provide a missions trip to Central Asia this May.  We will be traveling between the dates of May 18th and May 27th.  On college campuses in different key cities we will be partnering with the body of Christ to reach students as well as making contact with the general population in these cities.  Our mission is to share the good news with these people and plug them into local Christian communities.  There are specific ministries already established in each city that we will join to aid an encourage during our time there.  For example, in Istanbul there is an art ministry outreach that we will be partnering with.  Currently, this is the city where I will be located as a group leader. I writing because I have heard God's call and I am committed to go on this trip.  I would love to ask you for prayers at this time for wisdom, strength, and God's provision and protection.   As a college student the financial expenses of this trip are a challenge.  I also ask for prayer support for the finances.  I would like to add that any financial assistance for this trip would be a blessing not only for me, but for the Kingdom...This Kingdom Oppportunity will not only provide a chance to share the gospel in Central Asica, but will also equip us for our own mission field on the Campus at Southeast Missouri State University.  Your fellow laborer for the Kingdom." If you would like to contribute to Kim's trip you can give through Fruitland Community Church and we will pass it on to the BSU.  Please indicate "Turkey Mission Trip" on your envelope or the memo of your check.

May the Lord continue to give our church Kingdom Opportunities!! 

For the Kingdom!

Mike