Missions Conference 2013 | Southside Baptist Church
Just off the shore of an Israeli sea, a group of Jesus disciples toiled on board their ship desiring to haul in a host of fish. Despite the night’s labor, not a single fish found its way into their net. Tired and discouraged, the men struggled to find the motivation to carry on. Just then, a voice rang out from the shore. “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered him, “No.” And he said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Immediately, the disciples knew that it was the Lord Jesus Christ who spoke with them and enabled them to catch the fish. Can’t you picture the scene? Can’t you identify with their struggle? As Christians who seek to serve the Lord, we, too, can find ourselves struggling to fill our net in the work of the ministry of missions and soul winning, not relying on God’s grace to meet our need. Bro. Robbie Morrison was the guest preacher for our annual missions conference, which followed the theme of “Cast Your Net.” A veteran missionary and pastor, Robbie Morrison brought challenging messages each night that confronted our needs to clean out our net and cast our net for the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as the Lord filled the net for the disciples, Jesus desires to fill our net with men who are in need of the Gospel. As Christians follow him, He will make us “fishers of men.” The preaching ministry of Brother Morrison roused the members to strive for greater service, abundant prayer lives, and robust support for our missionaries as well as meaningful, spirit-filled outreach for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Additionally, the church had the blessed opportunity to host four missionary families. The Hassler family has ministered in Brazil for over 20 years, and will return this August to work in a new town with newly developed neighborhoods ripe unto harvest. As is their manner, they will work to develop national pastors to oversee each work at the appropriate time. The Knickerbocker family has been called to Nepal, where they will minister to the Tibetans in the mountainous lands. They have achieved a high level of support, and will depart this year to work with veteran missionaries in order to plant new churches. There is such a small number of organized Christians in Nepal due to a lack of Scripture translated into their many dialects. Bro. Luke Knickerbocker hopes to translate the Bible into the language of the people in order to help the lost come to Christ. The Putney family has been called to Colombia, where they will seek to plant churches in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. A door has been opened for American missionaries to enter into this country to help support the struggling communities of Colombia. The Putneys plan to reach the field this year and begin the work of the ministry after completing language school. The Pranger family is raising support in order to minister in Siberia, Russia. The work ahead of them will require great longevity and determination as there are few churches of any kind in Siberia, and the culture is not amendable to friendships, let alone ministry. The Prangers prayerfully seek to depart this year. We are privileged that we can financially support these brave families, but are honored that these families would represent Southside Baptist Church by going to an area of the world that we are not able to reach by ourselves. Our prayers will be lifted up to the Lord every day as we pray for the Lord to guide and direct each step of the lives of these missionaries. May God grant them the peace and power of His grace as they labor in this ministry of love for the souls of mankind.