From the City


fromthecity2_logo_17But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

In Acts 1:8 Jesus commands us to go as far as the uttermost parts of the world to tell people about Him. As a church, we want to enable you to go to some of the darkest places, because that is where the Light is needed most desperately. Some of these trips are not easy, but that is why these people groups remain unreached. Please, prayerfully consider each of the partnerships listed below. If you have any questions, please contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward, at scott@grandfamily.net or the MPA Leader associated with the partnership.

NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

dallas1DALLAS TEXAS      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
Dallas has one of the largest refugee populations in the US with people coming from all over the world, including Syria, Bhutan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, etc. We are currently working with Chris & Cheryl Read and Stephen & Kelsey Crosson both of whom live in the apartment complexes with the refugees. We also work with a couple out of our church who are currently attending SWBTS. It is also our privilege to work with a Bhutanese couple, Hanok & Esther Rasaily. Hanok is the pastor of First Bhutanese Baptist Church.

 

coloradosprings1COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
This is one of our newest partnerships. Just over a year ago, Steve & Michelle Farris and kids with Brandon & Heather Stokes moved out to Colorado Springs to launch The Bridge Fellowship. We are especially excited about this partnership because Steve and Brandon both are products of our church having grown up here in Fort Smith. God is doing a tremendous work through their efforts to reach the Colorado Springs area.

 

seattle1SEATTLE WASHINGTON      |      MPA LEADERS JESSE WATSON & GABBI BACK
Andy Brown made it to our church in desperate need of Jesus. Not only did he find Jesus, but he followed His calling into seminary and ministry and is now the Lead Pastor/Planter of The Landing Church in Kenmore just outside of Seattle. Andy & Trang with their kids moved to one of the least-reached areas in our country and through hard work has seen a church born out of nothing. Since that time, one of our own couples, both of whom served as interns at our church, got married and moved out their to serve: Derrick & Jennifer Campbell.

 

columbus1COLUMBUS OHIO      | MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
We are currently the Lead Partner Church in Columbus for NAMB‘s Send Initiative. When we accepted this position, we committed to three things: plant a church in Columbus, give a significant amount financially, and help connect other churches to church planting efforts city-wide. We have worked with Mark & Christi Cox and kids to plant Access Church. They are excited to launch out this next Easter with tremendous help from their local support church, Covenant Church. We will be hosting a Catch the Vision Tour for pastors September 2017.

 

alaska1ANCHORAGE ALASKA      |      MPA LEADERS GARRETT & LACEY WITCHER
True North Church is a 5 year old church plant, and we have been with them from the beginning. Jason & Caroline Lankford moved from Van Buren, Arkansas, to help them plant their Girdwood Campus and is now the lead pastor. Alaska is considered the least-reached state in the US, but True North continues to push out into the communities with goals of planting campuses all around Alaska and to continue their outreach to indigenous tribes.

 

arkansas1CONWAY ARKANSAS      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
This partnership is so new that we have just started to talk about it. It has always been our heart to reach out into our own state and work with a church plant. We believe we have found that church plant in Outdoor Church of Arkansas. Scottie and Allyce Johnson started this church to reach out to outdoorsmen (hunters & fishermen) who might not feel as comfortable with a traditional church. They even meet on Tuesday evenings since most of their folks are outside on the weekends!

 

stlouis1ST. LOUIS MISSOURI      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
This is one of our newest partnerships. Jason & Rachelle Helmbacher and kids moved to Affton, a community within St. Louis, to revitalize the slowly dying First Baptist. They launched as the Church @ Affton this last Easter and just recently had 55 people at their first new member class. Affton, also, happens to be the center of the largest population of Bosnian Muslims outside of Bosnia, and it just so happens that the Helmbachers spent two years in Bosnia as missionaries! God is awesome!

