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2017 Coming Together for New Jersey


Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey when it hit the East Coast in October 2012. A joint effort of ABHMS and American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, “Coming Together for New Jersey…Rebuild, Renew and Restore” provides another mission opportunity to serve, July 8-15, 2017. Here's a great shot of our volunteer team.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/9/2017

Pastor Ward Beers
Permanent Certification


Congratulations to Pastor Ward Beers who recently received Permanent Certification at Breedtown Baptist in Titusville. Ward is an exceptional brother in Christ, and great pastoral leader. He and his wife Debbie have been seeking the Lord's will for their lives for several years. He is a tremendously humble man of God.








by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 7/5/2017

Riverside Pastors' Breakfast

Get there any way you can! Here's Rev. Jeff Evans (New Hope Community Church in Broomall) on his ride to the Riverside Pastors' Breakfast. Way to go Pastor Jeff!


by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 7/5/2017

Logan's Valley Baptist Church
Community Garden

Rev Funteller Jackson sent pictures of the Logan's Valley Baptist Church in Bellwood, PA working on the community garden at their church. The team was putting down plastic to prevent weeds from springing up. It was great to see this community mission project moving forward. By the church family offering space in the community for a garden the congregation maintains a connect to the neighborhood. Thanks Pastor Funteller for sharing these photos of the church doing missional outreach!







by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries, Region Life ~ Date: 7/5/2017

La Paz Mexico
Multi-Generational Mission Trip



This mission trip was designed to create serving opportunities for all ages. Volunteers partnered with two ministries in La Paz, Mexico, to help them as they try to reach the neighboring communities with God's love and a hope for a brighter future.

Church Plant - One of the churches is Primera Iglesia Bautista de La Paz (FBC La Paz). It is one of the Baptist congregations in the city of La Paz. They are active in many kinds of ministry and have thriving discipleship ministries. We helped FBC, La Paz, with a church plant in the town of Los Planes. The church in Los Planes has outgrown its current structure, which it is renting, and has begun construction on a new structure, on property that it owns. Pastor Juan Carlos is pastor of this church and is eager to complete the new structure so that they can stop paying rent on the first property. 





Ranch El Camino - Volunteers helped to get the 40-acre camp ready for their summer camp programs. There was construction work, gardening, painting and more! They also spent some time each day in the local community serving families and children with Pastor Juan Jose Murua.... playing sports like baseball, softball, soccer or volleyball.






by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries ~ Date: 7/2/2017

Pastor David Myers Retirement


The congregation at Elizabeth Baptist Church in southwest PA gathered to celebrate the 33 years of ministry of Pastor David and Tara Myers who retired today after serving for twelve years.


Their daughter-in-law played the piano and provided special music, along with the choir.


Pastor David's message focused on the church's need to do evangelism, sharing our faith wherever, whenever, with whoever by being present in the present.


Following the worship service a wonderful buffet lunch was provided in the fellowship hall with a program lead by the head of the church's deacon board with a time given for people to share their thanks and memories which many folks did. During his more than three decades of professional ministry, Pastor David served several churches in WV where he was born and raised, as well as several in PA. Pray for this church and all other congregations seeking new pastoral leadership.




by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 7/1/2017

VBS Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church


Rev. Chuck Layne from the Walkchalk Salem Baptist Church near Kittanning, PA, sent this message and lots of photos taken during their recent Vacation Bible School.




They used the Mighty Fortress VBS curriculum, and held it in June 4-8 with a closing program on the 9th. They had an average of 17 students each night.

A little explanation of the photo of me with sword & shield: I was a little bit in character with sword & shield. The paper strands are my chain mail armor (imagination required).  

We received offerings throughout the week for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox postage & a World Vision fresh water well project being sponsored by our children's Sunday School classes. So each night, I would add new links to my armor for every dollar received. I ended up with over 320 links! Which kept getting trickier to get into each night. I also did not have a helmet to wear, so I resorted to other silly hats from previous Bible Schools.


A good VBS that reached the children in our church and others from our communities.

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Region Life ~ Date: 7/1/2017