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Church Update letter 6/30/20

June 30, 2020, 2:22 PM

FBC Buffalo Update 6/30/20


Dear church,


I am excited to give you a mission trip report. Last week 30 individuals from our church were able to clean up and improve the Peace Valley Retreat Center in St. Roberts, Missouri. The team tore down some old buildings, created a walking trail to the cave on the property, and we did some removal of brush, grass, weeds, and built some picnic tables. While we were able to commit to serious labor, we were also able to spend some much-needed time growing together in the Lord.


Each night of the mission trip, different individuals shared a devotion, and each day the team worked through individual devotionals. We were blessed with great weather throughout the time at Peace Valley. While it was hot a few days, for the most part, the weather was perfect for working outside. We were also able to spend time swimming in the river, exploring the cave, and canoeing in the river. There was a great sense of fellowship in unity throughout the team throughout the mission trip.


Thank you so much for praying for us as we went to serve. We were exceptionally blessed to have been allowed to go on a mission trip this year. Most churches and even the majority of our denomination canceled mission trips like this. Due to the diligence of the mission trip leadership team, we were able to secure a location, funding, and organize a productive and God-honoring mission trip.


The mission trip was undoubtedly rewarding for each individual that went. It is incredible to think that this was not the smallest group that we have sent on a mission trip. Given the short time, we had to organize and execute the journey; this was incredible. In my four years of serving as a pastor, it has been amazing to see how willing our church is to minister to others. This year was undoubtedly a blessing for me as a pastor to see the missional spirit of our church enacted. I've been blessed each year to know that our church is serious about ministering to others by going on a mission trip.


I want to apologize for not getting a letter to you all more recently in the last few weeks. Still, I'm sure you know that I have had a bit more on my plate with going on the mission trip and preparing for it. Once again, I want to make a point to thank everyone faithful for praying for our mission trip's safety and success. It is impressive that our mission trip was so successful.


I will be taking a vacation from July 6th to July 14th. During this time, do not hesitate to reach out to Wes Rash, chairman of deacons, or your family deacon if you have any specific needs. My friend Jason McIntyre will bring the message on Sunday, July 12th. Be sure to pray for him as he prepares to minister to us as a church. It is essential to know that we will be restarting our children's mid-week ministry on July 1st. Be praying that students will be faithful to come and be praying for the parents to be excited to bring their kids back so they can learn about missions and being missionaries.


There is another fascinating element that I've been looking forward to sharing with our church. While we were on the mission trip, a church in Rolla donated a 20 passenger bus to our church. This is an earnest answer to prayer. It should enable us to expand the reach of our ministry to the community. We will still have to go to Rolla to pick up the bus in the coming weeks, license and tag the bus, and develop a strategy for implementing some type of bus ministry. I know that since I have been pastor at First Baptist Buffalo, we have desired to have some kind of a bus ministry. My prayer is that this bus will make that a reality. 


I'm also looking forward to sharing with you about the upcoming sermon series that we will be doing at First Baptist when I return from vacation. The sermon series is called Refocus 2020: 5 Vision Statements for FBC Buffalo. I will be using this series to focus our vision as a church and to clarify who we are as a church. This should work to focus our direction moving forward, and it should work to solidify our identity. Each Sunday, there will be action steps that I will be challenging our church to respond to. I will even take time to report on the number of commitments to each action step. This should be a unifying process. I will be including sermon notes in my letters to you following each of these Sundays.


I know that there are still many individuals from our church that are hesitant to make their way back into church on Sunday mornings. Please do not feel pressured to do this in an unhealthy way. I know there is still a lot about the COVID-19 virus that is unknown. Pray for God to give you discernment and wisdom about how best to negotiate to make your way back to church.


On one last note, on July 20th, I will be undergoing major surgery to reconstruct my left foot. For eight weeks following my surgery, I will have severe restrictions on my foot. This will mean that I will not be able to put weight on my left foot during those eight weeks. I will be preaching in a seated position during those Sundays, and my mobility will be limited. Please pray for me that I will not get discouraged. Pray for me that I will have a successful surgery. Please pray for my family, and pray for our church as everyone works to help me deal with this corrective issue. I hope that this surgery will allow me not to have an ongoing problem with pressure ulcers on my left foot. 


As always, thank you for praying for my family. Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor. Thank you for ministering to me. Thank you for ministering to me. Know that I am diligently seeking God's will in my life, and God's direction for our church. Don't hesitate to call me if there is anything that I can do for you. Please never hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. I am far from a perfect pastor. Thank you for having patience with me. 


Soli Deo Gloria,



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