Greetings and Happy New Year from Faith Baptist Mission. We are praising God for His abundant provision throughout 2018. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many churches and individuals across the United States. God worked in mighty ways to encourage and support our missionaries.
January has already been a busy month! Chris & Diane Marine participated in the annual Mission Conference at Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, FL. On Sunday, January 13, my family had the privilege of worshiping at Mercy Church in Mount Dora, FL. Mercy Church is a church that has been planted by FBM Missionaries Joe & Debbie Tassell. It was such a joy to worship with them.
Just this past Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at Faith Baptist Church in Winter Haven, FL. I shared the vision and ministry of FBM with them and then opened the Word of God with them. This coming Sunday, my family will be worshiping at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL. This is the sending church for FBM Missionaries Ken & BJ Armstrong.
Next month, I will be traveling to Mali with Chris Marine, our VP of Missionary Care. We are going to participate in the dedication of a new NT translation. What a joy it will be to celebrate with our Malian brothers and sisters. Will you pray that this trip will go well and that Christ will be honored?
In February, look for us at the following mission conferences in Florida.
- Feb 9-13 – Southside Baptist Church, Sebring, FL (Diane Marine)
- Feb 23-24 – Faith Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL (Stephen Simpson)
- Feb 25-28 – Bethany Baptist Church, Avon Park, FL (Chris & Diane Marine)
Finally, please be in prayer for us. We are planning a 2019 Mission Trip to Niger. It will probably occur in mid-July. The purpose of this trip is to make some renovations to some buildings on our Niger mission compound. These renovations will help us be the best stewards of these properties and will greatly serve both our Niger & Benin missionary teams. These renovations are broken down into three phases.
- Phase One – renovating the recording studio into an office building – $10,000
- Phase Two – renovating the office building into some extra housing – $10,000
- Phase Three – installing a well, pump, water tower to service the entire compound – $15,000
Please pray that God will provide workers to go with us on this trip and that God will provide the funds needed for this important project. May God richly bless you all throughout 2019!
Stephen B. Simpson