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Vol. 56 No. 7


Together, We Are the Southern Baptist Family


Newsjournal Of Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists

July 2012

There are 14 Baptist Associations in Nebraska and Kansas.

North American Mission Board International Mission Board

Six Southern Baptist Seminaries

The Southern Baptist Convention has more than 45,000 churches. KNCSB has approximately 400 chuches.
Womens Leadership


Its not just about celebrating our country. July 4th can focus our churchs attention on praying for our country.

Although the attendance at Frenchman Valley Baptist Church will probably never be large, the Lord keeps providing, the Porters say.

Fred Hollomon recently retired after serving as the chaplain of the Kansas State Senate for 31 years. Fred Hollomon

Along the Journey

By Tim Boyd
Baptist Digest Editor E-mail: tboyd@kncsb.org


Walking With the Master

By Georges Boujakly
KNCSB State Director of Missions E-mail: gboujakly@kncsb.org

Years ago, John F. Kennedy wrote a book which caught the imagination of the American people. It was called Profiles in Courage. It dealt with the stories of Americans who had shown extraordinary courage in difficult circumstances. The book of Daniel also shared a story of great courage. It concerned Daniels three friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego). They were faced with the most difficult choice anyone of faith could face. They had to worship the kings idol or face death. Now, those of us who know the entire story are tempted to say that it was not a difficult decision because surely God was going to save them. However, they had no reason to expect that. They knew that God could do it, but they did not know if He

would choose to do so. That is what makes their stand before the king so courageous. They were prepared to die, if necessary, in order to stay faithful to God. We live in an age where the challenges of following the faith are not as danger-laden as those faced by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. However, there are subtle influences all around us that pressure us to yield. We are charged with intolerance when we hold to positions taught in the Bible, such as considering homosexuality a sin. We are asked to accept a new definition of marriage which runs contrary to scripture. We are charged with being too exclusive when we believe, as the Bible teaches, that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and the only path to peace with God. With the implementation of the new government health system that has been popularly called Obamacare, a new challenge faces us. Hospitals, doc-

tors and nurses who hold Christian beliefs will be forced to perform services which run contrary to faith. To follow Christ, many will have to defy the law. In days to come, we may have to exhibit courage like that of our biblical example. The pressure to yield to popular culture will surely grow as our culture moves farther from Tim Boyd biblical truth. How will we respond? We must stand faithfully with Christ and uphold biblical truth. We must continue to teach the truth of Christ in love. Pray and prepare to join the battle for the gospel.

The Formative Power of Reading the Bible Devotionally There is an accusation that evangelicals are a mile wide and an inch deep when it comes to our reading of Scriptures. We are drowning in knowledge, it is said, but when it comes to living it out, we are swimming upstream. Some will disagree, deeming this accusation simplistic and false. Some wont. What we wont disagree about is that evangelicals have a long-standing love relationship with Gods word. We were born out of a desire for the freedom that comes from reading the Bible in our mother tongues, and deciding our spiritual fates without the dictates of state or institution. We were born out of a desire to obey the Scriptures by being a people on mission with God. That said, however, my readers will agree with me that the pursuit of holiness could stand a boost among us. At times I wonder if our falling short of holy living is not related to our falling Georges Boujakly short on our devotional reading of scriptures. Very early in our history we developed a way to read the Scripture devotionally. When I began to follow Jesus, the first thing my new friends did was to buy me a Bible and teach me how to read it devotionally. Granted, their teaching me was not methodical but it was formative. Read and pray asking God whats in it for you, they said. That meant I was to read the Bible daily devotionally: bringing its meaning into my ordinary life. There is a je ne sais quoi in this way of reading the Bible. It happens every time we engage the Scripture devotionally. Change occurs. We love more. We sin less. Sometimes we feel the dread or weight of the word of God, sometimes a light bulb lights up, sometimes a joy surprises, sometimes the Spirit tells our spirit were on the right track. This devotional engagement I have come to know has four elements to it. They are ancient. The elements correspond very well to the way Benedict of Nursia taught his monks to read the Scripture in the monasteries he developed. His method has come to be known as lectio divina (literally sacred or divine lesson), which Im calling devotional reading of Scripture.

