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Headlines and Highlights from the Upstate – Spring Issue No. 1
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Sometimes sharing the love of Christ is as simple as meeting a need, especially in times of tragedy.
Take our shower trailer for example. More than six months ago, we sent it down to Staten Island, NY in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.
“There were 30-to-40 workers per day going through there,” said New York State Disaster Relief Director Mike Flannery. “And for the last three months, we have had it on Long Island, helping with the re-build.”
The “re-build” is the next phase of construction after the “mud-out,” Flannery explained.
“First,” he said, “the teams come in and clean out the house; the walls, the floors. Everything comes out. Then they completely rebuild the house.”
And they are in it for the long-haul.
“We have a two year commitment to keep working with the people and sharing the Gospel as we go,” he said. “And the longer we stay in an active role, the better people think of us as Christians who call themselves Southern Baptists.”
When he is not traveling to disaster relief sites, or doing trainings all over the state, Flannery is a NAMB Church Planting Catalyst in Buffalo, NY.
Welcome to our Spring Update. What a month, as we hosted our partners from Missouri, and prepare now to welcome more teams this summer.
Thanks for reading, as we feature in this issue our Missouri partners and more. – Sean
Missouri Pastors bring “Partnership” to the front lines
Pittsfiled, MA planter, Chris Adorno (left), meets with Ken Keltner and Ron Marsh of FBC El Dorado Springs, MO (middle), and Jasper Rains from Parkway Baptist in St. Louis, MO (right).
They don’t live here. But they love the HBA like they do. And during the last week of April, 2013, partners, pastors and churches of the Missouri Baptist Convention got to see the Hudson Valley up close and personal.
Indeed, four guys from two different churches in Missouri came as part of a team led by Dr. Rick Hedger, the Mobilization Director for the Missouri State Convention Partnership Director and the man leading a new, four-year partnership between the Missouri Convention and the HBA.
Among the highlights, the team toured the area with HBA Director, Sean Pierce, and met with five church planters over three days.
“The first person I listened to got me excited.” said team member, Ken Keltner. “The more I heard, the more excited I became.”
Among those making the trip with with Hedger, who was making his third vision trip to the HBA, were Keltner and his pastor, Ron Marsh, from First Baptist Church El Dorado Springs, MO, and Pastor Jasper Rains from Parkway Baptist in St. Louis, MO.
Marsh said he and Keltner came with a specific goal: to consider forging a new partnership with a church plant here.
“We’ve been praying since last fall,” Marsh said. “and we knew that God was sending us here to help plant churches. The only question was where.”
This was welcome news to Pierce, who stressed the importance of spreading the message throughout Missouri that even smaller churches can make a huge difference in the life of a new church plant.
“The churches are discovering that they have something that can help a church planter and his fledgling church,” Pierce said. “Every church can pray and encourage through phone calls, emails, and Facebook.”
Another highlight was when the team visited the Haystack Prayer Monument in Williamstown, MA, where it is said the modern missions movement began (pictured below).
“We owe so much to the Northeast in spreading the gospel to us,” Hedger reflected. “Now we want to give back by bringing the gospel back here.”
New video aims to promote area, and tell story of church planting in the Hudson Valley
We were pleased in April to release a new video “Looking Up-State: Church Planting in the Hudson Valley and Western Mass.” Click the image above. The video will be featured with other videos and a new blog on our new Web coming in May.
God is at work in the Hudson Baptist Association. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel! Would you take 30 seconds right now to pray for our pastors, churches, and church plants? Please let us know how to pray for you! – Sean