Doors of Opportunity Unlocked Amidst Lockdown

The Tates have served the Lord in Kitale, Kenya since January 2008. Their main ministry is church planting.

May 20, 2020

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ,

It’s still all Corona, Corona, Corona around here. And as a result of that not much has been altered since the last time I wrote a report.

Schools are all closed so the kids are all at home. Josiah is at home doing on-line schooling. He is finishing his final term as a senior at Rift Valley Academy. He has missed his interim trip, his senior trip has been canceled and his graduation ceremony is probably canceled as well. It is unlikely he will ever see any of his friends again before they all head off to their home countries and home continents. Chloe is home too. Julie is homeschooling her and I am assisting by teaching math.

Churches are all closed. I haven’t been able to meet with the folks at Upper Room Baptist Church for many weeks now except individually. Everyone I talk to wants to get our worship services started back up again but to do so would be against the lock-down orders. At what point do we say we have to meet anyway?

Nairobi is locked down. Nobody is allowed in or out.

At least we still have access to food, water, and medicines. Our supply lines are operating as normal and all the necessities of life are still readily available.

The one thing we are desperately trying to avoid is Kenyan quarantine. People who test positive for Covid19 AND everyone they come into contact with are quarantined in official Kenyan quarantine centers. We all hear that these places are nightmares – No care, crowded, Corona-contracting centers. Healthy people get quarantined and are not allowed to leave. They end up coming down with the virus. I was in town today and saw a sign at the store: “Help contain Covid19 – Donate here to send street kids to quarantine centers”. I had to shudder. 

But not all is bad news. There are opportunities as well. The other day I was in town picking up some supplies and I was at the store of a Hindu proprietor. He started talking about Corona and I said, “All I can do is pray, and trust God, and leave the rest in His hands”. The Hindu store owner stopped and said, “Yes, thank you. I guess we should be talking more about God than about Corona Virus”. Now I know that the “god” in his mind is different than the God in mine but we have small opportunities to talk to people these days in a way we might not be able to during a normal time.

Another opportunity is to invest in the lives of other people. As a result of the schools closing, we have two Kenyan teenagers studying here at our house and Julie is overseeing their education and I am teaching them Geometry. One is staying with us around the clock, including boarding here and the other comes every day for school purposes and then leaves at the end of the day. Yesterday, during their morning break, the four of us (myself, Josiah and the two Kenyan teenagers) sat on the veranda while they drank their chai and we just talked. And the most amazing questions and discussions came out. We talked about salvation, heaven, missions, f=ma and e=mc2, the movements of planets, English idioms, biological taxonomy, sin, grace verses the law, Jesus’ interpretation of the 10 Commandments in Matthew 5, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and what happens to morally upright Muslims who have never heard about Jesus. It was all done in a casual way and I didn’t lead them to any of these topics. We just talked about whatever came up out of their brains. What an amazing time to try and make sure they heard wisdom from a Biblical perspective on all of these topics. 

Let’s ask God to give us more of these kinds of opportunities during this chaotic and unnerving time of uncertainty. 

Blessings to you all, Roger, Julie, Amy, Josiah & Chloe

Contact Info:
Roger & Julie Tate
P.O. Box 96
Kitale, Kenya 30200
rojuta@gmail.com

For ministry donations:
Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer of BFM
P.O. Box 471280 | Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280
or click here to donate to BFM online.


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BFM Winter Missions Conference 2020

BFM Winter Missions Conference
JANUARY 20 – 22, 2020

PARK RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
3629 Crystal Street | Gotha, FL 34734

Ben Glover, Pastor | 407-719-9861 | bentonglover@aol.com

Conference Theme: “The Riches of His Grace” Ephesians 2:7
“That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

There are various prices and discounts for hotels within the area. The hotels with
better rates are by the Universal Studios, which is only about 10-15 minutes away.

Once available, a full schedule can also be found on the EVENTS tab on our website.


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Thanksgiving Offering Update & Appeal

As of 11/22, our THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS total received was: $15,059.08

The total reflected in the Monthly Contribution Report printed in the next issue of our newsletter may be more … in fact, we are praying it will be exceedingly richly more!  – but, we are preparing this update for publication before the close of the month…

WE NEED TO REACH FOR OUR $50,000.00 THANKSGIVING OFFERING GOAL!
(…please read below…)

Have you given your personal offering toward the 2019 THANKSGIVING OFFERING?

All the offerings given to the Thanksgiving Offering go directly toward the support of our missionaries by funding the commitments, benefits, and services we give them over the course of the next year.

