“It sure would be nice to have a hangar right now.” It’s a thought that crossed Mike Clark’s mind many times in his 13 years as an Alaska missionary aviator. In 2015, he and his wife, Jeannette, stepped out by faith to build an airplane hangar enabling them to consistently reach southwest Alaska’s villages that have no other gospel witness.
This summer, their faith became sight. After raising most of the needed $240,000, the Clarks oversaw the hangar’s construction on a lot leased from the Iliamna state airport. The Clarks wrote, “Whenever we hit roadblocks, we remind ourselves that God is the project superintendent and He will accomplish His will.” The Lord surmounted enormous hurdles with building permits and equipment/supply logistics to erect the hangar just under the wire of their lease contract deadlines. God also sent countless prayer partners, donors, and work teams to make the hangar a reality. The Clarks are praying for the final $60,000 to complete the hangar’s electric, heating, and septic system.
Baptist Mid-Missions’ newest ministry encompasses the world. From the global hub of Boston, Bill and Deb Edmondson are seeing internationals saved, discipled, and returning to their home countries to raise up more disciples. Boston and Beyond was approved as a new ministry model this year as the Edmondsons seek to build a team to increase outreach both in Boston and in their disciples’ homelands. Learn more at Boston and Beyond.
The Baptist Mid-Missions Family shares a wonderful interconnectedness that not only generates encouraging fellowship but also helpful ministry ideas. When Jackie Hopkins learned about Crystal Buegel’s use of plastic toy bricks for children’s events in Germany (see p. 8), she knew it would be a good fit for her ministry at Faith Baptist Community Church and Center in inner-city Cleveland.
The project became a team effort: Crystal provided hours of practical advice through online messaging, many people donated their brick sets, and several friends spent months helping Jackie sort thousands of bricks. In June, Jackie used the bricks for FBCC&C’s VBS with the theme Building for the Future, using the Wordless Book.
The event was a great success, with excellent one-on-one time with the kids, who asked many thoughtful questions. On the final day, their families came to see their creations, and they heard the gospel themselves. Jackie plans to repeat this outreach next summer.