Mountain State Baptist Association
109 Willowbrook Rd., Princeton WV 24739
Director Of Missions
Dr. Allan Thompson
Administrative Asst. hours Monday-Tuesday 8:30am-3:30pm
Office closed on Fridays
Allan can always be reached on his cell phone, 903-742-1616; with work in ten counties he is liable to be anywhere, anytime.
February Birthdays & Anniversaries
17th- JoAnn Campbell
12th- Chris & JoAnn Campbell- First Baptist, Hinton
4th- Baptist Men's Breakfast- 8:30am @ Parkview Baptist Church Bluefield VA
5th-11th- Focus on WMU
14th- Happy Valentines Day
Looking Ahead to March
5th-12th- NAMB Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer/Easter Offering
7th- Mission Development Meeting- 7pm
14th- Executive Board Meeting- 7pm
27th- Early VBS Training- DIRECTORS ONLY- 7pm @ Immanuel Baptist Church
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Our Corner of the Kingdom
By Dr. Allan Thompson, DOM
As we flipped the calendar forward to 2023, I began what I knew would be a long drawn out process: over the next six months, I would cull my thousands of books down to a manageable number that can fit in our home as I transition out of full time ministry. If you have been in my office, you may have seen a plaque with a Thomas Jefferson quote: “I cannot live without my books.” While I am not ready to hold that as a life conviction, it does relate closely to my deep affection for printed matter.
Books have been a constant over my 50 years of vocational ministry since that 1973 summer in college and my first paid youth position at a church near Lake Charles LA. Jana and I married a few weeks after my college graduation and before our move to Fort Worth TX to attend Southwestern Bapt. Theo. Seminary. I was 22, she was 19, and all my college texts came with us to that little condemned apartment that was (gas and water included) $73/ month. That collection grew rapidly as each seminary class demanded several textbooks not to mention books I knew would serve me for the duration of my ministry. We moved from the SWBTS campus 2x during those years and wound up between Houston and Galveston in local church youth ministry. We started there in 1977 and I finished seminary in 1978 (more on that next month). In 1982 after much prayer, counsel, and affirmation of that local body of Christ, we embarked on our mission career in Europe. We sold our house, our cars, became debt free, and the IMB crated up all our belongings. Our possessions (and the books) crossed the Atlantic and met us several weeks later in Lüneburg, Germany as we started language school at Goethe Institute.
A year later we (and the books) moved across Germany to Trier, its oldest city. We had six years there and too many adventures to recount, but in 1988 we had to return to the States due to medical issues, and hidden again in the crates were my books. We wound up in East Texas and a 23 year run at a Texas Baptist college as the campus minister and director of the Great Commission Center. As you can imagine, the book collection grew. In 2006 the book collection quit growing and started exploding during the doctoral studies with leadership, discipleship, and missions volumes. I graduated in 2013 and we moved from East TX to the heart of Appalachia—and the books came with us.
Books have been mentors, companions, and counselors. They have expanded my mind, challenged my will, instructed my actions, honed my spirit, and connected me with men and women across the ages as well as shown me the heart of God. I will forever be grateful for their role in shaping my life. Parting with each book is painful, a final goodbye to an old friend. Mine will find new homes in libraries (both public and private), some will fuel the minds of young and future pastors, some will be donated to the federal correctional institution in Welch, some will make their way to the associational library, some will find nooks and crannies at our home (yes, we are staying here in WV come July), and some will wind up at the Mercer County recycling station.
Toward the end of Paul’s ministry, his last years were spent in prison. He knew his missionary travels were over: no more teaching stints at Ephesus, no more preaching in the open squares, and no more interaction with kings and emperors. Yet he knows the power of the written word; he asks Timothy to bring him his books and parchments (2 Tim. 2.13). He also knows what he writes to the churches and to Timothy, Titus (the Pastoral Epistles), and Philemon will outlast him; indeed, they serve today as holy Scripture and guide the lives of believers two millennia later. Paul’s physical world had shrunk, as it does for every person who either grows old or feeble or both. Yet he knew through the recorded word he could continue to spread the gospel, and through his parchments and books maintain contact with the thoughts and lives of others far away from his prison cell.
