Vol. 60 No. 7-8

Newsjournal Of Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists

God Is Moving in VBS in Hispanic Churches
God is moving in a mighty way in Vacation Bible
Schools in KNCSB Hispanic churches this summer.
Some of these churches have posted VBS reports on Facebook including Centro Familiar Cristiano in downtown Kansas City, Kan., and Casa de
Dios in Wichita, Kan.
The Kansas City, Kan., congregation began in
mid-October 2014. Arturo Nuñez is pastor. The
average VBS attendance was 50 children with 35
workers. Eighteen accepted Christ as their Savior.
About 30 children accepted Christ during the

July-August 2016

VBS at Casa de Dios in Wichita. A team from Union
Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, Ark., helped with the
Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist churches are
urged to save the date for the 2017 KNCSB Vacation
Bible School Jumpstart Clinic. It will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Webster Conference Center,
Salina, Kan. Training will be offered in both English
and Spanish. Submerged with Psalms 139: 23-24,
which is translated in Spanish in the logo below,
was the VBS theme for 2016.

About 30 children accepted Christ during Vacation Bible
School at Casa de Dios, Wichita, Kan. A team from Union
Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, Ark., assisted the church in
holding VBS. (Submitted photo from Facebook)

22 Campers Saved at
Hispanic Super Summer
at WCC. See story
on page 4.
Mission Project set for
October 6-16 in Paraguay. Read more
on page 4.

Plan Now to
Attend KNCSB
Annual Meeting
The 2016 KNCSB annual meeting will be
held Monday night, Oct. 10, and Tuesday,
Oct. 11, at LifeSpring Church, 13904 S. 36th
St., Bellevue, Neb.
Online messenger pre-registration is
now underway. Sept. 9 is the pre-registration deadline.
More information is being posted on the
KNCSB website as it becomes available.

Eighteen children accepted Christ as their Savior during Vacation Bible School at Centro Familiar Cristiano in
downtown Kansas City, Kan. The church began in fall 2014.
Arturo Nuñez is pastor. (Submitted photo from Facebook)


The Thought Occurred to Me
By Bob Mills

KNCSB Executive Director

With change being the operative word in Southern
Baptist life these days, I wanted to remind KansasNebraska Baptists of what your state convention is all
about. It has been a couple of years now since we completed our Future Directions Task Force report. The
report set for the convention a course on a broad scale
with each of the teams setting goals and actions plans
for the coming year(s).
We started with WHY we exist…”In order to accomplish the Great Commission task of disciple making,
KNCSB exists to glorify God by serving the churches
and leaders in Kansas and Nebraska.” Our purpose is
to assist in establishing and developing effective and
healthy, disciple-making, Southern Baptist churches in
their context.
The next step was to establish a strategic plan that
would describe WHAT we felt we needed to do to
accomplish our purpose.
1. Strengthen churches and leaders
2. Partner with associations, churches and leaders in
starting new churches

3. Provide resources and training for churches and
leaders be more effective in sharing the Gospel
4. Equip, encourage and mobilize churches toward
sending their members on mission.
Each of the teams (starting, strengthening, sending
and sharing) develops goals for addressing the strategic concerns on annual bases. Intentionally, each of
these four main teams interface with each other to provide for a comphensive and unified approach to assisting churches with disciple-making activities.
The state convention is the collection of churches in
Kansas and Nebraska advancing the Gospel together.
Our most immediate mission field is made up of our
associations and two-state convention. If we are to
address the missional needs in our state convention, it
is primarily going to rest on our shoulders. Together,
under the leadership of Christ, we must courageously
move forward.
You have heard me say we need to increase our
percentage going on to support international and
North American missions, the seminaries, Ethics and
Religious Liberty Commission and the Executive
Committee. I still believe that we need that increase.

