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Update from Nepal :: June 11



We spent our first week in a mountain village in Chandi Bhanjhang in the Chitwan district of Nepal. The village is isolated, no roads in and out, just a 2 hour (3 hour for us!) hike up a mountain trail. There was no plumbing and only one fresh water source for the entire village. No refrigeration and limited solar electricity. Our efforts were spent with teachers from three area schools. We observed and learned about their teaching processes and also demonstrated western teaching methods designed to engage the children. We noticed marked changes in the teachers over the course of the week and in the children’s interaction with the teachers. It was very exciting for everyone. Our training was well received and the principal and villagers asked us back soon. My favorite part was getting to know the welcoming and warm people of the village. We quickly became part of the community, working with the children and teachers during the day, and sharing meals, stories,  and laughs in the evenings. 

This week we are with a village in the valley. The same village we visited last year.  Five schools coming together to share. We’ll write more later. Thank you for all the prayers. 

Liz Soper

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Where in the world is our Pastor? -A note from Jason Edwards

Where in the world is our Pastor?
A note from Jason Edwards

Summer is often a meaningful time for service, rest, and memory making. As summer quickly approaches, I know many of you are anticipating warmer weather, grilling out, summer vacations, mission trips, and the joy that sometimes comes from shifting our seasonal gears. 

Like you, I am also excited about a variety of upcoming events and trips that summer’s arrival will bring. For me, this summer is an especially interesting one because of the amount of time I will spend away from Liberty. I usually don’t map out these plans in a church letter, but I have a hunch that someone at some point this summer may just wonder “where in the world is our Pastor?” With that in mind, here are the high-point events I am anticipating in the months ahead:

June 6–8: Our All Church Retreat. I’ll be here for this, and I’m so excited that Diana Butler Bass will be here too. We’re fortunate to have such a gifted and well-respected Christian leader in our midst, leading us both in our Friday and Saturday retreat, as well as in worship on Sunday morning. Yes, DBB is preaching that day (for Pentecost Sunday!), and our Thailand Mission Team is being commissioned at the end of worship.

June 9–21: Speaking of Thailand, I am leading a mission team to Thailand on Monday, June 9. A group of 10 will travel with me to work with the Upland Holistic Development Project. This is where Christy and I lived and worked in Thailand. We’ll build a roof for a water system, work on projects at the UHDP center, spend time in a refugee village or two, and likely be transformed by the Spirit’s work through our time in another culture together. Please do keep up with our group on the 2BC blog while we’re away. You’ll note that our trip covers one Sunday. Heather Entreken will preach on June 15 (a real treat!) and after returning to KCMO at 11 p.m. on June 21, I will preach on Sunday, June 22. 

June 25–29: Just a few days after returning from Thailand, Christy and I will travel to Georgia for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s (CBF) General Assembly (GA). This will be a great time for us to contribute to and connect with our largest mission partner. Additionally, I serve on the National Nominating Committee for CBF, and Christy will begin service this year on CBF’s Mission Council. Our committee and council meetings are after GA and will therefore have us in Georgia until Sunday morning. While we’re flying home, Susan Miller and the 2BC Drama team will be bringing the message to you in worship that day. (They’re all so gifted – another treat!)

July 7–13: Family Vacation. Our church policy says that up to 5 unused vacation days from one year can be carried ninety days into the following year. Our vacation time resets on the anniversary of our hire date. Ninety days after my hire date is around July 13. See where I’m going with this? When given the option of using or not using all of my vacation days, the powers that be (i.e., my family) thought a family vacation was a good option. I agree, and am looking forward to time this week with Christy, Jackson, Luke, and Norah. 

August 3–6: Selah Vie. After worshipping with you on Sunday morning, I’ll be flying to Georgia to be the retreat speaker at the CBF College and young adult retreat. Should be a fun week with CBF summer missionaries, ministry interns, and other young adults.

