Dear Church Family,
I am reminded today that I have much to be thankful for as I am sure you do too. First, and foremost, I am thankful for your support of CrossNet Baptist Network and to the spreading of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. At this writing, I am unpacking from the recent mission trip to Nigeria and Kenya, Africa, and repacking for the next mission trip to Istanbul, Turkey and Nepal. While in Nigeria and Kenya, our team conducted church leadership meetings and crusades. It was my privilege to be one of the guest speakers to the ministers in the leadership meeting. I ask for your continued prayers regarding both the lost peoples of these areas and for the minsters there.
As to the mission ahead in Istanbul, Turkey and Nepal, I will be traveling with four familiar brothers: Jim Gibson, J. R. Fulbright, Scott Boring (all of First Baptist Cleveland), and Mark Cameron of Samples Memorial. Remember us in your prayers that we may be highly successful on this trip. May God continue to bless the response to the Great Commission through your faithful prayers and gifts that further His Kingdom work! You are indeed a great partner in the Gospel.
At this writing, CrossNet Baptist Network has disaster relief teams in Port St. Joe, Florida, based out of their First Baptist Church. This area took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael and the result was heavily damaged homes, businesses, and churches. Our most seasoned volunteers have stated that this recovery effort is very draining as Hurricane Michael caused damaged greater than Hurricane Katrina. The buildings may be damaged, but not the Spirit of Christ among his people. For those who do not know Christ, these teams bring with them the Good News and a light that shines brightly in the ruins. As the recovery moves forward in the upcoming months, we are considering a potential long-term commitment in the panhandle of Florida to help churches there survive and revitalize post Michael.
We are in the final month of support for SEND Washington DC. The misson was continued a few months past the original deadline as Pastor Randles of Waterfront Church, in particular, needed our extended gifts. Thank you to all our churches that stretched your commitment! Waterfront has flourished to about 400 in attendance each Sunday and has purchased property right in the heart of DC. The other church plant there, Gilgal Ethiopian Church under Pastor Bekele, has multiplied into two churches now, and has seen many Ethiopian Americans come to Christ for salvation. Your investment has glorified God!
During the November phase of Project Helping Hands, 200 families and/or individuals applied for assistance this year. Many volunteers from our churches and community joined together to meet these needs. The gratitude was palpable as deliveries of groceries went forth.
Finally, our Bold Going Jail Ministry is still collecting stamped Christmas cards, hard-wrapped candies and socks for inmates. If you have any donations, please drop them off at the association office.