As we ask you to pray, we would love for you (and/or your church) to consider giving to the "JP Owens Mission Offering". Named for the SNBA's first Director of Missions, this offering is a designated fund that helps us specifically address needs as seen below:
Disaster Relief (20%) - When disasters strike our area, we use these resources to help offset costs incurred by our churches and, in some cases, church staff.
Minister’s Relief (15%) – From time to time, ministers incur costs neither they, nor their church family, were prepared to face. This fund allows us to help offset the financial strain of these situations for the ministers and their families.
Local Missions (35%) – We are able to aid our mission churches in costs associated with church and event promotion, campus improvements, and efforts of evangelism and discipleship.
Connected Mission Partners (30%) – As we have developed relationships around the nation and world, through this fund, we are able to send direct resources to offset needs for missional work with missionaries, associations and pastors who have a connection to the SNBA.
If you would like to send resources to help in these areas, please mail a check (made out to the "SNBA" with the memo line "JP Owens") to: SNBA, PO Box 159, Kirbyville, TX 75956. All monies received this way will be directed to THESE designated areas.
We thank the churches of the SNBA that give regular contributions to support our regular budget accounts.
AGAIN, thank you for your prayers and support!
The recommended Week of Prayer for 2021 is May 16-23 (Sunday - Sunday) but we invite and would love for your church to pray for the work of the Sabine Neches Baptist Area anytime!
At the Area Office, we commonly call Bro. Enrique the "hardest working man in the Pineywoods". As well as pastoring Primera Iglesia Buatista Hispania (First Hispanic Baptist Church) Jasper, he also pastors the Nueva Vida (New Life) Mission in Woodville. He has found many outlets to connect with Hispanic workers and families throughout SE Texas and has partnered in the past to aid in the spiritual care of Spanish speaking inmates at the prison. He has served as our Hispanic Consultant for many years at the SNBA.
The building issues at Primera in Jasper have become a concern. Please pray for wisdom and resources to open up in Primera Iglesia's desire to build a new worship facility. Pray for Enrique and Maria as they continue to serve the Lord by reaching Spanish speaking people with the Good News of Jesus Christ in North Jasper and Tyler Counties.
Joseph is the pastor of Fuente de Vida Iglesia Buatista (Fountain of Life Baptist Church), Silsbee. He has also served many times as an interpreter for Silsbee ISD and has started Spanish Bible Studies in Kirbyville and Mauriceville.
Many exciting things have happened for Fuente de Vida over the last few years! Through gifts given to the SNBA to do so, we were able to purchase the 6 acres in East Silsbee where the Mission meets, Crestwood Baptist in Lumberton graciously donated a 30'x60' metal building that has become the new worship building, and most recently a concrete parking lot has been poured.
But there's still work to do! The building still needs some help to be fully ministry functional. Pray that the work needed (including electrical and construction) can be done in a timely (and cost efficient) manner. Pray for Joseph & Lydia as they face the challenging work of reaching and discipling Spanish families in the communities where they minister. Pray for unity and focus on the Great Commission for the attenders of Fuente de Vida. Pray also for their children: Abigail and Andrew.
God has given us wonderful ministry partners in different countries on the continent of Africa. These relationships were cultivated through the ties that these families have to churches in Southeast Texas. We believe the Lord has given us these relationships for support, encouragement and mobilization.
While they are proud to say they are Zambians, Nicholas and Alyssa were born and raised in Southeast Texas. Nicholas was even on staff at FBC Spurger. God has already used them in remarkable ways in Zambia and has even allowed for opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The IMB is committed to making disciples and seeing those disciples plant churches and reach their communities with the Gospel. After almost a year in the States on stateside assignment through adoption of their son Daniel and COVID, they've returned to the mission field with purpose and passion. Pray for Nicholas and Alyssa as they return to "their normal" - as busy in the Lord's work. Pray for Evangeline and Daniel as they grow, learn about Jesus and serve right alongside Mom and Dad. To learn more and connect with them, visit their website at napeveto.wixsite.com/tellthestory.
Sherrie will greet you with a smile. Bethany World Ministries is serving the Lord through their work through an orphanage and nursing clinic. Sherrie is an RN and uses her gifts and talents to meet physical needs, but also those opportunities give way to spiritual discoveries as well. She has led Women's Conferences that many in the SNBA have assisted in over the years. She has just returned to the field. Pray for the students at the orphanage, as many have entered teenage years - new challenges have begun. Pray for wisdom and patience and for continued support to meet the demands of the Zambian Medical Officials at the clinic. To learn more and connect with Sherrie, visit the Bethany website at bwmafrica.com
After serving on staff in Fairdale Baptist in Fairmount (Hemphill Area), God called Joey and Pattie to unique ministry in Ghana. Therefore, Intl uses platforms of agriculture, education, water projects, language training, medical, and church planting to develop relationships and make disciples of Jesus Christ. They use their skills to partner and aid other missionaries in their work as well. To learn more and connect with the Romeros, visit their website at thereforeint.org
As we opened the year of 2020, momentum and excitement began towards a work in Ivanhoe, TX. Bro. Edwin Findley (Pastor) and Calvary, Woodville had developed a passion for starting a new church work in Ivanhoe which is the (to the best information we have) the largest incorporated town in Texas without an evangelical church. Unfortunately, just as the door of opportunity opened up - the COVID pandemic began and closed the community center where a Bible Study began.
