with deaconsSycamore 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 meet at Sycamore Elementary, but they lack Sunday school rooms, nursery and have to make so many changes each Sunday. Pastor Hopkins has also been helping two other works in Grand Rapids—mainly in encouraging them.  One group is of a Burmese background.  They run about seventy in their main service.  They have no pastor, but they do have seven deacons.  One of the young deacons preaches, but he needs more training.  The other deacons are somewhat new Christians. The other group is a three-year old Latino work.  They feel they are renting in the wrong area of town because even though they have a great pastor, they cannot seem to grow.  They know where they want to re-locate but lack the funds.