MISSIONS MOMENT - Kris & Rose Marie Blumer - Peru

October, 2018

We praise God for the work He has raised up in Peru. With the Lord’s blessings, we have seen growth, both spiritually and physically in the church plant. Weekday Bible Study groups have grown from three, to four meetings held in locations around Lima. Each Sunday, a different setup team shows up early to assemble the platform, add and arrange chairs, construct the nursery and Sunday school classroom, and put the greeting /coffee area in order.

Occasionally we get surprises. Recently I was expecting to teach an adolescent class Sunday morning, only to find out when we arrived that the owners of the building, without telling us, removed a wall which divided a classroom. Since then, we use “block-classes” to make the best of the space we have remaining. Sunday School, taught by Pastor Tim Chapman, concluded today a study of the Beatitudes.

The church is blessed to have believers from Venezuela coming. We have five or six families who return to worship with us each week. At the present, the flood of refugees seems to have subsided. God bless them; it’s not easy for them to leave their homeland.

One of the greatest pleasures we have serving is in the local church, either in new formation or church augmentation. We have directly assisted two churches in the Lima Area and are currently helping another missionary with the new church plant called Iglesia Bautista Gracia, in an area near downtown named Jesus Maria. We have approached both our Home / Sending Church (Faith Baptist, Taylors, SC), and the officers at World Wide New Testament Baptist Missions to approve an added designation to our ministry objectives—Church Planting and Christian Education. After many years of going into several villages and meeting individuals one-on-one, my desire last month was to gather a few of them together in one central location to preach and ask if they would be able to meet together for one Sunday each month. I must admit, the response exceeded my expectations! We had ten attend the first Sunday. One family was sorry they couldn’t make it, but two strangers were invited off the street. Praise God! I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

Our Website is up and running! There is so much happening here that a prayer letter from us would not have enough space to include the important details and background relating to what is currently happening. So we are formally launching it for you. Please take a tour at

www.newlifeinperu.com

This new source of information is supplemental and not intended to replace our prayer letters. There may be subtle changes, so come back often to visit. And please try the various forms at the site to communicate with us; we value your friendship and prayers. Thank you, Dear Friends!

Remarks From The Pastor - December 9, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Merry Christmas to everyone today! I’m sure most of you have started making your list of who to give gifts to and what to give.

For some, there are family gatherings and Christmas parties to attend. No one here has to spend this Christmas season alone.

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

This past Thursday, our school put on a wonderful Christmas play for the community. Our Sunday sermons for the next few weeks will be about the events that took place during the blessed birth of Jesus Christ.

Another community event is our PrimeTimers program on Tuesdays, where you can enjoy fellowship and hear Christmas songs. Next Sunday, our church choir will be doing a cantata entitled, Come and See, Go and Tell starting at 10:45 A.M. Then on Christmas Eve, we will have a special Christmas Eve service that will cause you to realize the true meaning of Christmas.

Won’t you give of yourself and invite someone to come to any or all of these Christ-centered services? Why not introduce someone to the real meaning of Christmas – Holy God coming to Earth to be born to die for sinners and to give us His gift of salvation through Jesus.

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MISSIONS MOMENT - Kerry & Terri Psinas - Grenada

November 2, 2018

It has been a very busy fall. We traveled over 4,000 miles, speaking in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, sharing the Grenada ministry and asking people to join us for a short term trip. Starting in November, we will be speaking in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri. We have a very heavy speaking schedule for 2019, with only a few Sundays still open. Thank You, Lord! On January 1, 2019, we fly to Grenada for our Evangelism trip. We are thankful for those who will be joining us. Lord willing, it will be group #68! The 2019 VBS trips in July are about 75% full, VBS for 2020 is about 30% full. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us for either of these. Please continue to pray for the pastors and their families in Grenada. As always, Satan does not like what is being done in Grenada for the cause of Christ!

Here is another salvation testimony from a Grenada national church planter, Pastor Kennedy Calliste: “My religious background was Roman Catholic. I attended church as regularly as I could. According to the custom of the church, I was communed, and by the age of fourteen, I had joined a church group called the Legion of Mary. I didn’t know if I would go to Heaven if I died. I didn’t know the Bible and could not quote any passage from it. When I saw two children who were in my class quote Scriptures, I was ashamed of myself for being religious and unable to do the same. I found out that one of the children was from a Berean church, so I told myself that when I grew up, I would like to become a Berean.

“In March of 1981, my aunt took me to a crusade at the Berean church in Marimount. I listened very attentively to the preacher as he gave the message. For the first time, I realized that I needed to be saved. When the invitation was given to accept Christ, I was too afraid to walk forward that night.

