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Thursday, July 28, 2011

More on Japan

Click here for another article from our baptist paper about our team that went to Japan.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Little Perspective

If you live in the Rio Grande Valley, and care about world missions, then I have some wonderful news to share. The Perspectives course will be offered in Los Fresnos starting in January 2012. (Yes, I know that is a long way away, but I couldn't wait to post information about it). For those who need to know, Perspectives On The World Christian Movement is an in-depth study of Christian missions. Over the course of a semester you will study the Biblical basis for missions, the history of missions, and will learn practical strategies for doing missions well. The study meets once a week. I attended this course while I lived in South Carolina; I give it my highest recommendation. While planning for this course continues, you can get a head start by visiting the Perspectives website here.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

A Nagging Question

Readers of this blog know that we haven't hosted as many groups this year as in years past, but this week we're going gangbusters. 2 teams, both from Texas, are in the area doing apartment ministry, construction projects, and one-on-one evangelism. Last night we gave away school supplies at the apartments where one of our teams is working. It was was also our church's third Summer of Serving event(see photo). During the evening a couple of our ladies were able to have a long conversation with a mom who lives there. She is a believer, but has a lot on her plate, as the saying goes. It was worth every snow cone and every hot dog to see her encouraged by these 2 women. But doesn't this beg a question: how many hundreds (thousands?) just like her are there in Brownsville just waiting for someone to care?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Criswell College

For the past several years we have been privileged to host a team from Criswell College each summer. It's a required mission trip for them, and a big blessing to us. They were here last week to help in our VBS. Besides this, they did some painting at our mission center, and some construction work on one of our church buildings. Below is one of the Criswell gang sharing the gospel at our soccer clinic.

Lazy Days of Summer?

Not at FBC! With about 300 people each night (including workers), FBC was "one happening place" during our VBS. I've been attending VBS since I was a wee lad, but it still means now what it meant then: lots of fun and laughter (and heat), with plenty of cookies and kool-aid to go around. The thing I enjoy most about VBS now, though, is that every year we get to meet, and minister to, folks we've never met before. It's very satisfying to know that, for a few days at least, these precious children were given God's eternal truth, by teachers who cared for them. And that is worth celebrating.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Adventure Continues

If you've ever worked in VBS, then you'll understand why I haven't posted anything this week! It was a great week, though. More details soon.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Big Apple Adventure

Tomorrow night we begin Vacation Bible School at FBC. There is a New York City theme this year, which is a bit of a departure from what we've done in the past. The fun begins at 5:45 each evening. If you live in our area, come on by!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Super Huge Announcement


OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but I do have a little news. For a while now I have wanted our mission center to have its own website. I am hoping more people can find out about our ministry this way. And so I did it. There's not much whiz-bang, but it serves the purpose. You can even "like" us on Facebook! How relevant is that?
So, without further ado (has there been any previous ado?), I present the new Rio Grande Valley Missions website.

Friday, July 1, 2011

3 Months Later

Here is an update from the BGR website on the Southern Baptist response to the disaster in Japan.

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