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Contents:                                                        JULY/AUGUST 2016

Editor's Note
Bass Lake Camping News
MARBC Annual Meetingt
Bound for Branson
MARBC Finances
Church News
Friendly Reminders
2016 Bass Lake Schedule
EDITOR'S NOTE

Watching a loved one with cancer is a tragic thing. Many of you have experienced this firsthand. Around the middle of April, I received a call from my Dad saying he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Other than a sharp pain in his hip, he felt fine. Over the next eight weeks I saw how he lost weight, lost his voice, lost the strength of his limbs, lost his memory, and lost the desire for life. Alas, he lost his physical life on June 22. Cancer is a losing proposition. But one thing cancer cannot take is the soul. "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor. 15:55).
 
How amazing is the grace of God! The same man who, 25 years earlier, threatened to throw me out of his home for sharing the gospel is the same man who embraced Christ and received Him later in life. In the last eight weeks of his life Dad would be the one who initiated talks on spiritual topics and insisted that each evening we gathered together to share Scripture and pray. I gave him a book on salvation ("How Good Is Good Enough?" by Andy Stanley) which he read not once, but twice. His brother (a self-proclaimed atheist) noticed the book on the nightstand and asked what was he reading. Dad boasted, "That book tells you how God provided a way for us to go to Heaven." Dad was a faithful witness to the end. Dad lamented that he wasted so much of his life and didn't get things right with God until his final days. But, praise God, he did get right with God! "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things become new" (2 Cor. 5:17). That was certainly true for Dad.

Please forgive me for the personal story, but I thought you might be encouraged by it.  We hurt, but the old spiritual was right when it used Jeremiah 8:22 as its reference point. "There is a balm in Gilead, To make the wounded whole, There is a balm in Gilead, To heal the sin-sick soul."  Thank you to all who prayed, sent notes and cards, visited us, provided gifts and more. Your compassionate care reveals to us the caring spirit of the body of Christ. We love you all very dearly in the Lord.

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BASS LAKE CAMPING NEWS

We're off to a fantastic start with two rentals, staff training and Family Camp. By the time you receive this mailing, we will be wrapping up Junior Camp (pictured). We have seen some campers make some significant decisions for Christ as a result of the ministry at Bass Lake.

ROOM FOR YOU AT SUMMER CAMP! We still have openings for teens at our Junior High Camp (July 18-23) and Senior High Camp (July 25-30). Pastor Chris Erickson (Brainerd) will be challenging teens during Junior High and Mr. Andy Stearns (Ankeny, IA.) will be the speaker for Sr. High. These are high energy camps that are loaded with fun! To register, you can call the camp or go online HERE.

ADULT RETREATS: Make plans to join us for the Ladies Retreat (August 26-27) and the Men's Retreat (September 9-10). The ladies will sit under the ministry of Mrs. Priscilla Gilbertson. She is the wife of church planter Steve Gilbertson. Also featured is Mrs. Roxanne Kain (Mountain Lake) who will help you in your efforts to be organized . The men will be blessed with the ministry of Dr. Jeff Newman (Ankeny, IA.). Dr. Newman (pictured) has an extensive counseling ministry while teaching at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary. All these speakers will be a rich blessing to you and encourage you in your walk with Christ.
 
BUILDING PROGRESS: Praise God that we met the matching gift goal of $100k. This enables us to finish our seven upcoming projects without any debt. The Girl's Shower House (pictured) has seen the cement poured, walls erected, trusses and roof attached. The Dining Hall Pavilion has been framed, ceiling fans and electrical boxes installed, and a row of pavers set in place. Upcoming projects include the completion of the two projects above, demolition of Old Main, refurbishing of the old maintenance garage into an office and canteen, a RV area and the construction of a Staff Shower House.


MARBC ANNUAL MEETING

Mark your calendar for a time of fellowship and great preaching in the Word.  Rev. Jim Tillotson (Ankeny, IA.) will be challenging us at First Baptist Church in Marshall on September 19-21. Special workshops will be led by Pastors Ryan Martin (Granite Falls) and Dan Mead (Faribault, retired).

Look for a brochure to be coming in the mail soon. The brochure will have a schedule with details and housing information.

Churches are encouraged to prayerfully consider sending in a gift to help cover the expenses of the meetings. A suggested gift is in the range of $100-$150.

We welcome missionaries and those with agencies to come and set up a display to introduce us to your ministry. A table display request form can be requested HERE.


BOUND FOR BRANSON

What an adventure we have planned for you! The featured stop includes a visit to the Sight and Sound Theater for a presentation of Moses. We will travel to Eureka Springs, AR. for a tour of the Holy Land and a special display of Moses' Tabernacle followed by an evening Passion Play. More surprises will be thrown in that you will not want to miss. The date is scheduled for October 24-28. Cost is yet to be determined, but we are hoping to have the final brochure ready by August 1. SEND US AN E-MAIL if you are interested and want a brochure.


MARBC FINANCES (6/30/16)
General Fund: $7,353.43
Burden Bearers: $2,517.20
Northern Fellowship: $1,822.38

Church Planting: $34,626.70
CHURCH NEWS

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.

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Send us your news and pictures! Please note that there is no deadline to send us your news.  Once you have some news, send it our way and we will include it in the next newsletter.

Pray for First Baptist Church of Faribault and Grace Baptist Church of Austin as they seek God's man and family in the days ahead.

2016 BASS LAKE SCHEDULE

July 11:16: Junior Camp (entering grades 4-6)
July 18-23: Jr. High Camp (entering grades 7-9)
July 25-30: Sr. High Camp (entering grades 10-12)
August 26-27: Ladies' Retreat
September 9-10: Men's Retreat
 
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