Thursday, May 31, 2012

THE GOSPEL & false conversions

My brother-in-law sent this video to me the other day. It is excellent. You should watch it.

In this message, Mark Dever, speaking to pastors and missionaries at the most recent "T4G Conference", highlighted the danger and damage of false conversions calling themselves part of the Church.

I have shared concerns about false conversions in previous articles (here, here, here and here) and so I won't belabor the point here. This serves as an excellent conclusion to this series on the Gospel, discipleship and evangelism, and I strongly recommend taking the time to take it in.

Monday, May 28, 2012

THE GOSPEL & giving answer

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the single greatest treasure in our universe. As Christians sold out for the Gospel, it is our God called responsibility to, as clearly and adequately as we are able to present the Gospel to our World, completely and correctly. Certainly we don't require a doctorate in theology to do so, but as God's Word calls us, we must be prepared to teach and disciple.

I feel very strongly about the importance of receptor based communication of the Gospel. That is to say, teaching the Gospel in such a way that the Biblical truth is understood as clearly by those learning as it is intended to be communicated by those teaching. Over the course of the past several months I have written a series of articles that talk about just what it means to be prepared to disciple and to teach clearly and completely. It is important to always keep in mind that God is sovereign and He can certainly work for His Glory in all kinds of circumstances and through various means of evangelism. No matter how well prepared we may feel, we are babbling infants compared to God and His Word. But there is no adequate excuse for not doing the work we are called to as Christians (Luke 14:12-24), and we should do everything we can, using our gifts, talents, abilities and resources, to give our very best to Him; in our time, in our study and in our relationships.

Communication is about communicating.
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;"
I Peter 3:15
The following articles are most efficiently read in order;
THE GOSPEL & easy believeism
THE GOSPEL & the altar call
THE GOSPEL & the sinners prayer
THE GOSPEL & Biblical worldview
THE GOSPEL & chronological teaching
THE GOSPEL & proselytizing
THE GOSPEL & animism
THE GOSPEL & false conversions

THE GOSPEL & animism

"Animism is "The belief that personal spiritual beings and impersonal spiritual forces have power over human affairs and, consequently, that human beings must discover what beings and forces are influencing them in order to determine future action and, frequently, to manipulate their power." (Van Rheenen, 1991, p. 20) This definition assumes that an interaction exists between the divine and the human, the sacred and the profane, the holy and the secular. Personal spiritual beings and impersonal spiritual forces are thought to be everywhere shaping what happens in the world. Humans with this worldview employ divination to determine what powers are impacting their lives and manipulate this power for their own benefit. The essence of Animism is power—power of the ancestor to control those of his lineage, power of an evil eye to kill a newborn or ruin a harvest, power of planets to affect earthly destiny, power of the demonic to possess a spiritist, power of magic to control human events, power of impersonal forces to heal a child or make a person wealthy."
~International Journal of Frontier Missions, VOL 10:4 OCT. 1993
I will not try to expand on this definition of animism, as I would do it disservice. Suffice it to say that animism is a worldview of fear that holds to the belief that there are spirits connected with inanimate objects (trees, rocks, plants), earthly forces (wind, rain, sun, moon), and animals. These spirits hold power over us, yet can be controlled by our actions (dances, gifts, sacrifices etc.) and lived at peace with. (Romans 1:25)

An excellent simple example of an animistic tradition in Western culture is Santa Claus. It may seem laughable at first, because as a culture, even sometimes in the church, we have made light of this friendly spirit. But if you step back and examine just what is involved with the tradition of St. Nicholas you will see that it is an animistic ritual. Santa Claus is a spirit, that has authority over mankind in that he determines who is good and who is bad and rewards them accordingly. Santa Claus is omniscient and knows everything that all human beings do, yet he can be appeased and controlled by our behaviours throughout the year and by the simple act of leaving him cookies and milk on the eve of a Christian holiday. This tradition is ripe with the marks of animism, yet we accept it and make light of it because it is fun and familiar.

