Newsletter from Karl and Mary Badalian – September and October, 2017

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The first of September there was still a lot of work left to be done at Clarksville Baptist Church. But God knows all things and sent help to Clarksville, Arkansas. We met new friends, Jeff and Esther Glaesman, when they arrived to help on September 4th. Fellow NTCP workers David and Sharyn Finley arrived on September 6th. Mark Taylor also returned to help in September. All of us working together were able to get the church facilities ready for their grand opening on Sunday, September 24th.

Trailers were transformed into classroom space, concrete was poured for an entryway and to secure a flagpole and a huge rock sign that Pastor Pennington carved. The front of the building was dressed up with lights, wagon wheels, and windows. The Glasemans left on the 14th. The Finleys were able to stay with Mary and I until the 20th. During that time we got the cabinets built for the kitchen, a lot of the trim work done inside the building, and the floors were sealed. One Wednesday evening we got to see the flag raised for the first time in front of Clarksville Baptist Church.

On October first Mary and I were able to attend the first service in Heritage Baptist Church in Picayune, Mississippi. It was good to see the folks there in the building God had provided for them, and to be “Debt Free”. Pastor Wilson said the 6000+ square foot project came in at $21 a square foot. Praise God!!

In October we attended our home missions conference at Wilson Creek Baptist Church. We arrived early enough to help get the church ready with a new coat of paint in the kitchen, and touching up paint and several other areas of the church. We also got our house ready to be used by a couple of families attending the conference. As usual Mary and I were responsible for fixing breakfast with lots of help from our church family. After the missions conference I helped David Finley install a new entry door at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Seymour Missouri.

Our plans are to go to Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Union City, Tennessee. Thank you for your kindness to us. Your prayers, and the financial support allows the New Testament Church Planting ministry to help churches with their construction needs.