Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists — Oct. 25, 2023

An Invitation from David Johnson

Executive Director David Johnson invites you to attend Together for the Nations, Thursday, Nov. 2, at First Baptist, Chandler. He also shares an IMB video describing the event, which will help you and your church learn how you can reach the nations with the gospel. Register today!

Arizona Disaster Relief brings aid to Maui, Guam

Windowless, destroyed buildings. Blown-out tires on vehicles swallowed by flames. “Everything was burnt to the ground,” Becki Haag said. “Everything was gray.”

Haig is back in Phoenix after serving as an Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer in Maui, which was ravaged by wildfires starting in August. She returned along with other volunteers at the same time a new team headed to the island and a team of 10 volunteers returned from Guam. Guam was struck by Typhoon Mawar on May 19, with heavy rains continuing until June.

In addition to the 10 who served in Guam, so far, 22 volunteers have served or are currently serving in Hawaii. Four volunteers were scheduled to go to Hawaii Oct. 25, while a team of 9 was expected to return to Arizona the same day. Thirteen volunteers, including four who have already served in Hawaii, are scheduled to go to Hawaii before Thanksgiving.

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Proclaim: Students challenged to act on gospel opportunities

Every day is a mission trip. If one believes that and has the boldness to pray and act on opportunities to profess the good news of Jesus Christ daily, lives will be saved, and hearts won on college campuses. This was the theme at Proclaim, Christian Challenge’s biennial evangelism conference that was held Oct. 14.

About 150 students from across the state gathered at Foothills Baptist Church in Ahwatukee to be motivated and equipped to reach their campuses for Christ.

Paul Worcester, national collegiate director with the North American Mission Board, shared in two sessions his passion for encouraging, inspiring and equipping collegiate ministry leaders across the country.

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George Shuttleworth: 'Jesus led me all the way ..."

On October 8, First Baptist Church, Sun Lakes, celebrated George Shuttleworth’s legacy of service and retirement with a thanksgiving worship service and reception. At age 91, Shuttleworth, associate pastor and director of worship, retired after more than 70 years of ministry, including the last 30 years at the Sun Lakes church.

He attributed several factors to his longevity of service.

“A daily walk with the Lord, in His Word and prayer, has kept me serving Him,” Shuttleworth said. “John Peterson’s hymn “Jesus Led Me All the Way” has been true of my walk with the Lord.”

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Council approves 2024 budget reflecting reduced CP giving, affirms international missions partnership

The Convention Council of the Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists approved a 2024 operating budget that reflects reduced Cooperative Program giving by AZMN churches in 2023 and affirmed a missions partnership with the International Mission Board’s Sub-Saharan Africa Affinity Group at their meeting Sept. 12 in Phoenix.

The $4,166,040 operating budget for 2024 -- which will be presented to messengers at the annual meeting at First Baptist Church, Chandler, Nov. 3 for approval -- includes $3,495,260 in anticipated Cooperative Program giving from churches. The Cooperative Program portion of the budget is a decrease of $151,740, or 4.16%, from the 2023 budget.

Presenting the report from the council’s Missions Team, Executive Director David Johnson said the team talked via Zoom with John Dina, IMB missionary from Arizona who serves as the training leader for Sub-Saharan Africa. Dina presented details about the partnership, and the team voted to recommend it.

“I’m excited about what the Lord is going to do in our churches -- not just through our churches, but in our churches -- through engagement with missions, and especially with Sub-Saharan Africa,” Johnson said. “It’s such an amazing place. So many opportunities are there. [It’s] such an influential part of the world.”

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Together for the Nations

Thursday, Nov. 2, First Baptist, Chandler

• Connect with IMB missionaries and leaders

• Discover ways to deepen your church’s involvement in international missions

• Network with other missions leaders and advocates from area churches

• Leave with practical next steps and connections

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AZSBC Annual Meeting

Friday, Nov. 3, in Chandler

Join the Arizona Southern Baptist family as we meet at First Baptist, Chandler, Nov. 3. Come for the morning Mission Fair and Pastors' Conference featuring Brian McCoy and Gary Derbyshire. Stay for the afternoon business session and worship with a Centennial Vision report by David Johnson and message by IMB missionary Dr. Doug Derbyshire.

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Foothills, Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 4

An IMB event for 18-25 year olds.

• Worship and seek God’s heart for the nations through His Word

• Hear first-hand stories of how God is at work around the world

• Connect with IMB missionaries about their experiences reaching the lost

• Discover specific opportunities and next steps so that you can join God’s mission

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Centennial Vision Report (ACP) Has Multiple Uses

Did you know that the Centennial Vision Report (ACP) is the tool used to determine how many messengers your church is allowed for the AZSBC annual meeting as well as the national SBC meeting? Check out our website to learn more and to file your church's report! 

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More Upcoming Events

Church Safety & Security Summit, Oct. 26-27

Groups Matter Seminar, Jan. 22, Tucson and Jan. 23, Tempe

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Ben & Christy Prater

Ben and Christy Prater, International Mission Board representatives, received bad news from home and went to a little Jerusalem coffee shop to process. José and his wife, Juanita, were Spanish-speaking immigrants to Israel and working in this newly opened shop. The two families struck up a friendship and began to share life. José blurted out, “I want the peace you have! I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for my sins and rose again.” José faced struggles as a new believer in the Jewish community, but the Praters were there to help. Through it all, José remained faithful, even taking his family to meetings with other believers. At one of these meetings, Juanita hugged Christy and whispered in her ear, “I want you to know that I believe in Jesus now.” Your financial support through the Cooperative Program helps missionaries share and show the love of Jesus in many cultures and contexts. Pray that God will continue to give the Praters opportunities to have life-changing gospel conversations as they connect with those in North Africa and the Middle East.

Some names may have been changed for security reasons.

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