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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from InSeasonOut in new member here   
    Welcome!
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    RGVBaptist reacted to Ronda in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Welcome, brother Freeman. I do hope many will respond to the call. It sounds like a wonderful short-term missions experience. I would be tempted to join in myself were it not for the physical impossibility in my case. I will, however, be praying for your mission work. Also for the physical AND spiritual safety of all those involved in work on the border. The timing is a political hotbed of resistance from those who are against President Trump's desire to make the border more secure, as well as the drug lords who oversee the border from the southern side, and also the spiritual wickedness behind both of those forces.

    I will pray that each and every person whom takes part in the mission work there knows and is instructed to put on the full armor of God as detailed in Ephesians 6:10-18. And that the Lord would greatly bless this work, and many would have their eyes opened, and to turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Jesus alone.

    Maranatha!
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  In 2018 we'll be celebrating 10 years on the field.  As part of this celebration we're planning a special event called a "Border Surge".  In essence, we're looking for individuals and groups to join together with us for 8 weeks (or more) of evangelistic outreaches.  We don't expect any one person or group to stay all 8 weeks, of course.  Rather, we are looking to host 8 separate 1-week mission trips back-to-back.  We'd like to have 25 (or more - no limit) participants in each week.  We realize there are very few churches that can send 25 participants by themselves and so we're expecting to combine individuals and groups from multiple churches each week.  Hopefully that all makes sense!
    We are of course reaching out to our supporting churches but given the extent of the need (200 people minimum) I figured I'd also reach out and begin to make new contacts.  We'd love to meet some new folks and work with you in getting the Gospel out in our community.  Of course, I realize you'll want to know a lot more about us and our ministry.  Our personal website is at http://www.RGVBaptist.com. We haven't been on deputation for years so it's somewhat outdated, but at the very least you can find our doctrinal statement there, as well as some basic information regarding our sending church and mission agency.  You can also visit our church website at http://www.IglesiaBautistaEsperanza.org. Don't worry - you have the option to view the site in English or Spanish!
    For more information on the Border Surge itself you can use the following link:
    http://www.rgvbaptist.com/Prayer_Letters/2017_05_May.pdf
    That links to a copy of our most recent prayer letter which includes 3 extra pages of information regarding the Border Surge.
    I apologize for the long post but look forward to getting to know some of you and hopefully having the opportunity to meet you in 2018.  Feel free to respond here, email me at Freemans@RGVBaptist.com or call/text me at (956) 849-4393.
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Sorry about that.  For some reason it added the "." at the end of the sentence to the URL.  I fixed the links!
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Short Term Missions Opportunity   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  In 2018 we'll be celebrating 10 years on the field.  As part of this celebration we're planning a special event called a "Border Surge".  In essence, we're looking for individuals and groups to join together with us for 8 weeks (or more) of evangelistic outreaches.  We don't expect any one person or group to stay all 8 weeks, of course.  Rather, we are looking to host 8 separate 1-week mission trips back-to-back.  We'd like to have 25 (or more - no limit) participants in each week.  We realize there are very few churches that can send 25 participants by themselves and so we're expecting to combine individuals and groups from multiple churches each week.  Hopefully that all makes sense!
    We are of course reaching out to our supporting churches but given the extent of the need (200 people minimum) I figured I'd also reach out and begin to make new contacts.  We'd love to meet some new folks and work with you in getting the Gospel out in our community.  Of course, I realize you'll want to know a lot more about us and our ministry.  Our personal website is at http://www.RGVBaptist.com. We haven't been on deputation for years so it's somewhat outdated, but at the very least you can find our doctrinal statement there, as well as some basic information regarding our sending church and mission agency.  You can also visit our church website at http://www.IglesiaBautistaEsperanza.org. Don't worry - you have the option to view the site in English or Spanish!
    For more information on the Border Surge itself you can use the following link:
    http://www.rgvbaptist.com/Prayer_Letters/2017_05_May.pdf
    That links to a copy of our most recent prayer letter which includes 3 extra pages of information regarding the Border Surge.
    I apologize for the long post but look forward to getting to know some of you and hopefully having the opportunity to meet you in 2018.  Feel free to respond here, email me at Freemans@RGVBaptist.com or call/text me at (956) 849-4393.
     
