Mission Connection set for 2012 

Looking for a way to be a part of mission opportunities in Arkansas, across the nation and internationally? 

Mission Connection may be for you.  

Mission Connection, which participants may attend on either Feb. 9 or Feb. 11 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville, is a one-day event for anyone interested in connecting with state, national and international mission partners.

Connect with international mission partners from Belgium, Chile, Japan and Russia, along with North American mission partners from Alaska, Chicago, Kansas, Nebraska, Philadelphia and South Dakota. 

Mission representatives from Arkansas will be available, as well.

The conference will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch. 

To register, go to, or call Jill Modlin at 800-838-2272, ext. 5149.


Student Missions Roundtable dates set

What should I do to lead students to adopt a biblical missions lifestyle? How do I lead my students to take the gospel into their schools? How do I choose where to go on a mission trip? How do I finance mission trips? Is an in-state mission trip really that helpful? When is a student ready for an international trip? Can my group adopt a church planter or missionary? 

Answers will be provided to these questions and more at the Student Missions Roundtable, a free conference for full-time, part-time or volunteer adult leaders of students in Arkansas Baptist churches.  

Participants can choose from identical conferences on either Thursday, Dec. 1 or Saturday, Dec. 3. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building, located at 10 Remington Drive in Little Rock. 

For more information or to register, go to


Parker embraces new challenge

Diane Parker, longtime Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) collegiate ministry team member, is making a transition to another job. But she’s not traveling far for her new position – it’s just up the stairs and down the hall. Parker began serving as team leader for the ABSC missions support team Oct. 1. 

ParkerParker has served on the ABSC collegiate ministry team since 1993. Previous to that, she served in campus ministry for many years. Though she had originally planned to retire this year, she said God had other plans. 

“As I was making my plans for early retirement, Dr. (Emil) Turner asked me if I would consider delaying my plans and serving  as MST (mission support team) leader,” she said. “I was surprised to find God leading me to accept, and I believe that it is God’s path for me at this time.” Turner is ABSC executive director.

She said she has had a lifelong involvement in missions and believes strongly in the mission support team’s purpose. 

Parker is looking forward to working with mission support team members.


JoyWorks camp moves date in 2012

Mark Your Calendars now for JoyWorks, a music and worship arts camp for children, which will be held June 26-29 on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. 

In previous years, the camp, which is open to children who have completed grades 4-6, was held earlier in June. 

Camp planners made the decision to change the dates to later in the month in order to “enhance participation” in the camp and to avoid coinciding with vacation Bible schools and summer baseball games, which are often scheduled during those first few weeks of summer, said Larry Grayson, Arkansas Baptist State Convention leadership and worship team member and JoyWorks planner.

Grayson said he was thankful for Ouachita, which “graciously allowed us to move to another date.”

For more information about JoyWorks, contact Grayson at 


Literacy training workshop set

A Literacy Missions Training Workshop is scheduled for Oct. 28-29 at Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood. 

The workshop will include training by North American Mission Board-certified trainers for those who want to teach church-based courses on English as a Second Language, Adult Reading and Writing and Tutoring Youth and Children. 

Training will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and conclude the next day at 5 p.m. More than half the cost of the workshop is provided by your gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Dixie Jackson Arkansas Missions Offering.  

For more information, contact Breck Freeman or Oleta Raines at 800-838-2272 or at 501-376-4791, ext. 5150.