The first element is reading for understanding. We read with pencil and paper at hand, and a Bible dictionary or commentary nearby. We first must understand what we read. We do so, of course, in an attitude of prayer, humility and submission. What happens when we read devotionally is nothing short of divine. We are the readers, then theres the holy text written by inspired writers, and then theres the Holy Spirit who is supervising the reading. When we come to Scripture out of a need for personal change, to become holy as God is holy, God is at work transforming into Christlike followers. Its nothing short of a miracle. Our reading must be deliberately slow, methodical. Thoughts and feelings, will and spirit, and our whole self are on high alert. An imminent attack of grace is about to take place. We read with our heads, our hearts, ready to obey. First comes reading then comes meditation. Here we begin to mull over in our minds the meaning of what were reading. We repeat the thoughts and the words. We savor them as we savor a Werthers candy or we recoil as if we have bit into a bitter cucumber (Scripture is both!). We soak in the marvelous truth were discovering. We see mercy unfold and we marvel in it. We see grace and forgiveness freely offered and we are grateful. We pay close attention to what were reading, thinking as hard as we can about the eternal underneath it all. We are extracting the marrow of Scripture to nourish us spiritually at the points of our needs. We delight in the word of God as Psalm one instructs. Theres always mystery here. The reader, the text, and the Holy Spirit converge in training us for the purpose of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7-8). First the reading, then the meditating, then comes praying. We pray the thoughts and messages we are
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gleaning from our understanding and meditating. We seek to understand so that we obey. We thank God for his promises remembering that he is faithful. We cry out Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the earth is full of his glory, and we cry over our world, our own brokenness, and our lack of devotion. We pray the scriptures back to the one who gave them in trust to us. Last comes contemplation. This is the time to relax and rest letting the words sink in deeply into our heart. The voiced prayers and the acute listening are done. Now is the time to let things settle. The meal is had. We are still and we be. We bring who we are into the restful presence of God. The creative work is done. Now comes the ceasing. Its like stepping outside in the morning, facing the sun and soaking in the presence of its light and warmth. Simply being. This is one of the hardest things we do. Its hard not to occupy our minds with thoughts, and wishes, and daydreams. These have their place. But in contemplation we let go of pretense, posturing, pride, accomplishment, insecurities and all else and we simply be present to God. Devotional reading is a way to abide in Christ. We read the text carefully analyzing its words, structure, and thought patterns. We relish its beauty and we hide it in our hearts. We address the creator desiring what he desires. We sit quietly before God bringing to him our life: its joy and sadness, the good and the bad. Those who soak in the word of God will have living waters springing from their hearts into the hearts of the people. They are formed into the likeness of Christ. Warning: Preachers who take the time to read, meditate, pray, and contemplate the text of their sermons will discover that the formative power of their preaching far surpasses their human skill. Those who crave Jesus all week long shall be satisfied.
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KNCSB State Director of Evangelism E-mail: jsapp@kncsb.org