Consider these truths:

  • All the commitments, benefits, and services we give our missionaries are funded through offerings and contributions given to the Missionary Support Fund
  • The only contribution streams that supply the Missionary Support Fund are the monthly offerings given to the Missionary Support Fund and the THANKSGIVING OFFERING
  • The monthly Missionary Support Fund contributions do not sustain all the accrued annual disbursements for the commitments, benefits, and services we give our missionaries
  • Therefore, we need and depend upon the THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS to make up for the monthly deficits we will incur in providing the commitments, benefits, and services we give our missionaries over the upcoming year
  • This year’s THANKSGIVING OFFERING will supply next year’s monthly deficits in Missionary Support Fund contributions and disbursements
  • IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE SUFFICIENT THANKSGIVING OFFERING FUNDS NOW IN ADVANCE OF NEXT YEAR’S DISBURSEMENTS, THEN WE WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO REDUCE THE COMMITMENTS, BENEFITS, AND SERVICES WE GIVE TO OUR MISSIONARIES
    • we have no other reserves, subsidies, or endowments to draw from or fall back on
    • we cannot borrow money to operate
  • So, it is essential that we all give as generously as possible so our missionaries’ needs will be supplied
  • Will you give a generous personal THANKSGIVING OFFERING right now?
    • and, at the same time, may we encourage you to commit to making monthly offerings to the Missionary Support Fund!
  • Your missionaries’ needs will be met – and thanksgivings to God will abound and increase and continue!

Giving Options:
You can give your Thanksgiving Offering either through your church’s offering, or by mailing your personal check to our Treasurer, or by giving online through our website www.baptistfaithmissions.org ‘Donate/Support’ tab and typing in Thanksgiving Offering in the memo field.

Click here to make a one-time donation.
Click here to set up a recurring donation.


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THANKSGIVING OFFERING FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Will you please take the time to read this appeal for a much-needed generous Thanksgiving Offering? Maybe you have not given in previous years. May we explain the importance of the Thanksgiving Offering for the continued support of your missionaries? And may we invite you to join us this year in giving to supply the benefits and services we have committed to our missionaries?!  Thank you!

  1. “WHY DO WE HAVE A THANKSGIVING OFFERING?”

We have a Thanksgiving Offering because WE NEED IT for the coming year to supply the financial commitments we have made to our missionaries for the services and benefits we provide from a common contribution receptacle account called the “Missionary Support Fund.” The monthly contributions we receive for the Missionary Support Fund are not sufficient to supply ALL of the benefits and services we commit to provide for our missionaries. So, we NEED the Thanksgiving Offering to supplement the monthly Missionary Support Fund offerings.

  1. “WHY IS THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING SO IMPORTANT?”

The Thanksgiving Offering is ESSENTIAL because it is the only source of funds for supplying many of our missionaries’ needs during the coming year.  Those services and benefits NOT sufficiently funded by monthly offerings to the Missionary Support Fund are supplied by contributions received in the Thanksgiving Offering.

  1. “WHAT SERVICES AND BENEFITS DOES THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING HELP PROVIDE?”

The Thanksgiving Offering enables us to provide the services and benefits we have committed to our missionaries “as the Lord provides” – in addition to monthly salary, housing and ministry allowances, and hospitalization.  These benefits include:

  • reimbursements for missionaries’ Furlough (Home Assignment) airfare/transportation expenses to and from the field
  • reimbursements for their hospitalization personal deductibles for the year (their personal deductible is $1000 and we reimburse them $600 of that amount)
  • children’s school/education expenses (if funds are available)
  • expenses for mailing BFM News & Reports (missionaries’ monthly letters, reports, updates — and detailed report of all offerings given through BFM that month)
  • expenses for maintaining Stateside office for communication and daily services – there are a lot of activities that go on Stateside to keep our missionaries functioning on their fields of service
  1. “HOW ELSE IS THE MISSIONARY SUPPORT FUND SUPPLIED?”

The primary supply for the Missionary Support Fund is from monthly offerings that are given to the Missionary Support Fund.  These offerings are listed monthly in BFM News & Reports under “Missionary Support Fund”.  These monthly Missionary Support Fund offerings are used to supply the “Essential Missionary Support” [EMS] that we have committed to the missionaries for their standard essential monthly expenses.  These include:

  • their monthly salary
  • their monthly standard housing allowance
  • their monthly standard ministry allowance
  • their monthly hospitalization premium
  • expenses for printing BFM News & Reports – their monthly newsletters, reports, and updates

We just wish to reiterate that we have no other sources of funding for these committed benefits than the monthly Missionary Support Fund and the Thanksgiving Offering. If we do not receive the necessary funding, we cannot disburse the benefits.

