“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV)
As we have been involved with Continental Baptist Missions we have witnessed firsthand the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry. God calls and equips people with a unique skill set to do the job He has called them to. This month we attended Harvest Baptist Church’s ten-year celebration of their church building built by CBM. During the Sunday school hour, we watched a video of the construction with testimonies from church members. What really tugged on our hearts was not the building but the lives that were impacted. Hearing testimonies of how God used the builders in people’s lives, in the community, and to answer prayers in amazing ways was a humbling experience.
Since our sending church in Iowa City planted Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg, IA, we couldn’t help but reflect on how God raised up specific people for specific roles in that church plant. Today, it is a thriving, self-supporting Body and we praise God for building His Church and using His people. Luke and Nathanael spent a week at Jr. Boys Camp this month at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Ventura, IA. It was Nathanael’s first year. They had a great time and enjoyed fellowship with other boys from our church. Amanda spent her first week in Boundary Waters without the family when she went with the youth group. It was cold and wet, but she had a great time and is ready to go again! Praise the Lord we now have over 40% of our support. Our sending church voted to increase our support and pushed us over 40%!
Fulfilling the great commission together,
Brian, Brenda, Amanda, Luke, Nathanael, and Rebekah