 

wyoming1RIVERTON WYOMING      |      MPA LEADERS BRAD LEWIS
Within the Wind River Indian Reservation there is a tribe called the Northern Arapaho. The are considered the last critically unreached people group in the continental US. We have been taking teams there for the last five years in order to build lasting relationships, and we now call many our friends. Our goal here is to simply gain respect and build relationships with the hope of being able to share the good news of Jesus. We are also praying for a long-term missionary presence. Jason & Sarah Lucas and kids are trying to get there. Check them out HERE.

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

honduras1GUAIMACA HONDURAS      |      MPA LEADER EMMA PRATT
This has been a partnership for our church for more than 15 years! Every year we go to work at Orphanage Emmanuel where there are more than 600 kids. We take a big team every February, but we also have folks that go different times of the year on their own. Many of our church members sponsor children at the orphanage. Also, every year our children make shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to send there. It is shipped to Tennessee by our friends at ABF where it is packed and then shipped to Honduras.

 

portugal1VIANA DO CASTELO PORTUGAL      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
When you hear the words unreached people group, you normally don’t picture Europeans and you most certainly don’t think of the country of Portugal. The sad reality is that Northern Portugal is less than 2% Evangelical Christian. There is a huge need for the gospel! Our Connections Pastor, Steve Moore, spent 10 years as a missionary in Brazil and has always had a heart to reach Portuguese speaking people. As a matter of fact, the pastor of the small church that we work with is a missionary from Brazil.

 

southasia1A CITY IN SOUTH ASIA      |      MPA LEADER MARY MCCUTCHEN
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Mary McCutchen. We can say that we are extremely excited about working with this unreached people group. Mary has been leading teams here for a number of years and will continue to do so through our church. Mary’s team has been supporting two pastors there for a couple of years now who took over the work from IMB missionaries.

 

central_asia1A CITY IN CENTRAL ASIA      |      MPA LEADER VAL OLIVER
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Val Oliver. We can say that we have been sending two teams here every year for almost five years now, and it is incredible to see how God is working. We currently have four families that live there, and they are working with a very small, but dedicated group of believers to share the good news in this very dark place.

 

southeastasia1A CITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA      |      MPA LEADER POSITION AVAILABLE
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. In this particular country we will be working with both indigenous Christian leaders and IMB missionaries. The universities are wide open for learning English and having spiritual conversations in the big city, plus we will be taking a team of doctors and dentists to work among the minority tribes in the rural areas.

 

tanzania1CHOME TANZANIA      |      MPA LEADER JOEY CORNELL
Our mission pastor and his family served in Tanzania as missionaries for about three years working with the Pare Tribe in the Pare Mountains, a range of mountains coming out of Mount Kilimanjaro. Working together with a local pastor, Fanuel & Monika Kiroka, they were blessed to get to see many churches planted. We continue to go back every year or two in order to continue church planting efforts, encourage the young churches, and disciple new pastors.

 

middleeast1A CITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST      |      MPA LEADER JOSH HARGETT
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our Student Pastor, Josh Hargett. This is a brand new partnership starting in 2017. Josh has a contact in this country that sees very little support from churches in the US, primarily because our US media makes it out to be a scary place. We have recognized the fact that anywhere in the world poses security threats, but the Great Commission does not say to go only if it is safe or we would never go.

 

ecuador1NAICHAP ECUADOR      |      MPA LEADER STEVE HATHAWAY
This is a partnership that our church has enjoyed for many years (more than 15) starting with missionaries, Russ & Kyleen Bare, who were tasked with reaching the Shuar Tribe for Christ. This is an unreached tribe that lives within the high jungles of Southern Ecuador. We now get to work with a wonderful family, Adam & Jess Huser and kids. They have done an incredible job continuing and furthering the work started many years ago.

 

colombia1A CITY IN COLOMBIA      |      MPA LEADER ROBERT LEESON
Because of security reasons we cannot report completely about this partnership. We do work with a wonderful family who is tasked with reaching indigenous tribes. We have been sending teams there for about four years now, and it has been awesome to see how God is working through this family and local believers that they are partnered with. Since we started this partnership, we have had the pleasure of working together with University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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