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Fanning the Flame in Missouri

In the Spring of 2021, the Western Missouri Operation Andrew Project began with Director of Missions Woody Wilson and churches of the Osage River Baptist Association saying “Yes,” to God’s call to reach their communities and neighborhoods with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through a partnership with International Commission.

On Thursday, September 30th a team of two IC Strategists and 24 participants from multiple states arrived for an opening rally with seven churches at Rich Hill Baptist Church. From October 1st through 4th the teams made Operation Andrew home visits, door-to-door visits, youth pizza parties, community events in the park, and Sunday church services where they shared the gospel with 950 people. 108 of those people accepted Christ as their Savior and secured a life of eternity with God in Heaven. Seven pastors were encouraged, church members were challenged and a flame was fanned in western Missouri.

When you light the corner of a sheet of paper with fire, the flame spreads and consumes the paper. The flame never went out in Missouri, but was waiting to be fanned for God’s Word to go out and consume the “paper” which are the communities in and around the cities of Drexel, Ft. Scott, Butler, Nevada, and El Dorado.

Praise the Lord for seven obedient pastors and churches, 26 willing disciples, and most importantly, 108 new brothers and sisters in Christ! God is good.

by Penny Swanson

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