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TBM Relief

This year has been devastating for many families in our state.  The Texas Baptist Men respond to crisis with God’s love and needful equipment.

Will you help us supply a Disaster Relief Trailer for our local Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team?  In the sign-up below are some needed items to make this trailer effective.  I hope you will consider donating new, or gently used tools and materials to this effort.

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Tabernacle Experience Coming to FBC Nederland

Tabernacle Slide

Join us Wednesday January 14th and 21st at 6 pm as we study about the Tabernacle.

The full scale replica will be here March 6th -15th.

Click HERE or call the church for more information.

409-722-0263

 

Prayer and Financial Support for International Missions Goes Together

This Christmas season we are praying for the work of our IMB missionaries. I encourage you to join the many who are praying for those serving and for God to use them mightily to reach the unreached people groups. Additional this is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering time of year and I encourage you to give. We have many ways to give this year including.

  • Miss a Meal campaign www.imb.org/meal
  • Bake Sale
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tour of Homes
  • Direct Giving
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Isaac and Joseph showing proof that they Missed A Meal. Support missions by skipping a meal and donating $10 per plate to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. #MissAMeal

Our Goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is $18,000.

 

Devotional Thought For the Day

Tony Mathews thought international missions wasn’t for everyone, that as a pastor his focus should be on the local church.

North Garland Baptist Fellowship, where he has served for 22 years, supported the Cooperative Program. Members of the Texas church had gone on international missions trips, which the pastor had supported — from a distance.

That changed in 2012 when he helped lead activities for children of Southern Baptist missionaries in Africa.

Talking with those missionaries, including Adam and Suzie Hailes from Madagascar, rocked Tony’s world — how he saw it and himself. He realized how enriching a pastor’s personal involvement in international missions could be to a local church. That’s a message he now shares with other African-American pastors in the Dallas area. He recruits them to go on missions trips with him, most recently in partnership with missionaries Johnny and Donna Maust to reach Afro-Ecuadorians. The church also partners with the Hailes.

And, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® for International Missions is becoming part of the church’s vocabulary, both collectively and within families.

“Now, I desire that everyone craves to be a part of it,” Tony says. “I want to show my people that God is not only their personal God, but He is also a global God, and we need to be there to share that news with others.”

Pray how you can share the Gospel both near and far, according to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

Pray for missionaries like the Mausts and Hailes, who rely on support from fellow Southern Baptists.

 

Give Me Your Eyes: A Testimony from South Africa by Katy Corcoran

Give Me Your Eyes

“Give me Your eyes for just one second

Give me Your eyes so I can see

Everything that I keep missing

Give me Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted

The ones that are far beyond my reach

Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten

Give me Your eyes so I can see”

South Africa Pic from Katy

I knew it in an instant.  The minute that Jason and Ryan began reporting on South Africa and the mission trips that would follow; I knew that the Holy Spirit was leading me to go.  This calling was not emotional (like I have felt on every other mission trip that I have been on), yet it was just a matter of fact.  The Holy Spirit was prompting me, and I would obey.

We were to go teach refugee Somalian women English so they can better thrive in South Africa.  I teach every day so was not thrilled about teaching my entire Spring Break.  I would miss my time off with my boys.  The travel would be long and tedious, and I do not naturally have a longing to visit South Africa.

I heard Brandon Heath’s song, “Give me Your Eyes”, multiple times before I left for my trip.  I did not think anything about it until we began our work with the Muslim ladies in South Africa.  Generally speaking, this is a harsh culture with a tendency for abrasive personalities.  In our orientation, Joe explained “they are hard to love, but Jesus loves them.  And they are going to hell if we do not share and show the love of Christ to them.”  As soon as he spoke those words, I knew what my lesson-learned would be from this trip: that I should seek for my heart to cry out the words of this song.  I was to be challenged to see these people, all people, through Jesus’ eyes.  What a simple revelation and prayer.  Every morning my earnest prayer would be that I would be able to love and have a heart for these precious women as Jesus does.  We spent time teaching, loving on, listening to, building up, and praying for these women whose stories and life experiences are indescribably difficult.  Through our time spent together and by the grace of God, I developed a love and burden for reaching these special ladies.

As it always does, my life lesson that I learned on my mission trip has crossed over into my daily life.  God has blessed me with a huge mission field.  My daily prayer now is that I would see each student with Jesus’ eyes and give me a heart and love for all of humanity.

If your prayer is to have a love and burden for all of humanity, then your life purpose and view will change instantly.  I have felt the burden and urgency to be Christ to all lost people.  The Somalians, my students, and any people that I come into contact with (even the ones that are hard to love) need to feel the unconditional love of Christ from me.

Lord, I pray that you give me your love for humanity, the broken-hearted, and the forgotten.  Amen.

Disaster Relief: A Personal Testimony

Last year, Ken and Nancy Wines traveled to Manchaca, TX, to deliver aid to flood victims.  The following is there account of how God used the Texas Baptist Men to share Christ’s love in words and deeds during a time of crisis.