Located between Hillister and Woodville, there are many SBC churches that are out the front gate and surrounding communities, but not one within the city limits. God willing, we hope to change that in the coming months and years. We believe that this city needs a Southern Baptist Church to reach its citizens with the Gospel. Please join us in prayer and if you have more questions or want to help, feel free to contact Jimmie Neel at email@example.com or Edwin Findley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have seen our Student Ministries expand greatly over the last few years. Beyond the week(s) of camp (formerly known as the "SNBA Youth Camp", now called "Launch Week"), we've been able to host retreats and conferences for teenagers as well as their leaders throughout SETX. Daniel Begnaud (Student Pastor, Central, Buna) serves as our SNBA NextGen Ministry Consultant and our Launch Team continues to create unique and engaging events for our Area Church Youth Ministries. Please be in prayer for our Launch Weeks this year at East Texas Baptist Encampment. Session One is July 4th-7th and Session Two is July 7th-10th. Pray for our camp pastor, Tony Wolfe and our Worship Leader, Ryan Jackson. We are also partnering with TBM (Texas Baptist Men) Discipleship Leader Preston Cave in Bible Studies and Mission Focuses. If you would like more information or to connect with our Launch Team, search social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for @LaunchSNBA or email Daniel Begnaud at email@example.com.
After John's pastorate at FBC Spurger, God called them to Harvest Point in Nacogdoches in 2016. There they were instrumental in helping Harvest Point in their revitalization efforts, but their desire to follow God's leading called them again elsewhere. They left the comfort of family and friends in Nacogdoches for the unknown in Johnson City. While they loved their church family in Nacogdoches they wanted to see God do the same thing in Johnson City where there is a huge need with so many unchurched. Since Harvest Point Church in Johnson City was planted, 10 people without a church home have begun meeting with them, and yet much like similar issues we've faced here, the pandemic has surely slowed progress in their mission. They are finally able to pick up where they left off in March of 2020 and look forward to the summer for opportunities to reach the Johnson City community.
Please pray for their outreach and evangelism efforts. They plan to show love to the local school teachers by making meals for them and they also plan to have multiple backyard Bible clubs throughout the city this summer. Additionally, Harvest Point will have 2 block party events on the land the Lord so graciously gave them in June and July. We want to see God build His church there in Johnson City and beyond through them. Please pray for John and Amanda and their children: Luke, Joel and Anayah.
Through Kenn Freeland, former SNBA pastor, who grew up in Indiana we've maintained a unique relationship with Miami Baptist Association. Though across the river from Southern Seminary, Indiana is a state where there is only 1 Southern Baptist Church for every 16,000 Hoosiers. That number is even more lopsided in northern Indiana, where our sister association, Miami, is located. Several SNBA churches have already partnered in Missional and Construction Projects with some of the 12 churches of MBA and desire to continue in partnership strategies. This past year, the North American Mission Board has partnered to help start two churches in that association zone.
Peru is a city of around 10,000 people that has suffered, like many places in Northern Indiana, from the closing of industry complexes. Yet while the people of the city have looked for answers and a SBC church had to close its doors in 2019, God was not done with Peru! Brad began meeting with a small Bible Study in March of 2020 (yes, "bad timing"); but even in the midst of a pandemic, the word that God doing a great thing in Peru began to spread. As they began to be able to return to meeting, around 70 are gathering to regularly meet at Cornerstone Fellowship Church which is a SBC church plant that is networking with the North American Mission Board. They are currently meeting in a 4-H community center outside town. Please pray for continued partnerships and connections for Cornerstone. Pray for Brad and Natasha.
Wabash is similar in size and relatively close to Peru, but the feel and bustle of the city is pretty different. Wabash is the first city in America to be lit with electric light. And while the city is full of resources and beautiful buildings, the spiritual darkness is evident. Keith is in the very early days of a church plant in Wabash. He has a group of 6 that are meeting with he and Tonia that will call themselves Light City Bible Church, which is a SBC church plant that is networking with the North American Mission Board. Pray for Keith and Tonia as they continue their work and desire to reach Wabash with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for the right place to begin their meetings and for connections with the community to flourish. Pray for Keith and Tonia.
The Sabine Neches Baptist Area has served as the linking arm of New Bethel, Sabine Valley and Emmanuel Associations since 1964. As the needs of SETX churches have changed over the years, so too has the ministries of the SNBA and its partnering associations. The Area Committee is developing a plan that will continue to fortify our partnerships among 101 Southern Baptist Churches and meet the needs of ministry as we have continually found we do "better together". No one association in the SNBA can work independent of the others, and so our cooperation has left us to ask, "Why don't we simply become ONE?"
While this plan will implement some modifications to some ways we've operated in the past, the opportunities to be a better organization for our churches propels us to see these modifications carried out. As we seek to be an Area focused on the future - we want to springboard from our foundation of great fellowship and cultivated partnerships into greater heights in Church Planting/Revitalization, Leadership Development & Missional Mobilization.
Please join us in prayer as we seek to follow the Lord's leading into the next phase of associational life. Pray for wisdom, clarity and compassion in sharing the vision. Pray, above all, that we would be found faithful as churches committed together to God's purposes and mission - united to do "better together".