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24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan :: from Pastor Jason

Thank you so much for your investment in our 24-month Catalyst Ministry Plan. Because of your generous commitment to God through Second Baptist Church, we’ve taken important steps these last several months and have seen significant growth in our shared ministry here at Second Baptist Church, around the K.C. Metro Region, and throughout our world. From meaningful worship, to the spiritual growth of so many children and adults, to gospel-shaped service happening in Haiti, South Dakota, Liberty, and around the globe through 2BC mission partnerships and the Send Initiative, it’s so encouraging and beautiful to know each dollar we give supports such an incredible variety of ministries.  As I reflect on all of it (so much more than I’ve mentioned here), I am so appreciative of your generosity.

 

Looking forward, I want to encourage you to continue in generous faithfulness. We have much to celebrate, but in the midst of our celebration we are also mindful of projects, debt retirement goals, and other important ministry commitments that have yet to be fulfilled. Currently, we are behind the pace we set for ourselves when we pledged our 24-month Catalyst ministry plan in November of 2012. We have taken important steps forward together, but in order for us to finish Catalyst strong, each of us has to choose to finish strong. And remember, our Catalyst initiative ends on October 31 of this year.

 

What might you do between now and then to ensure a completion to our 24-month Catalyst plan that all of us can celebrate?

 

With love, gratitude, encouragement, and hope…

 

Jason 

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 0 comments
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Slovakia Prayer Guide :: August 1–4

Our 2BC Slovakia Team is preparing to wrap up their trip....here are a few prayer requests they have as they finish strong and begin to head home.
Thank you for your prayers!

Friday, August 1 – The week’s work ends with each family receiving a family photo --- the children have made photo frames as projects during the week, Shane has used a one-hour-photo shop to develop a photos of each family as a lasting gift.  Tonight we will end our time in Vazec with a cook-out at the home of Danka, a local leader of Jekh Drom, and a woman who has faced local ridicule for her work with Roma. Pray for Danka, her husband, and their teen-age son (who like American kids feels the sting of comments from his peers because of his mom’s compassionate leadership).

 

Saturday, August 2 – Today the group transitions to Krakow, Poland, where the focus moves to culture and history. In the afternoon, the group may opt to visit Schindler’s Factory, made famous in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Schindler’s List (required viewing as preparation for the group). As you consider the news of this day, pray for those who are persecuted for no reason other than being who they are.               


Sunday, August 3 – Today the group visits Auschwitz and Birkenau where more than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives because of the Nazis. Many of these exterminated were Roma. The number of persons murdered is almost equal to the total populations of the City of Kansas City (467K); the City of St. Louis (318K); Clay County, Missouri (230K); and Madison County, IL (267K) combined. Pray for the group as they process the Auschwitz xperience.   (caption = “Work Sets You Free”)     

Monday, August 4 – The group returns home. Pray for safe travel. Pray each will have a broadened understanding of our complex world and the ever simple message of God’s love for all people. Pray for yourself as you continue your own journey of being the presence of Christ wherever you go and whomever you meet today and tomorrow.        

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Friday, August 1, 2014 | 0 comments
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Update from Slovakia :: July 30

Just when I think this trip can't get any better....it does! Due to rain, we toured a Vasjet outdoor museum that was outstanding! Beautiful antiques and historic buildings and interesting artifacts. We completed many of the backpacks today and will finish tomorrow. 

The highlight of the day, however, was gathering with the retirees from the village after our afternoon session. We ate homemade sweets and shared info about ourselves as well as souvenirs from our different cities. Then we got rowdy! Gwen led us in line dancing to "Boot Scoot Boogie" and many of the elder Slovak women joined in. They sang songs, and so did we. Then we sang songs both groups knew in our own languages. Harold then broke out an accordion he found in our meeting room and we all sang "You are My Sunshine" and "My, My Delilah"! It was a blast, and no one wanted the evening to come to an end. We're exhausted, yet energized. 

We miss our families terribly, yet have made many new friends. I keep pinching myself that I'm actually in a foreign country. I miss you all terribly, especially one little 1-year-old blondie, two pound puppies, and my very special hubby who didn't bat an eye when we talked about the possibility of me taking this trip. The Lord does provide in many, many ways! I'm wearing an old Schumacher shirt today that displays one of my favorite quotes, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," author unknown (CM that's for you!). I'll get to check an item off my bucket list if I can leave this world just a tiny bit better than when I entered! Amen! And good night!

-Roxann Brenton

Posted by Terri Soper at Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 0 comments
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