General Fund: $7,353.43
Burden Bearers: $2,517.20
Northern Fellowship: $1,822.38
Church Planting: $34,626.70
FERGUS FALLS - Woodland Baptist
Greetings from Fergus Falls. A couple of recent events which we have had are a Bible Conference and VBS.
The end of February Dr. Jim Steel (and his wife Anne) visited our church. Dr. Steel taught four sessions on Sunday and Monday on the topic of Israel versus Islam. It was very interesting and challenging. Several guests came and one has continued to attend.
Lars and Phyllis Wessberg led us in VBS in June. The people worked hard to bring in children and we thank God for those that attended. The attendance grew as children invited friends. There were no known decisions, but the gospel was presented.
God's blessings to all of the MARBC family.
GILBERT - Lakeland Baptist
At our church we heat our building with a wood burning hot water furnace. On April 30, many gave the building and yard a spring cleaning. Others processed trees with chainsaws and three splitters which produced 26 pickup loads of firewood, enough for the heating season. We thank God for many willing workers!
Special speakers during recent months include Camp Director Darrell Friar; ARRIBA students Kyle England and Nolan Blomberg reported on their year in Peru; and BI missionary Isaiah Peterson, supported here, gave us an update. We thank God for the challenging messages!
Vacation Bible School had a total registration of 36, the largest in many years. We thank God for the children, their parents, and the workers!
Pastor's nephew Ben Lobb and Kaylee Lerol were married May 21. Pastor's son Caleb Lobb and Megan Pearson were married in Iowa on June 18. We thank God for these new unions!
Our Building Committee continues to meet, gathering information. We are in need of more space. We thank God for all the people!
Please pray that we will be faithful in meeting the problems that come our way.
ROCHESTER - Calvary Baptist
In May we held a Mother Daughter Baby Shower for a local Pregnancy Crises Center, New Life Services. We had a guest speaker who shared about how they had helped her make the decision to keep her baby and raise him. The ladies brought in gifts for the center to use for mothers in need here in the area.
A Mini-Missions Conference with Brain Krueger, a missionary builder, Gary Walton from Bibles International, and Mark & Anita Swedberg to Brazil. We also had one of our own young men, Sam Walters, present his ministry to go to serve in Africa at Restoring Hope Ministries in the evening.
Our Awana Program wrapped up their year in May with the Awards Ceremony and then a fun event with giant inflatables here at the church. There were many verses memorized and Bible teaching throughout the year. We are thankful for all those that serve in the ministry as it takes a lot of people!
The Summer PlayGround ministry for children on Wednesday nights began when Awana ended. Our numbers are lower during the summer months during this time slot, however, we have some big programs for the kids during the summer.
In June we held our annual Gilgal Day Camp for one week. Our teens are the counselors for the week and lead teams of children through many activities, devotions, prayer, etc. We also held our Free Brazilian Soccer camp for four mornings. This event is for elementary aged children and we had about 150 kids this year! Most of those kids were not from our church. The coaches and kids here the Gospel during the devotions and snack time each day and they were hungry to hear it.
We were excited to hear from Frank and Alves Weirman, veteran missionaries with International Health Care Ministries.
Another big Sunday for us was our graduation and promotion Sunday. We had 15 seniors graduate from High School this year and they all received a Bible from the church. We also had 15 young people move into seventh grade and they received a Bible that can be used as a Heritage Bible (they ask relatives, pastors, teachers, etc. to choose a passage for them and write it in the Bible). There were also six new first-graders that received a Bible from the church.
July is filled with weeks of Bible camp at Bass Lake for our young people and the adult volunteers, and our Olmsted County Fair outreach. We have a building at the fair all week and offer free drinks to those who come in a visit with us where we give out the Gospel. Please pray for fruit from all of these ministries, and for plenty of workers, and for energy and rest for our staff during these busy months.
SARTELL - Grace Baptist
Grace Baptist Fellowship recently hosted a Bible Archeology Conference with Tom Meyer. We are praising the Lord that we are almost finished with our church remodel.
Our church plant, Two Rivers Baptist Church of Rice, had their first conversion on June 26. They will be hosting Tom Meyer on July 17.