MBA of Texas May 2017 Mission Reports

MBA of Texas May 2017 Mission Reports

May beginning balance: $17,210.60 / Offerings: $24,309.42 / Missionary Support: $16,000 / Designated: Berean Prison Ministry $50.00 / Adm. Salary: $2,600 / Expenses: (Postage) $198.00 / May ending balance: $22,672.02

State missions was shared with Bassett Road MBC in Palestine, Overton MBC in Overton, and the Trinity River Mission Rally held at Chapelwood MBC in Huntsville.
We want to thank each and every church and individual who support the MBA of Texas. We also want to thank God for the Resurrection Offerings that were sent in, for they really kept the balance from declining.
Praise the Lord for the 36 souls saved, 16 baptized, and the 44 who joined the different mission points by baptism, letter, or statement since November 2016.

Donald Trussell

This month our ladies ministry started a new study for women called “Healed and Set Free” at the Paseo de Paz apartment complex office. My wife was a little nervous about doing this study for fear that she wouldn’t do it ‘justice’ but it has turned out to be very beneficial for all the ladies who are participating in it on a regular basis. She had 7 woman, 5 of whom have never come to one of our Bible studies, to register for and start the study. Please pray for this group because 3 of the ladies are not professing Christians. This has been a good avenue to minister to these lost women! The church members and I spent most of the month cleaning, re-arranging furniture and pews, decorating, and cooking for the Lewis-Reusser wedding on the 20th. They are our newest members. This was the first wedding held in our current location and our folks were really excited about it. We had 44 in attendance that day, and there turned out to be 4 prospects in the crowd. One man talked to me since then about coming to visit with us. Please pray that we can reach these prospects, as three of them are also lost. God bless you all for your continued prayers and support.

The averages for Hill Country MBC in Kerrville were: 14 in SS; 17 in MW; 13 in EW; and 9 in outside Bible studies. Our offering was $1,073, with $270 given to missions, and $300 paid on rent.

Victor Rice

We are so grateful to the Lord and His people for the prayers and support for His work in San Antonio. As we continue inviting and sharing with hard hearts in San Antonio, this month concluded with the basketball season ending for the Spurs, which people used as an excuse for not attending. We are having 10 repeated visitors attending morning services and our newest are 3 men who are 3 generations which includes the Grandfather and uncle who ride their bikes from the south side of San Antonio to get the grandson, who lives by the church, to attend. Keep the Solios men in prayer along with the Montez and Hernandez families, who are seeking and needing to make a commitment.

My wife, Sis. Ramona, is starting to heal but it is a slow process. Her mornings are tough as she starts her day. We are waiting on calcium build up on the materials that are placed in her neck. We thank you for your prayers for her even when she pleads for request on Facebook when days are tough.

The averages for Shiloh MBC in San Antonio were: 10 in SS; 21 in MW, and 10 in EW. Our offering was $2,100.55, with $183.50 given to missions, and $1,200 paid on rent.

Leland Acker

May might have been the best month in the history of Grace Pointe. We had 6 additions by letter. A family of four, and a retired couple. All are looking for ways to serve in this work.

Our offerings were down a little this month, but still well ahead of where we were this time last year. We continue to hang sheetrock at the new worship facility. We lack half a classroom, the restrooms, and the vaulted area of the sanctuary. We have 2 members scheduled for surgery in June. Please keep them in your prayers.

Praise God for the 6 additions by letter. The averages for Grace Pointe MBC in Early were: 18 in SS; 20 in MW; and 6 in outside Bible Studies. Our offering was $1,829.75 with $150 given to missions, and $300 paid on rent.

David Smith

Worship/Picnic: Our first Sunday in May we conducted worship in Craven’s Park in Arlington. We had to vacate our rented facility for one Sunday only. We had 27 at our picnic for which we rejoice.

I wish we could share a glowing report like we did for April, however we are working to regather those that came. We have been teaching and discipling those that God has given us.

Small Groups: Our small group has been more consistent and therefore we have been able to disciple more effectively. Please pray that we are able to win more souls for Christ.

Celebrate Recovery: We have seen a great need to minister to our people in special areas of their lives. Many have backgrounds that carry a lot of negative memories from the past. Celebrate Recovery is a program that helps individuals to deal with their habits, hurts, and hang-ups. We are beginning the long journey of preparing to do this ministry in our church.

The averages for Lifeline BC in Mansfield were: 16 in MW; and 6 in Small Groups. Our offering was $1,560, with $200 given to missions, and $450 paid on rent.

