The Word Has It
Ken Floyd, MARBC State Representative
June & July’s Word: “Powerful”
Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The powerful impact of the Word of God in men's lives was the primary emphasis of this year's MARBC Men's Retreat, held on May 3-5 at beautiful Lake Ann Baptist Camp and Retreat Center near Traverse City. Close to 500 men enjoyed wonderful worship, encouraging fellowship, great meals, and beautiful weather. We were blessed to find that for several men in attendance this was their first MARBC retreat.
ALTO, First Baptist Church (Steve Harduk) – First Baptist celebrates a special adoption that recently took place in their church family. The Chappell family recently celebrated the adoption of two children. They share: “Alina and Bach's citizenship is the culmination of a long journey that began 8 years ago. In 1999 we filled out a 3 inch mountain of paperwork. We went to Russia to pick Alina up. When we landed at the Atlanta GA airport, she was given a permanent resident alien card and a temporary social security card. Twelve months later we brought her brother Bachitzhan home. For the next 4 years the government checked our home, checked their adjustment and their development. In November of 2005, after all of the post placement visits, we applied for citizenship. Then we had to wait. A year later, on December 28, 2006 Alina and Bach went to Detroit for their interview and to have new pictures taken. Afterwards, we began to wait again. On March 15, 2007 the citizenship papers were sent to us by certified mail. Alina Elizabeth and Abram Bachitzhan Chappell forfeited their Russian citizenship and they now possess all the rights and freedoms of an American. They have the right to worship God, the right to an education, the right to reach their full potential and the responsibility to make contributions to their new and permanent country.” We praise God with the Chappells and the First Baptist family for this joyful testimony!