I understand the power of the printed word as did the apostle Paul. I hold no illusions of writing holy scripture as he did, but I hope my writing project for the last three years will outlast me as it is now being edited, formatted, and proofed. I will share this very personal book with you sometime this spring. Every copy purchased will send half its profits toward the new associational office. The book shares a leadership principle from every one of the 260 chapters of the New Testament.
As I part with 1000’s of books in the next months, I will try to spend less time reminiscing about the past and look forward to finally reading books I’ve only referenced in past years, become reacquainted with some long dormant on the shelf, and continue to stretch my horizons as authors impart their wisdom and insight into my life. I thank God for my books and pray they enrich the lives of others long after I have left the scene. Find a book today and curl up in some quiet corner to discover a portal to worlds beyond your walls.
First Baptist Church of Bluewell began the New Year with one saved, baptized and took membership in the church- Jim Milam, pastor
Cumberland Heights Baptist Church had a retirement party for Beverly Burks for 24 1/2 years of dedicated service to the church- Jim Kestner, pastor
The MSBA had the Annual Pastors and wives retreat Jan 27th & 28th with Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as speaker, along with the Foggy Minded Boys dinging (Allan Thompson, Craig Stevens, Shawn Bragg, and Dan Jividen)
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FCA played a significant role in my relationship with the Lord. It was my past coaches and chaplains who consistently challenged me to dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus. They showed me that there was more than just the score on Friday nights and reminded me that there is a God who passionately loves me, regardless of the results. After high school, I attended college at West Virginia University studying Agricultural Extension Education. Again, I was surrounded and challenged by the campus FCA staff who regularly disciple me. It was during that time that God clearly called me to the mission field of FCA and I couldn’t be more excited. I believe in the power of this ministry because I am the product of it!
I am now the area director for Southern West Virginia and God is doing incredible things! We are seeing lives transformed through coaches and team Bible studies. The campus ministry continues to grow in the public school as more huddles are being established. We are also introducing FCA Outdoors into this area which focuses on ministering through shooting sports and the outdoors. This is such an exciting ministry since we are beginning to see a rise in school archery programs. It is another mission field that has not been reached in the past and we have the opportunity today.
I am so thankful for your willingness to join the team. This ministry is only possible because of faithful donors’ prayers and financial support. Your gift will be used to engage, equip and empower coaches and athletes to know and grow in a relationship with Jesus, just as it did for me in the past. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Short URL: https://my.fca.org/brianyoung
Disciple - Making
Jesus gave us this final charge before ascending to heaven, in Matthew 28:19: "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 everything I have commanded you.
This is a call that we take seriously as we look to make disciples across Southern West Virginia. FCA is a disciple-making ministry. Our heart is to equip coaches and athletes with a clear understanding of the gospel and the confidence to boldly share the good news with those around them. We have witnessed this on all of our campuses within Southern West Virginia. Back in the spring, our student leadership team at Concord University intentionally too the time to meet with and disciple specific students they believed could lead the ministry after they graduated. Today, there are six new student leaders who are leading Concord's weekly FCA huddle and the numbers are growing! They are beginning the process this winter with new students. Disciples making disciples!
The same is happening with Princeton High School's football team. After leading the huddle myself most of the season, I began to challenge athletes who were rooted in their church to step out in their faith. We have two young athletes who have started leading the devotion time with their team! That's something to be excited about!
One of the most exciting moments of 2022 happened this fall at Bluefield State University. In January of 2022, we started FCA at Bluefield State for the first time in school history. Things began slowly but we were able to build a great team of coaches and volunteers. As we started back up in the fall, we saw tremendous growth in numbers! They were averaging 30 to 35 students every Tuesday night from a variety of teams. We realized on the first night that most of the students in the room had never owned let alone opened a Bible. A few even shared with the group that it was their first time hearing the Bible read! The following week I brought 30 Bibles to FCA and every Bible was taken. As the semester continued, we watched the students' desire for Jesus grow as they were studying the Word. This is why FCA exists and is so important! We will continue our mission to see EVERY coach and athlete in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church!
Southern WV FCA