Our Involvement in Missions

The following missionaries are those supported by this church through our prayers and regular financial support. We are in cooperation with their supporting and sponsoring church according to the New Testament pattern. If you desire further information regarding any of these missionaries and their work we would be happy to provide you their mailing information or that of their home church. If you know of a link to their web site or monthly mission reports please let us know.

Daniel Rogers - Mozambique
(website)

Edward Fort - Chicago, Illinois
(website)

Tom Montgomery - Mexico
(website)

Tom Hastings - Germany
(website)

Almond Katryan - Berbice, Guyana, South America
(reports)

Wayne Camp - Thailand
(website)

Solomon Rao  Saripalli - India
(web site)

Rivers of Mercy Children's Home
Mexico City
Santa Fe Baptist Church
(website)

 

Bert Craft - Oaxaca, Mexico
(website)

Jeff Lawrence - Australia
(website)

Silas Issa - Australia
(website)

Chito Mendoza - Philippines
(web site)

Dan Roten - Mexico
(web site)

Terry Spears - Philippines
(reports)

Ben Gardner- Brazil
 (web site)

Rodney Spears - Peru
(website)

Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?
by C. H. Spurgeon 1834-1892

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.

From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). That is clear enough  So it would have been if He had added, "and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel." No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to him.

Then again, "He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers .., for the work of the ministry" (Eph. 4:11-12). Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused? The concert has no martyr roll.

Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all his apostles. What was the attitude of the church to the world? Ye are the salt" (Matt. 5:13), not the sugar candy---something the world will spit out not swallow. Short and sharp was the utterance, "Let the dead bury their dead" (Matt. 8:22) He was in awful earnestness. 

Had Christ introduced more of the bright and pleasant elements into his mission, he would have been more popular when they went back, because of the searching nature of His teaching. I do not hear him say, "Run after these people Peter and tell them we will have a different style of service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick Peter, we must get the people somehow." Jesus pitied sinners, sighed and wept over them, but never sought to amuse them.

In vain will the Epistles be searched to find any trace of this gospel of amusement! Their message is, "Come out, keep out, keep clean out!" Anything approaching fooling is conspicuous by its absence. They had boundless confidence in the gospel and employed no other weapon.

After Peter and John were locked up for preaching, the church had a prayer meeting but they did not pray, "Lord grant unto thy servants that by a wise and discriminating use of innocent recreation we may show these people how happy we are." If they ceased not from preaching Christ, they had not time for arranging entertainments. Scattered by persecution, they went everywhere preaching the gospel. They turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). That is the only difference! Lord, clear the church of all the rot and rubbish the devil has imposed on her, and bring us back to apostolic methods.

Lastly, the mission of amusement fails to effect the end desired. It works havoc among young converts. Let the careless and scoffers, who thank God because the church met them halfway, speak and testify. Let the heavy laden who found peace through the concert not keep silent! Let the drunkard to whom the dramatic entertainment has been God's link in the chain of the conversion, stand up! There are none to answer. The mission of amusement produces no converts. The need of the hour for today's ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root. The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire.

Pray for the Churches In California
by W. L. Brown 10-30-07

To be honest, I have not done a serious study of churches I would consider scriptural in the entire state of California. But I do know of only about fifteen churches across the entire state that are churches I would consider to be sound in the faith as to church truth and sovereign grace. There are many many churches that are straight on the church but antagonistic to sovereign grace. There are several that are sovereign grace but antagonistic to church truth. Please pray for us in this land of selfish absorption. Satan seeks to destroy anything that is designed to give glory and honor to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Pray that we will continue to stand fast, and contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints. Pray that we will not be guilty of calling down fire from heaven upon our own brethren. And pray that we will not devour our sister churches with the teeth of man made laws.

Do You Have A Heart For Missions?
by W. L. Brown 10-30-07

Missions is evangelizing the lost whether it be on the foreign field, our country, or on our own block, in our town or city. It is giving the answer of the reason for the hope that dwells in us. It is preaching how that Christ died for our sins. according to the Scriptures. It is preaching how Christ was buried and rose again from the grave, according to the Scriptures. It is preaching the gospel. We are praying that God will raise men up right here or call some to come serve God here in California. We want to be used of the Lord. Perhaps the Lord might burden you to serve him according to the pattern of the New Testament. We are praying that God will send us someone who would like to help in seeing strict particular Baptist churches formed from a biblical material. Are you interested?