Austin Disaster Relief

November 10 – 18, 2013

 Sunday Nov. 10, 2013

We left home at 10:30 am for the Manchaca (pronounced Manshac) Baptist Church – which is where we would be staying – & we arrived there at 3:00 pm.  Manchaca is a small town just south of Austin.  The actual work we would be doing would be in south Austin in the Onion Creek neighborhoods – which were devastated by the flash flooding of Onion Creek.  On Halloween – the area had 14 inches of rain in only 2 hours – & it was reported that Onion Creek rose from a very shallow creek to a depth of 15 feet within that 2-hour span.  The waters rose quickly & then receded just as quickly – but only after leaving 1 to 4 feet of water damage in houses.

When we arrived, we checked in with the disaster relief office at the church & set up our trailer on the church grounds.  All of the volunteers without trailers were assigned places to set up their mattresses somewhere in the church itself.  Some were in Sunday school rooms, in offices, or the gymnasium.  It was pretty much wall-to-wall people wherever you went.  There were also rooms designated for TV watching & game playing.  We knew absolutely no one when we entered – but we were instantly welcomed by all who were there.

Supper was served at 6 pm every night & the food was great.  At 7 pm we all went in to the choir room where a debriefing meeting was held.  Songs were sung – prayer requests made – & the day’s activities were recapped.  We were done by 8 pm & were free to go back to the trailer – or stay & watch TV or play games with others in the group.  It was Sunday & so no work was done.  Sundays were spent going to church & resting.

The church had 5 active units working this relief session.

1.There was a laundry/shower team – This team worked in a large trailer that housed 4 showers on one end & washing machines on the other.  They furnished clean bath towels each day for showers & sanitized the showers after each use.  They also did all the worker’s laundry.  We simply had to drop off our dirty clothes at night & they would be washed – folded – & ready for pick up the next morning.

2.There was a food team – This team cooked & served all the meals.  They started work between 4 & 5 am each morning.  They fixed breakfast & sack lunches for us each day before we left for work in the neighborhoods.  They usually took a break in mid afternoon & then went back to the kitchen to fix supper.  The food was great.  We would have scrambled eggs – biscuits & gravy – bacon or sausage – French toast – & pancakes each morning.  For lunch we would have sandwiches, with chips, & cookies.  For supper we had things like stuffed chicken breast – meat loaf – pork loin – pork chops – tacos with all the fixings – spaghetti – goulash.  And fruit was left out all day for snacks.

We did not have a bad meal all week.

3. There was a childcare team –This team would take care of children at the resource center while parents were filling out forms for help.  This team went to work at 11 am each day – but they did not get off until 6 pm.

4. The 4th group was the chaplains – All chaplains also are yellow caps.  Some drove in pairs around the affected area – talking to people – assessing the needs of individuals & the community.  Some worked at the community resource building where people signed up for help from the various agencies.  And one chaplain accompanied each clean out team.  They not only worked as a yellow cap clean out team member – they also worked as a comforter to the homeowner

5. The last groups were the clean out teams.  These teams left the church each morning by 8 am & went into the neighborhoods to work in the damaged homes.  They removed sheetrock – pulled nails – cleaned floors – sprayed to prevent mold – helped to box up personal items & move furniture if needed – & left the homes ready to be rebuilt.  They would arrive back at the church between 4:30 & 5:30 pm.  Each team was accompanied by a cargo trailer – which held all the tools we would use.  (hammers, pry bars, brooms, shovels, mops, sprayers, wheel barrows, etc.)  – We did not have to furnish anything but gloves – work clothes & work boots.

 Monday – Saturday Nov. 11-16, 2013

We got up at 6 am & headed over to the gym for breakfast at 7 am.  We picked up sack lunches that had been made to carry with us out to the job site because we would not return to the church until 5:00 pm each day.  At 7:30 am we went to the choir room for morning devotion. We would sing songs – have prayer request – & one of the chaplains would give a devotional each morning.

DSCF0100Then the new arrival yellow caps were assigned to a blue cap’s team.  There were 2 teams working that 1st day.  We were assigned to Bob Eaton’s team.  Each team that day consisted of 12-13 members.  (members would come & go depending on how long they could stay.  Some came for 1 day – some for a week – some for longer.)  When we completed a home – we would gather in a circle – present a Bible to the homeowner that had all of the signatures of the people who had worked on their home – & pray for the home & its occupants.

 

Toward the middle of the week – the TBM organization called in 2 extra cargo units so that we could have 4 teams working each day. Our team alone completed 10 + homes during our week there.  And all the TBM teams over the 3 weeks of working in Austin completed work on over 100 homes.

On Wednesday night we met Bruce in Austin at Threadgills on Riverside for supper. It was good to see him & visit – but the traffic was horrendous.  People were in town for a home football game that would take place on Saturday – & there were some there for the formula car races that would take place that weekend. All hotels & campgrounds were full.

