The Great Commission
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
72 hour Emergency Bag
- preparation to help those in a catastrophe
Assisting Local World Changers - WOM & Missions Director
providing meals for the World Changer teams that come to help with building projects in or near the Chattanooga area.
Benevolence Ministry/Food Pantry
Jackie Bush & Bayside staff
To help those in need in our community
A group of men (ages 18+) from Bayside that help complete requested needs or building projects, and help with mission projects, etc.
Collecting shoes & socks for "Shoes for Orphan Souls"
Collection boxes are located at the church offices where these items can be donated to the orphans around the world (July & August)
A work team to help in a time of disaster in the community or abroad.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Saturday before Easter, an Easter Egg Hunt and a presentation of the Easter story is provided for community children.
"Getting to Know You" Ministry
George Hubbuch & Johnny Johnson
An outreach to those who have recently moved into our community by personally delivering a care package to them.
Good News Clubs in Schools
An opportunity to teach the Bible to elementary age children on a weekly basis in our local schools.
Ice Cream during TCAP’s
Amy Milliken & Bayside staff
To encourage teachers and students, Bayside provides ice cream to wrap up the TCAP week at Harrison Elementary each year.
Juvenile Detention Ministry
A team from Bayside leads a service the 4th Friday of each month.
NAPFE Ministries – Local Senior Adult Center
- A church bus is driven each week to pick up senior adults for the Bayside morning service – Charles Nix
- A Small Group is held each Sunday – Charles Nix & Jackie Young
- Wednesday Bible Study – Janean Heath
- Holiday Parties – Joyce Nix
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
Laura Highlander & Bayside staff
Collecting items and packing shoeboxes for children around the world (Oct. & Nov.).
The first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am senior adults gather at Bayside to meet for a short devotion. Guest musicians perform and there is a potluck dinner for lunch prior to going out and visiting those Bayside shut-ins.
Prayer Pagers Ministry
These pagers are made available to encourage those that are in need of prayer. Someone would simply call the pager number and leave their phone number. The person with a need will be paged. When the person is paged, they can know someone is praying for them.
Romeo’s – (Retired Old Men Eating Often)
George Hubbuch & Darle Jordan
Breakfast every Monday morning at 8:00am.
SPA (School of Performing Arts)
Private music lessons are available for various instruments such as: (piano, guitar, violin, fiddle, flute, trumpet, & voice, etc.)
Summer services at Harrison Bay State Park
Charles Nix & Mitch Cleek
9:30am Sunday mornings (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Tuesday Night Visitation
This is a visitation program to reach out to those in our community that have visited one of our church services or an event that was hosted by Bayside.
Terry Knecht & Amy Milliken
UPWARD Basketball & Cheerleading – (November- February)
UPWARD Soccer – (August-October)
A first class children and youth sports experience that emphasizes healthy competition, sportsmanship, skill building and fun, where the greatest achievement is being more like Jesus.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Amy Milliken & Bayside staff
A once a year ministry to the children of our community to hear about the love of Christ ( 3rd week of June) (collect items for shoeboxes)
Wildgame Dinner for men and boys
Jamie Parker & Darle Jordan
Well known speakers with powerful testimonies are brought in to reach out to men and boys on the first Saturday of February each year
WOM (Women on Mission)
A missions organization for women (ages 18+) from Bayside that pray for, learn about, give to, do missions, grow spiritually towards a missions heart & support Bayside & our denomination. (ICU meals – quarterly; mission studies – monthly; special projects – as needed)
Oaxaca, Mexico - August 1-8, 2015
Focuses – Place shoes and socks on orphans sponsored by Buckner International – “Shoes for Orphan Souls”) – $1,300 (Bayside members)
Qormi, Malta – April 27-May 7, 2015
Focuses – Family Festival, Car Wash, Prayer Walk, Evangelize & Disciple – $1,600 (Bayside members)
Associational WOM (Nationwide Women on Mission)
WOM on a national level
- West Virginia – prison ministry & birthing center
- Copper Basin Crisis Center: (Copper Hill, TN) – sorting clothes & Bible Studies
New Mexico – May 30-June 6, 2015
$500 (Bayside members) includes meals, lodging & transportation
- Meeting Sunday Feb. 8 / choir room
Vermont – July & October 2015
$550 (Bayside members) includes meals, lodging & transportation; exacts dates to be determined
February 28, 2015
- Property in Nepal – Praise God that the land for the training center/recovery home is FINALLY under contract and many papers will be signed in the next two weeks. Pray for a clean and simple transfer, official land measurements, etc. Pray for God’s continued provision.
