Your Church is at Work at Home and Around the World
Wow! 2018 is over! What a year we had here at FBC Arlington.
Here are a few highlights:
Blessing the Generations – We completed the Sanctuary Renovation in October of 2017 — debt free!! Thank you for your generosity. We broke ground in 2018 on our new Preschool/Children’s Education Building. It will open later this year. We are truly excited as this new era for ministry dawns for First Baptist Church. As of December 31, through Blessing the Generations, you have given $10,271,044. Praise God!!!!!
Thank you for your generosity through Blessing the Generations. Let’s keep it up! Every dollar we give to this endeavor is a dollar we don’t have to borrow. We are building for the present and the future! I’ll give a further update on Sunday.
Christmas Store – One of our annual traditions here at FBCA is to invest in the Christmas Store at Mission Arlington. This year, we provided toys for 7476 families! There were 1000 decisions for Christ! Praise God!!!!! Please pray for the pastors of our 354 congregations who will follow up on these decisions.
Jesus Film DVD Distribution – Our church delivered about 1400 DVD’s of the Jesus Film to our neighbors during the Advent Season! Again — Praise God!! We have about 100 of them left. The other 1500 DVD’s were distributed by our Mission Arlington pastors through the Christmas Store. So, almost 3000 households in Arlington received these gifts from us during Christmas. Let’s pray for God to work in the lives of those families as they watch the story of Jesus and hear the message of the Gospel in their heart language.
Mid-Week – We have re-vamped our Wednesday Night ministry here at FBCA. We are providing a much more robust Family Ministry each week. Families are gathering for a Family Meal in the Fellowship Hall and then attending all types of seminars offered through our Spiritual Formation Ministry. Hundreds of folks have been a part of this new ministry offering each week.
Hospitality Ministry – We have developed a more holistic Hospitality Ministry this year at FBCA. We are greeting people in the parking lots, welcoming them to our ministries, and receiving them in our new Welcome Home Center. We have more direct contact with our guests that at any other time in our ministry. We have also hired Katie Seelye as our new Hospitality Manager. She is overseeing our kitchen and meal preparation. She also is working closely with all aspects of welcoming our guests and sharing the gift of hospitality with our church members. Stay tuned!
Global Engagement – FBC Arlington is at work around the world. Our European Team: Ryan and Sarah – and Emily and Guillermo – have been home during the holidays. These two couples are a part of ministry teams in Slovenia and Spain. They are both engaged in some incredible ministry. They both return later in January to their work. God is opening doors through them and people are being saved and discipled through their ministries.
Our Asia Team – Michael and Yu – is still at work seeking to bring hope to Japan. Our West Africa Team – Gabe and Sada – is fully engaged in Sierra Leone. Gabe and Sada are now partnered with SENT Ministries in Sierra Leone. They are working with 100 church planters who are taking the Gospel to the unreached peoples of Sierra Leone. We have a medical team that Cindy will lead later in January headed to Sierra Leone to work alongside them in these rural villages. God is moving and churches are being planted as the Gospel is taking root in these unreached communities. Praise God!!
In Niger, we had an incredible year as well. We no longer have a worker from our church living in Niger. However, for years, we have supported a local evangelist – Adam – who works on our behalf in the areas where we are invested. We have had 4 new believers in 2018 in these hard-to-reach communities. We now have 40 believers who are meeting in various locations across the region. We are seeing God’s hand at work as never before. Praise God!!!
So – your investment of time, energy, resources, finances, prayers —- it is all bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God!
We are forging ahead in 2019. Great days are ahead.
Looking forward to sharing the journey with you!