Another excellent example of animism can be found in the film Avatar. I do not wish to endorse the film per sé, however it does a fine job of highlighting the animistic ideas of connected spirits and the worship of impersonal forces (ie: nature, the tree of life etc.).

An animist will certainly not have just one or two spirits, they will have a tiered collection of perceived spirits, with whom they will have varying levels of interaction and relationship. It is important to note, that animists will not reject a new spirit that is presented to them, because it would be dangerous, even foolish to do so. Reject a spirit and you miss the opportunity to control it, and it may hurt you or bring you unfavourable luck.

There is a great deal that could be said about animism, indeed volumes have been written. But for the sake of this introduction, let this serve as an overview. Through it, hopefully you can clearly see the importance of a clear, studied gospel presentation to an animist. If Christ is simply presented as a spirit that can do us some good if we but pray a prayer, an animist would be crazy to reject Him, would recite the prayer and move on into a syncretistic, tainted and false understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Possibly insulating him/her against ever really coming to a genuine repentance and relationship with the Lord of Hosts. It is so very important to take the time to teach, to disciple and to present Faith in God as a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christianity is something completely different than anything else the world has to offer. But, to make such a presentation, the work of understanding the animists worldview through discipleship is vitally important.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

THE GOSPEL & proselytizing

proselytizeverb [pros-uh-li-tahyz]
To convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte;  recruit.
proselytenoun [pros-uh-lahyt]
A person who has changed from one opinion, religious belief, sect, or the like, to another; convert.
Why proselytize? Recently on Facebook I observed a conversation initiated by a comment made by an acquaintance of mine. I think it paints a fairly accurate picture of how proselytizing is often received in our culture.
"Why do religious people always *(insert explicative)* talk about God and crap.... I never hear the rest of us talking about how He is not real, do ya now!!!!"
The subsequent comments were generally supportive of this sentiment, many laden with foul language and offering various aggressive ways in which to respond to someone talking about "religion". There is an illustrative point here that I will get to, but first there is the bigger question of, why evangelize at all? Clearly the world doesn't want to hear from us. (John 14:24, John 15:21)

I believe there are three excellent answers to the question "Why proselytize"; and there very well may be a plethora, but these are the very best reasons why we should proselytize, so I will limit this blog to just these.

Number One
First and foremost, it is a command of God that we teach and disciple. There is no greater reason to do anything than that it is a command of our Almighty Father.
"And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." Mark 16:15-16
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8
Number Two
The second reason that we should proselytize, although further reasons are not necessary beyond the first, is that, as believers, we should be filled with the Love of God and have no greater desire than to have that flow from us and share with all those who do not know Christ. Another command of God is found in Mark;
"And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Here we are commanded to love God and in loving God, love others as ourselves. We have no greater treasure than that which is in Christ Jesus. To love another as ourselves is to share in every way possible, all of the truth of the Gospel with our neighbours. Our love for God (and His for us), our desire to serve Him in our all, naturally becomes a lifestyle of presenting Him.

Number Three
The third reason I feel that we, as followers of Christ, should proselytize is because our world is so very dark and full of false religions, false teachers and humanistic philosophies. This is not a new situation. Heretical religions, false teachers and the over inflated importance of self have all been opposing forces of God since Eve was first deceived in the garden (Genesis 3:1-24, Deuteronomy 11:16, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4). Eve was tempted with self, selfish gain and self indulgence. The serpent offered her the opportunity to be "like God", when in fact, if Eve had considered this at all, she would have realized that she had already been created in God's image (Genesis 1:27). This deception of the Devil was his first lie and continues to be his most powerful weapon. Today we hear and see nothing more predominant than the value and importance of self, and rights and equality, all of which are pieces of an over arching cultural worldview that is contrary to God's Word and the Biblical worldview. False teachers are a blight in this world and serve to turn people aside from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and they have been poisoning the earth for thousands of years (Ezekiel 22:28). Today still, false teachers serve only to lead people astray, and they will ultimately be held accountable (James 3:1-9). A friend of mine, Sean Crowe, is writing an excellent blog series on false teachers, you can read part one of the multi-part series by clicking HERE (and I highly recommend that you read through his series). As Sean makes clear in his articles, the greatest danger of false teachers is that they speak in the name of Christianity, yet their teachings are directly contrary to the teachings of scripture.

