ABSC holds Literacy Missions Training Workshop in Sherwood

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team recently held a Literacy Missions Training Workshop at Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood.

The event, which taught participants ways to meet their neighbors’ needs, build relationships and share the gospel, featured three workshops: “English as a Second Language” (ESL), “Tutoring Children and Youth” (TCY) and “Adult Reading and Writing” (ARW).  

“Literacy Missions workshops can open doors to your church and/or association to share Christ in settings that are not usually available to us as Southern Baptists. Literacy missions is experiencing missions in your very own community,” said Breck Freeman, ABSC missions ministries team member.

Freeman said at this year’s two-day event there were 16 students in the ESL workshop, five students in the TCY workshop and two students in the ARW workshop.  

The event will be held again Aug. 9-10, 2013, location pending. However, Freeman said workshops are also available to any church or association as needed throughout the year, with a minimum requirement of about six students per workshop.

“We are here to serve and help any church or association in the state with literacy missions,” said Freeman.

“Literacy missions is a great way to reach those lost or unchurched in your community.”

For more information, contact Freeman at or Oleta Raines at Or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150.


Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip Oct. 6

The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip, sponsored by the missions ministries team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, is scheduled for Oct. 6.

The event, to be held in Tri County Baptist Association, will include prayer walking; children’s activities; senior adult ministry; home repairs and painting; health clinics; sports camps; evangelism; yard work, and block parties.

For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150, or email Oleta Raines at


Missions event set for October

Mission Connection Event: Heart of Kansas Coalition will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Church planters and associational missionaries in and around Wichita, Kan., are seeking partners, and the goal of the Mission Connection event is to share how to partner, send mission teams and help plant churches through the four associations in the area. Those who attend will hear from church planters seeking partners and attend breakout sessions.

Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required.

For more information and to register, visit or call Jill Modlin at 800-838-2272, ext. 5149.


Military wives retreat set

Tour of Duty, a weekend retreat for military wives, is set for Oct. 19-20 at Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood.

HornThe two-day event will provide a time of worship and inspirational teaching, as well as equip women to develop support groups for military wives and families in their churches.  

The retreat will be led by Bible teacher and author Sara Horn. Horn is founder and president of Wives of Faith, a military wives ministry, and her books include “GOD Strong: A Military Wife’s Spiritual Survival Guide” and “Tour of Duty: Preparing Our Hearts for Deployment.”

Childcare will be provided for children up to 5 years old.

For more information or to register, visit or call the church at 501-833-2347.


Missions Getaway ministers to women

MISSIONS Getaway, a women’s event for all ages, including girls first through sixth grade and teen girls, is set for Oct. 26-27 at Camp Paron.

The weekend will include fellowship, Bible study, missions learning and praying and other activities. Girls who attend will worship with the women but will have their own time for Bible study, crafts and recreation, missionary visit and mission projects.

Program guests include Tammy Fletcher of Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville; Stacey Smith, Prison to Purpose program coordinator; Linda Gray, International Mission Board missionary in the Ukraine, and Jill Pucik and Natalie Culver, Williams Baptist College students.

Missions Getaway is a Cooperative Program event sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions support team and the Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union.