- Beijing Church – Pray that the churches in this urban hub will unify and expand their mission vision. Doors are opening for 10/40 in this city, so please pray that we will have wisdom to know how to walk with these strong Christians. We have some equipping meetings this week.
- Asha and Arise Home difficulties – Recently the government forced our partners, M and B, to accept 3 more girls into the Arise Home. One of these new older girls (age 18) ran away in Feb, putting herself in much danger and causing much stress to M and B. Pray for Asha, for M and B.
- Personal – Pray for safe and uneventful travel as we journey to Asia to complete the adoption process.
- Voice for the Voiceless New Worldviews – This month we are preparing to modify the curriculum to speak into an atheistic/ Buddhist worldview. Some key nations have requested it. Pray for inspiration that the God’s truth will explode out through this simple teaching.
- Ummeed trainings – This month 80 new church planters will be equipped and sent out to begin their planting in dozens of new villages. Pray for open hearts and receptive minds. Pray for a great movement of the Holy Spirit among 5 new people groups in North India.
- Mohammed Emwazi – Pray hard for this man and his family. This is the actual name of “Jihadi John” (according to reports) who was personally involved in a number of recent beheadings. Pray that God would move powerfully with His justice and His grace and His supernatural power.
- Personal – We meet our daughter Phoebe for the first time on 9 March. We are so excited!
- 37 UPG’s – Pray for the Gospel to go out powerfully and for churches to be established among the 37 remaining key UUPG’s in Indonesia (identified by SEANET). Pray for Indonesian church planters to focus on the least reached.
- Water well and Solomon – Praise God that 1,400 villagers in North India now have clean water to drink because 10/40 installed a water well recently. The previous water well was on Brahmin property and this caused much community conflict based on caste restrictions. The local church planter, Solomon, has seen much more interest in the Gospel, now that the people know Jesus cares for their felt needs.
- Yazidi Kurds – Continue to pray for this minority group in Northern Iraq. Pray for Christians to meet their needs and for a massive turning to Christ from this previously resistant population. Pray for more workers who can demonstrate and speak the love of Christ into this turmoil.
- Personal – This week we have our consulate appointment and later we fly back to the US with our daughter. Pray for a fun and non-exciting flight. Please pray for great bonding time.
- Spiritual Powers in the Middle East – The events in the Middle East find their origin and power in the spiritual world. Though many approaches are needed to protect and defend people, the root cause of such violence and disregard for human life and attack on Christian and other populations is ultimately – spiritual. May those who can focus their hearts and prayers not only intercede for people, but also gather corporately to address the spiritual strongholds in the region. If your church or group would like to pray more effectively by 10/40 Connections conducting a concert of prayer, please contact us.
- Teacher Selection for New Schools – This coming June 10/40 will start 5 new schools in slum areas (thank you, new donors!) Pray for the 10 new teachers who will be selected this month for the new schools. Pray for their families and that each of them would also serve as solid church planters with great hearts for ministry.
- 10/40 Mobilization Strategies – Last month in Thailand we spoke with people from many nations who were interested to know how they could mobilize their congregations for mission. Pray that God would show us how to multiply the models and ideas that he has given us. May these models greatly expand the sending of Philippinos, New Zealanders, Pakistanis, Indonesians, South Americans, and others.
- Personal – In our first week back at home with Phoebe, pray for all of the transitions for each family member, and that everything will go smoothly.
Coffee Shops and College Students
Pushing back Darkness
These four friends came this month to visit; we were filled with encouragement and God provided many opportunities to share about Him. We met people in coffee shops, on the street, on two college campuses, and at a huge climbing wall. Many heard the Good News! Would you pr@y about going overseas to serve the L0rd and tell others how J’sus has changed your life?
Click here to see more pictures from their visit.
Malta Monday's 2015
Malta Mondays 11, 2015
March 16, 2015
Happy Birthday to my nephew Carter today!
Praises and Prayer Requests:
1.) Thank you for lifting up the “Mom’s Night Out” evening. If you are a mom and haven’t seen this film yet I would highly encourage you too. We were laughing out loud but also it has a very good, clear message of hope in Christ. We’re planning to use it again soon for an outreach on this side of the island. Eleanor turned one last week and Clark and Morgan had a sweet party for her on Saturday. Our neighbour has a little girl a few months older and they’ve become good friends and she came. When we returned home and took her some cupcakes that were left over she asked me to come over tomorrow at one. She’s already heard and seen a good witness from Clark and Morgan so please pray for her and for this visit TOMORROW. She’s from South Africa and very spiritual but not a believer yet.
