Recently I spent a few hours with a group of pastors gathering at Main Street Baptist Church in Sackville, NB. It was a great encouragement to be able to fellowship and hear how these men are seeking to serve the Lord in their respective ministries. In spite of difficulties and discouragement, God is still giving much blessing. The majority of these men were NBBI graduates. It was exciting to see how God is using their lives, families and gifts for His glory.
I was privileged to speak at the Missions Conference at Lake Echo Fellowship Baptist Church just outside of Dartmouth, NS. It was a privilege to be with Pastor Frank Kohler and his wife Judy and the congregation of this growing, thriving church. The Missions Committee did a wonderful job in preparing for the conference. They were a special blessing to all the missionary guests who were invited. Again I was encouraged to see so many NBBI grads, either in the local church serving Him or in missionary ministry that assembled for the conference. I was especially blessed to be able to stay with Scott & Heather MacKenzie and their daughter Maggie. Scott is the assistant pastor at the church. They are doing a good job in ministering to young and old alike. NBBI grads Brad and Shelby Somers, as well as Julie Bennett were there representing Pax North in Halifax and Glen Goode was present representing the Maritime Fellowship Baptist Associations.
I was excited to also speak at Colchester Christian Academy, a Christian school in Truro, NS to the students in Grades 11 and 12. School administrator Steve VanderKwaak and high school teacher Colin Murphy were able to facilitate my meeting with the students. Some of our NBBI grads such as Parri Ann Patton, Amanda Steeves and Naomi Anderson are teaching there. The Peoples Church is my home church and I certainly appreciate the work that Pastor Ken Fillmore and Pastor Bruce Steeves and their families are doing in impacting their community for Jesus Christ.
I was also thankful to be able to spend time in the beautiful Wentworth Valley with my mother and family members who live or were visiting in the area.
Post by: Dr. R. Barry Beebe, NBBI President