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Overview of Missions at Midway Baptist

The Commission from Jesus — Matthew 28:18-20 (18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19)  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Scriptural Missions Example in Scripture — Acts 13:1-3 (1)  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (2)  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. (3)  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Churches co-operating together in mission work without the hierarchy of mission boards is the scriptural example — Philippians 4:14-16 (14)  Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. (15) Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. (16) For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

I am not saying that all Missions Boards are bad — but to be true to scripture is to follow the scriptural example of mission work found in the NT — the NT example is missions through the local church — with the church having authority over the missionary.

Any member of a local church is under the authority of that church to do God’s work — in the NT, there is no other example of missionaries, members, or pastors being under the authority of any organization other that the NT church of which they are a member.

The Process — Missionaries surrender — then are sent out under the authority of their local church for the purpose of winning souls and establishing churches — their church is their sponsor — without need for a mission board or mission association — they are responsible to their home church — other churches can co-operate with them in their efforts — to raise funds they go out on what is called deputation — introducing themselves, their calling and burden, seeking other churches regular support for their works — this allows churches to co-operate in world-wide mission endeavors.

This is the only example of how to do mission work given in Scripture.

Brief Look at the missionaries

Bruce Martin — Mexico, Honduras, Cuba — also has a teaching ministry via Zoom in Mexico — helps the saints in Cuba with printing, etc. — sent by Metropolitan Baptist Church, Ft Worth, TX — son of a missionary in Glory.

Luis Turk — Indonesiasent by Maranatha Baptist Church, Bethany, OK — also in charge of a project to produce a Bible in the Indonesian language (getting close to finishing this effort) — son of a preacher/pastor in Glory.

Tom Hastings — Germanysent by Hillcrest Baptist Church, El Paso, TX — for almost 50 years but has recently left the mission field and moved back to the states to do a different type of ministry

Rufus Saripalli — Indiasent by East Side Baptist Church, Vernon, TX — took over a thriving mission work from his father (we supported his father, Bro Solomon Surya Rao Sarripalli, for many years (one of the two first missionaries that we supported) and he was with us here in several services— son of a missionary in Glory.

Gary Hampton — Alaskasent by Rodgers Baptist Church , Garland, TX.— the other one of the first two missionaries we have ever supported — hard working soul winner — led to the Lord by our own missionary Dennis Thomas in high school

Dennis Thomas — Central America — has established several churches over the years — since a member here he has established a church in Nicaragua and one in Costa Rica — has a large radio ministry also with between 60 and 70 million potential listeners 5 to 7 days a week — sent by our church, MBC — son of a preacher/pastor in Glory.

Ephraim Camacho — Philippianssent by Batangas Baptist Church, Batangas City, Philippines  — operates a church that sends out its own home missionary preachers to start local churches — operates a large Christian school — has a very successful ministry and preaches very well.

Stefan Calin — Romaniasent by Rhein River Baptist Church, Mannheim, Germany — has a struggling work in a hard place but continues to press on for the Lord — has faced a number of challenges in the ministry there in Romania.

Daniel Holmes — Ukrainesent by Liberty Baptist Temple, Muskogee, OK — both a city and a village ministry and doing a great work — has a special place in the heart of MBC

Noah George — Lebanonsent by Plack Road Baptist Church, North Pole, AK — doing a great work in a very dangerous place — a hard work as they are overrun with refugees trying to escape from fanatical Muslim tyranny.

James Wyatt — South Africasent by Bible Baptist Church, Grand Forks, ND — son of a missionary

Tim Chace — Hawaii — has shown himself to be a successful missionary in various places — he has worked in Russia, Alaska, and now Hawaii — sent by Two Rivers Baptist Church, Fairbanks, AK.

Aaron Mendoza — Brazilsent by Edmond Road Baptist Church, Edmond, OK — on his first term in Brazil — has a great personality and way with people — working in Brazil with another missionary family from their home church.

Tim Dulany — Panamasent by Northwest Baptist Church, Houston, TX — former pastor at NWBC —- he hit the field running and keeps reporting good things and souls saved and works doing well — son of a missionary in Glory.

Jason Sumatra — Thailandsent by Rodgers Baptist Church, Garland, TX — in our support he replaced another missionary who returned from the field and was not planning an immediate return — Bro Sumatra is a proven missionary  and it is a blessing to support him.

Randy Winesburgh — Dominican Republicsent by Spring Valley Baptist Church, Ft Worth, TX — on his first term in the DR— son of a preacher/pastor.

Cheston Furrow — Russiasent by Caprock Baptist Church, Amarillo, TX — he is also a teacher in Russia —  living there and doing the work of the Lord.

Michael Lee — Ecuadorsent by Mission Blvd Baptist Church, Fayetteville, AR — have been impressed with this young man for a long time — I first met him several years ago at a Missions Conference at their church — he is doing a great work in the mission outreach in Ecuador as well as getting Christian curriculum into the public schools.

Riley Barrett — Englandsent by Heartland Baptist Church, Antioch, IL — will be leaving for the field before long — impressive young man — son of a preacher/pastor

Dmtry Gospodarev — Belarussent by Calvary Bible Baptist Church, Rochester, NY — the work is difficult there due to political challenges — he is a good man and has established a church.

Brad Lowrie — Croatiasent by Wilson Creek Baptist Church, Brookline, MO — former pastor who became a missionary — on his first term and doing a great job in Croatia.

MBC transfers 10% of our General Fund income to our Missions Fund each month.

These missionaries and their families help us , MBC, carry out the Great Commission the Lord gave to his church/churches.

Their reports/newsletters are post on the wall of the fellowship hall and also on the church website so that you can read them at your leisure.

8 of these 21 missionaries are either PK’s or MK’s —– 38%

These are all church sent and sponsored missionaries.