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Internship at BMA America

By Mati Spencer

I have always loved to write.

There’s just something about interweaving nouns with verbs, clauses with phrases, that allows me a great depth of freedom and creativity. This childhood interest soon turned to passion, though, when I decided I wanted to spend the rest of my life weaving together stories, specifically stories about the Lord.

Originally I wanted to enter into the political or investigative journalism fields. I knew the adrenaline rush from tracking down and discovering vital information would be addictive, yet I also knew I would eventually tire of the constant stream of corruption and lies that I would have to feed my readers.

After much prayer, I decided there was only one topic I could never tire of writing about, that I would consider a privilege to give to those who read the stories I had crafted. That topic was the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When considering a college that would equip me for writing about the Lord, Central Baptist College stood out. With its close proximity to the BMA America offices and its caring journalism staff, I soon began attending this school in Conway, Arkansas, three hours from my hometown of Washburn, Missouri.

I continued to grow in my knowledge and love of all aspects of journalism, taking classes and working for the Tower school newspaper. In my junior year of college, I applied for and received an internship at the BMA of America, where I am now learning under Holly Meriweather in their media department.

In this internship, I am completely at Holly’s disposal, observing what she does, and learning how to work in media ministry. I copyedit and proofread materials distributed by the BMA, including articles for mission:world magazine and Compass literature from DiscipleGuide.

I have also worked in raising awareness for Lifeword Sunday, and the new sponsorship program Lifeword is beginning for businesses and organizations to support the ministry.

Undoubtedly, God had a plan when he gave me a passion for him and a passion for writing. He knew I would desire to write for him and graciously led me to my current internship at BMA America. When I graduate from CBC in 2017, I will use the information learned in my internship and my undergraduate classes to share with people the hope of the world: Jesus Christ.

(Note by Holly Meriweather: Brandon Cox, pastor at Grace Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, encouraged Mati, who did not grow up in a BMA church, to consider CBC. We have appreciated her work at Lifeword and BMA Development and look forward to her continued internship in the fall semester after her summer-long mission work in Haiti.)

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BMA America Recognized by Best Christian Workplace Institute

BCI_Certified_2016_ClearBest Christian Workplace Institute (BCWI) has recognized the Baptist Missionary Association (BMA) of America Global Ministry Center (GMC) as a Certified Best Christian Workplace for 2016. Four BMA departments and agencies are housed at the GMC in Conway, Arkansas: BMA Foundation, BMA Missions, DiscipleGuide and Lifeword. The Certified status reflects a “healthy-to-flourishing” culture, meeting predetermined standards of excellence through a formal employee engagement survey.

The detailed, fifty-question survey model measures eight essential factors of a thriving, healthy culture including Life-Giving Work, Outstanding Talent, Uplifting Growth and Development, Rewarding Compensation, Inspirational Leadership, Fantastic Teams, Sustainable Strategy, and Healthy Communication. “Attaining BCWI Certification is not easy,” said BCWI President Al Lopus. “About half of the organizations we survey achieve Certification, and many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction.”

The leadership team at the GMC uses the results of the annual survey to gain valuable input from employees to aid in their quest to model servant leadership and to strive for continuous improvement in the organizational culture. To see the institute’s complete list, use this link: http://www.bcwinstitute.org/bcwlists.html.

A Meaningful Way to Honor Your Mother

Smiling daughter with her motherBy Charles Attebery
Executive Director BMA Foundation

Are you looking for a more meaningful way to honor your mother on Mother’s Day this year? Why not make a contribution to the BMA Foundation in her honor? Your contribution will never be spent. It will be invested, and only the earnings from the contribution will be used to help all or any of the BMA departments and agencies as you specify. If your mother is deceased, a contribution to the Foundation in her memory would be most appropriate and meaningful.

Your contribution can help BMA Missions send missionaries throughout the world; help Lifeword Media Ministries spread the gospel by radio, television and the internet; help DiscipleGuide provide much-needed resources to BMA churches; help BMA Theological Seminary train pastors, teachers and missionaries; help Ministers Resource Services provide retirement services to pastors, church staff members and denominational employees; and help the Moral Action Agency articulate our beliefs on very important issues of our day. In assisting these departments and agencies, you will be helping build God’s Kingdom as the departments and agencies assist BMA churches in carrying out the Great Commission.

Contributions should be mailed to P.O. Box 1188, Conway, Arkansas 72033, along with contact information for anyone you would like us to notify regarding your contribution.

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Oklahoma Storm Relief

We have arranged several ways for you to help with the storm relief efforts in the Moore, Oklahoma area.

1. You can donate funds online at www.bmamissions.org by designating your funds to the Disaster Relief category and noting that you would like your donation to be given directly to the Oklahoma Relief Effort. We do want to ensure you that there is no overhead and that your entire donation will be given directly to the relief effort as designated.

2. If you are in the Central Arkansas area, you can bring donations to Lifeword. There are some Lifeword staff members who will be heading to OK next week to assist with the efforts and will gladly carry any donations with them.

3. Southgate Baptist Church, a BMA Church in Moore, will be our source for information on what we can do in the area. That will let us know how we can continue to help in the best way possible as things change and get underway in the next couple of days. We will operate directly through our local church throughout the relief efforts. Contacting Southgate on ways you can help would be a great source if you are considering sending donations or teams to help in the relief effort. Southgate is pastored by Bro. Doug Brewer

More information will be added as we continue to get updates from Southgate Baptist Church.

 

Items that are needed and are being taken as donations.

Baby formula
Bug spray
Bungee cords
Deodorant
Disposable cameras (for insurance claims) Disposable gloves

Dry Food
Face Masks
Gatorade
Feminine hygiene products
Hand sanitizer
Individual wrapped snacks
Pet supplies
Plastic storage containers of all sizes with lids Pre-paid cell phones
Sunscreen
Towels
Trash bags
Tylenol/Aleve/Ibuprofen
Usable tarps of all sizes
Visa money cards
Wal-mart gift cards
Wash clothes/hand towels
Wipes
Bottled Water
Diapers
Clothes (children’s clothes especially) Non-Perishable food items

Where:

Lifeword Media Ministries – 611 Locust Ave
Antioch Baptist Church – 150 Amity Rd
Central Baptist College – 1501 College Ave
Conway Copies – 2505 Donaghey

When:

1st trip to Moore – Leaving May 26 @ 3 from Lifeword

2nd trip to Moore – Leaving June 1st from Antioch

 

Click here to download the information sheet for Oklahoma Storm Relief.