Gods Plan for Sharing

Sharing & Strengthening

mer outreach events and to be mentored by the pastor was the first. Joe Boyd, Pastor of Aviator Church in Derby, had discovered at least three college students that were interested in joining him for the summer. He recruited the students and has pulled together events and mentoring opportunities for them. This intentionality was appreciated by the three coming to learn from Boyd and the Aviator Church community. The sending of a church planting team from the Kansas-Nebraska Collegiate Ministries was the second new development for 2012 Summer Missions. Keith Bryant, Director of Missions for Central Association, partnering with Andy Addis, CrossPoint in Hutchinson, Kansas are working with a four-person team from our own campus ministries. Logan and Shauna Henry, staff members of the Christian Challenge, Salina are the team leaders. Logan and Shauna are members of CrossPoint, Salina and very familiar with the CrossPoint vision and ministry plan. They are joined by Jesus Garcia from Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State and Tyler Bridges, Christian Challenge, Washburn in Topeka. These four are giving ten weeks working to establish at least a ten-person Bible Study as the first step of a new church plant in Kingman. I look forward to how God will use this team as they reach out to the Kingman community. This past year weve had some very exciting results from the collegiate ministries across Kansas-Nebraska. University of Kansas-International Student ministry, Baker University in Baldwin City and Cloud County Community College all saw new personnel working with university students. Beginning three new ministries this past year resulted in seeing God open some amazing doors and then watching people willing to embrace those opportunities. Rejoice with us in Gods faithfulness! In Nebraska and Kansas we are on the 18 campuses, with an estimate of over 3,650 students involved. While those numbers are encouraging, the 153 that expressed their coming to faith in Christ is the real highlight of this past year. Students accepting Christ and growing in Him is the reason we want to be on the campuses of Nebraska and Kansas. Student leaders trained in leading outreach groups, Life Groups and Bible studies totaled 376 for this past year. We look forward to God using these developing leaders in the future. In addition, these 376 leaders had 1,875 students in their small groups and they will be the leadership pool for next years leaders. Finally, I want to mention the CrossOver event for the KNCSB Annual Meeting this coming October in Salina. I am working with Ken Beckner and his team in planning PrayerWalking in and around the Salina area. This years CrossOver-Salina will be scheduled for Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. You will be hearing more details in coming weeks. Do plan to join us in praying for Salina, the colleges there and especially for those that will have just made decisions the week before during an evangelistic outreach. Summer has started and it is exciting to see what God is doing across our two-state Convention. I want all of us to be encouraged and committed to join Him as we discover and live out Gods Plan for Sharing.

Stewards As Disciples

Summer has started. Many are looking at vacation, time away with family and involvement in summer sports and activities with their children. For me, the summer began with two orientation opportunities to train college students in sharing their faith during their summer mission assignments. For six days, I enjoyed working with other Kansas and Nebraska Southern Baptists as they prepared over 180 to travel beyond the USA to serve in international assignments. Those students were excited about the opportunities they face overseas. Training summer missionaries for service in Kansas and Nebraska was my second orientation. Twenty-two students from Jon Sapp nine states met in Wichita for their three day orientation. These summer missionaries are spread across the two states and are impacting communities with the love, hope and message of Jesus. Two specific strategies for using summer missionaries caught my attention. Intentional invitations for young leaders to come and join a church for their sum-

When stewardship is made to be an intentional and dynamic element in the development of disciples, churches will no longer have a short-fall of adequate financial resources. Over the years, I have been both a participant and leader of discipleship studies and most of the studies have given depth for participants except in one glaring area of discipleship, namely stewardship! The teaching of biblical stewardship needs to take place in discipleship groups, small group studies, new member classes, in our homes and from the pulpit. What will it take to awaken church leaders to include stewardship as a vital part of Christian discipleship? How long has it been since you heard someone say, there are never enough funds for our church to accomplish what weve set out to do as a church? How bold are you willing to be with such a person? Let me challenge you to ask such a person, what type of disciples does our church seek to develop, giving or non-giving disciples? It seems quite apparent the church culture of our times simply fails to include stewardship as part of what it means to be a disciple. Take time to study the parables of the Lord and you will find the importance the Lord placed on stewardship. The Lord challenged people wherever He went with the responsibility of stewards! PASTOR, stand up to the plate and teach stewardship by example and from the scriptures. CHURCH, the problem is not an insufficient amount of financial resources to do the Lords work but an insufficiency of believers returning the Lords portion to the Lord. YOU, can help turn the tide in your life and influence others by your faithful action as a steward. By David A. Waganer Resource Coordinator Stewardship Development Association

