Malachi Men is part of a national program for church ministry supported by Awana Lifeline. “It’s exciting to see what is
happening,” says Pastor Scott Basolo. Not only is the “
no-holds-barred proclamation of Jesus” impacting the jail, but he also sees
it “reviving and reinvigorating our men’s ministries.”
Crossroad Fellowship’s ladies’ group, Joy of the Journey, met
for its annual conference with speaker and singer Damaris Carbaugh. A free concert for the community opened the conference
Nov. 8 at Hamilton Hills Baptist Church. Damaris sang selections from her new album, Walk with Me.
The conference continued the next day, with Damaris address-
ing the theme “With All My Heart: Loving God and What
“It’s easy to say, ‘I just want to be a servant,’” Damaris says,
“but that’s what I’m striving to be. God has been so merciful
to me. I want to share His love and His mercy with others and
encourage them to draw closer to the Lord.”
A missions project offering was collected to support Gary and
Marty Crawford, ABWE missionaries. The Crawfords, mem-
bers of West Bridge Church, Danville, Ind., provide leadership,
encouragement, training, and support to missionary families and
churches in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.
Damaris Carbaugh, speaker at Crossroad Fellowship’s annual
The Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches held its
third annual Fall Singles’ Outing at the acreage of Dean and
Nancy Rogers just north of Scranton. Close to 50 singles (the
largest group yet for this annual event) enjoyed the day’s activities, say Pastor Tim and Sandy Capon of Faith Baptist Church
in Carroll, where Dean and Nancy are members.
Afternoon activities included canoeing, fishing, putt-putt golf
around the pond, trap shooting, and, new this year, archery. After
enjoying supper prepared on the grill, everyone gathered around
a fire pit for devotions. Dustin Larsen, a member of Faith Baptist, challenged the attendees in their walk with the Lord.
The Capons say this outing, along with other singles’ events
throughout the year, is “intended to provide some fun activities,
time to hang out with friends, opportunities to meet new ones,
and devotionals that encourage their walk with the Lord. We
praise the Lord for all that He provided and accomplished for
The Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches holds its third
annual Fall Singles’ Outing.
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Four members of Calvary Baptist Church’s counseling ministry have been recognized by the Association of Certified Biblical
Counselors (formerly known as the National Association of
Sherry VanHooser, director of women’s ministries, is the
most recent to complete the certification process, following
Pastor Mike Hess, Administrative Pastor Jerry VanHooser
(Sherry’s husband), and Jan Yaley. Certification requires reading
a minimum of 1,000 pages of counseling resources, observing a
certified counselor for at least 10 hours, completing a theology
exam as well as a counseling exam, and having an ACBC fellow
supervise 50 hours of counseling.
Calvary Baptist provides hundreds of hours of free Biblical counseling each year to those seeking God’s answers to the
questions and problems in their lives. The church is now moving
forward in becoming an ACBC accredited counseling center.
Members of Minnesota churches depart on a bus trip through
The Minnesota Association of Regular Baptist Churches took
a bus trip loaded with adventure. Thirty-four people departed
from Calvary Baptist Church in Rochester at 6: 30 a.m. Oct.
7. Riding in a coach bus, they made their way to Manitowoc,
Wis., where they boarded the SS Badger to cross Lake Michigan, arriving in Ludington, Mich. The next day they traveled
to Grand Rapids. They had planned to stop at the Gerald Ford
Presidential Museum; however, it was closed due to the federal government shutdown, so they spent the day shopping in