Abel Oviedo

I always count it a joy to let you know of the goodness of our God upon this mission work and the many activities here in Mission, Texas. May I take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate your fervent prayers and financial support for this ministry throughout the years! The Lord is good to us in every way for His honor and glory.

Mission, Texas: By the grace and mercy of God we continue with our mission to share the gospel. We thank God, for 13 new visitors, 4 professions of faith, and some candidates for baptism. We also thank God for the opportunity to continue to give us the opportunity to go door-to-door knocking and sharing His word.

Cuba: I praise God for the wonderful things He is doing in Cuba. By His grace they had two baptisms and still keep congregating. In the month of April the Lord gave me good liberty to preach His word, and I was able to make good pertinent applications as well as preach the gospel and also began several Bible studies. The bibles given to them were tremendous blessings to those who read them. We were blessed to have great attendance and witness of how they thirst for the Word of God. It is a great blessing for me to see how God is encouraging and strengthening this congregation and how they are striving to begin a new mission work in the community of Lola which is 12 miles from Congojas. The Pastor and 2 members of the church travel to a town named “Lola” once a week to share the gospel. Lord willing, I will be traveling to Cuba in the month of December from 2nd through the 8th. In this trip, I would like to take a projector and laptop to be able to use in the studies that we will be giving. Brother Jose Poot will accompany me in this occasion. I rejoice in the Lord for the souls being saved in Cuba and for the 2 baptisms that took place. Keep us in your prayers as we continue to labor in His vine.

Thank You: Moreover, from our hearts we want to say once again, Thank-You for all your love, prayers, and support given to us. May the Lord continue to bless each ministry is our prayer!

Praise God for the 4 salvations at Macedonia MBM in Mission. Their averages were 90 in SS; 98 in MW; and 60 in EW. Our offering was $3,991 with $1,315 given to missions.
(A Note From the Secretary/Treasurer: As of May 2017, Bro. Abel is no longer receiving support from the MBA of Texas, but I will continue to print any reports He desires to send to me for the rest of the year.)

Joe Bozarth

May began slow and it was nice not to be so busy. But I soon learned that it was a calm before the storm. My wife and I had a dear friend that I found was in the last stage of cancer. She was in the hospital in Houston. The traffic made it seem like a long trip. She died before the month was over. I had the privilege of speaking at her funeral.

Our services were good and we made some head way toward finishing the building. We had a wonderful Mother’s Day and one of the men brought his mother. He had installed our sign. We were thankful for these 2 new visitors.

Thanks for all the prayers and support. We are so very thankful.

Praise the Lord for the 1 who joined by statement. The averages for Fellowship MBC in Conroe were: 13 in SS; 16 in MW; 10 in EW; and 9 in WE.
Our offering was $3,594, with $384.40 given to missions, and $2,006.75 paid on the loan.

Leslie Rhea

We continue to see the Lord’s blessings. We have had much illness but our attendance is holding up. We thank all of our churches for being such a blessing to us through their prayers and support.

We are getting excited about our summer camp that is coming and pray many souls will be saved. We were excited to have a special Sunday set aside to honor our four seniors and ask your prayers that the Lord bless their lives as they go to their next area of life. Thank all of you for your prayers. May God bless you!

The averages for Vanderbilt BC in Tyler were: 20 in SS; 39 in MW; and 15 in EW. Our offering was $6,357, with $771.52 given to missions.

Cory Page

May was a busy month, both personally and ministerially. It was a blessing to go on our annual vacation before the crazy summer begins. It was also great to see our oldest daughter graduate from Kindergarten. Time flies!

Georgetown is moving along at a steady pace. Jim and I are making good contacts, but we are waiting on that first family. Home bible studies are the best way to go now, but someone needs to know you before they will come to your personal space. Pray for Dom and Sammy. Dom works with Jim and has shown much interest in learning about God’s will for his life. Sammy is an employee at the local goodwill that I met. She comes from an abusive situation and seemed very interested, saying she had questions. There are others, but too many to name. It is important to remember that success is defined as loving people and sharing the gospel. We sow and God will cause the increase in His time.

The Bible study in Austin has stalled. The “host”, our member, works strange hours and has been moving. Pray that her life will stabilize so that she can do what she feels led to do. She can be our person of peace, if only she could level out.

Preparation has begun for 2 mission teams coming this summer. The work they do for the ministry is invaluable and we praise God for their willingness to help us on this field.

I am also preparing to assist Scott Jones in Pflugerville. They plan to launch Sunday services this summer. I will serve as worship leader for that group until God provides a musician for them. I thank God that He has allowed me to be a part of what He is doing through Scott’s ministry.