Terry Long, who serves the Choctaw Baptist Association, shared with me several months ago that he was burdened about the need for an African-American church plant in his area.
After several conversations and a trip over to share with the leadership of the association, it is now becoming a reality.
While there, we toured the building where Terry has now begun a Bible study with four the first week and 14 the second!
Several churches and the association have already begun to give toward this effort.
A group from First Baptist Church, Prattville, linked arms with a local team to lead a mission Vacation Bible School in July led by Steve and Becky Marcereau.
Terry says, “Henry Blackaby was right: Just find where God is at work and join Him!”
There is still a lot of work to be done in Choctaw County, such as finding the planter/pastor for this new church and getting him through the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions process for funding. This involves assessment of his readiness to plant, training, and coaching.
I cannot wait to see what the Lord will do through this new work in the future!