The Lord tremendously blessed this year at the Pioneer Summit!
Bro Barry Gautreaux preached outstanding Friday night on "The Call, The Challenge, The Culture, The Cost, & The need to stay Connected.This was a powerful message that should be heard by Pentecostal Pioneers everywhere!
The Seminar on Saturday was tremendous as well. Bro Joseph Snow spoke concerning the desperate need that we all have to stay connected to each other. It was amazing to see how the Lord used him to pick right up where Bro Gautreaux left off on Friday night.
Officer Darin Shipley shared some amazing experiences from his 20 years of service to the Tulsa community, and Bro Ben Baker gave a challenging discourse on getting involved at the local level to make a difference in the direction of our communities.
Thank you to all of those who made the trip to West Plains for this years Summit!
I believe it was the greatest year we have had thus far.
Praise the Lord! He has been gracious and merciful toward us! Psalm 145:8 declares "The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy"
H.O.P.E. project Indianapolis Operations is underway. God has provided a burden for the homeless of our city and we are responding to that burden. More and more of our brothers and sisters in the Lord are being drawn by this burden for the least and the lost.
Some exciting updates to share:
As a direct answer to prayer God has provided a 15 passenger van to help meet transportation needs. This simple purchase of a van came with an unexpected surprise! When the seller became aware of what we were going to use the van for he cut the price, asked how he could help, and he got involved! We will hopefully be able to share some exciting details about his involvement in a future update...
We have been provided with an open door to teach Bible study at a faith-based soup kitchen on Thursday evenings. This unexpected invitation has become a great opportunity to declare the Word of the Lord.
The winter contingency is ending this month so lots of folks will be turned out from the downtown shelters by the 15th of April. This means we will have a lot more individuals needing our love and support in the months ahead. We stand ready and willing to express the love of God in any way He gives us direction.
We will continue to offer guidance, support, and encouragement to our friends in their hour of need. What we are most passionate about however, is planting the seed of the Gospel. Our focus is Christ for He is our greatest need!
Earnestly pray for us that we will continue to allow God to use us for His Glory.
Bro Jared Baker
The Pioneer Summit is a meeting designed for individuals who feel the burden to work in outreach in their home church and beyond.
We believe that America has become the priority mission field.
It is our desire to create an atmosphere where Pastors, Evangelists, Lay preachers, church members, families, youth groups, etc. can come and be stirred to start where you are and get involved in reaching the familiar fields of home.
The American church has been the means which God has used to reach the world for decades, but we must not fail to create a strong Home Missions base as well!
This year we are hosting - The Pioneer Summit - at Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle in West Plains, Mo. On Friday evening there will be a church service in the tabernacle with special guest speaker Rev. Barry Gautreaux - Pioneer Pastor from Pine Prairie, Louisiana. He will be delivering encouragement and instruction, while drawing from his 20 years of experience on the Pioneer Front. Then on Saturday we will go across the street to the church annex building for a Seminar Setting accompanied by a refreshing lunch. We will have 3 special speakers on Saturday:
· Bro Joseph Snow - who has served as a Tulsa Police Chaplain for the last 2 years. He will be speaking specifically on the need for peer support among the ministry - especially as it relates to pioneer ministries. He has received extensive training on the subject and has been used effectively by God to help those who are suffering from P.T.S.D.
· Bro Darin Shipley - who is a 20-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Force. He will speak from a Police Officer’s perspective concerning how a church should positively affect a community. In his years of experience, he has seen first-hand how a church has the potential to influence a crime-stricken community with the powerful message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
· Bro Ben Baker - who is currently serving as the Missouri State Representative for the 160th District. He has previously served as a Councilman of the city of Neosho, as well as the Mayor of Neosho, Missouri. He will discuss the need for conservative Pentecostal Holiness people to get involved in our communities so that we may see a positive change to our local governments.
We would love for you to attend The Pioneer Summit, and if you are planning on coming please R.S.V.P. by May 1st and we will take care of your accommodations. If you would like to pursue your own reservations, please note - The Holiday Inn Express in West Plains has given C.P.T. a special rate of $94.00 per night. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
Maranatha! - The Lord is Coming!
Bro. Jeremy Spurlock - President of Maranatha Missions Inc.
The H.O.P.E. Project is a ministry of Maranatha Missions dedicated to:
Homeless. Outreach. Pioneer. Evangelism.
We have just launched the Hope Project/Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bro. Jared Baker is the head volunteer there and has a tremendous burden for the Homeless community
in Downtown Indy. Please partner with us in prayer for this endevour that God would help us secure a building to further the ministry there.
This is a pic we took of a Pioneer church that we ran across in our travels out west this past year. It still stands at the base of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming - as a reminder of a previous generation that had the burning desire to carry the Gospel into an unfamiliar area. OUR MISSION STATEMENT here at Maranatha Missions is "to encourage the pioneer spirit" among this upcoming generation so that they may take upon them the responsibility of reaching souls for Christ in the forgotten fields of Home!
I pray as we enter into this New Year that God would, more than ever before, put a pioneer spirit in the hearts of this young generation so that they may go forth into unfamiliar territory and build the Kingdom of Heaven!