I feel a little like Abram who was called by God to go to a place he had never been. This time last year I knew nothing about Liberty, Dayton and the other communities of Trinity River Baptist Association. But now I am here, in response to God’s call, a missionary in a place where I had not been, among people whom I had not known.
Abram took his nephew Lot with Him to the Promised Land and they both had a lot of livestock, so much that it became unfeasible for them to stay together. They needed to separate, to spread out, so that there would be enough land for the animals to graze.
Abram told Lot to take first pick. Lot chose the fertile valley east of the Jordan River. That left Abram with the area west of the river.
After Lot left for his “greener pastures,” the Lord said to Abram, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place were you are standing. Look north, south, east and west, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. . . . Arise, walk the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
The length and breadth of TRBA
I have not walked the length and the breadth of the land, but I have driven it. I have driven as far north as Wild Country Mission in Ace, as far south as High Island and Smith Point, as far west as Covenant Church in New Caney, and as far east as Sour Lake.
I have driven by all 41 churches of our association and have been in more than half of them. I have attended morning worship, evening worship, prayer meetings, a children’s music rehearsal, an outdoor concert, a senior adult luncheon, a tabernacle experience, a DiscipleNow and even three business meetings.
One thing I have discovered as I have explored our churches is that no two of our churches are alike. We have 41 unique churches, as different as snowflakes, as distinct as fingerprints.
They are all Baptist churches that believe the Bible, sing praises to Jesus, share the Good News and baptize new believers. But they are all different.
And each one of those churches is necessary, a vital part of God’s plan of spreading His Kingdom throughout southeast Texas.
41 unique, necessary, essential churches
I am grateful for each of those 41 churches and praying that the Lord would raise up even more churches in our area to reach the thousands of people here who do not know Jesus and who never attend any of our churches or any other church.
May all our churches and all the members of our churches overflow with the living water of Jesus Christ!
Claiming the land for Jesus,