2.) Recently I have been praying that God would give me an opportunity every day to share the gospel with someone. It’s been refreshing to see how He has opened my eyes to the opportunities that are around me. The gymnastics teacher, people in various shops I frequent, people near where I parked my car, neighbors who are out and about… there is no shortage of need for more truth to be proclaimed! I was discouraged with one neighbour in particular who seems so close some days and so much further away in later conversations. God reminded me that He is the One who makes seeds grow. Then I saw Him in a few of my friends’ lives this week and He just said, “I’m at work. Rest in Me and be obedient.” I dare you to take that prayer and apply it to your life. Who will God place in your path this week? Share and leave the results to Him.
3.) Mike and Colleen have been out and about and busy already. God has really been opening doors with separated and divorced people. PLEASE PRAY for a couple here that has recently separated. They are leaders in a sister church. Ask that their marriage will be restored. Lift up this planned training in helping people cope and find peace in Jesus. I know this week Colleen spent several hours with a lady I met in my Psychology class. She’s been separated for 20 years but still “pretends” for her grandchildren that she’s married to their grandfather when they meet because her son is so ashamed. There’s a lot of shame, guilt, and failure in this area. Instead of condemnation and judgement, may we reach out like Isaiah 42:3 says, “A bruised reed He will not break….”
Also there are a number of things we need to get to as far as planning and administration this week. Pray that we’ll be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and use the time He gives us wisely.
Kids Korner: This morning I realized I had forgotten something for Nathan and I said, “Momma just has to take an ‘F” for failure sometimes.” Thomas promptly said, “And sometimes an ‘F’ for fantastic!” I thought that was so sweet! He also went out with Earl earlier this week and they were near our big Mosta Dome. Earl was taking the opportunity to teach him about who the various saints were that are represented outside of it and Thomas said, “No offense Dad but with those new glasses of yours I feel like I am getting a lecture from a tour guide.” Kathryn is very busy practicing for an upcoming dance competition at the end of the month. One of her friends in the dance fell and dislocated her wrist so they’ve had to re-work the dance as she won’t be able to participate. I am visiting Nathan’s school in just a bit to work with him and his reading tutor. He’s still mixing the two alphabets and sounds of English and Maltese so hopefully this will help me figure out a better way to help him as he learns in both languages. Also Nathan lost ANOTHER tooth- bottom one this time.
VT Partnership - February Update
As to be expected for February, it has been a VERY snowy month! I’ve attached a pic of regular snow blowing activity, and of our boys who love to cheer me on and provide moral support!
Life in the Whittinghill household is as sweet and full of joy as ever. By the grace of God, Kayla and I are enjoying each other and our boys more than ever before. One of our dear friends has provided for Kayla and I to get away for a weekend to NYC later this month in celebration of our 5-year anniversary – we’re so thankful for the generosity of the people of God!
Levi (3.5yrs) is the busiest, sweetest little rascal with a heart that is increasingly tender to the things of God. Elijah (1.5yrs+) is trying to develop some words (praise Jesus) which is going a long way toward his joy, and ours. Kayla is doing her normal beautiful pregnant thing (Pics in link), is thriving as a momma, and is enjoying hosting and leading a ladies group at our home on Wednesday afternoons. We’re both looking forward to baby Isaac’s arrival in May – his constants kicks and movements in the womb indicate we’ve got another busy boy on our hands!
It’s Been a YEAR!
This week marks our one year anniversary of our move to VT! A year of the Lord’s incredible faithfulness and goodness. A year of new relationships, new community, new life, and ongoing joy in this new context for ministry.
The Lord has been gracious in recently reinforcing to us that the measure of success in ministry is faithfulness. We labor with all our might by the strength He supplies, striving to do things as unto His glory, and then we leave the results to Him since Jesus promised He would build His church. The Lord taught us this lesson before we got here, but that’s a bit like reading a parenting book before you have kids. Now, after a year, He’s reteaching us lessons of faithfulness, now with a context to apply them in. He is good!
