Volunteers plant Gospel seeds in Calgary

“. . . Behold, a sower went out to sow . . .” –Matthew 13:3 (NKJV)

pst-albertaA girl had a question following a devotion led by Karen Sanders during a camp in Calgary, Canada. Why, she wondered, did one of the men on a cross get to go to Heaven with Jesus? After Sanders explained the concept of forgiveness, the girl said she understood and went off to play. “I have no doubt,” Sanders said, “a seed was planted in the heart of that child.”

Sanders had stepped out of her comfort zone to take on that role. “I felt somewhat inadequate to lead a devotion,” she said, but she let God take control and He worked through her to share thoughts about forgiveness.

cropped-Multiply-Logo-Trans-1Sanders and other members of Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, La., spent July 15-19, 2018, in Calgary, holding two soccer camps and an end-of-camp block party. The activities were part of Temple’s ongoing partnership with Multiply Church, a church plant in Calgary. Mission teams from Temple travel to Calgary to supplement the efforts of Multiply Church’s four staff members. Like Temple’s youth group that earlier this year distributed 45,000 door hangers to promote Multiply Church’s activities, the volunteers plant seeds and trust that the Lord will provide a harvest.

The Gospel’s seeds were scattered among all ages — not just children. Sanders remembered a man who sat by his daughter during the devotion time. He was attentive during the session despite previously not having been receptive to the Gospel. Now back in Louisiana, she prays that Multiply Church will water the seed that was planted in his heart and that he will accept the salvation that Jesus offers.

As is always true of Temple’s mission trips, this one affected the visitors from Louisiana as well as the Canadian residents. “God tugged on my heart,” Sanders said, causing her to re-evaluate what she does in day-to-day situations.

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Launch sessions set for new international mission team members

Two training sessions are scheduled for members of Temple Baptist Church who want to participate in international mission trips for the first time. Interested individuals may attend either of the sessions listed below, but attendance at one session is mandatory for participation in future international mission efforts.

  • Sunday Aug. 5, 2018, at 4:45 p.m., Room 81
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at 6:45 p.m., Room 81

For more information, contact Ben Jernigan at 255-3745 or ben@temple.life.

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Temple teams active in Louisiana, Canada, Asia

One mission team from Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, La., concludes its overseas trip in the early part of this week, while two other teams are active all week — one in south Louisiana and the other in Canada.

The East Asia Mission Trip, which began Thursday, July 5, will end as the team returns Tuesday, July 17. Please pray for the team’s safe return.

Opera Snapshot_2018-07-16_132938_www.missionlab.comMeanwhile, the Junior High Mission Trip has 32 students (seventh – ninth grades) and adults in New Orleans, La. July 15-20 to share the Gospel in a variety of ways. Backyard Bible Clubs are being held in the mornings. Afternoon activities include ministry to homeless people, helping in food pantries and working in yards. Temple’s group is working with MissionLab of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the activities. Temple’s Youth and Recreation Minister, John Nugent, wrote in The Tidings, “Every year we have participated with MissionLab, our teenagers have led people to Christ.” Please pray that this week’s efforts will be similarly effective.

cropped-Multiply-Logo-Trans-1Much farther north, the Calgary Family Mission Trip has Temple folks in Calgary, Canada, July 14-20 to work with Temple’s mission partner Multiply Church. This week’s activities follow by about a month a Temple youth group’s trip that canvassed neighborhoods and placed approximately 45,000 door hangers to promote Multiply Church and its summer activities. The group this week will build on the foundation laid by the youth, helping Multiply Church in its outreach activities in Calgary. Please pray for success in their efforts in reaching unsaved people.

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Reaching out through new shoes

A first-grade girl made direct eye contact with the woman who had washed her feet and was then putting new shoes on them. “You will all be blessed,” the girl said.

That moment made a lasting impression on Challys Williams, a Temple Baptist Church member who helped with the Samaritan’s Feet outreach at Cypress Springs Elementary School in Ruston, La., recently. “Oh, what a precious little girl,” Williams said. “May we stop to pray for her and the others to receive salvation.”

Samaritan's Feet logo 1The recent project was Temple’s first time working with Samaritan’s Feet. That organization (which is not affiliated with Samaritan’s Purse) “serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities,” as stated on its website.

Helping to provide shoes for children is one way in which Temple’s people reach out in Jesus’ name to Ruston and its surrounding communities. John 13 records His setting the example for Christians as He washed the feet of His disciples.

Williams related a second anecdote from the project, one that involved two brothers. The boys are active in their church, so they were familiar with the scripture as she reminded them of Jesus’ example of humility and service in ministry. She encouraged them to follow that example for their mother, and she later heard them talking about washing each other’s feet. Williams observed: “Oh, don’t you know our Lord was enjoying seeing His little children catching a nugget of His truth? Pray that they will live His truth every day.”

The socks and shoes that children received in the Samaritan’s Feet project will one day wear out and be discarded. With God’s blessing, however, the spiritual truths that they received will grow and prosper in their lives.


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College students scatter to serve

Students from Temple’s college ministry have left their comfort zones to serve God in mission opportunities not only in Louisiana but also in other states and in other countries in the summer of 2018. Please pray for these young people.