However, we must not sacrifice our ability to service
the churches in KNCSB. I
am constantly looking for
ways to be more efficient in
what we do.
I reject the idea that
what we do internationally is more important than
what we do here at home.
While our central focus
has become doing more
internationally, we are losing our own country. Do
not misunderstand me. I
absolutely believe in what
we do internationally. I just
Bob Mills
do not want us to overlook the overwhelming challenges we face at home.
Remember, we are a small two-state convention with
just 440 churches (most under 100 in attendance). We
are a significant mission field of about five million

No interpretation needed for that one.
It’s cute, but it’s only
cute because she’s a toddler.
Imagine the awkwardness this Thanksgiving if
your 42-year-old brother
ended grace with a full
volume “Ta-Dah!”
The sad part is some
of your are planning on
trying that now. Be good,
The point is, there is a
need to grow up for peoAndy Addis
ple, families, and churches.
Second Corinthians 8 is
about an offering that is being taken for those in need
in a New Testament church. Paul is instructing that
church, and in the midst, we find this gem:
10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this

benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do
this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish
doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it
may be matched by your completing it out of what
you have.
It’s time to finish what we started.
We were saved for a purpose, and so long as you
draw breath, the assignment is not complete. The completion requires dedicated energy, focused attention
and a sense of urgency provided by the Lord Himself.
God has called the church (and we are the church)
to reach the world. He has not instructed us to have
potlucks, preserve a tradition or monitor cultural
We are God’s plan to bring light into darkness, hope
to the hopeless and healing to the broken.
And, just so you know… there’s no plan B.
Let’s get busy becoming big boys and girls and get
things done. Churches need to be planted, ministries
need to be staffed, the gospel needs to be shared, the
commission needs to be made great again.
We need to grow up, make a difference, and fight
the good fight.
Ta-Dah… er, I mean, Amen.

The Cross Eyed Life
By Andy Addis

Senior Pastor, CrossPoint, Hutchinson, KS


I hear on occasion people trying to promote their
church, or shame someone else’s, by claiming that they
are a New Testament church.
As if (barring some form of time travel) you had
another option. Still, I know what they mean, and I
know something else about them… they haven’t read
much of the New Testament.
If you study the New Testament church, you see it’s
full of back biting, laziness, class separations, racism,
heresy, sexual immorality, and all around ugliness.
If that’s how you want to advertise your church,
feel free, but it’s going to be hard to get all of that on a
bumper sticker. You see, the New Testament church of
Scripture is just like our New Testament church in real
time; riddled with problems, heartache, and sin, but
moving toward Jesus in the hopes of looking more like
Him and less like us before we die.
We want to grow up. We need to grow up. We will
grow up.
Spiritual maturity doesn’t just happen, it requires
training and guidance, just as physical maturity does.
We all know “adults” who never grew up. It’s possible
to have the form of being a grown up and still be a
I have a niece, cute as a button, who’s going through
those early toddler days; diaper clad, sippy cup in tow
and a handful of words at her disposal that still require
mom’s interpretation.
When we pray for family meals, she obeys her parents who are training her up in the way she should go.
“Jovi, we’re going to pray… Jovi, be quiet… Jovi,
bow your head… Jovi, quit hitting your brother.”
Eventually, she will comply, a prayer for the food is
offered, and as is our custom we end with, “in Jesus
name, amen.”
But, not Jovi. When the prayer is over, she throws
her head back and arms open wide substituting
“amen” with full throttled “Ta-Dah!”


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Sharing & Strengthening

God’s Plan for Sharing
By Jon Sapp

KNCSB State Director of Evangelism

This summer has been a great time to catch up on
some reading. One of the books I’ve enjoyed has been
“The Great Evangelical Recession” by John Dickerson.
Dickerson does a thorough job of evaluating the current status of the evangelical church in America. His
findings have challenged
my assumptions of how
our Kansas-Nebraska
churches are doing. In
addition, questions found
in Dickerson’s book have
confronted my perspective
and assumptions.
One of those questions
I’ve asked myself more
than once has been, “Is it
possible that our standards
for success – dollars, influence, size and fame – are
not biblical instruments of
Jon Sapp
the churches’ health?”
I count and measure the effectiveness of our churches. That’s one of my responsibilities. I believe that

what we count, measure and monitor indicates what is
important. I don’t want to get caught up in evaluating
the dollars, influence, size or fame. However it’s an
easy trap to fall into.
One of the key items I monitor each year is the number of baptisms reported by the churches. Baptisms
are reported through the Annual Church Profile (ACP).
Those numbers are important. Each of those reported
represents the obedience of a new believer or a person
making the decision to follow in obedience of Christ’s
On the other hand, could a second category in evaluating baptism bring a broader understanding of what
is happening? I would like to know how many “baptizers” we have in our churches. Monitoring those in
the church that are sharing Christ, and walking with
new believers in the decision process of obedience to
being baptized. Knowing both how many are being
baptized along with monitoring those “baptizers” in
the church would bring a clearer picture of growing
maturity of a church body.
An additional measure for the health of a church
would be to identify the number of new disciples.
Changing our focus from convincing converts to making disciples will strengthen the church. All of us must

