Free Will Baptists from across the country will gather in Louisville, KY in July for our National Convention.
On Saturday July 15, a group will gather at the Church Revitalization project in Louisville for a day of fun, fellowship, and for some, work.
More details will become available as they are finalized. Basically, we will meet at 10:00 AM. Around 11:00 AM we will have an outdoor activity for the community, while inside, physical labor will be taking place.
4618 Poplar Level Rd
Louisville, KY 40213
I appreciate all the volunteers that help with Master’s Men Disaster Response Teams. Alan Austin and some men from his church in Florida are back in Albany, GA. Tim Hayes and several men from IL are headed to Hattiesburg, MS to begin work Monday. If you would like to volunteer or donate, give us a call at 1-877-767-8039.
There are Free Will Baptist already working in this area. (Thomas Holloway)
Bob Birmingham is pulling the Mississippi Free Will Baptist Disaster Relief Team trailer to the area on Tuesday (1/24). Thomas will be in charge of the equipment. If you have questions about arrangements call Thomas at 601-912-2248. Bob can be reached at 662-397-6408.
As you can see, 8 Days of Hope is making plans and preparation to help also. Possibly you can help in their effort. (See Below)
Are you ready to serve?
The Hattiesburg, MS area needs your help! This past weekend a F3 tornado damaged over 500 homes in and around Hattiesburg! They need our help desperately! Our brothers and sisters in Hattiesburg could use some hope, the hope of Christ! Many homes need tarps, chainsaw work, and debris cleanup. Also, many homeowners need help salvaging what remains.
It’s time to pray, use your hands and feet, or consider other ways to support the efforts that will begin this week to help our Mississippi friends. All you need is a servant’s heart. If God is prompting you, then please respond. Healing is needed in this area and you can help!
– Please sign up to volunteer at eightdaysofhope.com.
– Spread the word! Please forward this to all your friends and family. Consider posting this need on social media.
– Pray fervently that we will serve in a way that people would see Jesus in us!
– Check in will begin this Thursday, January 26th after 6:00 pm. (Breakfast on the 27th is our first meal.)
– Volunteers will start serving Friday, January 27th. We plan to serve through Friday, February 17th. (We could extend this a week.)
Please consider helping in the relief efforts in Hattiesburg .Thank you! May God bless you as we all pray for the families in this community and others across the nation that have been hit hard by the recent disasters.
How would you describe the 2017 Master’s Men Deep South Golf Tournament, GREAT!
Fifty eight golfers showed up expecting to play a little golf. The weather forecast changed from moment to moment, climate change. A week out, rain was predicted for Friday, 24 hours out, storms were predicted for Friday morning. Around 3:00 AM a small rain came through and by 7:00 it had all moved off to the east and the final day was as good as the rest.
In 2016 we made a change and moved all our golfers up one tee box. This has proven to be a good move, as players scores have improved and rounds have finished quicker. Another change this year was the hotel. Lots of positive comments on the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms and the quality of the food and service at breakfast.
On Wednesday evening we gathered at First Free Will Baptist Church in Albany for dinner and devotion. Thanks to the ladies and men for setting up for us and Bro. Billy Hanna for their hospitality. Bro. David Crowe from Mississippi brought our devotion on being thankful. We met again on Thursday evening for our meal and giveaways. Thanks to all that gave gifts for our drawing. Once again the food was fantastic, as we enjoyed chicken and fixins on Wednesday and pork chops on Thursday.
The scores were low with about half the teams coming in at or below par.
When it was all said and done, the team of Robert Hendrix and Chris Collier pulled away for the top spot with a tournament record low score of 60, 12 under par, to finish the three day tournament with a 194. Second place was a log jam with four teams tied at 199. That means we go to the score cards to determine places. After all the cards are checked, the team of John Pugh and Wesley Bass finished second in the Championship Flight followed by James Stidham and Shane Stidham in third. Other teams with 199 were Rodney Stidham and Jeff Pugh and David Crowe and Matt Wright. First Flight First Place went to the team of Ronnie Brown and Ronnie Yance, with a tournament total of 209 followed by William Smith and Jack Daniel with an identical 209. First place Second Flight went to the duo of Ken Ford and Jack Hanley with a 225, followed by Joe Postlewaite and Ron Moore with a 234.
Thanks to all the golfers, hole sponsors and those that contributed in any way. Looking forward to next year and hoping to see more golfers.
First Place Championship Flight
Robert Hendrix and Chris Collier
Second Place Championship Flight
John Pugh and Wesley Bass
Third Place Championship Flight
James Stidham and Shane Stidham
First Place First Flight
Ronnie Yance and Ronnie Brown
Second Place First Flight
First Place Second Flight
Second Place Second Flight
Joe Postlewaite and Ron Moore
Just heard back from Pastor Cody Mansfield at Tabernacle FWB Church in Kinston, NC. They are beginning clean up this Saturday. We need everyone that can to show up and help. Still checking on other churches and we will keep updating as we receive information. There have also been many families displaced by flooding. If you can help financially you can send it to our office or to the NC FWB Sate office.
I just talked to Cody Mansfield, pastor at Tabernacle FWB Church in Kinston, NC. Their church had seven feet of water and still has two feet. As soon as the water goes away he will let us know and we will make a plan. Also heard from Rueben Cason and he said Faith in Goldsboro had no water in their main building but did in the school.
I just returned from South Georgia and saw the damage there. If you would like to help with clean up there contact me.
We are continuing to collect funds to help.
Just got off the phone with Bro. Reuben Cason, promotional man for North Carolina. Several churches have been affected by the floods from Hurricane Matthew. But because water is still rising in many areas we can’t respond yet. Once the rivers crest and the waters subside we will need lots of help. Master’s Men will stay in touch and get the word out ASAP when things start moving. Or he can contact Bro. Reuben for information or to volunteer or make a donation. 252-230-4430
More updates. Flooding waters continue to rise in NC. We can’t go in until the water goes down, which they are saying may be this weekend. There are other areas that need help. Let us know if you can go help. Clean up and chain saws seem to be needed.
As probably many of you have already seen, there is widespread flooding and destruction caused by Matthew. If you want to help please let me know and we can point you in the right direction. If you can’t go but would like to help you can send your donations to Master’s Men and we will make sure it gets to where you want it to go or where we see the greatest need. Our address is. PO Box 5002 Antioch, TN 37011
I have talked to pastors or state leaders in FL, GA, NC and SC and so far have only found one FWB Church that received any significant damage. I am waiting for a call to see what kind of help they might need. Once everything slows down, we will see where we need to go and what we need to do. Update: getting news that there may be flooding in NC that has affected churches there. Again we will keep you updated.
We have planned a Disaster Response Training week for April 13-17, 2015. This training will take place at the Cumberland Youth Camp located near Clarksville, Tennessee, north of Nashville. We have several spots open. This will be a week of both hands on and class training. We are partnering with citiIMPACT, a national disaster response organization, for training, as well as other groups. citiIMPACT was the lead organization that worked closely with Hillsdale College during the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. (more…)