  • Aldin Brady, Calgary, Canada
  • Kayla Clark, Houston, Texas
  • Camille Cole, Eunice, Louisiana
  • Michael Dickson, Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Andrew Ebeyer, Calgary, Canada
  • Lauren Fletcher, Eunice, Louisiana
  • Garrett Gibson, Benton, Louisiana
  • Zach Harper, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Miranda Howland, Hunt, Texas
  • Clay Hudson, Eunice, Louisiana
  • Hannah Jones, Chicago, Illinois
  • Maggie Jones, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Stephen Kessler, Calgary, Canada
  • Meredith Nichols, Tyler, Texas
  • Jaina Robinson, Calgary, Canada
  • Connor Scott, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Emily Seabaugh, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sarah Beth Sewell, Eunice, Louisiana
  • Hyder Spence, Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Mitchell Spillers, Flint, Texas
  • Ashley Swofford, West Palm Beach, Florida

Students summer 2018

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Temple team aids Los Angeles ministry

Smartphone technology helped to overcome a language barrier as Temple members ministered in Los Angeles in early June 2018.

An opportunity accompanied by a problem arose while Scott Felder and Taylor Davis passed out free bottles of water on a hot day in downtown Burbank. When a Spanish-speaking man wanted to pay for the water, they tried to convince him that it was free, but they spoke no Spanish and he spoke no English. As efforts to communicate continued, a translation app on Felder’s phone and a Bible app on the man’s phone played a key role when he and Felder located scripture passages from Isaiah and Ephesians, which led the man to make motions indicating that he prays to God.

Felder summed up his feelings after the exchange by saying, “It warmed my heart that he was as into [Christianity] as I was, and that I got to share what I did with this Spanish-speaking gentleman.”


Spencer Morris and Scott Felder prepare to distribute free doughnuts to passersby.

Felder and Davis were part of a group that left Ruston on June 4 and returned on June 10. While in the Los Angeles area, they helped with outreach efforts of the Story City Church, one of Temple’s mission partners. The group’s members worked not only in Burbank, but also in adjacent areas, such as North Hollywood and Pasadena. The two-a-day projects (morning and afternoon) included giving out free movie tickets, free ice cream and free doughnuts in addition to water. “These were all great ways of getting people’s attention,” Felder said, “filling basic needs, and sharing the love of God and our story with the Californian people.”

Jason Walsworth wrote in The Tidings that during the week the group also distributed almost 800 cards inviting people to the church and painted an apartment that will be used to house the church’s staff.

Story City Church logoFelder noted that outreach is always on the minds of the staff at Story City Church, starting with pastor Matt Lawson and extending through all staff members. “Every time we met with anyone on staff,” he said, “they always wanted to think of how they can continue to impact the community around them for the Kingdom’s cause.”

Beyond the benefits to the local church plant, Temple’s people came home feeling beneficial results in their own lives. Felder said, “God tore down many barriers on this trip, such as comfort, prejudice and even language.” He added that God used the team members’ skills in special ways and prepared the hearts of the people to hear His message from the folks from Louisiana.

Story City Church stage

Story City Church holds worship services in the Colony Theater in downtown Burbank, California. Equipment is set up each week for services, then taken down and stored until the next Sunday’s services.

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Helping to clean up after flood in Monroe

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On April 24, over 100 Temple members served our community in the name of Jesus during Released. We had seven different projects: Disaster Relief Mud-out, Bethel School, Senior Yardwork 1-3, Homebound visits and Rolling Hills. Thanks to all who came out to serve. Special thanks go out to our project coordinators: Loy Seal, Woodie Cooper, Bob Myers, Dustin Alexander, Tim McCarthy, Dale Oden, and John Nugent.

DSC_8781 - Copy.jpgOne unique project from this past Released was the Disaster Relief Mud-out project. This project was headed up on the Temple side by Loy Seal, and worked in partnership with Rolling Hills and Alabama Disaster Relief.

The team of 13 worked all afternoon in the home of a family affected by the flooding in mid-March.

DSC_8824 - CopyDue to the high volume of disaster relief requests, their house sat nearly untouched for over a month. Our team was able to rip out drywall and shiplap from five rooms to get the house ready for restoration.

In addition, they had the chance to encourage and pray with the couple, who are members of Firs t Baptist, Schwartz.

–John King, Minister of Missions

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Missionary appointment service to be shown at Temple

IMB stream

This year, for the first time, the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention will stream an appointment service for new missionaries. The service can be viewed in Room 216 at Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, La., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2016.

Click here for a brief message from IMB President David Platt inviting you to celebrate and share in this event.

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‘Voice of the Martyrs’ conference set

Voice of the Martyrs conferenceTemple members are invited to attend the Advance Regional Conference of The Voice of the Martyrs March 5, 2016. See the adjacent image for location and schedule.

Registration can be done online or by phone (800-747-0085). There is no charge for attending. An offering will be taken during the conference.

Featured speakers will be:

  • Gracia Burnham — While serving as missionaries in the Philippines, Gracia and her husband, Martin, were kidnapped by a militant Muslim group and held captive for 376 days.
  • Brother John — Born in Syria, Brother John is a part of God’s great work in bringing Arab people to a true, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in war-torn Syria.
  • Dr. Hormoz Shariat — Dr. Hormoz Shariat, who came to the United States in 1979, is the founder of Iran Alive Ministries. His satellite TV broadcasts reach millions in the Middle East and Europe.
  • Sarah Liu — Sarah Liu lived a life of faith in her homeland of China. Her unapologetic Christian beliefs ultimately led to her arrest, torture and imprisonment for six years.
  • Amy Shreve (Worship Music) — Music and worship.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration, access to the resource center and prayer.

Lunch will be on your own from noon to 1:15 p.m. at area restaurants.

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Food collected for Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home

Along with many other Baptist churches in Louisiana, Temple recently collected food for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home as part of the home’s annual Fall Food Roundup. The picture below shows the items as they awaited pickup for delivery to the home.

2015 Fall Food Roundup

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