Ministry Updates / Prayer Requests
We are continuing to disciple people in the truth of God’s Word and are seeing encouraging spiritual growth in many of the new believers. We continue to covet your prayers for new believers and for our lost neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Pray that Christ would be formed in all of us, for us to know and rest in His love, and for us to make Christ known with the love and passion He is due.
Hosting the town-wide prayer night last week was a great privilege – it was encouraging and powerful to gather with other believers from the area to seek the face of our God together (pic attached).
I’m excited to tell you that we’ll be hosting a Good Friday gathering at Brattleboro’s iconic Latchis Theatre in the center of town! We’ll be gathering with other area churches to celebrate Jesus, and we’re seeking to be very intentional with inviting those from the town who might not come to a typical church gathering and other so-called churches in the area that are not preaching the gospel. Please pray that the Church in Brattleboro would be strengthened in their faith and that many in our spheres of influence would receive Christ by repentance and faith!
Last month, we had you pray about the possibility of find an alternative space to meet beyond March. Without seeking them out, we were approached by a church in town about sharing their space with them. We are exploring the possibility and will keep you posted, but please pray for wisdom and for the will of God to be done.
We praise God for each of you and would truly love updates from you on how you’re doing and how we can pray for you. We are so blessed by your prayers and partnership in this ministry!
For the glory of Christ + your joy in Him,
Financial Partnership Information:
If God leads you to partner with us financially, please make checks payable to “Rivertown Church”; all donations will be tax deductible. Checks can be mailed to Rivertown Church, PO Box 1325, Brattleboro, VT 05301. To give online or set up automated monthly giving, click here. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel! (Phil. 1:5)
Word of Life
Dear Ministry Parters & Friends,
We are sending a quick update about our ministry here in Brazil. We will give you a brief overview of four areas of our lives. I apologize about the simplicity/txt of this email update but our internet here has been painfully slow and most times not working at all. (see our project #2 listed at the end of email)
All is going very well with the ministry here in Brazil. We were out on the River with a dental team from North Carolina this past month. This trip went very well and allowed us to provide physical care for hundreds of people from dozens of communities where we have ongoing ministry. This brought great credibility to the existing ministries. We are preparing to depart on another trip on March 26th. During this trip we will be connecting with many river communities and river missionaries. We are also having a women’s retreat and expecting close to 200 women from various river communities to attend. During this trip there will also be a conference meeting for the river missionaries and continued planning for a church we are building on the next trip.
As many of you are probably aware from our Facebook (www.facebook.com/butchjarrell) posts and previous email updates, our daughter-in-law (Kayla) is pregnant with our first grand babies . . . YES . . . babies = TRIPLETS. We are so excited to be grandparents and are praying continually and constantly for Kayla and babies during the pregnancy. Pray for healthy mom and healthy babies. Casey and Kayla are excited and preparing for their instant family. Kayla and the babies are doing better than expected and the doctors are very pleased with how well she and the babies are doing. Keep praying for them with us. Their due date is July 3rd but are scheduled for delivery at the end of May so we are planning to come to the USA in May.
We are humbled by this ministry experience God is allowing us to be a part of. Ministering and reaching unreached river communities is a great opportunity for us to be part of fulfilling the great commission. As you can imagine, it is a challenging dynamic being here in Brazil especially away from Casey and Kayla during their pregnancy. Pray for us as we are serving where God has called us. We certainly miss our family. Caitlyn (our youngest daughter) is doing very well at the Word of life Bible institute in upstate NY. God us using this time in her life to help her grow and mature spiritually. Colbie (our middle child/daughter) is doing very well and working. She has been sick lately so remember her in your prayers.
We have two main projects we are working on and in need of assistance with. Please pray and consider how you might help us with these projects.
Project #1 – As mentioned above, we are building a church in one of the river communities on the next trip. Please pray about assisting us with this project. The cost to build this church is around $5000.00.
Project #2 – We currently have very limited Internet access here in Brazil. We have an Iridium GO! unit that allows us to send/receive small emails but is very slow at 2.5Kbs. It only provides access to limited text based emails on/off the river and boat trips. It is necessary for us to go to town to access our regular email and internet resources and many times when going to town the system there are not reliable or working. I made two trips to town this past week and the internet access was down both times. We are looking at a satellite system for here at the base camp property. During this modern technology age we are ministering in, communication/internet access is critical to any organization/ministry. This Satellite system requires us to purchase hardware and pay for installation/service fees. This project cost is $6000.00.
Please pray and consider if you are able to assist us with any part of these projects.
–Butch & Lesi Jarrell