Aside from false teachers, we must also contend with false religions and cults, some of the most prevalent being Islam, Mormonism, and Jehovah's Witness; but there are many. We must be aware of false teachers, false religions and humanism and be prepared ourselves to respond when confronted with their philosophies;
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." ~ 2 Timothy 2:15.
Here I have presented three great reasons to proselytize, and over the course of this blog series I have shared some of what I feel are the most effective ways (here and here), and some of the ineffective ways (here, here and here), of doing so. But, the comments associated with the Facebook quote at the top of this article do draw attention to some important facts. We, as Christians are a reflection of Christ, yet we seem bent on evangelizing as quickly, efficiently and conveniently as possible; instead of following the commands of Christ in Mark 12:28-31, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:15-16. This can often serve only to turn people off from hearing the Gospel. It is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1-2) to take the time (spending our lives as living sacrifices; which is our purpose before God) to build those relationships and teach the Gospel clearly and appropriately. Penn Jillette is an ardent atheist and is very outspoken with his opinions and philosophies, yet he echoes some important truth about proselytizing, and doing so in a manner that is reflective of Christ. Have a look for yourself;

Evangelism and proselytizing is about so much more than simply hiding tracts in books at the bookstore, wearing quasi-evangelistic t-shirts or going door to door. Although there may be a time and place for those activities, God's Word calls us to disciple, to build relationships and lovingly and respectfully share His Word. We should never engage in these activities while ignoring the needs and opportunities afforded us in our workplace and community to build discipling relationships. If we are living our lives in a context of godliness then we are naturally going to seize every opportunity to share the Love of Christ, but it must always be done in such a way as to not diminish the message.

The world does not want to know Christ or the Gospel (John 15:18-25,), it is our task, as believers, to make them hear (Matthew 10:16). I should point out that this can often lead people into living lives akin to the "social gospel", which is a philosophy that teaches that the world can "see Christ" in our actions alone and we need never actually verbally burden people with the Truth. I am in no way endorsing this, although we are to live lives reflective of Christ, we are commanded to disciple and teach (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16) which is strong language for go and adequately communicate the Gospel in word and deed. There is a great book that deals with the subject of apologetics and evangelism, Ask Them Why by Jay Lucas. His book deals with some of the difficulties in communicating with the world's philosophies.

God calls us to be good stewards, this can be seen in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:12-28). We have been given a precious gift (Psalm 32:1-2, Romans 4:7-8, Romans 5:8-9), and we must not squander it and hide our heads in the sand for the sake of self while the world descends into hell (Luke 12:5).

God owns us, we are bound to serve Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), we have a physical responsibility to Him (Genesis 1:28-30) and a spiritual responsibility (Mark 12:28-30). The idea that we are free to do as we choose is a deception of the devil (Romans 2:4-5, Hebrews 3:12-13), for everything we do that is not of God is sin (Romans 14:23b), and we are not free to sin (Romans 6:23, 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18). We are free to serve God, and to serve God is to proselytize (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:15-16).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Staples Do More Than Hold Pages Together

At Arrowhead Native Bible Center the everyday costs of administration and upkeep are yearlong. There is a simple and practical way that YOU can help out with everything from craft supplies to stamps and ink. Arrowhead is a member of the Staples® easyRewards™ program, and by clicking HERE you can download a card that you can show whenever you make a purchase at any Staples® store in Canada. You will be helping Arrowhead to buy much needed supplies for the office, crafts and activities. Unfortunately, just like the Canadian Tire Money collecting (which we do continue to collect), this program is available only in Canada at this point.