Ask God to Bless America

I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority. I Tim. 2:1-2a (HSCB) Its not just about celebrating our country. July 4th can focus our churchs attention on praying for our country. Looking for fresh ideas for your church to celebrate July 4th this year? Fireworks viewing Does your church site offer a great view of local fireworks? Post an outdoor sign inviting neighbors to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks there. As church members serve watermelon and sodas, they visit with guests and invite them for worship on Sunday. Childrens 4th of July Parade Plan a fun, small-townish kids parade for your community. Get permission to block the street in front of the church, or stage the parade route in the parking lot. Advertise it everywhere, and be sure to create a Facebook event so members can invite friends. All kids in town can participate, dressing in red, white and blue to walk or ride decorated bikes. Kids meet at a staging area for sendoff, and parents line the parade route. A big God Bless America banner and flags lead the parade, and childrens Sunday School teachers distribute printed church invitations to viewers. Hokey? Oh, yes, but great family fun. Christian Citizenship Sunday Invite community leaders to attend a patriotic Sunday worship service. Ask them to arrive early at the pastors office for prayer and seating instructions. During the worship service, introduce them and invite church members to stand to indicate theyll continue to pray for the leaders. Present them a gift (mug, bookmark, clock) inscribed with 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Ask God to Bless America Take a moment during worship to invite worshippers to kneel and ask Gods blessings on our country. A flute duet or acoustical guitar could play God Bless America as His people pray.

Drum Cadence Begin the Sunday worship nearest July 4th with a formal presentation of the American and Christian flags, complete with drum cadence entry. A uniformed military serviceperson or community leader may lead the pledge or a prayer. Pray for Government Leaders Print a list of government leaders, from school board members to the President of the United States. Invite church members to select a leader, send an encouraging note, and commit to pray for that leader this year. This Independence Day, challenge your church to make the most of every opportunity (Eph. 5:16), and share Jesus during July 4th celebrations. 2012 Diana Davis is an author, columnist and speaker. www.keeponshining.com

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Recently summer missionaries, who will be working in Kansas, were trained in Wichita. They are pictured above. These missionaries will provide great help in our convention this summer, especially in the areas of church strengthening and churchplanting. Another group of summer missionaries is also working in Nebraska.

Associational & State Missions Offering

Toby Tiner, Main Street Baptist, Emporia

Editors Note: Toby Tiner is planting a church in Emporia, Kansas. We recently asked Toby to answer some questions about that plant. His answers are found below: What opened your eyes to the fields where you serve? What drew you there? I really didnt understand who I was here to serve until I arrived here. I knew without a doubt God called my family to Emporia. One of the first things I did when I came to Emporia was to find a place that the Associational office, a Hispanic church plant, and our church plant could share. I walked into the building we are now meeting in and saw the room of shelves, I immediately knew we needed to be in this building and needed to have a food distribution ministry, something I never wanted to be involved in before. I started working at SRS, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and immediately saw those we were to reach. People who, for whatever reason, were in great need. SRS could only do so much, but they could never meet their greatest need. I know we may never be a large affluent church, but I do know we will be a church that will meet people at their need, so that we can share with them the Gospel. I know we cant meet all their needs, but I feel we need to do all we can to help as many as we can, and in doing so, I pray they will see the love Christ has for them, and respond to that love with saving faith.

How ripe has your harvest been? What does this ripeness look like? The harvest is ripe. It has always been ripe. The need is harvesters. We have found 3 families to help in the harvest. At all of our gospel distributions the people are receptive to the message of the cross. Through the gospel, people have recognized their need for Christ. So far, the public response has not been evident. But I continue to see the hurt and desperation in them. The need has not changed, the message has not changed, but I know soon, the people will be changed by the power of the cross.
Toby Tiner

When you look at the fields, what do you see? When you see, what stirs you? When I look at the Emporia area, I see families hurting. Moms and Dads are barely making it. Finances are running low, emotional energy is running low, and what little they have left they pour into their kids, if they even do that. So many families are broken, and many may not even know it. Parents have lost connection with their kids and dont know how to win them back. So many are trying anything to fix their lives, but in the end, they are just filling it with activities. Everything they try just makes it worse. They need Jesus. They need a personal relationship with the creator of the universe. Just like the lady who has come to every food pantry we have had. She just broke it off with her boyfriend, who was not a positive influence on her or her 2 kids. She just found out her company is shutting its doors and she is scared because she does not know how she is going to make it. All of her focus is on the temporal because it is spinning out of control. My hope is that through exposing her to the love of Christ by helping her meet her needs that she comes to understand the greatest need, Christ.

Prayer Requests:

I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest

nPlease pray that others will come and help with our monthly food distribution. nWe want to start a home school network which will support and promote home education. We would like some other families to join and help us get this established. nWe are praying for a large freezer to keep food for our food distribution. nWe are praying for some to provide for a professionally done church sign.