On Thursday noon – our blue cap Bob took us to Whataburger & told us to order whatever we wanted – as he was picking up the tab.  He said that we were the best team that he had had & we had completed more work than any of the other 3 teams.  He wanted to treat us for making him look so good.

On Friday we completed a house for a man & wife from the Philippines.  They were so grateful for our help that they insisted on buying us lunch from Sonic.

We met some of the nicest people during our week in Austin.  The homeowners usually started out to be leery of taking our services.  They were afraid there was a catch – & that there would be hidden charges.  But by the time we left their house – they were not only happy to have gotten the help – they realized that we were really offering our help for free.  (Contractors were charging $10,000 for the same work – & they weren’t spraying for mold.)  In fact once word spread about our group & what we did – they would tell their neighbors to look for the group with the yellow hats.  (There were several other groups in the area.  Samaritan’s Purse – Austin Disaster Relief (a coalition of Austin churches) & groups that were pretending to belong to charities).  We actually had people that would come down streets looking for us & asking for help.  We also found that most of these people had more than flooded home problems – they had personal problems as well.  Some of their personal problems were the results of the flooding – but some of their problems were in addition to the flooding.

We also met some really special people that worked with us on our team.  We immediately bonded into a family unit & we worked well as a team.  (There were no egos on our team).  We ended on Saturday with 8 members that were each special in their own way.

Our team consisted of our blue cap Bob & yellow caps, Rick, Tom, Carolyn, Ken, Gene, Gayland, & Nancy.

As an example of our closeness – Gene gave a testimony on Saturday morning about our team – & how God had placed each of us exactly where He needed us.

We ran into some problems in the house we had worked on Friday.  There were plumbing problems & we had a master plumber on our team.  We had phone problems & we had a 41 yr employee of AT&T on our team.  We had electrical problems & we had a master electrician on our team.  The owner of the house had questions about her floor tile which contained asbestos – & we had a team member who was a safety consultant & could answer all of her questions about her floor tile.  God had provided us with everything we needed that day.

Sometimes we get too comfortable in our own homes with our own problems – and we forget that there are others who have needs & are hurting.  And only when you get out in the world – do you really see the real picture & realize that there are others who are worse off than you.  God gave us the opportunity to reach out & help those that not only needed & appreciated our help – they needed our friendship & our story of God’s love.

It was a tiring but rewarding week.

Working with the TBM for this week was so much more rewarding than the work we did locally after Hurricane Ike.  The people that we helped – were ones that actually needed the help.  They did not get help because of who they were – or who they knew.

And the workers that participated were all committed Christians -who came from all parts of the state.  And all people present were there willingly – ready to provide services – free of charge – to those in need.  And all workers followed the direction of the few people in charge – & no one tried to claim personal glory or praise.

And all workers had pretty much the same mind set – which was that the work we did might be good enough to please us – & it might have been good enough to please the homeowner – but was it good enough to please God.

It was a wonderful week & we will repeat it over & over as long as the Lord allows us to go.

 Sunday Nov. 17, 2013

We got up at 6 am & hooked up the trailer & headed for home at am.  We arrived at home at 11:30 am.

 

 

Beautiful Feet Mission Trip to Fort Worth, June 10-15.

 

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Sermon Outline from February 16th, 2014. Children and Parents

Home Improvements, pt 2.

Children and Parents

 

Children

NIV  Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Obedience

It’s NOT About Feeling

It’s NOT About Agreement

It’s NOT About Convenience 

It’s All About Actions

NIV  Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.

Honor

It’s All About Intentions

My Actions Reflect Back On My Parents

Honoring My Parents Reflects Positively On Me

NIV  Proverbs 10:1 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.

 

Parents

NIV  Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Do Not Anger…

παροργίζω – To Provoke to Anger, Enrage, Embitter

It Has To Do With Purpose

NIV  Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

It Has To Do With Boundaries

NIV  Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

Train

Through What We Say

NIV  Psalms 78:3-4 What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Through What We Do

NIV  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

The Last Word On Family

NIV  Malachi 4:5-6 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Help Us Spread The Word

People are getting the word out about our Christmas musical through Facebook

Have you noticed the Facebook buzz about this year’s Christmas production The Christmas Post?

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Chances are, you’ve already responded to the Facebook invitation you’ve received from the church or from a friend.  When you responded to that invitation, a post was created on your wall to let all of your friends know you will be attending The Christmas Post with us.  Thanks for Responding.

If you would like to encourage your friends to attend, just click on The Christmas Post below, or as it appears on your Facebook wall.  You will be taken to the Event Page which will give more details about service times, weather conditions, and updates about the program.

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Once you get to the Event Page, click on the tab that says, “Invite Friends.”  A list of all of your friends will show up.  Just click on everyone you want to invite, and them press Send at the bottom of that page.  It’s as simple as that.

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Challenge….

Let’s see how quickly we can get to 1,000 invites.  The more who join us, the more fun we will have together.

I look forward to seeing you at The Christmas Post!