  1. “WHY IS THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING GIVEN AT THE THANKSGIVING SEASON?”
  • The BFM Thanksgiving Offering began many years ago in conjunction with the annual Thanksgiving Missionary Conference in the Detroit-area and has continued that way to this day.
  • Also, the Thanksgiving season is good reminder of the thanks we owe God for His Indescribable Gift in Jesus Christ – and our Thanksgiving Offering is a good way to express that thanks.
  • And, the Thanksgiving season and Offering is a good occasion for us to give missionary offerings so others, also, may hear the blessed Good News of salvation through Christ…and, in this way, share our Thanksgivings to God with others and MULTIPLY STILL MORE THANKSGIVINGS TO GOD.
  • See 2 Corinthians 9.11-15
  1. “HOW CAN I GIVE MY THANKSGIVING OFFERING?”

If your church receives a Thanksgiving Offering for the missionaries supported through BFM, then we encourage you to give your offering through your church.  Most of the Thanksgiving Offerings that are given by churches are made up by the voluntary offerings of individual members who give to the Offering.  Pastors, we encourage you to give your church the opportunity to contribute to our BFM Thanksgiving Offering.

  1. “WHAT IF MY CHURCH DOES NOT RECEIVE A BFM THANKSGIVING OFFERING?”

If your church does not participate in the Thanksgiving Offering, you may send your personal gift to the Treasurer of BFM and designate it “Thanksgiving Offering.”

Baptist Faith Missions / Pastor George Sledd, Treasurer
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe FL 32747-1280

You can also give online at www.baptistfaithmissions.org / www.bfmnow.org and click on ‘Donate/Support’ and designate for ‘Thanksgiving Offering.’

  1. “CAN I GIVE MY THANKSGIVING OFFERING ONLY AROUND THANKSGIVING…OR DURING NOVEMBER?”

No. Many churches and individual Friends of BFM give on or around “Thanksgiving Sunday.” However, offerings begin coming in before November and continue to come in to the Treasurer during the months following November, and sometimes on into the next year. You can give your Thanksgiving Offering any time.  But, all offerings designated “Thanksgiving Offering” go toward the same collective Offering for that year.

  1. “HOW IS THE “EVERY FRIEND A GIVING FRIEND” PERSONAL GIVING MINISTRY PERTINENT TO THE THANKSGIVING         OFFERING?”

We introduced the “EVERY FRIEND A GIVING FRIEND” ministry and plan during the 2003 Thanksgiving Conference. “Every Friend a Giving Friend” encourages each of our missionaries’ friends to personally participate in regular giving to the Missionary Support Fund. This plan is nothing new or unique; it is just another way to express and articulate what the Friends of BFM have been doing since the inception of the Mission.

It is also patterned after the instructions Paul gives us in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: that is,

  1. to purpose in your heart to give an offering (9:7)
  2. to give as generous an offering as God enables you (8:1-3 & 9:6)
  3. to ask God – and trust Him – to supply you with the funds you will need to give the offering (9:8)
  4. to plan and begin preparing even a year ahead of time (as Paul instructed the Corinthians and the other churches to do) (8:10-11 & 9:2)
  5. to give your offerings to the Lord and to the Lord’s missionaries willingly and cheerfully (9:7)
  6. to express your love and obedience to the Lord (8:8 & 9:13)
  7. to give as your response to Jesus Christ’s grace and gift of Himself to you (8:9 & 9:15)

We encourage every Friend of BFM to be a Giving Friend and give a personal
Thanksgiving Offering to help supply our missionaries’ needs that are met through the monthly Missionary Support Fund.

“EVERY FRIEND A GIVING FRIEND” also challenges each Friend of BFM to personally participate in missions by giving monthly offerings over and above the regular tithes and offerings you give to your church to meet the needs of your local church’s ministries. We encourage each Giving Friend to make a personal commitment to either begin giving or increase your giving each month to the Missionary Support Fund.

  1. “WHY DO YOU SET GOALS FOR THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING?”

We set goals because the goal amount is keyed to the projected needs we expect to provide for the coming year of missionary ministry. And, when we increase the commitments, services, and benefits we give our missionaries so they can better fulfill their ministries, our needs for the necessary funds increase also.

And, please remember with us that we cannot approve and commit to increasing the services and benefits we provide for our missionaries unless we believe the Lord will supply those funds through your giving.

OUR 2019-20 THANKSGIVING OFFERING GOAL IS $50,000.00.

