Thank you Mom, for all that you do and have done. Mother’s are a crucial part of healthy childhood and upbringing.
There will be special gifts and recognition for all of the mothers in attendance today. May God bless you moms for all of your hard work and faithfulness!
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
I received a call from Barry this evening and he updated me on several aspects of the ministry there.
- Lisa is still in Florida and the situation is ongoing. There is no time table set for her return to Honduras as her parent’s situation is still unstable.
- One of the previous Lighthouse children that has been living in the world for years now has been in contact with Barry and has returned to church recently. She has expressed a desire to return to living for the Lord and has been placed with her 2 year old son in the mountain church with Pastor Augusto and his wife for mentoring since Lisa is not at home.
- Ruis, the evangelist working in Nicaragua and Cuba has returned to Honduras with a wonderful report.
- His wounds on his feet from diabetes are healing much better than anticipated. Thankfully he has been provided with the right medicine to help get this under control.
- His recent trip to Cuba yielded much fruit. Most of the 12,000 Bibles have been distributed with many salvation decisions both among the military as well as the public.
The General and his family were baptized (Wife, brother and sister-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, and son) They have all made some obvious signs of spiritual growth. The General has decided to take his meals WITH the enlisted soldiers and is now seeking to minister to them and strives to help them with their personal lives. The Sister-in-law has had a change of heart concerning Americans and has made plans to donate property to Honduras missions for the purpose of building a church in Cuba.
- Ruis has plans to return to Cuba on June 6 to continue the outreach and discipling.
- In Nicaragua a second church plant has begun.
- Pastor Augusto’s students in the mountain church have started their own business because getting a job means that they will miss church. The have started making and distributing banana chips to the local markets and schools. It is apparently going well and they are able to support themselves AND continue to be faithful to the church services and ministries.
- Financially things are very tight, down to $18 in the account. They are down to less than 20 supporting churches. (I was able to bless him with good news in this area at the end of our conversation. Our support check will go into his bank on Monday! The cruise of oil and barrel of meal haven’t failed and the Lord always takes care of his own.)
- There was an accident with the “old” KIA last week when Lenin and Alberto were up on the mountain on an errand. It ended up hitting a concrete culvert and destroying the frame once and for all (had been welded over 20 times). It will take about $1200 for a frame and then a lot of man hours to transfer all of the parts over. Lenin is studying auto mechanics and this could be a good project for him if the money is available for the frame.
Always pray for the Ritchies! They always have something going on and need lots of prayer.
Sunday April 22 I started a new sermon series in the A.M. service on the Danger in the Kingdom in Heaven. The first message is available on the sermon page now. In this series I will share:
- What is the Kingdom of Heaven
- Where is the Kingdom of Heaven
- Who is in the Kingdom of Heaven
- What are the Dangers in the Kingdom of Heaven
This will be about thirteen weeks of sermons so if you miss one at church you should be able to listen to it on the sermons page sometime during the week it was delivered to the congregation. If you have questions regarding the Kingdom of Heaven, or Heaven itself please feel free to contact me.
In the main auditorium we will be starting a new Sunday school series called Christian Mentoring A-Z. This series will begin Sunday morning April 29 at 10 a.m. with lesson “A” Assurance of Salvation. Can someone, and how can someone know that they will be received into Heaven when they die? There is a booklet available for all those participating, which can picked up now in the foyer. You are encouraged to pick up their booklet and begin working on filling in the blanks as there is more information than we will be able to cover in class.
Everyone is welcome to the class! There is a sign up sheet in the foyer so that I can make sure enough booklets are available for those attending. If you cannot stop by early but do want to have a booklet printed for you please email pastor directly at email@example.com
With spring just around the corner we have a number of events and activities that we want everyone to be aware of. This page will be updated with new events and details as the spring progresses so check back or subscribe so you don’t miss anything!
March 11 – Daylight savings begins, don’t forget to change your clocks or you’ll miss a service. We have had several folks show up in the past as we were closing in prayer, and they thought they were just in time! (A few of those times I just started the service over and all of our regular folks played right along.)
