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Looking Forward With Anticipation by Larry Geraldson, Director of Missions

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:13-14

I love this passage because it conveys Paul’s deep spiritual motivation and testifies to the journey of faith he had begun in Christ, his tireless labor of love for Christ, and his expectation that one day he would obtain that for which he hoped for by Christ.

As I look forward to the New Year, there is one thing I can say with certainty, our journey has just begun.  Yes, God has blessed us this past two years but we have much more work to do.  Let me share just a few of the things I anticipate will happen, Lord willing, in the year 2014 through our State Missions efforts.

I anticipate, and I am praying for, 5 new missions to start and 1 of our missions to be organized into a church, this year.  This will give us a net of 20 ongoing projects by year’s end.  We will be supporting, directly and indirectly, 23 men involved in these projects.  We are praying for additional support and an above average special emphasis in order to accomplish these goals but we will accomplish these goals as the funds are available. God always supplies and I know how to wait on the Lord.imagesKTHH9J1D

I anticipate the completion of the building project in Burnsville, MS for Freedom Baptist Church, and their relocation to the new building.  I anticipate the purchase of property for the future needs of Day Star at Sumrall, MS.  It is possible that South Forrest might begin their second phase building sometime this year.  We are hoping to relocate Crossway Baptist in Clinton to a new and better location and we are looking for land for this mission’s future needs.

I anticipate we will have an outstanding Missions and Evangelism Conference for 2014. It will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and will be hosted by Shady Grove Baptist Church in Laurel, MS.  More information will follow but please mark your calendar now.  Our speakers include: Dr. John Adams, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mantachie; Bro. Justin Cameron, Pastor of Midway Baptist Church of McClain; Bro. Dewitt Bain, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church; Bro. Bryan Atwood, Pastor of Campground Baptist Church; Bro. Johnny Williams, Pastor of North Gautier Baptist Church; Bro. Gary Smith, Pastor of East Fulton Baptist Church; and Dr. Charley Holmes, President of the BMA Theological Seminary.

praying_man_at_altarI anticipate the gospel will be preached, many souls will be saved, many people will be baptized, disciples will be made and the overall membership in our missions will go up.  I am excited about the New Year and, “…I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

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