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Viola Webb Missions Offering Goal $205,000

50% Funds Local Associational Missions While 50% Funds KNCSB Missions Efforts 4

Kansas Senate Chaplain Hanging Up His Poetic Prayers

TOPEKA, Kan. Humor, poetry, God and state legislatures dont seem like a match made in heaven, unless youve been anywhere near the Kansas state senate for the past three decades. Thats thanks to Fred Hollomon, the Georgia native who has served for 31 years as the chaplain of Kansas upper house. After kicking off state senate sessions for most of the past three decades with his poetic and humorous prayers, Holloman plans to retire at the end of the current legislative session. Hollomon, who will turn 87 later this month, started his now famous tradition of mixing in humor and rhyme with his prayers soon after getting flack for his first prayer. Two people complained it was too long. Ive found that people will read or follow you when ern Baptist Theological Seminary and serving as a pastor in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, he was asked to serve as an aide in the Kansas state house and later in the state senate. In 1979, as the small church he pastored in Kansas grew large enough to ask him to serve full time, the state senate president asked him to be the institutions chaplain. Except for a three-year absence in the early 1980s when he stepped aside to pastor a church near Kansas City, he has served faithfully as the senates chaplain ever since. Officially, Hollomons chaplain duties include only the opening prayer of the senate each day its in session. While he could leave after that prayer, he sees what he does as a ministry and many days spends time with legislators and senate staff getting to know them and counseling them when needed. In past years Holloman has held weekly prayer meetings at the senate and performed weddings and funerals for senators. Yet his ministry has touched far more than just the senators. In the past three decades he has ministered to senate secretaries, doormen, lobbyists and security personnel among others. Various state senates around the nation do chaplaincy differently. Some have a different chaplain come in each session to deliver the opening prayer. I dont like that near as well, Hollomon said. You dont get acquainted that way. I think its a mistake to have different guys pop in all the time. I think if you get someone who enjoys it and does a fairly good job of it, you should keep him or her. Yet its the creative prayers Hollomon has become known for around the state. Newspapers began quoting him and interviewing him about the prayers soon after he began using them during the 1979 legislative session. Reporters started interviewing me soon after I started doing it, Hollomon said. They did it for two reasons. First, I was doing it differently than anyone else theyd ever heard pray, and second, I prayed rhymes. I reminded them that David prayed in rhyme, too! Since his prayers are printed in the senate journal, he writes them out every daya practice he had never done before becoming a chaplain. In 2005 he published a collection of the prayers in a book, called Uncommon Prayers. One of the most famous of those prayers got national


After his duties are done for the day, Fred Hollomon makes the rounds in the Senate chamber and visits with Garrett Love of Montezuma, Kansas' youngest senator. (Photo by Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star) radio exposure during his first month of the senate. A national reporter had heard the prayer and asked him if he could get a copy of it. Hollomon thought little of the prayer until a neighbor heard it on the radio. Later the prayer was even read on the Paul Harvey Show. Hollomons humor bled into all aspects of his ministry. A few years ago the Nebraska state legislature made news because some were questioning the constitutionality of paying its chaplains. He said, Before I prayed one day, I said, I understand our sister state to the north is having trouble paying a chaplain. Southern Baptists have done a good job of raising funds all their lives. I just held up an offering plate. Of course, I got a pretty good response. Despite the objections of many throughout the years, Hollomon has remained committed to ending his prayers by invoking the name of Jesus. A quick Internet search of Hollomons name will bring a variety of mentions of this practice by groups urging a more strict separation of church and state. I never quit doing that even though I got a lot of criticism about it, Hollomon said. I did it as a witness. The North American Mission Board endorses some 3,650 chaplains in a variety of roles throughout the world, including in military, corporate, hospital, correction facilities, public safety, and professional organization roles.

