Volume 2, Issue 2 | February 2019
Love asks nothing in return but seeks those who need it. And who needs our love more than those who are consumed with hatred and are utterly devoid of love?
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We hear and read a lot about abortions being legalized, government leaders in the White House rejecting the Presidents leading, media publishing news that is not always reliable and sometimes even false, people being shot and killed, Christians being singled out when they oppose things others don’t believe in, etc., etc., on and on. Our country is going through some very difficult and evil times. Will it stop and when? We don’t know…. but God does!

It reminds me of those passages in scripture that allude to difficult days of evil and how many people are turning away from God and doing what they want to do. Romans 1:29-32 talks about those God-haters and the evil they choose to follow. Jesus said in John 15:20 that if He was persecuted, we would also be persecuted. In Romans 13 it talks about those who rebel against established authority are really rebelling against God. One of the Ten Commandments states that “Thou shalt not murder.” All these words were written during Bible times. We are seeing them lived out again today here in our country.

As Christians, what can we do? Several thoughts come to mind: Keep trusting and believing in God. He is still on His throne and He knows what is going on. Keep praying for our country and our leaders, especially our President and Vice-President. Keep reading God’s Word on a regular basis. Allow His Spirit to guide you and teach you. Keep attending church each Sunday and be involved in its ministry. Keep living out your life as a follower of Jesus Christ by loving one another, being kind one to another, forgiving one another, and helping one another in times of need. Keep sharing the Gospel with the lost when opportunity presents itself. Other ideas may come to mind on how you can respond during these days.

It is so important that we let our “light” shine in these dark days. Matthew 5:16 says “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  God will work in the hearts of men and women as we pray for them and as we minister to them through His love.

Don’t be discouraged “…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4). We must live on through these days but remember that we have heaven to look forward to. We are merely pilgrims traveling to the promised land. God is with us each day and through Him we can lighten a dark world.

Your Fellow Servant,
Bro. Loren
Upcoming Events
February 2019
5th - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
6th - South Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meeting
7th - North & East Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meetings
8th-10th - Sustain Ladies Retreat (Alto Frio)
21st - FRBA CPR/1st Aid/AED Training
9:00am to 2:00pm
 
March 2019
5th - OCL Meeting - 6:30pm
6th - South Zone Pastor’s Prayer Meeting
7th - North & East Zone Pastor’s Prayer
Meetings
10th - TIME CHANGE - Don’t forget to “Spring
Forward”!!
11th-15th - SPRING BREAK!! (local schools)
26th - FRBA Executive Board Meeting
6:30pm – Dinner & Fellowship
7:00pm – Business Meeting
SAVE THESE DATES!
April 27, 2019 - Association VBS Training (details below)
 July 7-12, 2019 - "REMAIN" Area Youth Camp at Alto Frio (details below)
May 3rd-6th - FRBA Ladies' Retreat at HEB Foundation Camp (details below)

Somerset Baptist Church and other Somerset churches are backing this exciting music event coming soon! Be sure to join them for a fun afternoon!
PASS THE WORD!! Registration is now OPEN!

Are you feeling like you're always rushing from place to place and never seem to get caught up?
Do you want to spend more time in God's presence, but feel like there's just never enough time?
Are you craving:
--a chance to slow down and unplug from your regular routine
--an opportunity for some much-needed spiritual refreshment
--fun & fellowship with other Christian women
--an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of God's creation
This ecumenical ladies retreat is just what YOU have been looking for!
Registration Fees:
--Early Bird Registration (before March 1st) - $45.00 per person
--Early Bird Group Registration (before April 1st - for groups of 10 or more) - $40.00 per person
--Regular Registration (on or after March 1st) - $55.00 per person
--Group Registration (on or after April 1st - for groups of 10 or more) - $50.00 per person

Registration is all-inclusive for the entire weekend!  (All food, lodging and retreat materials are included.)
We've got a total of 80 spots available, and they'll fill up fast, so be sure to save your place TODAY!
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 22, 2019
CLICK HERE to register or contact Laurie Beth in the FRBA office for more information.
SAVE THE DATES for this year's Area Youth Camp!
Camp Director: Brian Avery, FBC Pleasanton
Camp Pastor: Matt Mayberry, FBC Hondo
Worship Leaders: Unionhouse
Click HERE for all the details!
Around the Association
PASTOR'S PRAYER RETREAT 2019

This year’s annual Pastors Prayer Retreat went very well. Eleven pastors met for lunch on Monday at Bill & Rosa’s KK Steakhouse in D’Hanis. From there they headed to Alto Frio Baptist Encampment where 15 of our pastors and ministers were lead by Tim Williams (STCH) in a study of the prayer life of Elijah. They enjoyed an inspiring time of studying, fellowshipping and praying together. Thank the Lord for a great time together.

Click HERE to see more pictures from this event!
Missionaries Craig & Terry Keller shown here with John & Lisa Coleman at FBC Pleasanton
shared their missionary experiences at worship on Sunday, January 20th
and at Awana Clubs on Wednesday, January 23rd, where the children made "salvation flags".
Primera Iglesia Bautista Betania (in Devine) will be having a busy month!

First, they will be hosting Baptist Student Ministry exchange at Baptist University of the Américas ( BUA) in San Antonio on February 2nd at 9:00am.

On February 10th they will be having baptisms at their church during morning worship.

