Brent and Michele Howard both grew up in Christian homes with a strong Godly influence from their families. God chose to bring them together to pass on that heritage to their 2 children, Ryanne (14) and Riley (12). God has gifted Brent in the building trade with abilities and experience in all phases of construction. Michele is a trained teacher and has taken on the responsibility of teaching their children at home. Since 2007, they have been full-time missionary builders with ChurchCare Construction, traveling and living full-time in a 5th wheel RV. The Lord has allowed them to assist about 17 churches over the past 7 years with various building [...]
Hispanic Retreat Scheduled for September For several years, Hispanic believers have enjoyed a weekend retreat at the Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Ventura, Iowa. This year the retreat will be held on September 19-20. This retreat, with the three main sessions in Spanish and the sessions for the teens and children in English, spiritually challenges attendees through music, messages and fellowship one with another. Christian books and music are also available for purchase throughout the weekend. The camp facilities provide opportunities for physical refreshment through the use of paddle boats, the climbing wall, basketball, tennis, soccer, pontoon boat rides, a zip line, and train rides for children. This year our [...]
Church planting is a labor of love. In a Church plant with a majority of new believers, things move much more slowly, people develop less quickly, and the greatest challenge besides laborers is financing. God allowed Desert Hills Baptist Church to raise $230,000 towards the purchase of land and to close escrow in February. We are truly grateful for His provision. We currently are trying to raise monies to move forward with developing the land the Lord has provided. Building in the west is unique in that the costs associated are often higher than they would be in the Midwest or other places. We are looking at spending over $600,000 simply in site costs and permits. We are [...]
On March 18, 2014, Stephen P. Little accepted the call to the presidency of Baptist Church Planters. Steve has been a church planter and has planted three churches, one in Recife, Brazil, and two in New York State. The Littles have served with the mission since 1994, and Steve was a councilman for twelve years. He knows church planting and will be a great friend and support to church planters and to churches with a heart for church planting. Steve and Becky have five children and four grandchildren.
Harvest Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Iowa, celebrated their “graduation” from mission status on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Harvest Baptist was a church plant of Faith Baptist in Iowa City. A group of forty believers signed a covenant of Declaration of their commitment to the church plant in September 2001. First services were held on October 10, 2001, at Mary Welsh Elementary School in Williamsburg. Dennis Robinson and Kent Johannes from Continental Baptist Mission were able to join the celebration. They were lead builders from the Mission that oversaw the construction of the building that began in June 2005. The graduation day’s activities were divided into three parts. Sunday school included [...]
About 14 years ago, Baptist Church Planters had a vision and desire to see a church plant in Lorain, OH. At one time there were five fundamental churches in Lorain, but one by one, four of the five churches closed their doors. As of 2011 Fellowship Baptist Church was the only existing OARBC church in Lorain, and it was also struggling to stay open. In 2012, the church approached BCP to inquire if they were eligible to go under the mission’s Refuge/Rescue Work agreement. After several meetings, it was determined that they did indeed qualify. In February 2013, the church voted to return to mission status under BCP and on [...]
Sycamore Community Baptist Church has a relatively short history. Individuals felt the nudge from God to start a new work in the area, so with Pastor Jerry Hopkins, missionary under Baptist Church Planters, they began to pray for the Lord's timing and location. The church incorporated and held their first service on December 4, 2011. There were fourteen present. The church has been averaging 65 members who are committed to organizing and teaching Sunday school classes for toddlers, primaries, teens and adults. The youth group has grown from about 7 teenagers to a group of nineteen. The greatest need is to find a place of their own to meet. They currently [...]
Crossroads Baptist Church of Tracy was started when families from a Bay Area congregation moved to Tracy and were unable to find a place to worship. Today it is a multi-ethnic congregation of families that are from all over the world. The theme for this year is “Find Us Faithful.” We are focusing on faithfulness in three core areas. Faithfulness in WORSHIP, as we seek to involve more families in the worship team, special music and Scripture reading. Faithfulness in discipleship, as Family Fellowship Groups have been established and several Bible Studies started. There are plans for fall Bible studies in neighboring communities, with the goal of eventually planting [...]