Remarks From The Pastor - October 20, 2019

Good Morning,

I pray you find a warm welcome this morning here at Temple. Our guest speaker this morning is Stan Ponz. He serves as President of Florida Bible College in Orlando. Stan is founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries (a national ministry that began in 1973 to help churches increase membership involvement while decreasing conflict), serves on the board of directors of Special Forces Ministries (a ministry to the San Antonio Police Officers), and is vice-president of Christian Impact Ministries - Uniquely You Ministries.

This evening, we will have Pastor Ira Lightsey. Pastor Ira has been a dear friend of Temple Baptist for many years.  Come out to hear what God is doing in his life.

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MISSIONS MOMENTS - The Evans Family, Sierra Leone, West Africa


We concluded our summer’s journey with a grand total of 13,600 miles traveled and several new partners for our work in Sierra Leone! During the entirety, we experienced no mechanical issues, no accidents, and no ill-health. Praise the Lord for a productive season! Thank you all for the prayers that went before us in our deputation travel.

We are once more on the East Coast, continuing with a full schedule of meetings, scheduling of new appointments for the upcoming year, and beginning the new school year for the children. It will continue to be a busy season, and we are excited to see the Lord work!

Here are some things to pray for:

  • Continue to pray for our family as we travel.

  • Pray that God will continue to provide faithful partners in the mission.

  • Christin’s mother’s health.

  • The people and the ministry in Sierra Leone.


September brought us back to the East Coast. While we have been blessed with many appointments, we were also able to visit with family and friends and begin our first year as home schoolers! Though God has filled most of this year’s calendar, we were able to squeeze in a few more appointments for 2019 and also begin scheduling meetings for 2020.

During our visits this month, we have already been affirmed by four new partners and received confirmation from some of our summer visits. God is so good to our family, and we are right on track in reaching our support goals! We will be traveling for the months of October and November to the Northeast and Midwest. We covet your prayers for our family in health, new partners, schooling, travel, and opportunity to share Christ with those we meet along the way.

As we begin to approach the Christmas offering season, we would ask that you prayerfully consider adding our family and ministry to your list of “special projects."  We have begun the process of raising additional funds for our set up expenses and our goal is to have the funding for these expenses raised before May of 2020.  If you are interested in contributing a Christmas gift and would like a detailed list of our needs, please feel free to contact us.

In Christ,

The Evans Family – Shaun, Christin, Kaitlyn, Kameron and Wes

Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Matthew 9:36-38

Remarks From The Pastor - October 13, 2019

Welcome to Temple Baptist Church!  What an interesting day in the Lord this is going to be!  In both services, we will meet and hear Dr. Jimmy DeYoung give some incredible information on the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.  All one has to do is click on their favorite news website to see prophecy being fulfilled in real time!  America moved its Embassy to Jerusalem last year and just a few days ago, American troops have been pulled out of Syria.  Why are the Kurds and Turkey fighting, and what is the Israeli government going to do if they are attacked?  Dr. DeYoung will bring us up to date on the affairs of this turbulent world we live in.  You will not want to miss tonight’s service.  Dr. DeYoung will also be speaking at PrimeTimers this Tuesday at 10:30 am.  For more information on current events and prophecy, you may want to visit Dr. DeYoung’s web site:

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MISSIONS MOMENTS - Kris and Rose Marie Blumer, Peru

JUNE 2019

It was a difficult decision for us to temporarily return to the United States and  leave  the  work  in  Peru.  Not because we were leaving it to the national’s care, that is what we would prefer. And not because we would be traveling through 23 states, though that reason is a close second. It is that we miss the blessings of being on the front line, where every day challengers are met with the Lord of the Harvest leading us and providing for us in unusual ways.

As most missionaries do, we work on prayerfully preparing new leaders as much as we can before we turnover responsibilities to those we have prayed for. It is difficult, for sure, to let go and let God have His way without our interference or intervention. I must admit, praying for peace and grace to accept what we were about to experience, was not what I planned for.

In a sense, I realized what it is like to ask you to pray for something or someone that is distanced and foreign to you. I learned on this furlough that  God  uses these  events to prove me and strengthen me for our return. I have learned that I can trust Him in prayer and ask Him in faith to bless the diligence of the laborers, protect the testimonies of the ones who are not being discipled, and keep the souls of those longing to hear, but have not yet received the gospel message.

Three challenges came to the three ministries God entrusted to us in Peru. I will attempt to share them with you without devolving all of the details.

The first incident involved La Molina Christian Schools. I couldn’t have made the extended trip without the help and support of others who are willing to fill in and substitute teach from the curriculum, quizzes and Powerpoint Programs left for them to use. A temporary “helps missionary” volunteered for the first quarter, teaching almost 75 students he had never met. As planned, he would not be able to stay until I returned in July.  However, another missionary was willing and available to help. Praise God! What we did not expect was a medical emergency with which he was faced. As we heard the news, we prayed for answers. At the  time of this  writing he has  continued to teach, but his burden increased to over 100 students, and an important surgery is looming in the immediate future!

Along with the care of the village ministries, we have been able to bring special people with us to help in Antioquia. Our intention was for the weekly discipleship and soul winning to continue without interruption. I have not been able to discover all the details explaining what isn’t happening. Please use this information you have now to PRAY for God to encourage him and provide whatever it is that prevented him from going.

And lastly, please pray for the Jesus Maria church plant. The Lord used an experience, which became a good proving period, and resolve something quickly. Praise God the members are stronger for it and have grown in the Lord.

Remarks From The Pastor - October 6, 2019

Good morning in the name of Jesus Christ.  As always, I pray you will be spiritually blessed by the Word of God and by the singing of praises to our Almighty God.

