The WOM Meeting will be held at FBC in person in room 107 at 11:00 a.m. on October 5.  If you plan to attend and would like a meal, please contact Martha Caldwell at marthacaldwell99@hotmail.com or call 785-375-9404.  This will give the kitchen staff an estimate of the number of meals to prepare.  The church staff want to support WOM.  The room has changed in an effort to reduce the noise from the children playing in the gym.  Day Care Junctions has more children now.
 
Mission Service Project for October:
WOM will provide $200 to BSM to cover the cost of lunch for Oct 20, 2021.  Last month they had almost 100 students come to the BSM for lunch.    UTEP students come for lunch and get acquainted with BSM students and join in Bible study and activities.  They learn how to follow Christ in college.  The BSM leadership team members also go out on campus and engaging students in conversations about Christ.

Thank you for giving generously to the Mary Hill Davis offering.  As of Sep. 21, 2021, $4,519 has been given toward the goal of $10,000.

Pray for Missionaries Passage: Luke 8:40-42, 49-56
Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.  Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.  While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”  Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”  When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.  Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”  They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.  But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!”  Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.  Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

When you travel to another place, the local customs and food seem odd.  For instance, if you took a vacation to Denmark, then you might not understand the language.  The surroundings would be new and the routines and norms different.  Abroad, we are foreigners in a distant land.  The same is true for our residence on this earth.  We are not citizens of this world, only temporary residents.  

Jairus begged Jesus to hurry; His little girl was dying.  Any parent who has faced a child’s serious illness can relate to Jairus.  Yet have you noticed Jesus never seemed to hurry?  I cannot think of a time when Jesus, as far as Scripture tells us, ran or rushed.  His very presence seemed to exude calm.

Then, to Jairus’ dismay, Jesus stopped. Stood still. He claimed someone had touched Him.  Was He kidding?  Jairus listened as Jesus told a woman her faith had healed her.  Wonderful, Jairus might have thought, but my child is dying.  Just then he received word of her death.  
 
At that moment he heard Jesus: “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” (V.50).  I cannot imagine Jairus’s thoughts. Could he still believe?  If only Jesus had hurried.  Scripture doesn’t tell us any more about Jairus.  It does tell us, however, that Jesus healed his little girl.  Jairus approached Jesus in faith.  Even if Jairus’s faith faltered, Jesus did not.  We, too, can wait on Jesus and trust Him.  

Pray for patience and faith for someone you know who is suffering right now.  Then encourage that person to trust Jesus even when he or she does not feel His presence.

Prayer Focus, Sub-Saharan African Peoples:
The Tswa people live in southern Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique and work in the mines in South Africa.  They are a small people group who have assimilated with other tribes yet are unreached with the gospel.  Pray for the Baptist Seminary of Zimbabwe’s faculty and students as they strategize to identify and evangelize the Tswa.  Pray the Tswa would be receptive to the gospel.  

North American Mission Board: Jesus Bustamante, California, Ahmad Roohi, Michigan, Daniel Tackett, North Carolina, Buddy Robbins, Alberta, Holly Procita.  International Mission Board: American Peoples, LH, Asian Pacific Rim Peoples: EL, Francis Ng, MR, DS, DS.  Central Asian Peoples, AB, EK.  European Peoples, Pam Lynch, Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples: LG, AS, AS, BS. Chaplains, volunteers, state convention missionaries, retired NAMB: James Benson, Retired IMB: Debra Inselman, BJ, Hope Martin, Nancy Muskrat, Shirley Whittington.      
 
Glennda Cook, Missionary in Taiwan, will be on sabbatical from March through September 2022.  She is looking for a place to stay.  

Thank you for your amazing faithful mission ministry.  Many people are blessed by your generosity.
—Martha Caldwell, Director, WMU, and Pat Murtland, WOM Facilitator.