“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” II Corinthians 9: 7&8
It was a great joy to visit 21 BMA churches and share Central with them over the summer. I am a people person so it was particularly good to meet and see people everywhere we went. In so many of the churches we met people with a vision and burden to help church plants. As a new church planter, it was refreshing to be encouraged by so many positive BMA folks!
As you know if we visited your church, church plants need help! We simply do not have what existing churches have. We are raising money this fall for our ‘OPENING BUDGET”. This budget covers and will purchase all the needed items that Central will need to start public worship services in the future. Basically the needs are related to sound, lighting & projection. Because we potentially will be meeting in two maybe three different locations before we build, it has been our purpose to cover our bases and purchase what is needed, not knowing what will be available at the various locations we end up meeting at. The beautiful thing about these items is that they are mobile but yet they can be used later in a building once we have it and will save the plant this cost long term. Most of you have seen the list when we visited your church. If you have not and would like a copy I’ll be happy to give you one!
The Financial Goal for our “OPENING BUDGET” is $18,500. We are praying that this can be met by December 31, 2013! Currently Bro Keith Lewis reports to me that a total of $9,998.50 has been sent to Charity, our Sponsoring church! We are elated over what has been given already! Different individuals and churches have responded to our request for help! A huge THANK YOU goes out to the many of you who have given already!
We are also so grateful to our Sponsoring church. Even though they are a very new church, they are supporting Central $500 monthly! Our hearts we overwhelmed by their commitment to us! We have also been blessed to have the Mt Calvary Association join Charity in supporting us monthly at $800 per month. We were thrilled to get that news! With just these two helping, it will go a long way toward reaching our goal! In December, Central will be giving to this budget as well! Our people are not just looking for a hand out, they are sacrificing and giving towards the goal themselves! Together and with God’s blessing I know that we can get there! Central is also through time buying chairs on our own.
I want to ask you to join with others who are giving and have already given! You or your church can give a onetime offering towards this goal or you can give monthly! However the Lord leads you will be a blessing! There’s certainly one thing that I love seeing associational Baptist do… work together! The mother church can’t do it alone or the church plant. But together we can!
Gifts can be sent to our Sponsoring Church. The address is: Charity Baptist Church P.O. Box 286 Ward, AR 72176!
The numbers are rising, but we are not there yet! We will keep you posted as December 31, 2013 draws near! Thank you for giving!
Keep praying for Central!
Time To Toil…
Colossians 1: 28, 29