World Evangelism Fellowship | November 8th

World Evangelism Fellowship | November 8th

The World Evangelism Fellowship is an annual meeting of pastors, missionaries, and church members for purpose of collaborating about world evangelism. The event will be take place on Tuesday, November 8, at Vision Baptist Missions. This year, we are very excited to have Dr. Charles Keen, Bro. Walter Stevens, and Dr. Jim Roberts III speaking for us. Below is a bit more about each of them.

DR. CHARLES KEEN

Dr. Charles Keen pastored First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio for thirty-five years. The Lord greatly blessed the church under his ministry. He and two other men started the Bearing Precious Seed (BPS) ministry in 1973. In 1999, Dr. Keen resigned as pastor and began First Bible International with the express purpose of getting the Bible to the unreached people groups of the world. He has authored three books, Thinking Outside the Box, He is Worthy, and They Are Still Waiting. We are honored that he would attend the world evangelism fellowship, and we’re very excited to hear what God has laid on his heart.

WALTER STEVENS

Bro. Walter Stevens is a fourth-generation gypsy. Disillusioned and disenchanted with life, God saved him as an adult and called him into the ministry. Since 1989, he has been a missionary to the gypsy people, serving for many years in Eastern Europe. Bro. Stevens is currently the president of Roma Outreach Missions Association in Bradenton, Florida. We believe that you will really enjoy hearing from Bro. Stevens as he shares his passion for God and his experiences in missionary service.

DR JIM ROBERTS III

Jim Robert’s life has been quite a journey. He grew up in Six Mile, South Carolina, enlisted in the Marines, then went as a missionary to Scotland. God then called him to pastor Mile Creek Baptist Church in South Carolina for 25 years. In 2013, God led Jim and his wife Sandy back into missions. Dr. Jim now serves as the Voice in the Villages Representative for India with Vision Baptist Missions and the North America Representative. We look forward to the perspective Dr Jim will give as a pastor, missionary, and father of a missionary as well.

Work Day | September 3rd 9am-12pm

Work Day | September 3rd 9am-12pm

This coming Saturday, Vision Baptist Missions is hosting a work day in preparation for a new semester of Training Center classes.

We could use the help of all who are willing. We will be mainly focusing on trying to complete the internal walls, ceilings, flooring, and trim of the Hudson Taylor building. There will likely be some outside work on the grounds as well.

Lunch will be provided at noon. Please come and give us a hand if you are able.

Location: 77 Hugh Stowers Drive, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

Contact: Travis Snode (678-871-9610) or Jeff Bush (770-362-3795‬) if you have any questions.

World Population to Hit 8 Billion!

World Population to Hit 8 Billion!

By November 15, the United Nations predicts that the population of the world will hit 8 billion people! According to this article:

  • In 2023, India will replace China as the world most populous nation.
  • The population of the world will reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050.
  • Over half of the project increase in population up to 2050 will be concentrated in the countries of: Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

As we consider the vast multitudes of this world, may we like Jesus:

  1. Be moved with compassion!
  2. Pray for laborers!

But when he [Jesus] saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 9:36-38
Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson, missionaries to Mexico

Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson, missionaries to Mexico

Praise the Lord for the many souls that have recently been saved in Mexico! Jonathan and Rebekah Anderson are hard at work, helping young believers write out their testimonies and going through a lesson with them about how to share their faith with others. They have a busy summer ahead with several visiting families and churches. Pray for the Andersons and for the work in Mexico!

Shawn & Emily Bateman, missionaries to Argentina

Shawn & Emily Bateman, missionaries to Argentina

Shawn and Emily Bateman recently started a new outreach project at their church in Rosario, Argentina called “Our Jerusalem.” They had 20 church members show up to help pass out the new information packets. This past week, they had their first visitors come as a result of the new visitation project–Cintia and her son, Maxi. Pray for the “Our Jerusalem” outreach project and for the Bateman family as they share the gospel in Argentina!

Do You Believe in Animals?

Do You Believe in Animals?

By Courtney Mathos, missionary to Bolivia

My language school teacher recently took me to her hometown of Patamanta, Bolivia, which is about 30 minutes outside of La Paz with a population of about 3,000. Most of the people are of Aymara descent and speak both Spanish and Aymara. Because of its location and altitude, the climate can be very harsh in Patamanta, with a strong heat but also stinging cold. While there, I wore a t-shirt, sweater, and vest during the day and a heavy jacket in the evenings. To sleep, I wore slipper socks, sweatpants, and a hoodie, under at least five heavy blankets.

Despite the cold, I learned much during my weekend of being fully immersed in Spanish and Bolivian culture. The people of Patamanta are a village and help each other out as much as possible. Young people call everyone tío (uncle) or tía (aunt) out of respect. The family I stayed with opened two small stores in their home to help the community. One store sells food, drinks, snacks, and other grocery items. The other store is a small pharmacy that also sells school supplies.

More importantly, I learned of the great need for the gospel in Patamanta. In a town of about 3,000 people, there is not one, single church or anyone preaching the gospel. As I got to know the family I was staying with, they started asking me questions and telling me about what they believed in. I was asked, “Do you believe in animals?” I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this question before! They explained that many people in Patamanta trust animals, spirits, and even demons to guide and help them through life. Romans 10:13-14 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

How will the people of Patamanta hear about a God that loves them and sent His Son to die on the cross for their sins if no one goes and tells them? Who will go? Who will tell them that animals, spirits, and demons can’t hear them and won’t help them? Pray with me for more laborers for Patamanta and Bolivia!