Houston Herald

July 2021
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
I begin this article by praising the Lord for what He has been doing at our Summer Day camps. I can report to you that we had 19 girls at our Girl’s camp, and we had five pray to receive Christ. We had 13 boys at our Boy’s camp, and we had seven to receive Christ! As I write this article, we are beginning our Camp Discovery. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this camp. Thank you for your prayers! God has been answering them!

In a few weeks, our HBA mission team to Pittsburgh will be leaving to work along side of Pastor James Hogan and the Faithbridge Community church. Please be in prayer for our team as are helping with a community outreach. God has been blessing Faithbridge and many people in the community have surrendered their lives to Christ and the church is growing. In fact, they are buying a bigger church building and hope to be in the building in August. Please pray for them and if any church feels led to make a contribution for their purchase, I know it would be greatly appreciated. You can mail it to the Association office and mark it Faithbridge Church building.

I want to ask each church to pray for our ministry teams as we have been meeting and looking at another three-year strategy for the association. I believe the future is crucial for the association and we have been seeking God as to how He would lead us to be more relevant and have a greater impact on our communities by encouraging greater cooperation among our churches. I have a greater burden for reaching our community and envision our churches getting the Gospel to every home! The Evangelism team is working on an effort where we will bring our churches together on a Saturday morning to pray and gather resources and then go into our communities and go door to door sharing the love of Christ. There will be more information about this great outreach in the next several weeks!

I appreciate each Pastor and every church in our association. There is no doubt we are living in a time where we can have the greatest impact on our communities by sharing the Gospel and helping people to see that there is hope and it is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ! May God continue to give us His passion for lost people every day!!

Bro. Gary

Bakerfield Church is open Thursdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM for anyone who would like to stop in for prayer.

Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■ Daybreak Pregnancy Care Center
■Lost and unchurched people
■Revival in HBA churches
■Unity in our churches and unity among our churches
■Churches without pastors
■TV ministries of Cordele First, and Pinecrest churches 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■Pittsburg Mission Team
■ Summer Missionary, Christina Wynn
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter

Church positions available

Morningside Baptist Church is seeking a Director of Family Ministries. This position will be a part-time position and will work closely with the pastor to lead and shepherd young children, youth, and their families. In addition, this role may grow over time to include other responsibilities based on gifting, experience, and ministry needs. Please contact Stan Bowen at 229-938-4022.

Please contact the HBC at 229-273-4127 if you would like to feature an available church position in the monthly newsletter.
coming up

Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center.

July 4 Independence Day

July 4 Citizenship and Religious Liberty Sunday

July 5 HBA Office Closed

July 18 Send Relief Sunday

July18 Children’s Ministry Day

July 25 Southern Baptist Media Day
Our Vision for Daybreak Center: The Pregnancy Care Center will be a safety net, in our community for supporting women and families spiritually and emotionally in times of need during pregnancy. 

Our Integrity: We are committed to conducting ourselves with transparency as faithful, responsible stewards of God’s provisions. Sanctity of Life: We believe that God values all life and has a plan and purpose for every person’s life, including unborn life.

Partnerships: We value our partnerships with other believers and organizations that support a culture of Life.

How you can help!!!

  • Financial support, monthly, quarterly, or annually
  • Volunteer to Help: Schedule appointments, office receptionist, be a patient advocate, mail team, maintenance team, Spanish translator, follow-up team, or as a nurse
  • Pray: The greatest gift you can give us is your prayers

Our volunteer staff is the very heart of this ministry. We will train you! We want to extend a very special Thank You to our Volunteers for the Month of June.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. ”1Peter4:10

In the month of June we have completed our Boutique Baby Room, we have everything a New Mother needs for her new born baby. If we do not have on hand, we will get it. Donated to us from other organizations was two beautiful Baby Beds. One from First Baptist Church, (Vienna) and one from The Hand of Hope. Our Leaders Linda Mitchell & Denise Bauer is ready to teach The Earn While You Learn Program.

Vanessa HaugaBrook, Program Manager Crisp/Dooly Healthy Families and staff attended our Board Meeting and presented to us their role in helping our communities, we will be receiving referrals from them.

We had many activities during The Month of June, we had four advocates to come to the Center for Pregnancy testing and other, (Ministry, counselling and clothing. We will continue working with each of these advocates to assure we can help make a difference in their life and the life of their child.

The Board Members would like to extend a very special Thank You, and recognition to one of our Board Members, Secretary and Volunteer to Ms. Kay Roberts. Kay, has been very dedicated to The Center in all areas. We all thank you, without people like you and your dedication to this ministry we could not be successful. You are an inspiration to The Pregnancy care Center.

Brother Gary Leutzinger , Staff & Board Members at Daybreak extend a very Heart-felt and Thank You to all have supported The Center. From all the Prayers, being a volunteer, and the monetary donations. We are a faith-based nonprofit (501c3).
Vienna First Baptist Church, Youth/Music Minister Ridge Grinstead and Youth Group, during VBS took up an offering each night for the center, this was used to purchase supplies for the Baby Boutique.
Secretary and Volunteer
Kay Roberts
What to do with all those old Sunday School books? 

Don’t throw them away–bring them to HBC

Bring your old SS literature to Houston Baptist Center. Chad Harris will take it to a Edwin L. Hodges Ministries collection site to send overseas. ELHM is a Christian literature ministry that collects donated Bibles, books, magazines, tapes, and tracts from American Christians and ships them to Bible schools, churches, missionaries, and ministries overseas. ELHM is a non-denominational, nonprofit, evangelical ministry.
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