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Hello Everyone   
     
    I was hoping to stay out of a "restricted" area so that "regular folk" could see the information and respond (not just ministry "leaders").  But, if that's the right place then I'm all in.  I did try to check out the lounge, but that was restricted and said I had to use an APPLY link, which I couldn't find.  Weird.  And I 100% agree with the "causing trouble" comments....both of them!
    That stands for Rio Grande Valley.  Our ministry is in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas.  :)
    We are with Harvest Baptist Missions.  It's a small local-church mission agency out of Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Hello Everyone   
     
    I was hoping to stay out of a "restricted" area so that "regular folk" could see the information and respond (not just ministry "leaders").  But, if that's the right place then I'm all in.  I did try to check out the lounge, but that was restricted and said I had to use an APPLY link, which I couldn't find.  Weird.  And I 100% agree with the "causing trouble" comments....both of them!
    That stands for Rio Grande Valley.  Our ministry is in the Rio Grande Valley of Southern Texas.  :)
    We are with Harvest Baptist Missions.  It's a small local-church mission agency out of Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted, Ohio.
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Alan in Hello Everyone   
    Greetings folks!  I'm a newbie here but I hope I'll find a warm welcome.  My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm a veteran independent Baptist church-planting missionary serving the Lord along the Mexico border in southern Texas (on the US side).  I found y'all through a Google search and am specifically wanting to make a post regarding a search for volunteers for a short-term missions opportunity.  However, I'm not sure where to post such a request.  I looked around, but couldn't decide on a good spot.  Rather than posting that here, and having to have the post moved (since it's obviously not part of my introduction) I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.  Thanks!
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Greetings! ....and a question   
    ​That's kinda the direction I was leading.  I've actually visited Tabernacle before and driven past Marietta.  As to San Angelo, they're about 12 hours north of us.  I've visited there too!  lol
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    RGVBaptist got a reaction from Rosie in Greetings! ....and a question   
    Greetings!  I'm "new" to this board.  Well, I guess not.  I seem to have already had an ID already, although I honestly don't remember when I created it!  So, I'm just claiming to be a new member....
    My name is Aaron Freeman and I'm the pastor at Iglesia Bautista Esperanza, a missionary church plant in Rio Grande City, Texas.  We began this work about 5 years ago and have been very blessed during that time.  We're still small, but we've got a good core of members, our own permanent building and are very hopeful about growth in the coming months/years.
    That's really my purpose for being here today.  I'm interested in researching the possibility of having another family come and serve alongside us here on the field.  This family would be fully involved in the ministry, especially with evangelization, with the husband serving in the capacity of Assistant Pastor. It's obviously not a paid position (since I myself am not paid...I'm still supported through missionary offerings).  Our people are faithful to give, but we serve in one of the poorest counties in the country, and as I already mentioned our congregation is not yet very large.
    Unfortunately, I don't really know where to begin this process of trying to develop a partnership with a family that would be interested in ministering in this area.  Ideally it would be a young family, that would be dedicated to remaining on the mission field indefinitely.  The physical environment here is very taxing, and we've seen that the older an individual is, the less effective they are (not useless by any means, just limited).  I've considered contacting Independent Baptist bible colleges to query regarding soon-to-graduate missions students, but am not sure if that's a prudent investment of my time or not.  So, I've come here.  I'm hoping that perhaps my fellow Independent Baptists can provide some insight/direction.  Or, even better, perhaps a solid contact can be provided!
    I know the provided details are very slim.  I'm more than willing to provide whatever information may be desired, and to speak at length with interested individuals.  Feel free to contact me via this forum, and we can exchange additional contact information (email, phone) so as to have more opportunities for communication.  I look forward to any/all help that may be provided.

    God Bless.
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