continue in our growing knowledge and understanding of who Christ is. That knowledge impacts our
day-to-day life. The “new disciple” indicator would
provide a window to the potential future of the church
as new Christ followers and learners are being added.
I’m grateful for a good read this summer.
Dickerson’s book “The Great Evangelical Recession”
has been one of those. I’ve been challenged to step
back, evaluate and reflect on the health of our churches
here in Kansas and Nebraska. We have new church
plants growing alongside our older churches with both
maturing in proclaiming the good news and growing disciples. Watching for increased “baptizers” and
“new disciples” are measures that will indicate how
a church is progressing. Watching these two would
facilitate our living out God’s Plan for Sharing.

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An Encouragemet to Biblical Giving

William Sloane Coffin, former pastor at Riverside Church, New York City


In the Holy Land are two ancient bodies of
water. Both are fed by the Jordan River. In
one, fish play and roots find sustenance. In
the other, there is no splash of fish, no sound
of bird, no leaf around. The difference is not
in the Jordan, for it empties into both, but in
the Sea of Galilee: for every drop taken in,
one goes out. It gives and lives. The other
gives nothing. And it is called the Dead Sea.



22 Campers
Saved at

KNCSB Hispanic Super Summer took the form of
a soccer camp this year. It was called “SoccerCamps
2016” and was held June 21-24 at Webster Conference
Center, Salina, Kan.
There were 117 staff members and campers in attendance. Ten churches participated from LaGrange,
Texas; Norfolk, Columbus, and Omaha, Neb.; Garden
City, Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka, Kan; and Marshalltown, Iowa.
The camp recorded 22 first-time decisions for Christ
and 18 recommitments to Christ.
SoccerCamps is a unique Christian camp, reaching
unchurched youth through soccer training, team challenges, exciting evening programs, music and drama
and powerful teaching from the Word of God. It was a
completely bilingual (Spanish and English) experience!
Under the leadership of camp director Pastor David
Martínez (Norfolk, Neb.), the staff included professional soccer players and coaches Richard Zimmerman,
(Norfolk, Neb.), José Luis “Parejita” López, (Mexico)
and Gilson Senna (Brazil); professional acrobat Luigi

The 2016 KNCSB Super Summer Latino took on the theme of a soccer camp. It was held June 2124 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Christian former professional soccer players helped
campers perfect their soccer skills while helping them grow in their walk with Christ. (Below left)
Some of the campers had to the opportunity to learn how henna art on hands can be used to share
the gospel. This drawing depicts the woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair.
Mercuri (Mexico); and Christian singers Beto Silva
(Nebraska), Christian Ríos (Mexico) and Pastors Ryan
Young and Jason Wheeler (Columbus, Neb).
Pastor Jeff Sours (Norfolk, Neb.) preached each
night, challenging teens to receive Christ and consecrate their lives to Him. Pastors from several churches
shared testimonies and Bible teaching in daily workshops and small group times. The staff rejoiced to see
God working in the kids’ lives.
Along with the 22 first-time decisions for Christ,
many others returned home with a greater commitment to live for Him and share their faith.
Pastor David Martínez said, “The greatest thing
about the camp was to see the impact of the Word of
God in the lives of the young people and to have such a
group of servants who were willing to sacrifice so these
kids could make important life decisions.”
Lorena Escoto of Columbus, Neb., was the camp

nurse and interpreter. She shared this testimony about
the camp:
“As camp nurse and interpreter for the week, it was
a blessing to get to know the kids and watch them learn
to trust and confide in their leaders as the camp progressed. It was wonderful to fellowship with pastors
and leaders from other churches, to watch young staff
members serve diligently and sacrificially, to experience the body of Christ working together as everyone
used their different gifts and talents, and to see the kids
support and encourage each other, both in sports and
also when some were ill or discouraged.
“The best part, of course, was seeing God move in
people’s hearts through the teaching of His Word and
seeing them give their lives to Jesus. We give God the
glory for His truth, His protection, and His guidance,
and we trust Him to bring the seeds planted to fruition.”