March 17 – Church wide clean up day, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. We will be cleaning, doing maintenance, yard work all in preparation for our Resurrection Sunday (Easter) services.
March 25 – Fellowship Sunday, Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m., Worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a pot-luck lunch and an afternoon worship at 2 p.m.
April 1 – Resurrection Sunday – Sunrise service 6:30 a.m. followed by a Breakfast fellowship from 7:30 until 9:00, A.M. Worship will start at 9:30 a.m. Following the services we will have a clean up and that will conclude the services for the day so that everyone can spend the afternoon with their families.
April 29 – Fellowship Sunday, Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m., Worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a pot-luck lunch and an afternoon worship at 2 p.m.
May 3 – Manche Wedding (renewing of vows)
May 13 – Mother’s Day, Normal Sunday schedule. Mother’s will be honored, presented with gifts, and prayed for.
May 27 – Fellowship Sunday & Missionary Daniel Elliot and family will be with us. A pot luck lunch will take place from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. everyone is welcome to participate. Daniel and his family will be available to ask questions over lunch and a cup of coffee or sweet tea.
Daniel and Lydia came to our church on their way to be missionaries in Mongolia in 2004. They have since moved to the field of South Korea. They will be sharing their experiences over the past 14 years in Mongolia and S. Korea as well as what they have planned for ministry in the future.
Graduation 3:00 p.m. Afternoon service – This is a change from our normal Schedule. A number of our youth will be graduating this year, two of them from High School. We will take the afternoon to celebrate and congratulate them and their parents. There will be refreshments following the afternoon service as well.
May 28 – Memorial day – No church activities planned at this time but check back.
** Date Change ** June 10-15 – Annual Tent Revival, Dale Aguiar will be back again to help us with our 10th Annual Tent Revival. Sunday morning we will be inside the church building but will move outside for the evening service which will begin at 7 p.m. Each evening there will be music from 6:30 until the meeting starts. On Friday night the tent comes down and we will have a cookout and shoot off the candy cannon.
June 18 – Father’s Day – Normal Sunday schedule. Father’s will be honored, presented with gifts, and prayed for.
June 18-22 – Vacation Bible School – Kids from Kindergarten to 6th grade will enjoy Bible lessons, stories, crafts, games, songs, and snacks each evening from 5:30 until 8 p.m. This year David Barker will be our special speaker. David will bring his train layouts and each day will have a new train and story to tell.
This Sunday we will be looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ. Not in a prophetic way, but in a practical way. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to make it to Heaven. In fact, according to scripture it appears that more people will be missing out on the blessings of Heaven than those that will be enjoying them.
In Adult Sunday school at 10 a.m. I will be bringing a follow-up lesson on how we can make an eternal difference in the world today through our witness and testimony.
In the A.M. preaching I will share a message starting at Matthew 25 concerning the ten virgins and their preparations for the Bridegrooms return. Five of them wisely prepared, while five of them did not.
We will enjoy a pot-luck style lunch and some fellowship until 2 p.m. and then we will have the afternoon service, in which I will share a message entitled, “Jesus is coming again.”
I do hope that you can make it as we celebrate and prepare for this much anticipated event.
Pastor Jim Kiefer
Strong marriages is a priority here at Heartland Baptist Church. Strong marriages means strong home and that is good for everyone in the home, the church, the community, and the country. In an effort to strengthen the home we schedule an activity for the married couples of the church (and we invite couples from the community too) around the Valentine holiday. This year we had an exceptionally good time. 24 couples gathered Friday night February 9 and enjoyed fellowship, food, some fun activities and a devotional message encouraging unity in the marriage relationship.
Special thanks to the Kiefer girls who worked hard to decorate, plan and prepare deserts, and watch all of the young people while their parents enjoyed the evening together!
Here are some pictures and video clips of the evening. If you missed out this year mark your calendars for next year and stay tuned for details.