We rejoice in the opportunity to share the gospel in Spring Hill, Tn. This growing community is being flooded with people from around the country. Some who come to this area may have never been approached with a true BIBLE witness. As we go door to door in this area the number of those who claim to be “atheist” is rising. Pray that God will open the hearts and minds of those who need Salvation.
"THE GOOD HAND OF MY GOD" NEH. 2:8
Since March of 2016 we have been slowly working on our Church Bldg. God has lead missions teams and individuals to give toward the building of Gospel Light Baptist Church. We have not borrowed any money for the building project. We have seen God provide for every expense. Now we have come to the final stages with some major projects of site work and other finishes. God has brought a man willing to "MATCH" any contribution given toward the building project. Our goal as a church is $15,000. Would you pray for the offering on March 4th.
Pray for "HIS SERVANTS TO ARISE" @ Gospel Light Baptist Church
UPDATE: Gospel Light Baptist Church has closed the year 2016 with record high attendance of 79. We were able to see 174 first time visitors come through the doors. Our door-to-door distribution reports over 2,247 gospel tracts.
NEW BUS: We were able to purchase a used church bus from Franklin Road Baptist Church. We had our first activity Christmas Caroling to the shut-ins. Our prayer is to start a bus route this spring. We need to finish the building project in order to have the classroom space for added growth.
NEW TEEN CLASS: We started our first teen class with 12 youth. I am teaching this class while Dr. Mardis (pastor emeritus) teaches the adult class and my wife teaches the under 12 ages.
NEW MEMBERS: In the last two months we have had three families join the church. It is truly amazing how God is leading families to Spring Hill, TN. Our prayer is that no visitor feels too crowded in our current space.
NEW BUILDING: We thank our sending church Tabernacle Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC for the labor of HVAC installation. Their missions’ team saved us nearly $10,000 in labor cost. We are currently working on electric and plumbing. Would you pray this project is complete by EASTER SUNDAY? This date will take a miracle.
God sent a local pastor to our aid who provided labor and funds to finish the outside or our future sanctuary. We continue to see God's mighty hand through his faithful followers. One first time visitor to our church gave $1,000 toward our church and building needs. Our Sunday Morning attendance has grown to fill our "house" auditorium. Please pray we can finish and occupy this building soon.
Prayer Note: Exterior commercial glass doors will cost $2000 each. We need two.
Pictures say a thousand words. We praise God for sending laborers to help us build. We praise God for new members being added to the church and decisions "set in stone" to serve the Lord.
We are thrilled to have begun work on a 26 foot steeple tower. Missionary Clint Burden has been a tremendous blessing by allowing us to use his family's equipment and by laboring with us. Our current building is being filled regularly and we are excited about the future growth and expansion.
We hosted a preachers' fellowship last month and rejoiced to have those preachers with us who helped us get started last year. What a joy to share with them how God has blessed!
We are looking forward to having a missions team come to build and to canvas with us in June. The goal of Gospel Light Baptist Church is to have everyone in this area confronted with the Gospel. JESUS SAVES!
We had the privilege of helping another church plant in our area with their revival meeting. Our children's choir was able to sing at the Bible Baptist Church in Pulaski, TN.
I was asked to preach one night of their revival meeting. God blessed with three youth coming for salvation decisions.
We are grateful to work with the city of Spring Hill and be approved for our zoning request. For the last couple of months the building plans for our unfinished building have been on hold. We were required to go before the the Board of Zoning Appeals to resolve some issues after the city annex. Dara Sanders, the city planner, was very helpful in her recommendations to the BZA. With a unanimous vote of approval we are moving forward to the next step. Once our plans are approved by the City Codes Dept. we will prayerfully begin one of many projects. The existing unfinsihed building has been deteriorating for 10+ yrs. God has already lead a missions team from Smyrna Baptist Church to come and help in June. Praise God for his provision.
We are excited about the Christmas Season and all the special activities that go along with the celebration of Jesus birthday. This year we will have our first children's play "A Peanut Butter Christmas". What a blessing to have children willing to faithfully serve the Lord. We pray God will touch the hearts of young and old through this service.
We also rejoice in the salvation of Brandon (middle). We have been praying for God to allow us the privilege of sharing the gospel to hungry and thirsty souls needing salvation. Would you pray that the Gospel Light Baptist Church is a place where many lost souls will find the Savior.
Over the last couple months we have enjoyed the Founders Day Fish Fry in September, and the Fall Harvest Cookout in October. We also finished the painting project on the church. We praise the Lord for the hospitality and helpful co-operation we have seen among the church family. We also participated in a missions conference at Bible Baptist Church in Beckley, WV. What a blessing to see the generosity of other churches for missions and church planting. We look forward to a missions conference in GA at the Canaan Baptist Church.