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First Baptist Church mindful of its mission
Members of First Baptist Church stand in front of a home they built for a local family in Guatemala during their recent mission trip. Pictured standing, from left, are Chris Dunn, Nancy Vasquez and her son Cesar (recipients of the new home), Sam Nuthalapaty, Cheryl Priest, Rebecca Bottoms, Emma Shelton, Gracie Brock, Libby Shelton and Melinda Cooper. Kneeling are, David Nuthalapaty, Dr. Sue Nuthalapaty, Jeff Owens and Erika Neff.
First Baptist Church members recently returned from Guatemala last week and just finished their shipwrecked-themed vacation Bible school. They’re staying busy sharing the gospel.According to pastor Jeff Owens, the 12-member First Baptist mission team held VBS for three different children’s organizations reaching around 450 Guatemalan children, distributed Bibles, and built two homes during their week-long mission trip.“They only had dirt floors and corn stalk walls, tattered rusty pieces of tin for a lean-to, which was their dwelling,” said Owens. “We built them a steel structure with bunk beds, a wood cook stove, a water filter and a supply of food.”When asked what he would say to someone who believes short-term mission work is a waste of time, 18-year-old David Nuthalapaty said, “It’s not a waste of time because even if the structure eventually wears away, what it does to you inside will stay with you and hopefully inspire you to do more work.”Pastor Owens also pointed out God’s word is clear in Matthew 28:18-20 when it states: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.