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Rye Hill Baptist Church
11512 Old Hwy 71 South
Fort Smith, AR, 72916

08:00am - Early Service
09:45am - Sunday School
11:00am - Worship Service
06:00pm - Evening Service
Frankly Speaking:

August, 2014

Dear Church Member,

We went on one of the best Mission Trips I have ever been on when we were in Pine Ridge, South Dakota early this month. God’s hand was all over our trip from start to finish. Our visit to the prison went very well and we saw 26 professions of faith. Everyone was so nice and listened intently. We had 4 teenagers saved in Vacation Bible School. The children were challenging, but you could definitely see a change in them from the first day to the last day. God blessed us with 3 professions of faith during our Revival and 1 baptism plus we also had 2 rededications. That is 36 total decisions for the week! To God be the glory, great things He has done! Pastor Dave said he never has seen a Mission Team work so hard. We also painted 3 houses while we were there. You would be very proud of our team members. They did everything we asked them to do with a great work ethic and attitude! The icing on the cake was when Missionary Mike Merrival spoke that Wednesday Night right after we got back. Mike shared his heart with us and encouraged us to keep praying for the ministry of the Lakota Baptist Church. There are two things I have prayed about and ask you to help me with. First, would you help us with children’s and adult coats, blankets, and sleeping bags for their harsh winters. New or used (in good condition) are acceptable. Their winters can start in September, so we need to get right on this. Just purchase or get a load together and bring them by the church. We will take our first load out on September 1, which is Labor Day weekend. Second, we will be taking up a Love Offering for the Lakota Baptist Church this Sunday, August 3. They have had some financial difficulties and this would really help them and encourage them in the faith. Please sincerely pray about what God would want you and your family to do. Do not feel any pressure. It is a free-will love offering. They do have many needs and this will really help them get back on their feet financially. We are fervently praying about future support and another Mission Trip there. Please pray with me that the Revival will continue, the church will be strengthened, that souls will continue to come to the Lord, and that strong leadership will step-up in ministry. We truly fell in love with the church and the Lakota natives! Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest?” Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ALREADY white for harvest. John 4:35

almost over. Praise God, we have had an awesome summer in Sunday School, church attendance, giving, camps, and VBS. The Lord has blessed us greatly and His presence has been all over us. We want to start gearing up for fall now. On Thursday, August 21st, at 6:00 p.m. we will kick off our Fall Outreach Visitation Program once again. We are asking you to prayerfully consider helping us visit our church prospects, referrals, Sunday School prospects, and absentees. Even if you have never been on a church visitation, we will pair you up with a seasoned visitation veteran. All you need is a willing spirit and a teachable heart. Outreach is the key to continued growth in our church. We have had an outstanding summer but we want to keep the momentum going in the fall. We will serve a snack meal before we knock on doors. We hope to see some new faces as well as our veteran leadership join us once a month for this extremely important time of outreach and visitation. One other key issue this fall will be a condensed version of the “Faith” soul witnessing program. I will be teaching it five Wednesday evenings in the month of October. Bro. Steve will teach our regular Adult Bible Study during that time. I am praying for at least 15 people that will commit to this “how to share your faith” witnessing program. Please seriously pray with me about this and we will give you more details as it gets closer to October. I cannot tell you how excited I am about the “Faith” program and the wonderful potential it could have on our church. I really believe this is the last piece of the puzzle we need in our church and that God will richly bless us even more if we will actively pursue sharing Jesus on a more constant basis!

Words never seem enough to express how honored I feel to be your pastor for 10 1/2 years. God has done some amazing things in our church but I believe with all of my heart the best is yet to come. Please pray for your church staff daily! Pray for school that will start in just a couple of weeks. Pray for God’s will to continue to be done in the life of our church. Pray that we will continue to grow for His glory. Pray for the ministry of our new digital sign that the church approved to install soon. We love you so much and thank God for you daily!

In Christ,
Michael Franklin