We are continually humbled and blessed at Arrowhead by the kindness and support of all those who sacrifice for the sake of the ministry here! For this, all of us at ANBC and in the Eastern Field are deeply thankful.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE GOSPEL & chronological teaching

"Evangelism must start with the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the demands of the law, and the eternal consequences of evil."
Dr. D. Martin Lloyd-Jones;
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p. 235
There is often an immediate misconception that arises at the outset of hearing this term. Indeed chronological Gospel teaching does, in part mean teaching the Gospel from Creation through to Christ and the New Testament Church. But to state it this simply is to miss a vital part of what the chronological Gospel is.

The Gospel begins with God and His holiness, this part of chronological Gospel teaching cannot be over emphasized. It then it teaches of man, who man is and our relationship to God. Teaching of man begins with creation and our relationship to God. We cannot talk of creation without teaching of the fall and of sin and of separation from God. Teaching of the fall then naturally leads into teaching just what sin is. That everything that is not of God is separation from God and is then sin. Teaching of the lost state of man and our need for redemption is a recurring theme throughout the Old Testament. Every story in the Bible, and all of the Law, points to the over arching meta-narrative of the Gospel. All of God's Word points to the Gospel, man's depravity and lost condition without a savior. Once it has been clearly taught, and understood; God's Holiness, sin and separation from God, and man's depravity and need of a redeemer, then teaching begins about the beautiful redemptive work of Christ, coming as an infant, living, teaching, suffering, dying and rising again from the dead as a propitiation for our sins.

The chronology of the Gospel begins with God, is filled with God and ends with God!

The chronological Gospel is about God, it does not meet physical or felt needs, it does not satisfy hunger or illness or sadness; it clearly teaches of God and asks of us to sacrifice, to surrender our lives and our sin to the Good and Holy God. The chronological Gospel presents the Gospel completely and in truth as taught in Scripture, it meets the very real need for a savior and for redemption.

To present the Gospel simply by beginning with the redemption of Christ is to presuppose that everyone already has a clear and complete understanding of God. Yet, if they did have such an understanding, they would already be reconciled to Him. This highlights just why beginning by teaching of God is so vital.

So, as you can see, the chronological Gospel model is not simply about teaching from Creation to Christ, although this is a part of it. It is about teaching the chronology of God and mankind and sin and redemption. I think it's important to note, that this teaching does not conclude with the resurrection. Chronological Gospel teaching is a discipleship and must continue even after someone has made a profession of Faith. Teaching through the New Testament and God's desire for the life of the believer and the Church is also a vital part of discipleship and the Chronological Gospel.

When someone asks; "What does it mean to be a Christian?", the answer must always begin with God!

New Tribes Mission, with whom NCEM has begun to hold missionary training, employs the chronological Gospel model. You will see in the movie below that not only does NTM strive to present the Gospel clearly through the chronological approach, but they actively strive to labour diligently as stewards of the Gospel by engaging in cultural worldview study. This documentary is called EE-TAOW and tells the true story of Mark Zook and his work among the Mouk people of Papua New Guinea, I strongly recommend taking thirty minutes to watch it. It will perhaps clarify for you the use of chronological Gospel teaching, and will no doubt be a blessing and encouragement.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Last week we spent in the trenches. Matthew & Geoff Barton were here installing over 400 feet of sewer lines to tie the ANBC office, and the two large cabins into the existing sewer system. This upgrade has been a part of the overall water system project. The last touches to the project will be to repair the roads and driveways and lawns that have suffered the long arm of the excavator as a result of the installation. That will signify the completion of the project. We will then look to installing fixtures in the buildings at a later time.

