The Emmanuel Baptist Mission met for one year before it was officially organized. During that year, the Lord led me to take time to prepare the mission for organization. Preparation included teachings on the Church Covenant, Declaration of Faith and writing a constitution and bylaws for this new work. The mission was also introduced to faith mission giving and we hosted our first missions conference. We began supporting missions during this first year. The Lord has allowed this work to grow spiritually, doctrinally, and financially. By God’s grace and good mercies, we have developed into a church family that loves the Lord and loves missions.
Since the very first service on April 19 of 2005, the Lord has been so good to us. We support five missionaries: a missionary to Ghana, Africa, a missionary to the Muslims of America, two missionaries serving in Native American missions, one missionary to the seafarers sailing into the Gulf ports, as well as a girls’ home in Mississippi.
We are also blessed to have a weekly radio broadcast every Sunday morning. The Lord has blessed us to preach with great liberty on the “Old Paths Broadcast” (Jeremiah 6:16) for over five years now, here in what was once called “Indian Territory”, which is present day Oklahoma. The broadcast reaches out into at least five counties. We have had testimonies of Choctaw men even listening to the broadcast from a local county jail. There are so many souls to reach but so few men called of God here to preach the Gospel and sound the alarm. Therefore, the radio broadcast has been a great tool to reach a large area with the gospel.
We are blessed to now have four young men, ages 12 to 21, in the church. It seems the Lord is working mightily in their hearts. Brother Thomas Adams, who is 20 and one of the young men in our church, will be traveling to Grove and Miami, OK in May, to help Missionaries David Bane and Raymond Johnson canvass and labor in the gospel tent meetings. Please pray for him and the other young men in the church, that they may find and follow God’s perfect will for their lives (Romans 12:1-2).
Thank you all for your earnest prayers for the labor of love here in Wapanucka, OK. Please help us pray the Lord will raise up young, Native men with a great burden to reach their people by God’s grace and for His glory.
Because of Calvary,
Missionary Pastor Mark Hodges
P.O. Box 93
Bromide OK 74530