Fred Hollomon reads a rhyming prayer in the Senate chamber at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Congressional Journal Clerk Helen Moreland (center) and Steve Morris, Senate president, bow their heads. (Photo by Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star) youre rhyming, because they want to see how it ends, said Hollomon, who is a North American Mission Board endorsed chaplain. Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama during the Great Depression, Hollomons call to ministry didnt come until after he had begun a career in banking. Unfulfilled in that role, he talked to his pastor, who pointed him toward ministry. After graduating from Southwest-

KNCSB Extends Sympathy to Two of Our Own

A current KNCSB staff member and a retired staff member lost their spouses in May. Shirley Hopkins, wife of retired KNCSB staff member John Hopkins, died on Wednesday, May 16, at age 83. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 22, at Nall Avenue Baptist Church, Prairie Village, Kan., where she was a member. Don Dabney, husband of Lisa Dabney, KNCSB receptionist, died on Wednesday, May 23, after a long battle with cancer. His service was held Tuesday, May 29, at his church, Western Hills Baptist in Topeka. Mrs. Hopkins served at her husbands side as a military wife and in serving in people in a variety of ministries. The Hopkinses served for 24 years as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board.) Their ministries included leading Wyandotte fact that one kid that needed a Christmas toy wouldnt have it, Bennett said. She really was my big sister. She taught me about service. Along with her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Hopkins is survived by two daughters, Shirley Seetin and Doris Braden, four grandchildren, Carrie, Rob, Jonathan and Izzy along with seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society. Porter Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan., was in charge of arrangements. Visit the funeral home Web site at http://porterfuneralhome.com/ Don Dabney was an Army veteran and worked as a band instrument repair technician for Manning Music in Topeka. He was a member of the National Association of Professional Todd Manning of Manning Music remembered him as a loyal employee, a great repairman and a wailing trumpet player. Along with his wife, Lisa, he is survived by two sons, Robert Dabney of Kansas City, Mo., and Alex Dabney, currently stationed in the U.S. Navy at Ventura, Calif.; two daughters, Meredith Dabney and Emily Dabney, both of Topeka; four brothers, Thomas Dabney, David Dabney, Douglas Dabney and Stephen Dabney, all of Mobile, Ala.; and three grandsons. Inurnment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka with military honors. Memorials may be sent to Western Hills Baptist Church, 2900 SW Auburn Rd., Topeka, KS 66614-4911. Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Hopkins

Don Dabney

Ministries, which was the long-time community outreach of Kansas City, Kan., Baptist Association. Ruth Bennett, a long-time friend and co-laborer at Wyandotte Ministries, recalled Mrs. Hopkins heart for serving people. At Christmas, there was a cutoff date for people to sign up for gift baskets at Wyandotte Ministries. But Shirley kept filling gift baskets after the deadline. Shirley couldnt stand the

Band Instrument Repair Technicians. Don fought his cancer hard for four years and never asked why or made a single complaint. He continued working and taking care of his family, pushing through his pain. He was a kind and gentle man who fiercely loved his family, his Heavenly Father and his country. His integrity and work ethic were flawless. He loved people and was always available to help anyone in need.

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Porters Serve Faithfully in Southwest Nebraska

By Eva Wilson
Baptist Digest associate editor

KNCSB on mission

The south wind carries a chill on this Sunday morning in Wauneta, Neb. This town of about 600 people is tucked in the southwest corner of the state. The sign on the east edge of town says, Welcome to Wauneta Halfway between here and there. But the fellowship is warm at Frenchman Valley Baptist Church, where a congregation of 15 people has gathered for worship. After a greeting time, Pastor Leo Porter stands up and gives the announcements. Today he is attired in a suit and tie. But weekdays will find him in a work uniform at the local Chevrolet dealer, where he does service and detailing. Porter looks at the small congregation and sees Onita, his wife, of nearly 57 years, and numerous other family members. The worship service at Frenchman Valley Baptist Fellowship includes a focus on both international and North American missions. Todays Missionary Moments focuses on a missionary who serves in Estonia. Porter urges the group to support the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. During his sermon on The Claims of Christ from John 5, Porter recalls his Air Force