Would you please pray and ask the Lord of the Harvest what he would have you give to this year’s Thanksgiving Offering?  And then ask Him also to supply you with that gift from his inexhaustible resources of Grace? 

Thank You, GIVING FRIENDS!

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Giving Options:
You can give your Thanksgiving Offering either through your church’s offering, or by mailing your personal check to our Treasurer, or by giving online through our website www.baptistfaithmissions.org ‘Donate/Support’ tab and typing in Thanksgiving Offering in the memo field.

Click here to make a one-time donation.
Click here to set up a recurring donation.


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BFM LABOR DAY CONFERENCE 2019

LABOR DAY CONFERENCE
on behalf of Baptist Faith Missions
SEPTEMBER 1-2, 2019
EAST KEYS BAPTIST CHURCH
2150 East Keys Avenue, Springfield, IL
[Directions]
Pastor Dan Hillard
(dhillard51[at]yahoo.com)
(309-265-2974)

Everyone is invited to attend the Mission Conference Labor Day Weekend at East Keys Baptist Church on behalf of Baptist Faith Missions. An offering will be received during the meeting to help with the general expenses and missionary support. We suggest Super 8 Motel, 1330 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703. Telephone (217) 528-8889.

SUNDAY | September 1
10:00 a.m. – Brother Bob Jones, Evangelist
11:00 a.m. – Brother Raul Bergerman, Pastor, West Griffin Baptist Church, Griffin, Georgia
LUNCH
6:30 p.m. – Brother Raul Bergerman, Pastor, West Griffin Baptist Church, Griffin, Georgia
7:30 p.m. – Brother Kerry Smith, Evangelist

MONDAY | September 2
10:00 a.m. – Brother Steve Shults, member Faith Baptist Church, Paducah, Kentucky
11:00 a.m. – Brother Kerry Smith, Evangelist
LUNCH


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VMP: Paul & Wanda Hatcher

PAUL & WANDA HATCHER

Paul and Wanda Hatcher served the Lord in partnership with BFM for over 40 years.

Paul grew up in Manaus, Brazil in the John and Alta Hatcher family. After marrying Wanda and pastoring here in the U.S., they returned to Manaus to serve in the Tabernacle Baptist Church. When John and Alta transitioned their church-planting ministry to the states in the south, Paul assumed the pastorate and leadership of Tabernacle Baptist Church. The church experienced phenomenal growth under his leadership and numerous churches were planted in the neighborhoods of Manaus.

In still later years, even while they were reaching Manaus, God laid it on their hearts to reach the states in NE Brazil. Through their outreach burden, vision, and efforts, numerous church-planting teams were sent out by Tabernacle Baptist Church, Manaus, Brazil, into the states and cities of the northeast. Churches that had been established in previous years were re-vitalized, and other church plants were established.

Just a few years ago, the Lord directed them to return to the States to provide care for their aging parents. They have faithfully fulfilled these services as well. They continue to serve and assist in their current home church in Clermont, FL.


Pray for them! Reach out to them through every means you can (call, write, e-mail), and let them know you still appreciate them and their service. They would love to hear from you personally, or from your Sunday School class, or your church leadership.

Paul & Wanda Hatcher
15905 Mercott Ct
Clermont, FL 34714
229-529-8497 / home
239-227-6551 / Paul’s cell
rphatcher@gmail.com


When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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VMP: John A. Hatcher

JOHN A. HATCHER
[Alta is with the Lord]

John and Alta Hatcher served the Lord in church-planting missions for over 50 years in Brazil. Alta is now in Heaven with our Lord.

John spent the first terms of their missionary service pastoring Tabernacle Baptist Church in Manaus, Brazil. Then, during their later terms, they planted churches in the southern states of Brazil, especially Sao Paulo and Parana. Literally scores of Baptist churches were established and are still multiplying through their efforts.

John is currently living with their son, Paul Hatcher, and his wife Wanda.


Pray for him! Reach out to him through every means you can (call, write, e-mail), and let him know you still appreciate him and his service. He would love to hear from you personally, or from your Sunday School class, or your church leadership.

John A. Hatcher
15905 Mercott Ct
Clermont, FL 34714
229-529-8497 / home
jhatcher1925@gmail.com


When you designate your offerings for ‘Veteran Missionaries Pension’ or for ‘Founder’s Month Offering’ [they are the same], they will be applied toward the continuing and on-going financial honor and support of these faithful life-long servants of Christ.

Click here to give now or you can mail your offering to:
BFM, c/o George Sledd
P.O. Box 471280
Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1280


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