Mission Project Set for Oct. 6-16 in Paraguay


Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists have the opportunity to share Christ Oct. 6-16 in Paraguay.
The project is sponsored by International Commission which cooperates with the International Mission.
Scott Mayse will be the team leader. He is an enlistment
coordinator for International Commission.
“Multitudes are dying every day and entering a
Christ-less eternity not because they have rejected Jesus
or have no spiritual needs that would lead them to embrace the Gospel but because no one has cared enough
to go and share the way of salvation.”(Jerry Rankin,
past IMB president)

These words by Jerry Rankin echo the instructions
that were given by Jesus in Acts 1:8: “After that the
Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me ... and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
This coming Oct.6-16 International Commission has
been asked to bring 60 North Americans to this small
country to share the gospel. Will you also respond to
this call for help by saying, “Yes, Lord, send me?”
Please respond to this call looking forward to seeing
many come to Christ in Paraguay. For more information, please e-mail Scott Mayse at ScottM@IC-World.


Report Shows More Churches, Fewer Baptisms
By Carol Pipes
NASHVILLE (BP)— Southern Baptists may find
cause for hope in the latest Annual Church Profile
report. The Southern Baptist Convention added more
churches in 2015, due mostly to church planting efforts.
Churches also experienced an increase in total giving.
However, according to the ACP report compiled
by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with
state conventions, other key measures declined. Those
included membership, average worship attendance,
baptisms and missions giving.
A bright spot in the ACP data was the increase in
churches. The number of churches affiliated with the
Southern Baptist Convention grew by 294 to 46,793, a
0.63 percent increase over 2014. This is the 17th year in
a row the number of SBC churches has grown.
While the number of SBC-related congregations
increased, reported membership declined more than
200,000, down 1.32 percent to 15.3 million members.
Average weekly worship attendance declined by 1.72
percent to 5.6 million worshippers.
Southern Baptists also experienced a decline in
baptisms, down 3.3 percent to 295,212. Reported baptisms have fallen eight of the last 10 years. The ratio of
baptisms to total members decreased to one baptism
for every 52 members.
“God help us all! In a world that is desperate for
the message of Christ, we continue to be less diligent
in sharing the Good News,” said Frank S. Page, SBC
Executive Committee president and CEO. “May God
forgive us and give us a new passion to reach this
world for Christ.”
“The ACP report shows many faithful Southern
Baptists continue to worship, share the Gospel, give
generously, and live in community with other believers,” said LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer.
“We praise God for these efforts every year.

and Oklahoma.
Great Commission Giving, which represents total
giving to denominational causes, was down 3.81
percent to $613 million, with five state conventions not
reporting that data — Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri,
Oklahoma and Southern Baptists of Texas (for the first
Giving through Southern Baptists’ Cooperative
Program (CP) mission initiative is not included in the
ACP annual report. Those totals are more accurately
available through Baptist state conventions and the
SBC Executive Committee, which processes the mission
CP gifts forwarded from state conventions for SBC
causes in fiscal year 2014-15 were 1.39 percent more
than the previous year. CP gifts received by the SBC
Executive Committee for the first eight months of the
2015-16 year were reported to be 6.13 percent above the
year-to-date budgeted projection.
Individual congregations report statistics for the
national ACP to their local associations and/or state
conventions. National totals are compiled and released
after all cooperating state conventions have reported.
(Carol Pipes is editor of Facts & Trends at LifeWay
Christian Resources.)

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Information is being posted as it becomes available


“While a decrease in baptisms is very disappointing,
we don’t take for granted 295,000 baptisms,” he said.
“We should rejoice with each of those individuals who
chose to follow Christ.”
An increase in the number of churches, aided by
Southern Baptists’ church planting efforts, is also something to celebrate, Rainer said.
“People underestimate the importance of momentum,” he said. “It only takes a few people in each
church, being intentional about sharing their faith, for
some new momentum to build.”
Southern Baptists increased giving in 2015. Total
and undesignated church receipts reported through the
ACP increased 3.51 percent and 4.64 percent respectively.
Total missions expenditures declined
by 2.03 percent to $1.2
billion, but the report
shows four Baptist
state conventions did
not ask churches for
this data —Alabama
(for the first time),
California, Georgia



The Lord Claims 4 with KNCSB Ties

Four people with KNCSB ties recently went to be
with the Lord.
Darla Dirrim, pastor’s wife at Westview Baptist
Church, Chanute, Kan., died on June 20. Retired
KNCSB staff member Anita Wilson died June 29.
Gordon Duzan died Friday, July 8. He was pastor
of Yokefellowship Baptist Church in Tonganoxie, Kan.
Obituary information was not available as The Digest
was going to press.
Janie Wood died Thursday morning, July 14, at
age 87. She and her husband, Charles, were retired
planned-giving consultants for the Kansas-Nebraska
Southern Baptist Foundation.


