A Note from Jim Adkins

We would like to thank our FBC church family for their prayers, encouragement and support. It is truly an honor for us to be a part of this family. I know that I have missed many Sundays as I/we have been on the road ministering. TODAY, (9/23) I am in Kansas City. This past weekend, I was in Salina, Kansas teaching a seminar on relational evangelism, preaching and sharing the vision of the Global Poultry Initiative. It was a very fruitful week. I fly home tomorrow.

As you know, I returned home from Tanzania on September 14th. Our trip to Tanzania was very fruitful! We were able to evaluate and select about 230 breeding stock of chickens that will be used as the foundation breeding stock to launch a breeding program in Tanzania. This trip to Tanzania was a historical, pivotal accomplishment to begin our partnership with the Tanzania Disciple Making Movement, (TDMM) led by Juma Richard who visited Beckley last February. We also spent time with our national service team, praying, planning and strategizing for our next steps. God is on the move in Tanzania! Thank you for praying.

Our next trip is in November. Lord willing, Melissa and I will travel to Cameroon! We’ll be meeting with the President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) the Dean of Academics at both of the CBC seminaries. One of the primary goals of our partnership is to train the seminary students in sustainable poultry production. The big idea is to equip the young pastors and church planters with the character, knowledge and skills to make disciples and use poultry to reach others, provide food for themselves and start small businesses in the communities where they minister. We will also visit a piece of land where they are considering to build an agriculture multiplication center. This trip to Cameroon is very timely and strategic! Please pray for this as we prepare to leave in several weeks.

We are so thankful for our First Baptist Church family. We appreciate you. We love you. And I especially want to thank you for taking care of Melissa when I’m away. Your love, support and encouragement means so much to us.

Jim and Melissa Adkins
The Chicken Missionaries Who Make Disciples Like Jesus

Mission Board October Update

by Helen Jackson

We are off to a slow start with our World Mission Offering. Total amount as of Sept. 22nd is $898.00. We need to continually pray and ask God to show us how we can reach our goal of $1500. All our missionaries need our prayers and financial support. We will be taking this offering through the month of October. The World Mission Offering supports 125 dedicated missionaries plus partners- located in about 30 countries.

Please remember Juan Aragon and his family in your prayers. You remember them. Jenny Fultz introduced you to them a few Sunday mornings ago in her Mission Moment time.

We just recently learned that Juan is suffering with vertigo and ringing in the ears. This interferes greatly with his ability to drive. His ministry involves driving to 18 different rural, needy communities in the southernmost part of Mexico- over rough, unpaved roads.

Thank you for remembering Juan Aragon- along with all our great people in the mission field.

Also keep this date open – Sunday morning, Oct. 27th Debbie Mulneix will be here at First Baptist sharing her mission experiences during the morning worship service.

Mission Update: World Mission Offering

We have started our third mission offering which will be collected through the end of October. This offering helps fund missionaries around the world and will be taken through the month of October. Our goal is $1500. Your prayers and support are greatly needed.

Also please keep our missionaries here and overseas in your prayers. Some are living in dangerous areas of the world and your prayers are extremely important.

Board of Missions Update

We are growing closer to reaching our goal for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. The total as of June 23rd was $1,038 which means we are $462 from our goal of $1,500.

During the summer, please add these missionaries to your prayer list:

The Reed Family – They are natives of West Virginia and are currently serving in Bolivia. They live in Santa Cruz and minister to the Latin American pastors and teachers as they lead their people to grow in God’s word. Last year they trained 70 men and women – all local pastors and leaders.

Rick & Anita Gutierrez – They have been in South Africa for over 18 years. Both of them are physicians with a family practice. They also train and equip local pastors and churches in weekly neighborhood health classes, conduct Bible studies and encourage local churches. Their latest program is the chicken project which at present serves over 150 people. Apparently this is similar to the program in which our own Jim Adkins is involved.


An Update from the Board of Missions

As you are aware, we have begun collecting funds for our One Great Hour of Sharing offering with a good start of $650 as of 5/19/20. Please pray about and give your best to this important fund. It provides emergency help nationally and also locally – right here in Southern West Virginia.

Please keep our missionaries in your prayers. Take notice of the world map located in the Welcome Center in the Board of Missions shadow box. It shows the location of several of the missionaries that we support.

Remember – missions matter. With our financially support, we are fulfilling God’s command to go into all the world with His word. We can’t go personally – nor have we been called to go. But by supporting our missionaries with our prayers and money, we are obeying God’s call for us.

Great News!

We have great news! We have reached and went over our goal for America for Christ offering of $1,500!!! Thanks to all of you, our FBC family, for your support.

As you know, this year these funds will be used right here in West Virginia for the Weirton Christian Center.

The Board of Mission hopes, in the coming months, to create ways to inform and update you on all our ministries- local and international- and help you to become acquainted with some of our missionaries.

Thank you again for your generous support for the America for Christ offering.

America for Christ Offering 2019

Our goal is $1,500

The America for Christ Offering is the American Baptist response to the needs of home missions within and beyond the local congregation in witness and service for Christ as mandated by the Great Commission.

The Lord Jesus Christ intends for every member of the church to do the work of the ministry. The intention of ministry is to build up each other’s faith and love. God’s design is to use human support and encouragement to sustain the faith of God’s children and to lighten the burdens they bear in the service of love for their community.

American Baptists minister as God’s heart and hands, healing the broken and the downtrodden. Congregations and individuals serve on the front lines of local communities, opening wide our doors, intervening amid the messiness, healing the broken-hearted, and caring for others amid disaster and devastation.

There are contribution envelopes located in the pew racks in the sanctuary for your donation.

RMMO Offering

During the month of December, we will be collecting our final mission offering, the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering.

Since 1935, American Baptists have contributed to special offerings received in their churches for retired ABC ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses. In 1977, American Baptist Churches USA launched the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO) to continue this tradition of thanks.   Offering envelopes are available in the pew racks in the sanctuary.

A great way to show you care

The Adopt-A-Grandparent Program for the holiday has become so successful in the past because of your generosity.  A gift basket of lotions will be provided to each resident of Harper Mills in Beckley.  The cost is $20 and that includes packaging and delivery.  See Ann Coleman for further details.

Adopt-A-Grandparent 2018

The Adopt-A-Grandparent Program has become so successful because of your generosity.  This program provides a Christmas/holiday gift set to elderly people in the Harper Mills Nursing Home   (formerly Heartland Nursing Home).  This gift set would include two great lotions, one for the hand and one for the feet and would be  perfect for both men and women.    There are currently 155 people in Harper Mills and the cost of each gift set is $20 (which includes tax, gift wrap and delivery).  Please make checks payable to First Baptist Church with a note on the memo line “Adopt A Grandparent”.  There will be a tag on the gift saying that it came from you.

The deadline will be announced sometime in November.  If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Ann Coleman at 304-253-1425.  Let’s not forget those in the nursing homes who may not have someone to show them God’s love.