On Saturday, July 12, 2014 the members of East Madison Baptist Church came together to prepare for a block party with more than 30 people from a mission team in North Carolina.    There was rain that started to come down as soon as the block party started to get set up in the side yard.   With that in mind members of the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association mission team took their places around the church building and began to pray for the members  of East Madison Baptist Church and the community of Madison.    After being in the rain for two hours and no one coming everyone decided they would reschedule for Sunday.

On Sunday the block party was rescheduled for 6:00 p.m.   At 4:00 p.m.  more than 50 people from both groups gathered to pass out flyers in the streets surrounding the church.    More than 200 people came to the block party with many people staying past dark.  Several people accepted Christ during the block party.    The members of East Madison Baptist Church did a great job engaging their neighbors sharing with them about the church and finding out about the people who live right next to their building.

We found this block party to be a work of the grace of God.   Not only was the block party not cancelled due to rain but the time was a resounding success.   Members of East Madison took the time to be trained on Saturday night how to encounter people.   Then they followed through by meeting and getting to know their neighbors in a way they had never done before that time.    God uses simple tools like block parties to share the gospel and help our churches reach out to those who are close to them but far from God.

Members of a North Carolina mission team praying over East Madison Baptist Church.

Members of a North Carolina mission team praying over East Madison Baptist Church.

The block party in full swing on Sunday, July 13.

The block party in full swing on Sunday, July 13.

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“Planting and Developing Prevailing Churches” June 2014 Newsletter
introducing our summer missionaries
In our June newsletter we want to introduce you to our summer missionaries who have come to us through as missionaries of the North American Mission Board.   We are grateful God has sent these young people to us for the summer to help fulfill the Great Commission in our churches.
news from the Southern Baptist Convention in baltimore
We share our congratulations to Dr. Leo Endel who received a special award at the SBC in Baltimore from Midwestern Baptist Seminary.   His work on the Cooperative Program continues to be a great blessing to all of our work in our area and around the world.
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..Pray for gospel seeds to be planted this summer
 Some mission teams have already come and gone, some are here now, and more are on the way this summer.  Please pray for these teams and for all of our churches to sow abundant gospel seed this summer so that our churches will see the fruit in the weeks and months to come.  Thank you for your prayerful partnership with all of our churches here in southern Wisconsin.
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“Planting and Developing Prevailing Churches” May 2014 Newsletter
multiplying churches and coaches
In the past few weeks God has blessed us with two very significant training workshops on coaching and church planting.   Thank you to all who came and for the North American Mission Board for making these events possible.   See the May newsletter for a recap of the highlights.
upcoming events for worship and ESL
In June you will see that we have two more events that will offer valuable equipping for our church leaders in the areas of worship and English as a Second Language.   All the details are inside of this month’s newsletter.
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PP pray for our summer missionaries who are coming
As we see the end of Spring and begin the Summer we will have numerous mission teams coming along with six summer missionaries who will be spending the Summer with us.   Please be in prayer for all the missionaries and mission teams coming to help fulfill the Great Commission in Wisconsin.

Grateful for your partnership in the gospel  with us,

Mark Millman
Church Planting Catalyst/Director of Missions

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