Darla Dirrim
Darla Dirrim passed from this life into the presence
of Jesus Christ on June 20, 2016, at age 60. She was
pastor’s wife at Westview Southern Baptist Church,
Chanute, Kan.
She was born on May 18, 1956, to Wayne Alden
Brown and Frances Harper Brown in El Paso, Texas.
She graduated high school in Putman City, Okla.,
and received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Darla married Randy Dirrim on Aug. 4, 1978. She
was a mother to two wonderful sons and spent her
life homeschooling and teaching in several Christian
She came to know Jesus Christ as her Savior at an
early age through the Woman’s Missionary Union GA
program. She served alongside her husband, Randy, in
many churches her entire married life. She was known
for praying for others and sending cards of encouragement.


Janie Wood

She is survived
by her husband; two
sons and their wives:
Jonathan and Chriselda
Dirrim and Michael
and Rebecca Dirrim;
five grandchildren:
Benjamin, Sophia, Abigail, Emeth and Samuel; her mother, Frances
Brown; her brother,
Col. David Brown and
his wife, Tomi; a sister,
Diane Manning and her
husband, Robert; and
many other relatives.
She was preceded
in death by her father,
Wayne Brown.
A private family
graveside service was
held in Oklahoma City.
A memorial service
was held at Westview
Southern Baptist
Church on Friday afternoon, June 24.
Memorials may be
sent to Westview Southern Baptist Church,
1415 S. Plummer Ave.,
Chanute, KS 667202515.

Anita Wilson (left), retired KNCSB executive secretary, died Wednesday,
June 29. She retired from KNCSB in 1998 after a 30-year career. She was the
assistant to Peck Lindsay, retired KNCSB executive director, for 27 years.
She is pictured with Karen Stover, who died in 2011 after a 28-year career
with KNCSB.

Anita Wilson
Anita Wilson, retired KNCSB executive secretary,
died Wednesday, June 29. She retired from KNCSB in
1998 after a 30-year career. She was the executive assistant to Peck Lindsay, retired KNCSB executive director,
for 27 years.
“Anita Wilson and I worked together for 27 years,”
Peck Lindsay recalled.
“She loved the pastors and missions personnel with
whom we worked and was well liked and respected by
them. In fact, many would rather talk with her than me.
When they came to the Baptist Building for meetings,
it was Anita they engaged in conversations. She knew
about their work and their families and always showed
a personal interest in them,” Lindsay said.
After her retirement she and her husband, Don,
moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. They
lived there for about 10 years before they moved back
to Topeka, Kan.
A memorial service was held Saturday morning,
July 2, at Lighthouse Bible Church in Topeka.
Janie Wood
Janie Wood died Thursday morning, July 14, at age
87. She and her husband, Charles, served as plannedgiving consultants for the Kansas-Nebraska Southern

Baptist Foundation. They retired on Dec. 31, 2014, after
serving 23½ years.
She served at her husband’s side as a pastor’s wife
for 43 years. They served churches in five different
She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in McCune, Kan., to
Hugh and Nellie (Dye) Scherer.
On Aug. 4, 1950, she married Dr. Charles L. Wood in
Stillwater, Okla.
Janie graduated from Stillwater, Okla., High School
in 1947. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business
education from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State
University) in 1951 and did graduate work at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughters, Mary Wood and Susan (Bob) Ferstl all of Derby;
grandchildren, Kevin (Josie) Ferstl, Derby; great grandchildren, Norah, Graham, and Laurel Ferstl; siblings
Patricia Baker, Edmond, Okla., and Mary Lou (Dr. Joe
ED.D.) Gunn, Broken Arrow, Okla.
The service was held Saturday afternoon, July 16, at
Pleasantview Baptist Church, Derby, Kan.
A memorial fund has been set up for the support
of KNCSB mission causes. Checks should be made
out to: Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation
(KNSBF) and mailed to 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS
66606. Please note that it is for the Undesignated Fund
in memory of Janie Wood.