“On our way home, I asked my aunt if we could go back the next night, and I decided I would accept Christ at that time. The next night we did go back. Again I listened to the preacher. When the invitation was given, I was still afraid to go forward. A gentleman who was sitting behind me touched me on the shoulder and asked if I wanted to go forward.

I said, “Yes!” and he said, “Go on up!” So I did! A counselor took me aside and explained Ephesians 2:8-9 to me. At that moment I prayed and asked Jesus to save me! That was March 19, 1981. On December 27 that same year, I was baptized. I then began attending that church, became very active, teaching Sunday School, leading the youth group and eventually became Sunday School Superintendent, and finally became the pastor of that church in 1996.

“I continue to pastor Marimount Berean Church in Grenada to this day. My desire is to continue to serve the Lord until I have no more breath.”

Remarks From The Pastor - December 2, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Good morning church and welcome to Temple.

Today, in my absence due to a heart procedure I’m having, you will enjoy what Dr. Stan Ponz will preach. Dr. Ponz serves as the president of the Florida Bible College and he is the founder of “Make It Clear Ministry”. He is a sought-after speaker and educator. Brother Ponz is a dear friend to me and to this church. Please welcome him today and allow God’s Word to minister to your soul.

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

The celebration of our Lord’s birthday is only twenty three days away! May we all strive to use this time to go and tell the “Good News” of Who Jesus is and why He came to this earth to seek and to save souls lost in sin and in need of a Savior.

As you think about giving that “special gift” to someone you love, just remember God so loved you that He gave this world of humanity the most precious gift of all; His Son. “For the wages of sin is death; But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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Remarks From The Pastor - November 25, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Well, the turkey and side dishes are all gone, and yet our thankfulness to one another and to God should be everlasting. The problem is we tend to complain a lot and forget about the blessings. As the song goes, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.”

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Thanksgiving or complaining – these words express two contrasting attitudes found in God’s children in regard to His dealings with them. The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.

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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts andminds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

MISSIONS MOMENT - Justin & Becca Trill - Thailand

Your Prayers Do Make a Difference

Do you ever feel like when you are praying that your prayers aren’t making a difference? Well, when you pray for your missionaries, they absolutely are! By our own fault, we don’t always give you instances where your prayers have been specifically answered.

Every month, we ask you to pray for health and safety on the road. This month, before leaving Florida, we had some car work done. We are so grateful for the faithful servants of God who made sure we were safe and ready to be traveling another 5,000 miles before returning and getting it checked again. Unfortunately, when we crossed the Indiana / Illinois border, we blew a brake line. Thankfully, the Lord was watching over us, and we were able to make it safely to a stop for the night and get it fixed first thing the next day. We thank you and covet your prayers as we continue on our deputation journey. Your prayers really do make a difference.

Deputation Trails

We have been busy this month being in conferences, new churches, and reporting to supporting churches. Also, we were endorsed by the Baptist Church Ministry Network in Canton, OH. We praise the Lord that He has brought new churches our way to begin support next year. We are thankful for these new supporters and anticipate great things ahead, and we are forever grateful for those who continue to support us with prayers and finances.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have invested in our lives and ministry. We literally couldn’t do what we do without you. May we never take for granted your part in our ministry.

Prayer Requests

  1. Nov 4-9, in California. Pray for safety while flying and a smooth trip.

  2. As we approach the holidays, pray for our time with our families to be cherished.

  3. Pray for spiritual and physical health as we travel. Justin and Becca invite you to take a few minutes to watch their missions video at:

    https://vimeo.com/291929719

Remarks From The Pastor - November 11, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Welcome to Temple. I pray you find a Christian welcome here and that the worship service is meaningful.

On this eleventh hour of this eleventh day of this eleventh month, we are reminded of the men and women who fought valiantly for the freedoms we hold dear in this great country of ours.

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

  Senior Pastor Tom Porter

Senior Pastor Tom Porter

What is a vet? He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Afghanistan sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel. She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another--or didn’t come back at all.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you." That’s all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

So today, we are grateful as a church and as a nation for those who have served in the military and those that are currently serving.

Bless you for protecting us.

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Remarks From The Pastor - November 4, 2018

Good Morning Church Members & Guests

Members and guests of Temple Baptist Church, it is wonderful to have you with us today.

Our Pastor, Tom Porter, is away due to a death in the family, and our hearts and prayers go out to them.

Wednesday night’s “trunk or treat” was a big success, and it is always a privilege to provide a fun time for the children in our community. We stand as a lighthouse in north Brevard to bring in those who are in need of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and also, as a place of sustenance for Christians to fellowship and learn from God’s Word.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to consider Temple Baptist as a place where you can worship and serve Christ.

Deacon Craig Varnadore