Our text will be from II Kings 6:1-7.  The topic will be on renewing our commitment to staying focused about telling people that their sins can be pardoned via the gift of God by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After this morning’s service, if you are not sure of where your soul will spend eternity, please let someone know at the Welcome Center and they will put you in contact with me. I will be happy to show you, through the Bible, how you can know you are going to Heaven when you pass from this life.     

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Remarks From The Pastor - September 29, 2019

Today our worship choir will be presenting our Fall Concert.  I thank God for our choir Director, Danny Holcomb, and the faithfulness of the choir.  Singing is a vital part of the worship service.  Our musicians in the band, under the leadership of our Minister of Music, Mark Wooley, are also huge blessing!   The Psalmist says “it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto thy name...” (Psalm 92:1).  Paul tells us that we should be “making melody with your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).  Every choir number has a spiritual message for our hearts today, so listen for it and rejoice!

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MISSIONS MOMENTS - Josh and Erin Taylor, Hope For Honduras


     Last month, Josh had the opportunity to pause his furlough travels and go to Honduras for a week. The purpose of the trip was to meet with the  Santuario  Bautista  Vida church leadership,  and to accompany a ministry partner, Mark Carter with Avance Trailhead, to explore avenues for future partnership. It’s always great to spend time with the young men in leadership, and unite our hearts toward ministry. While the leaders have been doing a great job, they are excited for us to return to help out and provide more direction. Mark Carter and Josh, together with future missionary Eric Woodworth, checked out some potential spaces for rent for a future site for our Tegucigalpa church. If you recall, the church is currently meeting in a temporary facility. While we did not find an exact location, we did find a venue, through the help of Stephan, to begin a new soccer ministry! In partnership with Avance Trailhead, we will  start  this ministry with  an initial  one-day soccer tournament on November 1st. We are anticipating many young men will sign up for our tournament, and this will give us a door into the community to preach the life-changing message of the Gospel.

     Our long-term plan is to find a space near the soccer field to house the church. Our return back to Honduras on October 17 is quickly approaching! During the remaining days, we have churches to visit every week to raise additional ministry support. We have enjoyed coming back to the states and being close to so many friends and family. As we prepare mentally and spiritually for the trip back to Honduras, we know in the upcoming days there will be difficulties while readjusting back into the Honduran culture and to a different type of life. It is during those difficult days that we will covet your prayers. We know that many of you read through our prayer letters, and do pray for us. We thank God for that. We are very optimistic about what God is going to do in Honduras as He prepares the ground for a great spiritual endeavor!

 Prayer Requests

* Smooth transition back into our home in Honduras Oct 17

* A well-run, God-honoring soccer tournament Nov 1

* Funds to purchase replacement bus / van for Carpintero Church 


* Parsonage at Carpintero Church nearly complete!

* Josh’s safe and profitable trip back to Honduras

* Recent Carpintero event was attended by 96 children! 


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* Facebook: Hope for Honduras

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Remarks From The Pastor - September 22, 2019

Greetings and welcome to today’s services at Temple Baptist Church. For those of you who are visiting today, I pray you will find a Christian welcome here. After the morning service, I would like to shake your hand and say “Hi” to you. Today’s sermon will be the conclusion of a three-part series on JOY. If you would like to have the entire series recorded on DVD, you may request a copy at the Welcome Center located in the lobby. Last week, we learned that the Bible teaches that real joy comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your personal savior and Lord. We also learned that we must cultivate the right kind of mind. The Bible teaches that in order to experience real joy from within us, we have to have the right mindset. Last week, we looked at being Single Minded and to have a Submissive Mind. This morning, we will look at how to have a Spiritual and Secure mindset. Our text will be taken from the book of Philippians.  

Tonight, we will enjoy hearing and seeing pictures from our TCS Senior Class Mission Trip. The entire team wants to thank you all for your prayers and support and for helping them to experience a life-changing trip.




     Sometimes the summer months can be a bit slower. Thankfully that was not the case for us this past month. It was great to travel around to churches that are close to home as Becka continues to recover, and we get used to traveling with a newborn. We were able to be in five different churches, including two missions conferences and one missions month.  We are thankful for the generosity and love shown to us at all of these churches. We also gained another financial ministry partner this month, putting us one step closer to getting to Thailand.

     This month also marked the first time that we attended a missions conference as a family of three! We are thankful for a baby that has been flexible in schedule and loves to ride in the car. We are grateful for all the prayers on our behalf as we continue on deputation as a family.


     While we were at Bible Baptist in Buffalo, we met Emilee. Emilee is a sophomore at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, studying missions. We had several conversations during the week, and she told us that she has been considering doing her internship for her school requirements in Thailand! We were super excited to talk Thailand with her and answer some questions she had about living there. Will you pray with us for Emilee as she continues with school and prays about where the Lord would have her in the future.  

Prayer Requests

1. Pray for travels as we begin full-time deputation as a family of three.

2. Pray for us and the students of BBC, Springfield as we speak in a Deputation Workshop class.

3. Pray for our sending Pastor, Matt Trill’s health concerns.

Remarks From The Pastor - September 15, 2019

Welcome, everyone, to Temple Baptist Church. Two days ago, our TCS Senior Class left for a mission trip to minister to the people living in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. Please keep them in your prayers.

I pray we will all open our hearts to what God has for us to receive from Him today and every day. Last week, we looked at the four Joy Stealers - Circumstances, Things, People and Worry. Today, we will look at two of the four attitudes we must have that will help us maintain our joy. Our text will come from the book of Philippians, Chapters 1-4.