KNCSB Women’s Leadership

Wonderful Weekend for Women
Beautiful Mess

Ladies Wonderful Weekend for Women is on its way. Have you reserved the weekend? If you have
not, what are you waiting for a written invitation? Well here it is…
You’re ALL invited to our
2016 Wonderful Weekend for Women
On Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September 2016
At Webster Conference Center in Salina Kansas
Theme: Beautiful Mess
Verse: 1Peter: 4:12-13
Speaker: Janelle McIlvain Irwin
Worship Leader: Ellie Holcomb

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Speake n Irwin
Be ready to have fun, laugh, cry and laugh some more.
Bring your bibles and ALL your friends.

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RSVP by August 12, 2016
PS. For all the early birds, we will have some fun activities Thursday evening so come and enjoy them.

Now that you have been invited, who are you bringing? Well let me help you some more, how about
your cousin, sister, niece, mom, aunt, grandma, friend, coworker, neighbor, or a lost soul. Come and
listen to Janelle McIlvain Irwin share her story and God’s message and worship with Ellie Holcomb
You can find registration forms on the Wonderful Weekend for Women Facebook page,, or by contacting the women’s ministry leader at your local church.
Ladies this is your opportunity to learn from each other, share, and discover what God is doing in your
lives. I promise you one thing, by the time the weekend is over, God will have opened your eyes to
the beautiful masterpiece he has created in you or is creating with the mess that we each bring.




Wasn’t that profound! As I sat down to
write this I thought, I’ve got nothing.
These past two months have been a whirlwind and I’m afraid I’ve used up all of me.
Isn’t that just where God wants us! Now
he can whisper words like: “Be still and
know that I am God. * Come to me, all
you who are weary and burdened, and
I will give you rest. * In peace I will lie
down and sleep, for you alone Lord, make
me dwell in safety. * I have told you these
things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But
take heart! I have overcome the world. *
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is
your strength.”

A Word From......
I often lose track of my thoughts when I
am praying. Sometimes my
prayers are casual and it's
great that I can be comfortable
with God, but I have learned
it's better to sit and focus on
our conversation rather than
rattling off whatever comes to
mind. I need structured prayer and I found
something that works for me. Maybe it will
work for you too!
First, I bought a really cute journal, and
yes, a cute journal is a necessity. I would
suggest to start at the first of the month,
write the month and the year at the top
and then begin your prayer. Ask God what
you need to be praying for this month and
make a list. Mine are usually around 10
items, but the list will grow throughout the
month. I go through the list daily and pray
specifically for each thing, spending minutes on each. This helps me stay focused
and has developed a depth in my prayers
that I have never had before. The next
month I start a new page and a new list.
Over time you will have pages of prayer
lists you can look back on and see how
God has worked. Try it, I think you will
like it!


I never really had a Father growing up. It always felt like I needed more, something was
missing. I went looking for that missing piece in all the wrong places for many years.
Then at the age of 23, a dear friend shared with me about this man named Jesus. No kidding! I have no recollection of ever being told about Jesus, the son of God, before the age
of 23. It was a year later that I gave my life to Christ in full surrender. At that point, I
realized I was loved beyond measure, that I was worth more, that I was the “Daughter
Speak ns
of a King”. Psalm 45:11 says “Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him,
for he is your Lord.” In 2009, at the age of 24, I gained more than a heavenly Father, I
gained a Lord and Savior. Do you know you have a Father that loves you beyond measure? Do you
know about this unordinary man named Jesus? Do you know what honoring him is? Join us November 11th & 12th, for SHINE 2016. Learn what it looks like to live as the “Daughter of a King.” NEW
THIS YEAR: Friday night Gala – be ready to pretty yourself for the event of the year, that your King
may be enthralled by your beauty.




Free Clinic to learn Magic, Clowning,
Puppets, Skits, Balloons, etc.

