ABCHomes' emergency home celebrates 30 years in Judsonia

JUDSONIA – Baptist supporters of children and families in crisis looked back on three decades of ministry Aug. 30 as the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) celebrated its 30th year in Judsonia.

More than 120 people gathered at the Judsonia Emergency Receiving Home for a 30th anniversary open house and retirement reception for longtime staff member Juanita Gay.

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850 volunteers serve Arkadelphia area during Ouachita’s Tiger Serve Day

ARKADELPHIA – A total of 850 students, faculty and staff gathered Saturday, Sept. 26, at the new home of Ouachita Baptist University’s Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community to kick off the university’s fall 2015 Tiger Serve Day.

The student-led initiative hosted each semester by the Elrod Center has produced more than 70,000 volunteer service hours since the first Tiger Serve Day was launched in 1997. This semester’s volunteers sported T-shirts featuring the Tiger Serve Day theme Serve Your Socks Off.

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400 attend Golden Age Conference at WBC

WALNUT RIDGE – A crowd of about 400 clapped along with a bluegrass gospel band and were encouraged by two messages Thursday, Sept. 24, at the second annual Golden Age Conference at Williams Baptist College.  The event is organized by Baptist associations in the region.

The Lindsey Family, a bluegrass band from Kentucky, entertained the crowd for the second year in a row with their gospel performance.

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80 people saved, 1,500 participate at Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip

TAKING INSPIRATION from the event’s namesake Scripture passage, Arkansas Baptists came out in force Sept. 12 for an Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip held throughout the Red River Baptist Association – recording 80 salvations.

More than 1,500 people attended the event, which took place in parks, nursing homes, churches, schools, neighborhoods and businesses in and around Arkadelphia, Hope, Prescott, Bismarck and Gurdon.

Activities and outreaches included block parties complete with bounce houses, face painting, crafts, games, hamburgers and hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones; medical and dental clinics in which 185 patients were served; nursing home ministry, and prison ministry.

In all, 80 people accepted Christ during the area-wide outreach, including 18 inmates at two local jails and two nursing home residents. In addition, 17 people rededicated their lives during the event.

Jennifer Bryant, a member First Baptist Church, Fordyce, along with her husband, Keith, and three children, made the Acts 1:8 One Day event their family’s first mission trip together.

“We had a great weekend showing God’s unconditional love to others,” she said. “We came home to celebrate with our church family over answered prayers inside the church. We finished with the Lord’s Supper – a great way to finish a mission day! If we obey God and do what He has called us to do, His blessing are without limits. Acts 1:8 mission day is a blessing for Keith and I.”
According to Breck Freeman, Arkansas Baptist State Convention community missions strategist and missions team member, there were multiple instances in which God moved in the lives of the men and women involved in the event.

Freeman said a 28-year-old man, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, was saved and told volunteers that he wanted to have a “real relationship with Christ”; one little girl got down on her knees in the street to pray to accept Christ, and a senior adult woman who accepted Christ said she had been sitting and waiting for someone to share Jesus with her.

“The Acts 1:8 One Day Missions Trip was a great success in the Red River (Baptist) Association. We rejoice in the over 1,500 missionaries who came and the 80 people that received Christ as personal Savior in those communities,” said Freeman, adding:
“We now are looking forward to the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip in Greene County (Baptist Association) on Oct. 3. May God continue His mighty work across our state.”


Grigsby new ABSC church planting strategist

LITTLE ROCK – Chad Grigsby, former church planter and pastor at Compass Church in Batesville, has been named northwest Arkansas church planting strategist for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC).
In his new role, Grigsby is tasked with helping existing ABSC churches in northwest Arkansas plant new churches and support existing church plants.

GrigsbyHe will also work with church planters, helping them stay connected to one another and providing them coaching and resources.

“We are excited to have Chad Grigsby join the church planting team of the ABSC. Chad is a young, creative thinker with a solid SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) pedigree and connects well with both our younger church planters and our established churches,” said Tim Wicker, ABSC church planting team leader.

“The last six years that I’ve been involved in a church plant have been some of the best of my life. I have a passion for the local Church and planting more churches,” said Grigsby.

“Northwest Arkansas has grown exponentially in the last 10-15 years. The need for more churches to keep up with the growth is staggering. … The challenges are many, but the opportunities far outweigh them,” he said.

Grigsby served as church planter and directional pastor of teaching and shepherding at Compass Church in Batesville from 2009 to 2015.

He served at Lifeway Church in Arlington, Tenn., as worship pastor from 2004-2006 and lead pastor from 2006 to 2009.

Grigsby holds a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tenn., and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministry from Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. He has been married to his wife, Jessica, since 2010. The couple has one child, Ezra.

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