KS-NE Southern Baptists Making A Difference

April 2010

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.    Ephesians 2:10

Many of us find comfort in the words of Paul as he encouraged the Ephesians to understand and remain focused on their lives in Christ. Lives of significance, fulfilled through “good works” as the heart and hands of God’s son, Jesus. Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists are making a difference in the lives of people in their communities, states, nation, and overseas.

Matt Osborn and Klaus Schmidt of Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka Kansas recently returned from a two-week deployment to Haiti to install solar powered water purification units provided by Tom Cox Ministries. As a result, clean water for one clinic and three Haitian churches is now flowing. Matt and Klaus worked, worshipped, studied, and told people of God’s love for them.

A medical team from Westside Baptist Church in Omaha Nebraska deployed to Haiti to minister and care for the injured and sick unable to care for themselves. To my knowledge, this was the first medical deployment headed up by members of a Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist church to minister in Haiti following the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Dr. Tim Belcher of First Southern Baptist Church in Coffeyville Kansas and nurses Pat Morris and Lorrie Lamphier of Westside Baptist Church in Omaha Nebraska prepare to deploy as a team to minister and care for the injured and sick in the Port-au-Prince, Haiti area. Their future deployment is in support of our missions partners the Arkansas Baptist Convention.

Elijah Touchton of Trinity Baptist Church in Pittsburg Kansas is organizing Baptist Builder teams to assist members of Sublette Southern Baptist Church, Sublette Kansas to complete their new construction project. Kansas-Nebraska and other Southern Baptist state convention Baptist Builder teams are calendared through the month of April 2010 to support this project.

Norm and Sue Marcum of Shawnee Heights Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas report that Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission deployed team members to work and minister in Arizona, Florida, and Texas over the winter months. Most teams have returned home and are regrouping to engage an aggressive construction calendar for the summer and fall of 2010. Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission continue to provide teams in support of the ongoing Webster Conference Center construction project, and plan to assist in the Sublette church, and Weir Camp construction projects.  A rally is planned at Webster Conference Center April 30 through May 2, 2010. 

The Buckets of Hope Project is on schedule with over 850 “buckets” having been donated by Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists for Haitian refugees. Garvey Public Storage of Wichita Kansas has graciously provided warehouse space and assistance as KNCSB disaster relief personnel have collected, sorted, labeled, palletized, and shrink-wrapped these donations.

Lora Robinson of Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Center Kansas set up and provides management to the newly established Kansas-Nebraska Disaster Relief webpage found at the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists website. The information she provides ministers to us all as we attempt to connect with disaster relief volunteer efforts throughout our two-state convention, nation, and the world.

These are but a few of the hundreds of Kansas-Nebraska volunteers making a difference in the lives of many by “finding a need and filling it”. Their ministry to those in need, those who are lost, and those of us growing in the likeness of God’s Son Jesus can not be celebrated enough.

Please continue to pray on behalf of those in need as well as those ministering in Jesus name. Thanks for your prayers, financial resources, and understanding hearts. God bless you as you serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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