Someone asked me
the other day, “What does
Bethel Baptist Association
do?” Well, let me try to answer
that question. The reason
I say “try” is because
we do more than I can keep
my mind around.
The reason is that
BBA ministries are not about what I can do but
what we can do together. However, I will try to
highlight as many of our ministries as I can in this
The number one thing that I am excited
about is my opportunity to pray with many of our
pastors each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. We pray
for revival, for one another and for our churches.
The next ministry I would like to highlight is
our CWJC ministries. We have a great team of ladies
led by Jeanne Todd. Some examples of what
this team has been doing: two mentors have met
regularly with mereas (participants) since October—One merea will soon receive her diploma
from Hannibal High School. Two merea alumna
are in touch with mentors for increased support
Classes resumed in January at New London’s
A Hand Up Learning Center as three students
continues GED preparation. Hannibal has
one GED student. Bible study and prayer remain
an important part of the CWJC classroom. Sessions.
We rejoice that one of our students recently
received Jesus as her Savior. Additionally, our
churches help with loaves and fishes each month.
We have a new camp ministry team this year
led by Milton Baumgardner. This prepares for and
leads BBA in two weeks of camp at Camp Inlow.
Each year we have 300 to 450 children, youth and
staff in our camps that get a chance to come to
know God or to draw closer to God. We see 10 to
20 attendees saved most years and lots of life
We have a Camp Inlow ministry that hosts
in addition to our two weeks of camp several other
churches, associations and family groups. We hear
of many life changes and salvation decisions made
within these groups.
We have a disaster relief ministry that responds
to disasters both locally and nation wide.
Our DR chainsaw trailer and team is one of the
best in the state. Again, we see some saved and we
leave a N.T. with almost everyone we help.
We have a construction team ministry that
helps out associational churches with maintenance
projects and building additions. This team works
both nationwide and internationally.
We have a church ministry team that helps
with training and leading in VBS, Bible Drill, January
Bible Study and Sunday School events. One
Evangelism team goes to the Missouri State Fair
each year for one day of sharing the gospel with
fair attendees. We see 5 to 10 people saved and because
you help support this state fair ministry we
are seeing 50 to 100 people saved during the span
of the state fair season.
Well, as I said, I can not cover all the ministries
of BBA. Let me close by listing other ministries
we do together.
LOVE PACKAGES: Old literature delivered to Love Packages is
used within this ministry to get the gospel out to people
all over the world. We get monthly reports of
people being saved through this ministry. This ministry
is led by Charles Grubb and New Oakland assisting
him. CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX MINISTRY: This ministry is led by Cheryl McGowan that
also sees many boys and girls come to know Jesus.
BBA PARTY TRAILER: This ministry helps BBA churches put on various
events for the church and community.
BBA VAN: This ministry helps all our churches with the
Your Director of Missions oversees all of
these ministries, and also participates and leads in some. In addition to that, I lead in the NE Region
DOM event, Pastor/Wife Conference, our
monthly meetings and DR Relief ministries.
Again, that is not all but I am stopping
here. Remember , my purpose here was to try and
answer the question: “What does Bethel Baptist
I hope you will help communicate in your
church about Bethel Baptist Association ministries
so that people will know our purpose, and what