career that took him to 50 different countries. I went around the world in the Air Force and I saw many different religions, he says. But the founders of those religions are in the grave. What is your response to Jesus? As followers of Jesus Christ, we need to say yes to everything He asks us to do? After the worship service ends, most of the group heads 15 miles east to eat lunch at the Pioneer Caf in Palisade. They pull several tables together and the warm fellowship continues. The ladies recall their trips to Wonderful Weekend for Women at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. They are looking forward to the Sept. 14-15 event featuring Connie Cavanaugh from Alberta, Canada. Since he grew up on a farm north of Palisade, Leo knows this area very well. After graduating from high school, he entered the Air Force. A stint in Lincoln, Neb., found him at a local skating rink where he met the young woman who would become his wife. The Porters will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary in November 2012. Leos Air Force career as a flight engineer on a C-130 cargo plane took him to such places as Vietnam, where he served for seven-and-a-half years. While he was serving his country, God was preparing Leo

Wauneta, Neb., a town of about 600 people, is tucked in the southwest corner of the state. It is the home of Frenchman Valley Baptist Church led by Pastor Leo Porter. The church averages 10-15 people in attendance each Sunday. Although it is small, the church is faithful to support missions. to serve Him. While attending flight school in Tennessee, Leos cousins kept asking him, Why dont you go to church with us? I ran out of excuses, Leo recalls. So he went to church and found a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on Oct. 30, 1967. He was licensed to preach a year later and started pastoring in the late 1970s. This was after retiring from the Air Force in 1974 and a four-year stint farming with his father back home. In the early 1980s, Leo entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned an associate of divinity degree. The Porters ministry career took them to Colorado, Idaho and Utah. While serving in Utah, they began feeling a desire to return home to southwest Nebraska. We felt the Lord calling us back here because they [Southern Baptists] were trying to start some work here, Leo says. So they prayed and asked God to provide the funds to make the move. Shortly before they headed out, all of the money was in hand. They arrived in Wauneta on Labor Day in 1994, and weve been here ever since. The Porters first started a Bible study in their home. The group became known as Frenchman Valley Baptist Fellowship. It later became a constituted church. The Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation helped the group obtain a modular church building, and they held the first service there on Feb. 21, 1996. The modular facility was built specifically as a church building. It has classrooms and a worship area with a kitchen in the back that can double as fellowship space. Frenchman Valley Baptist Churchs attendance runs 10-15 people on a Sunday. Although the church will probably never be large, the Lord keeps providing, the Porters say. They find their lives are full with ministry, earning a living and being with their family. Their five daughters all live in the area. Keeping track of the number of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren takes a great effort. The Porters ministry will probably never make headlines. But Doug Lee commends the couple for being faithful and steadfast. Lee is director of missions for Oregon Trail Baptist Association. Theyre working in an area that has limited growth potential, due to the small population, Lee says. We need somebody ministering in areas like that.

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KNCSB Annual Meeting

Oct. 15-16, 2012
Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
As information becomes available, it is being posted at http://www.kncsb.org/ ministry/annual_meeting. Visit this link to access information about housing and meals at WCC.

Pastor Leo Porter greets worshippers at Frenchman Valley Baptist Church, Wauneta, Neb. The town is tucked in the southwest corner of the state. Porters son-in-law James Roe (seated) teaches Sunday School and leads the music for the small congregation. Weekdays will find Porter in a work uniform at the local Chevrolet dealer, where he does service and detailing.

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Minion Lies
When I pick up my daughter from ballet, I always ask how ballet went. On this particular night, she was taking her more advanced ballet class, which is a little hard. How did it go, Hon? Mikayla looked at me with a pained expression and said, Mom, it was hard. I just felt like I wasnt good enough. Without thinking, I began to sing, now keep in mind I am not a singer. It came out almost High School Musical style. Dont let the minions of ballet lie to you. They will tell you, youre not good enough, thin enough, but its a lie, its not true. Dont let the minions of ballet lie to you. She kind a looked at me with a look that said, What is wrong with you, as she glanced outside the van to see if anyone could see and hear what I was doing. I said, Come on! Go with it! Its good right? Am Im weird? Uh, YEAH! The next day, I forgot about the whole incident as I sat at the kitchen table preparing the National Honor Society Certificates using calligraphy. When I was done, I looked down at the certificates and said, This just isnt good enough. Of course, Mikayla sat across the table from me and in her best ridicule Mommy voice she said, Dont let the minions of calligraphy lie to you. I have shared this little story several times and I was recently asked, What is a minion? The dictionary defines a minion as a servant. As I read Ephesians 6:12, I realized that a minion is a servant of the principalities of darkness. The principalities of darkness have a dominion and they can own or reign in an area. When there is a lot of them, it is a legion. In a way, this is the hierarchy of what our battle is against. Remember, it is not against flesh and blood. Minions lie to us in order to distort truth, just as Satan distorted scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. We have to make a choice to not listen when we hear lies spoken to us. We stop the lies by countering them with the truth found in the Word of God just as Jesus countered Satans lies with the Word of God. If we speak what the Word of God says about us, this will stop the lies from penetrating into our heart, mind and soul and cause the enemy to flee. So, What is your minion? What Bible truth will you use today to stop the lie?