On February 24th , they will be hosting their annual chili and corn bread cook off to celebrate San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo month. 
Somerset Baptist Church is seeking a part-time paid youth minister. Resumes can be emailed to SomersetBCTX@gmail.com .
FBC Charlotte is also seeking a part-time youth minister. Please see their website www.fbccharlotte.org to view their mission statement and beliefs.
Send resumes to: shylarae12@gmail.com - ATTN: Youth Pastor Search .
For an update from the Aitape West Translation Project in Papua New Guinea...
Love in Action
FBC Pleasanton's youth joined 4 other youth groups for the Project Serve at Alto Frio in
mid-January. They spent the weekend worshiping, learning from God's word and working on a variety of projects including painting, scraping, power washing, landscaping and cleaning.
Operation Christian Love
by Beth Ann Brundrett

The new year has brought new joys as we reflect on the doors God has opened in the past & the new ones He is opening now. As we stumble through these doors, may God strengthen all involved as we strive to complete the tasks He has set before us.

Prayers are needed for the Living Stones His Island Night Shelter (a church & residence for homeless veterans in San Antonio) as they work through the transition following the death of their founder, Jim Spicer, last November. They have formed a committee to work through the finances & other issues as they arise.  Larry Erwin , pastor of Christ Church, Devine , is serving as financial secretary.

They have a cook which is a blessing. Their food supply has stabilized with the faithful support of Christ Church, Devine, Operation Christian Love (OCL) & others. However, donations are still needed for monthly expenses, taxes, insurance, & facility upkeep. The walk-in refrigerator needs a new refrigeration unit & has for several years.  If you would like to help, donations can be made to the Living Stones Ministry, with your specific wishes on the memo line, & mailed to Living Stones Ministry, 1306 N. Hackberry St., San Antonio, TX 78202.

When the Island first opened in the 1990’s, the first Resident Director was a man called "Country". He suffered from severe PTSD. When Jim Spicer found him, he realized his condition & brought him into the Island. He soon found that "Country" had much to offer, and the job of Director helped "Country" start to regain his life. Many others have been also helped by this ministry which is now in its 23rd year.  “Country” Francis Moczygemba (a friend of OCL), died on Sunday, January 20th. He had been manager of the gleaning program for the San Antonio Food Bank, in Pearsall, since 2002.

La Mano de Dios soup kitchen ministry in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, is adding the roof to their newly constructed dining hall/meeting room & church thanks to the donations from several churches & individuals. This step should be completed by the end of February. Windows, doors, electrical, bathroom & kitchen fixtures will be the next step.  Brother Sepulveda has asked for 80 jackets immediately to be given to the elderly poor in his area.  His words: ” They are so cold. The coats do not have to be new. Look, my jacket does not have a zipper, but it helps keep me warm”.   If you can help with this, please call Beth Ann at 210-854-9360.

A recent coat/blanket drive in Carrizo Springs helped OCL distribute both to His Island & several areas of Piedras Negras. Many thanks to this community. If your church would like to sponsor a similar program, let us know.

The Banda Ministry is trying to complete the second story addition to their Bethesda Church in the Periodista Colonia in Piedras Negras. They purchased floor tiles for one of the rooms & installed them. Besides tile for 4 more rooms, they still need to complete the dining area, kitchen, bathroom, & office/living room. The ministry held a special event for their Prison Ministry athletic teams to show their servanthood by inviting 500 fellow inmates to a special meal prepared & served by these inmate teams. Their activities were shared with the group & Frank shared a message of Christ with them. The Banda ministry is strong in teaching others the importance of taking the word of God to others, not just receiving it.

Frank Banda & Brother Sepulveda receive no salary. They go forth in faith & serve as God has instructed them to. Hundreds are reached each week by these two ministries. As they lead God’s army in these areas, may we be just behind them by continuing to support them constantly with our prayers, and with our donations as the Lord leads.

As the year begins, so does the excitement of preparation for the 2019 Christmas ministry . Yarn for warm caps, scarves & baby blankets is needed. Fleece fabric which is needed for lap robes, blankets, & warm scarves is on sale. Many yards are needed. Material is also needed for the construction of draw string bags & stockings. Any type of fabric will do. It does not have to be or new or fabric with Christmas designs.  If you have left over yarn or fabric you wish to donate, just let us know.

The drawstring bags are a favorite. They give personal storage to children in orphanages, on the street or in the small areas where they live. Anyone wishing to join the “Creations for Others” team effort, individually or as a group, is welcome. Patterns for the draw string bags & stockings are available to anyone interested. Please have all items turned in by September 15th.  Call Beth Ann at 210-854-9360 to get involved.

Financial donations can be made as well. Make checks payable to Operation Christian Love & put “Creations for Others” on the memo line. Mail to John E. Heiligman, PO Box 117, Charlotte, TX 78011.

Our next OCL Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30pm , at the Frio River Baptist Association's Resource Center located at 1716 Business IH 35 E, Pearsall TX 78061. All are welcome! Please join us!
All pictures were taken during OCL Street Gatherings hosted by King Ministries.
Children were fed, given gifts, and taught about Jesus.

(To see more pictures of what OCL has been up to lately, click HERE !)
FRBA RESOURCE LIBRARY
This Bible study and many more are available
through our resource library!
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp
(5-session DVD study)

Click here to download one of our checkout forms. Then just complete it and
bring it by the office to borrow a Bible study to meet your needs.

We’re also accepting donations of used DVD Bible study kits.
If you or your church have some that you are no longer using, we’d love
to have them here to share with other churches in our Association.
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