First Baptist Church
Sunday, August 02, 2015
There's a place for you
A Letter From Our Pastor
Well, June has come and gone. July is in full swing and this is the first time I have been able to set down and put all of my thoughts together from all of the summer events thus far. We started with an incredible VBS! The children learned how to trust in God no matter what they are going through. We then sped away to Falls Creek with an amazing week with our youth. God moved in some mighty ways during VBS and Falls Creek.
Our attention quickly turned to preparing for our overseas mission opportunities. As Hannah left with her team we were excited to see what God would do through them. Many exciting God-things happened on her journey. They helped the resident missionaries build bridges to the Gospel with people who had been reluctant before. Plan to attend the evening service on August 9th to hear her full report.
Just a few days after putting Hannah on a plane, John Free & myself, along with the four men from Ochelata departed for Zimbabwe. God moved in many marvelous ways on our mission adventure. We worked alongside some amazing people who are on fire for God. We met the incredible people of the Karereshi village who are hungry for spiritual food. It was an awesome experience. Plan to attend the evening service on August 16th to hear our full report.
Sunday afternoon, just shortly after our service, I received an email from the coordinating pastor, Gift Mudekwa, in Zimbabwe. I wanted to share his words with you:
“Hello Pastor Jeff.I hope and trust that this email finds you doing well and also that you had a nice trip back home. It was a blessing to have you here my brother as you helped us in reaching the community with the gospel. Thank you so much my brother for heeding the call to come to Zimbabwe and spread the good news. You taught us brother with all your heart and our leaders will never remain the same as you equipped them to do God's work. I'm running out of words my brother to describe the joy you brought to us as a church and the unity you showed us, it was like dreaming seeing all what was happening, I pray that God will continue to use as you as his vessel to reach many people. Yesterday I went back to Karereshi and had our first service today. Brother, what I saw today was a miracle. 33 people attended the service today and signs are that we are going to have many people coming to worship with us in the next coming weeks. I'm praying for you as you are preparing for your service. I and my wife Abigail would like to thank you for everything you did for us. May God bless you abundantly together with your wife and the whole family. Also thank the church on my behalf. I appreciate so much what they did for you as they pulled together resources to send you here. May the Grace of our Lord continue to abide in you and continue to be a vessel God uses in spreading the gospel. Greet everyone at Pawhuska Baptist Church for me including brother John Free.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Gift has such a heart for God and an incredible desire to see his people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We all can learn much from this man. We must have the desire to see our people, the community of Pawhuska, come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Gift is the individual we would continue to work with if we sense God calling us into an ongoing partnership with Ochelata and Zimbabwe. Make this a matter of prayer. We do not want to miss out on an opportunity like this if it is truly God’s will. We also do not want to run headlong into something if it is not His will. We will be discussing what our commitment could look like in the coming weeks.
Oh, and summer is not over just yet. In a few short weeks Children’s camp will be here. As always, I am looking forward to what God has in store for us during that wonderful time. I am excited about what God has in store for us here at Pawhuska First Baptist in 2015 and beyond. God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work. Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is. “Greater things are yet to be done in this city…” Be constant in prayer. Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9). In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name. It is our mission.
In Service for Him,
Bro. Jeff Laughlin
Monday-Thursday ~ 8:00-4:30