Church 'On Mission' with property

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2016

Gwynna Mackey Pound (left) and Sheila Mackey hang a plaque in honor of their parents in the Frank and Joan Mackey Mission House.

When Randy Brown became pastor of Portland’s Holgate Baptist Church in 2014, he followed a long line of leaders committed to advancing the gospel in the city. Now, a house owned by the church on adjacent property is another vehicle for the members of Holgate Baptist to continue that legacy.

 

Called “the white house” by church members, the home was used for various functions throughout the years -- from Sunday school space to church offices. Brown began praying about what God would have them do with the property, which needed significant repair.

 

“I sat next to Ken Harmon at an Interstate Baptist Association meeting, and a conversation began regarding the house,” recalled Brown. “Ken said he thought he had a way to use the house for mission work for those coming to Portland to advance the kingdom here.”

 

That conversation led to a partnership between Holgate Baptist and Interstate Baptist Association, with IBA contributing funds to finance necessary repairs and Holgate members supplying the labor.

 

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East Asia viewed for ministry

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2016

East Asia was not on Dan McMillan’s radar when he thought about international missions. He had experience in Africa, Mexico and Europe, but a conversation with Randy Adams, Northwest Baptist Convention executive director, turned his thoughts toward East Asia.

 

“Randy reminded me that there are villages and communities in East Asia that have literally never heard the name of Jesus,” McMillan said. “My immediate thought was ‘that is where we need to be.’”

 

McMillian invited Paul and Christine VanStone, a recently retired missionary couple from East Asia to speak at Central Baptist Church in Monmouth, where he has been pastor for two years. While they shared their stories, McMillan sensed an epiphany from God.

 

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Ministry staff renewed

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2016

Remembering God’s “inexhaustible love” is essential for sustaining long-term ministry, Randy Adams told Northwest Baptist Convention church leaders gathered at the Oregon coast recently for a biennial retreat.

 

“God loves you and can bring Oasis to your life,” Adams, NWBC executive director, reminded participants. “That love is with such a power that nothing can come between you and him.”

 

The time dedicated to renewal and rest was enhanced by the setting on the coast at Seaside, OR.

 

Adams emphasized the importance of remembering God’s love in two messages during the May event. “Christ’s one-time death has a continuing power to save even now,” he said. “The power of the cross is just as powerful today as it was 2,000 years ago, and still evident to you and me as it was when Paul was struck down on the Damascus road.”

 

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NW Impact Mission Offering

July 19, 2016

Through generous weekly giving, Northwest Baptists assist mission efforts across the United States and around the world, but churches in Oregon, Washington and north Idaho also have opportunity this fall to make a strong impact closer to home.

 

Churches can multiply their cooperative missions and evangelistic efforts through the Northwest Baptist Convention’s 2016 “Northwest Impact” offering and its accompanying prayer emphasis slated for September.

 

“Northwest Impact” has been the offering’s theme the last several years, but its official designation is the Sylvia Wilson Mission Offering -- in memory of the woman who helped bolster the Northwest Baptist Convention’s early missions work.

 

The 2016 offering has a $120,000 goal to fund church planting, disaster relief ministries, leadership development and evangelism efforts among children and college students.

 

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Care ministry born of pain

By Shelly Metzger

July 19, 2016

Editor’s Note: Canvas Church in Tumwater, a church plant affiliated with the NWBC, has been involved with a local feeding ministry in Olympia. One of the church’s member’s, Shelly Metzger, wrote this feature about the ministry for ThurstonTalk.

 

Affectionately known as “Mama Dee,” Dee Hampton has stood at the corner of State Avenue and Franklin Street in downtown Olympia, WA, for more than three years. Her lips curl into a radiant smile, while her hands diligently serve food to the hungry, simply carrying on the legacy of her daughter, Sara.

Sara had spent years on Olympia’s streets, both going through times of homelessness, as well as serving other homeless persons. At the time, Dee did not understand Sara’s life choices.

 

Then, during the twilight hours of November 21, 2005, Dee received a phone call that changed her world – Sara had died in a car crash.

 

Some long hours later, a Community Youth Services worker called to say a kid wanted to “love on” Dee since her daughter, whom they called “Gypsy,” had passed. Dee reluctantly went down to meet with Sara’s friends. She was stirred emotionally by the love, compassion, and stories they shared with her. Telling of Sara’s kindness, how she would hold hair for sick friends, giving kids a safe place to stay, and encouraging others to change their lives for the better.

 

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Community prepares for disaster

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2016

Keith Wieser

Service through disaster relief is “built into the DNA” of McKenzie Road Baptist Church and put into action regularly by 30 trained members of the Olympia, WA, congregation. They capitalized on that tradition inside their own community by sponsoring a Disaster Preparedness Expo on their campus recently and opened the doors wide for the community.

 

“We wanted to let the community know that we are here as a site for Red Cross, a place to go in times of disaster or trouble,” said Heather Long, mission committee chairwoman for McKenzie Road Baptist. “This enables us to house and feed people in need during any type of natural disaster.”

 

Missions committee members contact Vivian Eason of Thurston County Emergency Management and she provided suggestions for what other emergency expos have done and other disaster preparedness groups that might join the exposition.

 

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Gateway Seminary - New name, lo0cation for continued ministry

By Cameron Crabtree

July 19, 2016

Students from the Northwest who’ve been enrolled the last 36 years at what’s been known as Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary are getting used to calling the school by a different name – Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

SBC President Ronnie Floyd earlier this summer congratulated the convention's West Coast-based seminary after the SBC approval of its new name, marking the historic move of its residential campus from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California.

 

"We are delighted the convention has affirmed our new name," said Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary. "We will preserve the best of our heritage as Golden Gate Seminary as we build a new identity as Gateway Seminary."

 

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