Northwest Baptists Celebrate Love's Excellent Way

By Cameron Crabtree

November 25, 2019

Isaac Minton, (left) son of Zac and Michole Minton of The Rock Church in Spokane, WA., and Nyah Pawlowski, daughter of Chris and Becca Pawlowski from Dishman Baptist Church in Spokane Valley, WA., enjoy pool time at the Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia, WA.,

Messengers to the Northwest Baptist Convention’s annual meeting welcomed 19 churches into the network, adopted a $5,315,000 budget for 2020, approved a $140,000 Northwest Impact mission offering goal for 2020 and elected new board members.

Convened Nov. 12-13  at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA, messengers also elected by acclamation three pastors as new officers: Barry Campbell, Highland Baptist Church, Redmond, OR, president; Dan Panter, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, 1st vice president; Dean Kelly, Tucker Road Baptist Church, Hood River, OR, 2nd vice president.

The president chairs the NWBC executive board and serves along with fellow officers on the board’s executive committee.

The annual fall gathering – using “A More Excellent Way” from I Corinthians 12:31 as its theme, drew more than 525 participants: 321 messengers, 102 visitors and more than 100 children of those attending taking part in activities hosted by the NWBC’s children’s ministry office.

 

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Photographer Captures Moments of a Lifetime

By Sheila Allen

Judge Samuel Swanberg presides over adoption proceedings for the Britton family. Frances Gentry serves her community by photographing these special events.

Frances Gentry counts it as pure joy when she witnesses one of the most joyous occasions only select families get to experience – the adoption of a child.

 

An adoptive parent herself, Gentry thought at the last minute to ask a friend to come and take photographs of the momentous occasion when her son, Jaden, formally became a Gentry. With her husband, Scott, and two daughters in the family, Gentry had long thought about adopting a son, and took steps three years ago to begin fostering their now seven-year-old.

 

As with many children with trauma and brokenness in their past, it is joy laced with much pain.

 

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November 25, 2019

Mike & Yumiko Yokoy Honored for Lifetime of Service

By Mike Kuykendall

November 25, 2019

Editor’s Note: The Northwest Baptist Historical Society recently presented Mike and Yumiko Yokoy with its Heritage Award for 2019 and presented the couple with the annual prize during the Northwest Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Following is a profile of their ministry, written by Mike Kuykendall, president of the Historical Society.

 

Mike Yokoy was born in Japan. In 1969, he was led to the Lord by missionaries sent to Japan from the Southern Baptist Convention’s mission board. Meanwhile, at a different church, Yumiko Higashida was also saved and baptized by SBC missionaries.

 

Mike was 22. Yumiko was 18. Afterwards, the two met at a Southern Baptist church in Tokyo and then married in 1974. Mike worked in business for 13 years and Yumiko worked as a midwife for two years in Tokyo. During that time, Mike took seminary night courses for five years as he and Yumiko raised three boys.

 

In 1983, they responded to God’s call and moved their family of five to Jacksonville, FL, in order to attend Luther Rice Seminary. But six months later, the Lord called them to Portland to lead a church planti ministry. They began serving at Metropolitan Baptist Church, west of downtown Portland. Mike was installed as the pastor of the Japanese congregation, although up until that time he had no pastoral experience. It seemed a step of faith for the church to take on the inexperienced Mike as their pastor. But it sure paid off. 

 

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Baptisms Celebrated in Day-Long Event

November 25, 2019

Through a ministry to seasonal migrant workers, several Northwest Baptist church plants joined together for a day of baptism in recent weeks.

 

An estimated 1,500 people were baptized in one day by 25 pastors according to Ivan Montenegro, Hispanic church planting catalyst for the Northwest Baptist Convention. Throngs of people were brought to the baptism site on the Nooksack River in Whatcom County throughout the day in large trucks to participate and witness the massive celebration of new life in Christ. 

 

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Sending Celebration Includes Northwest Missionaries

By Catherine Finch and Cameron Crabtree

November 25, 2019

At a recent Southern Baptist missionary “Sending Celebration” in Oklahoma City, the International Mission Board appointed 29 missionaries, a number that included workers from the Northwest.

 

Due to security restrictions in the region where they will serve, the workers use Josh and Danielle Rogers as pseudonyms. During a brief testimony at the commissioning service, and with their faces obscured in dim lighting, they recounted the names of missionaries and mission experiences that influenced them in their younger years.

 

“Having experienced missions while single, we knew that our hearts were moving in this direction when we married, but we didn’t know whether this was God’s call or just a personal desire,” said Danielle.

 

Josh spoke about a formative phone call from his mother six years into their marriage about opportunities to teach English abroad. “After I got off the phone, we both knew God was calling us into missions,” he said.

“We served for three years before God brought us back,” said Danielle. “Fast forward to last year when we were off-grid and alone with God. God spoke again – it’s time to return.”

 

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Ministry Assistants to Gather for Training

November 25, 2019

Ministry assistants who serve Northwest Baptist churches are slated to gather next spring for encouragement and professional development, according to conference organizers. Set for March 20-21, participants include all ministry assistants, secretaries and  financial assistants in both paid and volunteer roles.

 

The conference will be held at the Northwest Baptist Center in Vancouver, WA.

 

Under the theme of “Glimpses of Joy,” attendees will be encouraged by keynote speaker Lori Pengra of the Northwest Baptist Foundation, with worship led by Sara Sacapanio of Lakewood, WA. An assortment of topics and presentations will include legal issues and concerns, finance, self-care, stress management and time management.

 

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