Beautiful Things
Cherie Tapahonso
KNCSB Women 4 Him Team

Being fairly new to the planning and organizing of Wonderful Weekend for Women, it amazes me at all the different women involved with this conference. At first glance, our small conference might seem average, just a meeting of Midwest women enjoying each others testimonies and learning a thing or two about God, but like with anything in life, a deeper and longer gaze can reveal intricate details of a bold beauty, waiting to be revealed. Created to do beautiful things is this years theme for Wonderful Weekend for Women. Past conferences have stirred many sleeping beauties across Kansas and Nebraska to live their lives as God intended (Ephesians 2:10). We have been challenged by the Spirit of God, who dwells within us! Understanding that Christ, Himself, has given us a charge to feed those who are hungry, clothe those who are bare, open our homes to the orphan and love the unlovable in our own neighborhoods (Matthew 25: 31-46). Speaker and author, Connie Cavanaugh, www.conniecavanaugh.com, is no stranger to stepping out of her comfort zone of spiritual dryness. She has taken her experience and authored several books about the risk and rewards of bravely following her Savior one yes at a time. National recording artist and our conference worship leader, Jami Smith, www. jamismith.com, will also lead in one of our Life Session opportunities. So pray and plan to meet your Christian sisters on September 14-15, at Webster Conference Center. Prepare to step out and do beautiful things for your Lord and Savior. More information about the conference can be found at www.knwomen.org

(Feel free to contact me at tararye@tararye.com.)

Simply, Tara

New WMU Logo customized for our convention.

Kansas-Nebraska Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Gloria Burk
KN BNF President

Connie Cavanaugh

Jami Smith

Several KN BNF members are volunteering to help with Super Summer and Childrens Camps again this year. Anyone who is interested in helping with this ministry should contact the KNCSB office. The next KN BNF meeting will be during the Wonderful Weekend for Womens conference September

14 and 15, 2012, at Webster Conference Center. We will meet as a group on Saturday morning during breakfast, at which time there will be an election of officers for the coming year. Anyone wishing to volunteer or nominate someone for president or secretary should e-mail Gloria Burk at gjburk@everestkc.net

July 2012


WCC Update
1. The summer camping season has begun at WCC. Thousands of children and youth, along with their sponsors, will be attending at least 9 weeks of camps from June 4 through August 3. Please pray for all who attend. 2. The $50,000 Challenge Grant to renovate the Main Lodge and to provide other upgrades has had a very positive response with gifts of $25,680.20 to date. Individuals and Churches may send their contributions, payable to WCC, to WCC Matching Challenge Grant at 5410 SW 7th Street; Topeka, KS 66606. All checks should indicate that the gift is for the 2012 Matching Challenge Grant. 3. WCC is excited to host the 2012 KNCSB Annual Meeting on October 15-16, 2012. Special rates for housing and meal service will be provided for those wishing to register for these services. Continue to watch the Baptist Digest and the WCC E-Newsletters for more details later this year. 4. Plans to repave and improve the parking lot and main road into WCC were approved by the WCC Board of Directors and the KNCSB Mission Board. Work will begin when funds are raised. If you or someone you know would be interested in this project, contact Terry McIlvain at tmcilvain@kncsb.org. Thank you for your continued support of this mission facility as we continue to reach people for Christ and train believers for the work of the ministry! The WCC Staff




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