August 19-20, 2016
Friday Sign-In 4-5 pm
Early Bird Workshops 5-8 pm. Saturday Sign-In 8-9 am. Workshops 9-5 pm
First Baptist Church, 11400 Johnson Dr.;
Shawnee, KS. 66203 (2 blocks WEST of Neiman Rd
on Johnson Dr.)


1. The summer camping season has been excellent and many lives are being transformed each week.
2. Continue to pray for those who are yet to attend, as well as the ones who are
now home and attempting to put “feet to their decisions for Christ”.
3. A full report of the summer camping season will be coming in the next issue of
the Baptist Digest.
4. WCC received $249.50 from Dillons for the second quarter of 2016. Thank you
to the 26 households that have registered WCC as their charity of choice. These
gifts will go toward the Matching Challenge Grant road project.
5. As of mid-July, the Matching Challenge Grant to pave the entry road was within
$7,000 of being met. Thank you to those who have given and to those who will
give to help meet this goal.
6. Volunteers are needed to assist with the exterior finish work on the Dining Hall.
Could you give a day or two to help? Call Bill Cooke for more information: 1-785827-6565.
Sign up for the free monthly WCC E-Newsletters by going to the WCC website and click on the newsletter link to begin receiving the newsletter.
“Thank you” for your continued support of WCC!

If your church
has reached the
top or is on the
downslope, You
might want talk
to the Strengthening team
about scheduling a ReFocus
or Transformational Church
Contact Tim
Boyd (tboyd@

Registration Deadline: Aug.15, 2016
Call Bev Dowling: 913-236-8808
or email: for more information or to
register. Pre-registration is required.
FBC Ulysses, Ks. seeks F/T Senior Pastor, married, 1-10 yrs. experience.
Mixed age congregation with deep 20 year roots. Ideal candidate emphasizes
faith, leadership, shepherding; also committed to discipleship, Biblical scholarship & focused presentations. Email your resume and statement of doctrinal beliefs to our pastor search committee chairman,
Ronnie Young @:
WICHITA CHURCH is looking for part time Director of Worship to plan and
lead a blended worship service working with a praise team. Please send
resumes to Tyler Road Baptist Church, 571 S. Tyler Road, Wichita, KS 67209
or to

Where is Your Church on this Life Style Chart?


“Go, Mow & Glow” - Ministering the Love of Christ


Here’s one wildly successful ministry idea that happened last week.
Living Faith Indy, a church plant in Indianapolis,
loaded a trailer with a riding lawnmower, some push
mowers, edgers, blowers and brooms. The group
prayed, asking God’s direction for where to begin,
then hauled the equipment to a nearby, neglected
neighborhood near their church plant. They found a
parking place, and began to go house to house, asking
permission to mow each home’s lawn – for free.
As they approached each home, a different volunteer was assigned to ring the doorbell. After getting
permission to work, the joyful crew meticulously
groomed the yard while the volunteer lingered on the
porch to chat with that neighbor.
The work team included church members and a
mission team from a partner church, with ages ranging from kids to senior adults. Every person had a
job: a grandpa rode the riding mower, adults operated
lawn equipment, kids swept.

As the church group moved from one house to the
next, the entire neighborhood seemed to come alive.
One neighbor played music; another brought some
water to workers; children came out to help. The atmosphere was astonishing!
The neighborhood’s HOA president was thrilled to
have her lawn done because her own mower had broken. The team gave her one of their used mowers as a
gift, and she broke into tears.
When the church group left, the block looked fabulous, and they’d made dozens of positive contacts.
They played with kids, prayed for peoples’ needs,
made friends and served joyfully. They’d invited every
person to Sunday worship, and many promised to
come. Only eternity will reveal the final results, but
that church was so energized by the response, they’re
now planning for different small groups to do the
same project on various streets until they cover their
The last words of Jesus on this earth before He

ascended into heaven were these: “Go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19a. The first word of that verse,
“go”, indicates that Christians are to leave the premises, and tell others about Jesus as they go out. If we stay
inside our church building, enjoying sweet fellowship
and caring only for one another, we are missing a huge
part of God’s command.
You can do ministry in your town. There are ministry opportunities all around you. The primary focus
is to show God’s love, to engage strangers in conversation, and invite them to know Jesus. No church or
small group is too small, too old, too stagnant or too
Make an intentional “go” plan for your small group
or church. People nearby are waiting to hear God’s
Good News.

© Diana Davis is an author, columnist
and minister’s wife.