Update from our Directional Leader
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
As we round the final turn of the fourth quarter of Fellowship's fiscal year, the word "gratitude" best describes how I feel. Good things are happening everywhere I turn at Fellowship. We have an incredible staff committed to our vision and mission and a leadership base of volunteers who consistently go above and beyond what one might expect. As our Elders are fond of saying... "We are BLESSED!"
 
This time last year, we were in the final phases of opening Fellowship Fayetteville. We had no idea what the initial impact might be or how quickly the congregation would grow. The total cost for the Fayetteville church alone started at $13.6 million. And just one year after our first service, the debt for Fellowship Fayetteville is now just under $589,000. To think we are so close to paying for the initial phase so quickly is incredible. This achievement is only possible through the generous spirit of our body of believers. Our average attendance at Fellowship Fayetteville is over 2,200 and what is more, there isn't a noticeable difference in the attendance on our Rogers campus. Indeed, we are blessed.
 

Fellowship Fayetteville is only one aspect of the good things happening at Fellowship. 498 students and leaders set out to change the world over spring break. We continue to hear stories of how lives were changed. We support global outreach efforts both near and far and your generosity makes all of this possible. 
 
 
 
We continue to support the initiatives of the Samaritan Community Center who feed over 9,000 people each week in our area. We are so proud to be part of the work done through this effective ministry. 
 
 
 
 
The Village, utilized by global worker families, continues to be filled and the families are so grateful for a place to rest and rejuvenate while they are home. All this is provided by Fellowship. The Residents who serve on staff for one year utilize The Village, as well. They have done an incredible job and we will miss the excellence of their service when they leave in May, but another group will follow.   

 
 
A lot happens on our Fellowship campuses. Last year, we recorded 23,979 scheduled room uses! Classes, worship celebrations, support groups, recovery groups, weddings, funerals, childcare, counseling, rehearsals, meetings... and the list goes on and on, all happen on a weekly basis.  Needless to say, these events keep our Buildings & Grounds staff busy. I can't applaud them enough for keeping our buildings looking (and smelling) like new. Some of our facilities are 25 years old, but you won't detect that from their appearance or functionality.
 
 
Our Biblical directives guide us into life-changing initiatives for those within our sphere of influence. The above is just a snapshot of the good things happening through the ministries of Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas. We know that God makes all of this possible, but He does so through the generosity and service of His people - you and me. When King David challenged the people of God to make donations toward the building of the 1st Temple in 1 Chronicles 29:14, the Israelites gave generously because of their love for God. David was so overwhelmed that he said to God, "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?" To be honest, I feel the same way.
 
Thank you for your sacrificial generosity to God, through Fellowship. We are making a difference in Northwest Arkansas and the World. Let's continue this good work together. I have a feeling that we are just getting started and I couldn't be more excited about the future. May God continue to bless us so that we might give back to Him as an expression of our gratitude.
     

-Mickey Rapier

Fellowship Directional Leader

A Story from Spring Break
 
 
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.
Romans 10:15b (NIV)
 
 
"Belize was a wonderful experience of loving people and sharing the Gospel. Getting to share Christ personally is such a blessing, but seeing my wife and children do it is priceless." -Ron Mobley
 
Above is a picture of Ron Mobley and his daughter, Gracie, sharing the Gospel with the children of Crique Jute Village School in Belize. Over spring break, Fellowship sent seven families to work in the village teaching in the school, passing out water filters, and building a playground.  

Thank you Fellowship for praying for these families. 498 students, leaders, parents, and children served locally in NWA and around the globe during spring break. You are helping families own the spiritual development of the next generation as well as fulfilling our vision and mission!

This story and many others like it are possible through your prayer and generous support of the church, the missionaries and the projects. Your giving directly changes lives.

Community Partners Update
Your generosity has enabled our community partners to express the extravagant love of Christ throughout Northwest Arkansas and the world in powerful ways.
 
Did you know?
 
This past Christmas season, the people of Fellowship donated 4,587 shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need all over the world through Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC uses these gifts as a means to engage children with the Good News of the Gospel and has seen over 5 million children profess belief in Jesus Christ over the last 7 years.
 
In February, the Fellowship family gave $31,784.53 to support the ministry of Loving Choices through their Baby Bottle Campaign. Your generosity helps them continue their mission to express the extravagant love of Christ to women who find themselves in difficult circumstances from unplanned pregnancies. Loving Choices encourages women to "Choose Life" and provides them discipleship opportunities to grow in a relationship with Christ.
 
Spring is often a challenging time for Community Kids Closet (CKC) to provide clothing for school-aged children in need. This spring, the people of Fellowship provided clothing for 371 children from various communities throughout Northwest Arkansas. Combined with the generosity of other churches and organizations, CKC was able to surpass their goal for the spring, providing clothing for 444 children. Additionally, over 60 volunteers donated their time to sort out all donations, preparing them for the children. What a practical, yet powerful expression of Christ's love!
 
Fellowship, your generous donations of time, talent, and treasure are helping to change the heart and soul of Northwest Arkansas and the world. 
   
Financial Update (unaudited)
Ministry Funds
Ministry Fund Giving: July-March

Sunday Morning NWA   
7,376,659  
Fellowship Fayetteville   
2,013,641  
Mosaic 
 
1,686,875  
Celebrate Recovery   
299,412  
TOTAL    
11,376,588  
 
NWA Campus - Mortgage

Mar 31, 2016   
6,676,211   
Mar 31, 2017 
 
6,217,870   
CHANGE   
(458,341) 
 
Fellowship Foundation (Endowment)
 

Mar 31, 2016   
3,008,303   
Mar 31, 2017    
3,105,601   
CHANGE 
 
97,298  
     
   


Fayetteville Campus - Mortgage

Total Costs to Date    13,274,523
Total Given to Date    12,685,802
PAYOFF AMOUNT    588,721
 
Thank you Fellowship for your generosity in time, talent, and treasure for life change in Northwest Arkansas and around the world!

For questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to the Generosity Team.

Don Reed, Generosity/Legacy Advisor

Scott Huse, Financial Peace University Coordinator

Hector Sanabria, Generosity Coordinator

Lamar Steiger, Fellowship Generosity Pastor
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