August 14–17: To Houston, Texas to officiate my little sister’s wedding. Jackson will have his first day of Kindergarten on Wednesday August 13, and then we’ll drive down on Thursday, rehearse on Friday, wedding on Saturday evening, and return on Sunday. This is promotion Sunday at 2BC, and I hate to miss it! Can you believe Lauren didn’t consult Jackson’s school calendar or our church calendar when she chose her wedding date? Me either. Still, I think you’ll enjoy a great fall kickoff that day with Tyler Tankersley in the pulpit.

August 22–23: On this Friday and Saturday I will fly to Dallas to serve as one of the speakers and celebrants at a roast of George Mason, my mentor pastor, on his 25th anniversary as Wilshire’s pastor. It’s a pretty big shindig. You won’t even know I’m gone.

Well, there it is, my summer schedule. Interesting? Exhausting? Exciting? Yes, yes, and yes.

So in the days ahead, days together and days apart, will you commit to pray for me as I pray for you?

Keeping in Touch,


Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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My Boy Sure Loves His Church

My Boy Sure Loves His Church

by Jess Tankersley   

When Tyler and I decided to get married, I did not think that I was marrying a pastor.  Sure, he worked at a church at the time, but we had big plans for Tyler to pursue his dream of becoming an anthropology professor who would gallivant around the world studying unique people and culture.  Here we are, nearly six years later, and I am most decidedly a pastor’s wife.  For someone who tends to meet gender and “churchy” stereotypes with an eye roll, I am surprisingly content with this fact.  For that, I owe a big thank you to the fine folks of Second Baptist.   

Tyler’s position as one of the Associate Pastors also means that our son, Henry, is a pastor’s kid.  Not having grown up in church, I only recently became aware of the stereotypes that this label conjures up.  On the one side, there’s the quirky, over-the-top, Bible-lovin’ pastor’s kid.  The other involves a rebellious type that completely rejects faith in every form.   

Even at not-quite-two-years-old, I have a feeling that Henry will be falling into the former category.  This kid LOVES his church.  If you are a parent or have ever been around any young child, then you are aware of Parenting Law #5746: “Don’t tell your kid you are going to get ice cream until you pull in to the ice cream shop’s parking lot.” That is how I have to handle Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights at our house.  Henry has literally tried to open the front door while still in his dinosaur jammies at the mere mention of church.  A favorite pastime?  Looking at the church directory and naming people, even people he has never met (in particular, Bill Stilfield, a veritable celebrity in Henry’s eyes).  If you stick around long enough on Wednesday nights, you might even catch Henry playing with the other young pastors’ kids.  Their game of choice?  “In the Tomb” where whoever is playing Jesus (sometimes Peter is thrown in the mix, too) is put under a church-table-turned-ancient-near-Eastern-burial-tomb, only later to be released and rise from the dead.     

Do I write about these things that Henry does in order to show how sweet and lovable and smart he is?  Well, maybe a little.  I mean, he is so sweet and loveable and smart (I’m not biased, am I?).  In all honesty, this just shows that even the smallest members of Second can sense that they are a part of this community.  As they should be.  And not just as little cuties running around and eating all of the leftover desserts at Wednesday night dinner, but as real members, each child’s unique contributions being appreciated by all.  Henry contributes his fair share of making others feel like a part of our community.  It’s hard to miss the smile on someone’s face when Henry calls out his or her name, clearly excited.  The idea that life is better when a part of community is a bedrock belief of Second Baptist Church.  We do well when we embrace this idea for all stages of life and appreciate what each individual has to offer.     

My hope is that Henry is off to a good start in his journey to belong, believe, and become.  So often, we focus on teaching children Bible stories and verses, but perhaps the thing for which they are really longing is the thing that most adults are: a sense of community and belonging.  Henry, well before he knows what either of those things actually means, has found it.    


P.S.   A note to future Henry:   If you find any of these stories that I have shared even remotely embarrassing, I apologize.  Of the million and one things that I find endearing about you, your sweetness and love of people rank among the top.  The way that you love our church is a perfect example of that.    

Love you forever, Mommy.    

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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