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Defining Our Course

Rich and Jo Ann Davis on January 31, 2011 Comments (87)

The huge welcome banner stretching across the main avenue on St. ThomasThe huge welcome banner stretching across the main avenue on St. ThomasDefining Our Course

"Defining our Course" was the theme of the West Indies Baptist Fellowship Conference this month in St. Thomas. What a blessing and honor to be able to participate in the 50th anniversary of this group of churches. Dr. Ray Thompson (Vice President of BIMI) was present for the occasion and recalled when he and his dear wife arrived in St. Thomas in 1955. To be able to look back and see hundreds of churches represented, a great Bible College (Blue Water Bible College on St. Thomas) and many believers after such a humble beginning must be one of the most satisfying moments in the life of a faithful servant.

As the fellowship of Baptist churches in the Caribbean looked forward to the future and considered their course, it was apparent that the Word of God and the Great Commission is still the heart of their vision. For that reason, we rejoice that the Lord has allowed us to become colaborers together with them in seeking to accomplish the biblical mandate until the Lord returns. 

Rich was asked to take one of the sessions entitled "Strategies for Evangelism" which was a joy to prepare and teach. The concepts that were presented in that session were novel to some of the folks and caused a great deal of interest.

Near the end of the week, the pastor responsible for hosting the Leadership Conference for the Caribbean churches asked Rich to bring a session on Missions for the June Leadership conference. These are the very areas in which we most desire to contribute. Praise the Lord as He opens the doors of opportunity to serve the Caribbean churches. There is a new photo album to view with some pictures of this event on our website. 

There is also another possibility brewing to do the training for the Good Soil material in one of the churches in St. Kitts. Please pray with us that the Lord would continue to open these doors for evangelism, church planting and missions

Sliding off the hillSliding off the hillDetermining the Damage 

Early in December Rich flew to St. Lucia to meet Peter and Bibiana Morgan to evaluate the damage caused by Hurricane Thomas. We traveled from one end of the island to the other and saw banana crops destroyed, landslides as well as road damage. We visited some of the brethren whose houses had been affected by Thomas and made arrangements for the repairs. 

ABWE was able to release funds for the relief effort from an emergency fund which has been established for situations such as this. We now need to replace about $2,000 so that funds will be there for the next crisis.

Rich was invited to preach at the combined meeting of two churches for their midweek service while on the island. What a blessing to encourage the brethren with the Scriptures and be reminded of God's faithfulness. We do have a new photo album with pictures of the St. Lucia trip which won't take long to check out. 

Rich, Jo Ann & Hannah Farley (MK - Peru) at Grace Baptist, Yuba City, CARich, Jo Ann & Hannah Farley (MK - Peru) at Grace Baptist, Yuba City, CADeclaring the Lord's Faithfulness

Except for the trip to St. Lucia, we spent the month of December in California with family and visiting some of our supporting churches and several friends. It is alway an encouragement to be with the faithful churches and friends that have prayed for us and supported us for almost 38 years now. The Lord has been faithful and so have you. 

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to those churches who were able to receive and encourage us while we were in California and also the several friends who make us long for eternity when we will never need to part. And beyond that, we also want to extend our thanks to all of our churches and friends throughout the US who continue to stand with us as we serve Him together in the ministry of the Great Commission. 

The worlds largest city needs the light of the GospelThe worlds largest city needs the light of the GospelDaring to go to Mexico 

The subtitle is a bit exaggerated, but I needed a title that started with a "D" and that would get your attention! Beside that, we also found bit of rhyme too! Mexico has been in the news recently with the focus on border problems, but our concern was elevated when the news was released of a missionary lady who was killed as they were heading toward the US border. 

Jo Ann and I are planning to fly to Mexico City on February 12-20 for a retreat with the team. Praise the Lord that the ABWE missionaries in Mexico City are safe and taking the necessary measures to stay that way. We will be doing training related to some of the foundational elements needed for starting multiple churches simultaneously in partnership with several Mexican churches. 

The ABWE team in Mexico City is now ready to launch into the paradigm of partnering with existing churches to start several new churches. We are so blessed to see the second Central American country where ABWE serves taking the steps to carry out this challenging vision. There is no better strategy for evangelizing the lost than starting a new church. How much more is that true when starting several new churches! Please pray for our time with the team and for this new effort in church planting in Mexico. 

Big sis (Ava) holding the newest arrivalBig sis (Ava) holding the newest arrivalDown the Road 

There are several other ministry opportunities finding a place in the coming months on our calendar. Please join us in prayer concerning these trips and ministries.

  • Ohio - our 8th grandson just arrived! We hope to meet the little guy and let him know how thankful we are that he is here.
  • Florida - at the beginning of April ABWE will gather all the administrators from around the globe for our annual meeting.
  • England - in the middle of May we will have the joy of participating in the wedding of a dear Peruvian friend.
  • Scotland - towards the end of May we have been invited to teach the "Good Soil" seminar with a new church plant being headed up by friends of many years. Robert & Joan Hamilton have been church planters in South America for most of their lives and now that they are "retired" they have put together a team to start a new church in Scotland. What an amazing example.
  • St. Maarten (Caribbean) - Rich has been asked to teach a session on "Missionary Support" with the goal of helping the churches in the Caribbean raise their commitment to the Great Commission in the middle of June.  



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