We are so very grateful to NCEM and the Minute Man Program and those who contribute to it for helping to make this a reality for Arrowhead.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ask Them Why

Ask Them Why
by Jay Lucas

I received a copy of this book at the NCEM general conference last Fall. Our guest speaker, Brian Catalucci from Answers in Genesis touched on some issues very pertinent to the work we are doing with NCEM. Worldview evangelism is very much a part of the Biblical principals and practices that NCEM is engaged in. Brian recommended this book and distributed it among the NCEM membership.

This book, Ask Them Why, written by Jay Lucas, certainly highlights some very important aspects of Worldview evangelism and some of the rather academic approaches that can be taken when communicating with people of various standpoints. Initially I found the book a bit cumbersome to read, as the author asks you to read appendices as they become topically relevant. But once I got my bearings I found the insights and experiences of the author to be invaluable. Most compelling for me was a debate in which the author was engaged. Under the heading of "Appendix C; my Debate With an Atheist", Jay shares a transcription of his opening remarks in the debate. His use of logic and the "Ask Them Why" method draw a compelling picture of how we might best communicate the truth of the Gospel.
"This book has been written to help Christians of all ages and abilities proclaim and defend the claims of the gospel. The task is not as difficult as many Christians perceive." ~ p. 18
"Ask Them Why", as a model of how best to communicate in the context of postmodernity, is an excellent example of taking into account the worldview of the hearer in evangelism and apologetics in general.
"Ask Them Why reflects an awareness that postmodernism, a dominant worldview, must be addressed... We Christians can be confident that God's truth will stand the test of time and that whenever the next major paradigm shift occurs (post-postmodernism!), the gospel of Jesus Christ will still be rescuing the hearts and minds of men and women, boys and girls." ~ p. 20
The book (the "ATW" method) outlines "the Power of Questions" as a way of communicating within the context of worldview. By communicating through questions you will have great opportunity to allow someone to expose the errors of their position using their own words. We are called to disciple and to teach, this book simply offers us a tool for doing this as effectively as possible.
"(2 Corinthians 10:5) We must rely on the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of unbelievers, but let us fulfill our obligation to speak the truth and expose error." ~ p. 25
Ask Them Why is broken into three main sections; you first read of the method and the Biblical supports and examples that go with it. The author builds a strong case for both worldview evangelism and the "ATW" method in this portion of the book. The second section of the book is accompanied by a CD that you may or may not listen to. These are dramatized examples of the "ATW" method in action. Using various scenarios and conversations with a variety of standpoints, the author demonstrates the concept in action quite effectively. The final section of the book includes the appendices which offer further insights and examples to help clarify this approach to evangelism.

An issue that arises with both worldview evangelism and more specifically with this sort of communication style is the idea that we must not reason with the World. The idea that we must simply get out there and "preach it" and allow the Holy Spirit to work with whatever words hit the ears of those in need of the Gospel. Yet we are called to know and understand, and prepare ourselves to communicate the Truth;
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;" ~ 1 Peter 3:15
Indeed, God Himself does not reject reason;
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." ~ Isaiah 1:18
 I like how Lucas deals with this subject in his book, this excerpt is taken from "Appendix E; The Centrality of Logic";
"When Christians disparage the importance of logic, they are not demonstrating Biblical thinking and are not honoring God. When Christians construct arguments through the use of faulty logic, God is not honored. Of all people, Christians should reject faulty arguments no matter how much the conclusions appeal to them. The God of truth is not served by irrationalsim." ~ p. 249
 This idea that logic and reason are of little to no import is not in line with scripture. The Gospel is offensive and confrontational and will be met with debate, question and rejection. As Christians we must be prepared to engage with the world in these respects whenever we dare to present the Gospel. To abandon logic and reason is unwise, and rather contrary to the cause of the Gospel, and to scripture.

