NEW DEACONS ORDAINED
We recently ordained two new Deacons at the Florida Church plant. Bro. Kenny Saltmarsh and Bro. Maynard Saucier have proven them self to be of honest men of good report and full of the Holy Ghost. I'm a firm believer in having a solid leadership team in place to help guide the Church Plant to the next level. These men were great servants of God before they were ordained and are now are serving the Lord as ordained Deacons. We thank Missionary Temple Meek for helping officiate the ordination service. By the way, please pray Bro. Temple as he continues to mourn the lose of His dear Wife Annie who went home to be with the Lord last year. And, as a foreign Missionary for sixteen years in India, He would be an excellent addition to your Faith Promise or Mission Conference this year. You may reach him through our Sending Church at First Baptist Church of East Bay in Riverview Florida.
Youth Ministry and Van Ministry
As you can see from the (below) pictures, our youth ministry has a large part of Sis. Terry and my hearts. We love the children as they will make up the future Church. Fifty percent of our attendance is by youth who attend with their families or are brought in through our van ministry. As Sis. Terry and I transitioned from full time resident foreign Missionaries back to Florida Church planting, we were told that we would not be able to reach people for Christ like we did in Kenya and Uganda. While that statement is true to a certain extent, we purposed in our hearts to reach those who would receive the gospel message. We know from experience that children will receive Christ with soft hearts when many times adults will not. Consequently God has allowed us to bring many children to Christ over the last five years of Church planting as well as a good number of adults. Remember the Words of Jesus, Matt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
The Prison Ministry is another area where we regularly see much fruit abound. Our primary growth has been in the Spanish class as we are seeing MS 13 Gang members come to the Bible Study on a regular basis and seeing them place their faith in Christ and allow us to disciple them. God has brought Pastor Quintin Story of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mascotte to teach and preach with me at Cross City Correctional Institute over the last year Together we are able to cover twice as many cells in confinement and are seeing many professions of faith.
Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Special Prayer Request
After five years of renting a building we are reaching the place where we need to think about purchasing a facility for a more permanent place for the Church. Please make this transition a matter of prayer as we look for Gods will with regard to potential properties as well as His provision. We also want to thank our God for the Churches of the American Baptist Association as well as individual friends, family and brethren who partner with Sis. Terry and I in East African and Florida. Please keep us and the Lord's Churches in Prayer as we push towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.
In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
AKA: Missionary Loboduk & Mama Terry
1st Baptist River View
10102 Big Bend Rd. .
River View, Florida 33578
Dean Springs MBC
2106 Dean Springs Rd
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