Former Ark. Baptist shares gospel through tech

Jessica Vanderpool
Arkansas Baptist News

IN SOME WAYS, E-Tech Missions – a nonprofit ministry that provides audio Bibles to unengaged, unreached people groups – began with the death of a friend.

Jon Moody, former Arkansas Baptist and president and founder of E-Tech Missions, was serving with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Africa when he befriended a woman named Baraka. Moody knew in order to understand the gospel, Baraka needed to hear it in her own language. So Moody made plans to bring back an audio version of the Bible in Baraka’s language when he returned from furlough in the United States. But just few days after he left for the U.S., Baraka died.

Her death spurred Moody to make sure others like Baraka could hear the gospel in their own languages before it was too late. Thus, he returned to the U.S. in 2012 and began E-Tech Missions.

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Patty Jenkins, of Little Rock, dies at 85

Patty White Jenkins, 85, of Little Rock, died Nov. 18.

She attended Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia and was a member of the Ouachita Baptist University Choir.            

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Little Rock.

She served on The Little Rock Censor Board and was a charter member of Education First, organized for preserving neighborhood schools and starting Pulaski Academy.

She worked on the staffs of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff; First Baptist Church, Russellville; First Baptist Church, Fayetteville; and Second Baptist Church, Little Rock.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Jim Jenkins, who previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes), both as a member and as a past president. 

Other survivors include a daughter; a grandson and a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Interment was Nov. 21 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock. A private family memorial service was held.


Mason Bondurant, pastor-missionary, dies at 91

Mason E Bondurant, 91, of Little Rock, died Nov. 9.

He was a graduate of Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Ala., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He began preaching when he was 15 and was ordained at 19.

He served as a chaplain during the Korean Conflict, before being assigned to Fort Chaffee in Arkansas.

While serving as a chaplain in the U. S. Army Reserves, he served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Fort Smith; First Baptist Church, Dumas, and First Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

He is a retired Lt. Colonel.

After more than 30 years serving as pastor, he and his wife, Margaret, were called to foreign missions, serving in Ecuador, Venezuela and Senegal. Once back, he served several central Arkansas churches as interim pastor.

He is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Funeral services were held Nov. 13 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock. Burial followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. 


Martha Bond, 80, dies

Martha Ann White Bond, 80, of Little Rock, died Oct. 23.

She was a former part-time administrative office employee for Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

She is survived by her husband, Vince Bond, and a son.

She was preceded in death by a sister.

A memorial service was held Oct. 26 at Roller Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Graveside services were held Oct. 27 at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.


Clinic teaches ‘cowboy way’ of doing church

HEBER SPRINGS – When you think of going to church, you probably picture a traditional church building with
pews and a steeple. You most likely imagine the standard ways of doing things like worship, evangelism and ministry. But cowboy churches have their own unique way of reaching people for Christ. Cowboy Churches of Arkansas (CCOA) held a Cowboy Church Starting and Leadership Clinic Nov. 6-7 at Mountain Top Cowboy Church in Heber Springs. About 80 people from 13 churches participated. CCOA is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). Attendees learned about things like being a cowboy pastor and the cowboy way of doing evangelism, ministries, worship and church starting. “We wanted to pull all of our cowboy church planters together, and I wanted them to learn from the best – guys that the Lord has anointed,” said Roger Gaunt, church planter strategist with the ABSC church planting team. “Who better to train cowboy church planters and leaders than successful cowboy church planters?” All presenters were Arkansas Baptist cowboy church planters: Donny Hargett, pastor of Calvary Trail Cowboy Church, Louann; Mike Launius, pastor of Rugged Cross Cowboy Church, Magnolia; Tracy Wilson, pastor of Three Trees Cowboy Church, Wynne; Greg Spann, pastor of Cross Bar C Cowboy Church, Benton, and Brad Curtis, pastor of Mountain Top Cowboy Church. “It was very beneficial to be able to talk about common challenges that a cowboy church faces with other cowboy church pastors,” said Hargett. “A full Saturday was given to addressing various areas of ministry within the cowboy church. Cowboy pastors spoke to cowboy church issues and challenges and instructed in steps to take in starting new cowboy churches.” “It was tremendous,” Gaunt said about the clinic. “We received such good compliments on the entire conference – a lot of positive response from those who participated. I think they went away with a very positive outlook on the cowboy church movement in the state.”