The following quote is taken from "Appendix E" of Ask Them Why, and is a quote from the forward to Gordon Clark's book Logic.
"...The laws of logic are the way God thinks. He makes no mistakes, draws no unwarranted conclusions, constructs no invalid arguments. We do, and that is one of the reasons why we are commanded by the apostle Paul to bring all our thoughts into captivity to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We ought to think as Christ does - logically." ~ p. 250
This book is encouraging and enlightening, the concepts and methods outlined in it's pages are thought provoking and certainly of great value to the Christian. It is so important for each of us to know what we believe and why and be able to communicate that in any context; meanwhile taking into account worldviews. I highly recommend this book as a read for anyone who is sold out for the Gospel and wishes to prepare themselves to engage the World with the truth. It is a packed book and I will need to read it once again to get a firmer grasp on all of it.

a day trip to Calvary

We had planned a visit to Calvary Baptist Church in Miramichi in February. Unfortunately, as can be the case with New Brunswick weather, we were snowed out. Last night we were pleased to be able to visit with the Missions Group and bring an update about Arrowhead, some of the changes and opportunities for ministry. It was a wonderful encouragement to be able to fellowship with the folks and bring a short challenge from the Word.

It was a nice afternoon for a drive, although it was rainy and dark on the return trip, and we saw only one moose. We are ever thankful for safety as we travel.

Pastor Gary Countway has been serving at Arrowhead in the capacity of guest speaker for many years, and we are excited that he will be joining us again this summer for our second week of junior camp. We will be hosting campers from Oromocto that week, and Lord willing some from other communities as well.

Last night was our last scheduled speaking engagement until volunteer training begins in June. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Baby Fawcett and have felt that, coupled with all of the work of camp prep, it would be prudent to stay close to the Center at this point. We look forward to returning to the road to visit with friends and churches in the Fall. If you would like to have us come to your church and share about the ministry of NCEM at Arrowhead Native Bible Center, please feel free to drop us a line.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

showers of blessing

We have been very blessed by the excitement, encouragement and support of friends and family as we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our precious baby girl! It is certainly a busy time as we prepare for all of the various aspects of the summer programs at Arrowhead, but all of your prayers and support have certainly encouraged us immeasurably.

Yesterday we were blessed by the kindness of our church family. A baby shower was thrown for Liz at the church and a "Diaper Party" for me at the parsonage. Both parties were a lot of fun and great fellowship. And we are so grateful for the kind gifts of all of our church family. Thank you all so very much.

We are as ready now, as we could possibly be. I think we have almost everything we will need...

The ladies shared a beautiful cake (there's no picture... but the fellas enjoyed BBQ'd hamburgers and hot dogs)

Some of the ladies at the church.

Yup... it's a diaper... and the guys ate the contents.

And of course... the baby bottle competition!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring 2012 Work Week

As is always the case, we were humbled and blessed by the attitude of service exhibited by all of those who lovingly came and gave of their time, resources and expertise for the sake of the ministry of NCEM at Arrowhead Native Bible Center. We had several groups and individuals come and join us for periods of time throughout the week - and much was accomplished. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Phil built us a great new cupboard for games in the main lodge. I don't have a picture of Gracie, but she single handedly cleaned and organized the entire craft cabin!
James, Larissa and Allison burning brush.

Rob helping out Todd, Ryan and Simon with building a new deck on the mini-home.

Venus, Lorrayne, Irene and Liz kept everyone well fed.

Roxanna and Barb putting the glue down for the new floor in the girls' bathroom.

Simon, Ryan, Len & Todd working in the rain on the new deck.
Leah painting the new games cupboard that Phil built earlier in the week.

Roxanna and Barb are pro painters.

Joel did a lot of mudding and sanding in the bathrooms
Myke did some professional shooting of the work week and will be putting together a camp promo for us to use.

"Digger" Dave and Jim installing some of the new windows in the mini-home. Simon and Rob helped to pass them up from the ground.

Riverglade Baptist, Cumberland Bay Baptist and Littlesouthwest Baptist did an amazing job of cleaning up windfall and leaves around the property.

The Cumberland Bay Baptist Church team.

The Little Southwest Baptist Church team (the bus driver was shy).
The Riverglade Baptist Church team.

The Peterborough Free Methodist Church team.