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1-800-226-9391 A Ministry of Midway Baptist Church Proctor, AR October 2001


The following is an account of the events that happened to us in 1999 in Alabama. We are forever grateful for the difficulty that resulted in our meeting many godly people there.

Today would be the last day of a month-long mission trip to Mexico that my husband Chris (Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Albemarle, North Carolina) and I were making. In about eight more hours we would see our children who were eagerly awaiting our arrival. They were growing impatient with some delays that had caused us to postpone the arrival two days.

The trip had been eventful and full of trials! So as we started out this last day of our trip, it was with anticipation that we would soon be with our family. When the car started jerking and losing speed, my heart sank. Another Trial? But our Father doesn't make mistakes and I knew he was still on the throne. An emergency please for help soon reached the throne of grace. We continued at the speed of 20 mph, hoping we could make it to the next exit. Yeah!! The car made it. Then Christ remembered a card that a missionary friend had given us two years before. It had the name Good Shepherd Baptist Mission on it, and the missionary had told us to call the number if we ever needed help out on the highway. Chris didn't know if the Mission could help us in Alabama, but he thought he would try the number before trying anything else. Soon Brother Easter was on the line (we had broken down at his exit!): and making every necessary arrangement! Through several calls the arrangements were completed: a mechanic was found; a couple from Philadelphia Baptist Church provided a prophet's chamber that was stocked with food (!); another pastor paid for the car rental and our car repairs (!); another pastor provided transportation to the prophet's chamber and his church gave us a love offering (!); and a GSBM representative provided transportation and spent the entire day taking us from Opelika to Tallassee for car rental and delivery of our car to the repair shop! He took us out to eat, and then when we came back a week later to pick up the car, another precious lady provided lodging and a wonderful supper!

Several times I was in tears from overwhelming gratitude for these people who gave and gave and then gave some more! I also was overwhelmed by my loving Heavenly Father's care of sending us to Auburn to break down. There we met such kindness and generosity that I asked Chris if Heaven would be filled like this. Had we not broken down we never would have met them.

Brother Chris and Phyllis Owens


Please Come!

Monday - Tuesday, November 26-27

Midway Baptist Church
Proctor, Arkansas

I-40 from Memphis to Exit 271
HWY 147 South 2 miles - on left
(2022 State HWY 147 South)

Missionary Training School will be held March 24 through March 29 at First Baptist Church in Spencer, Ohio. It is always the week before Easter. This week is an intense one of training the missionary with methods to get to the field A.S.A.P.

If you have those in your church who have expressed God's call to be a missionary and want to know what it is all about, this is the place to get direction. If you have missionaries on deputation and want to know the most effective way to complet deputation and to get on the field, this is the place to get that knowledge. If You as a pastor or assistant pastor want to catch more of the burden of yur missionaries, this is the place to come. Your food and housing will be provided for a total cost of $25.00.

Call or e-mail for an application and brochure.
(256) 329-3436

The $9,000 cost for the training school is paid for by sponsoring churches.

We would like to take this opportunity to praise our Lord for giving us a president for such a time as this. President Bush has shown courage and integrity in dealing with the terrorist attack on our country. Our prayers and sympathy are with the families of those who died on September 11, and our continued prayers are with our leaders and our service men and women.
Please pray: (1)for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to carry on all phases of the GSBM, and (2) for our health and safety as we travel. We need God's wisdom especially as we seek to expand the national pastor's ministry of GSBM and for other doors that open to us.
May God richly bless you.
Dayton Barnes, Founder
Darwin H. Easter, Jr., General Director