Serving Christ Through Montgomery Area Churches KEN MAY, DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS • THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012

Reaching the World in Montgomery
Those of us who have grown up in church have been taught about “foreign missions” and “going” and “praying for our missionaries…over there.” Well times have changed, and instead of always going, we have the opportunity right here to “do foreign missions.” You don’t need a passport to reach people in Montgomery. You just need a servant’s heart and a willing spirit! It is no accident that God has brought people from over 50 countries to the Greater Montgomery area. He wants us to be that helper He talks about in scripture. “When Lisa Rose a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong." Leviticus 19:33 We are very blessed to have an “unreached people group” here in Montgomery. They are the Mixteco Indians from Mexico. They speak a language other than Spanish. It is an oral language. They have different cultural ways. They love their family. They are hard workers. They are here because someone told them there was a better life here. My ancestor, Walsingham Chilson, came here about 1650 to escape religious oppression. He brought his family here and started a new life. It was rough. He had to labor and do everything he could to provide for his family. He wanted a better life for his family than what he had in England. The same is true today. Montgomery has become the host to this people group, the Mixteco’s. So, not only as citizens of this great country, but more importantly, citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are to reach out and minister to this group as well as others who have come here for a “better life”. Why don’t we show them the TRUE better life, which is life in Christ? Will you be a part of that? Scripture says: “Treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you and you shall love him as yourself.” Leviticus 19:34 Anna stepped out of her comfort zone of dependence on a husband who was abusing and isolating her and turned him in. She now has to restart her life. A church in the area is reaching out to her through worship, loving on her and her kids and teaching her English. She needs English to be able to survive and is learning to navigate this city. A simple act of teaching someone how to speak the local language can have a huge effect on their future. There are churches here that are already reaching out to this people group but we would like YOU to join us! We have a Mixteco Task Force among our churches and ministries. Ridgecrest, Eastern Hills, Yarbrough Street, Community of Hope and Forest Park Ministry are all represented on this task force and are reaching this people group, but we need more who will take an interest. YOUR church can participate in many ways to reach this people group. We will be exploring ways to connect with their families in their homeland and develop an Acts 1:8 strategy for reaching this people group. Contact Lisa Rose for more information on what you or your church can do. Email her at or call her at 334-271-6794.

Montgomery Baptist Association churches have caught the fire for supporting foster care and adoption! Many are called to adopt, but EVERYONE can support foster and adoptive families. Here is one way you can “support” kids in foster care this summer! For more information, go to the website listed. Big House Foundation is collecting NEW swimsuits and NEW beach towels for Alabama’s Foster Children. To make it extra special, each towel will be embroidered with the child’s name! Our goal is 6,000. How YOU can help: Donate a child’s NEW swimsuit or towel to the nearest donation site. Make a monetary donation online. Twenty-five dollars covers one child. Volunteer your embroidery services to put childrens’ names on towels. Collection Ends April 30th. For online donations and drop off locations, email Big House at or go to website Alabama WMU office is looking for a full-time ministry assistant and a part-time ministry assistant to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Please email a resume to Cindy Wilson at

First Baptist April 21, 2012 9:00-12:00 April 22, 2012 8:30 - 6:15 Shroud Replica and Museum provided by Dave Glander and Truth Ministries. Guest speaker will be Dr. Gary Habermas.

First Baptist April 15, 2012 Registration 1:30 p.m. All participating churches should pre-register by e-mail to or call Margaret at 271-6227.

Eastern Hills April 26, 2012 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR VBS IS MAY 20.

Directors Music Crafts Youth 5th-6th Grade 3rd-4th Grade 1st-2nd Grade Kindergarten 3 - Pre-K

Beth Henderson, Vaughn Forest Karen Gosselin, Eastern Hills Lori Lockett, Ridgecrest Mark McLendon, Eastern Hills David Henderson, Vaughn Forest Greg Gosselin, Eastern Hills Rachel Thomas, Dalraida Letha Paulk, Hayneville Ruth Givens, Taylor Road

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Bivocational Pastors Breakfast
April 14, 2012 (Please note the date change.) 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. MBA Office Contact the MBA office at 271-6227 to make reservations by April 13.

Ministers Conference Catoma
April 16, 2012 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Make reservations at the MBA office by Friday, April 13

The Montgomery Baptist Association • 20 Interstate Park • Montgomery, Alabama 36109 • 334-271-6227 • This publication is made possible by your churches’ contributions to Associational Missions.