Grace Indian Baptist Church – Talihina, Oklahoma

The Meeting House of Grace Indian Baptist Church in Talihina, OK

The Meeting House of Grace Indian Baptist Church in Talihina, OK

It is a great joy for The Baptist Arrow to introduce to you Bro. Trevor Patterson, Pastor of Grace Indian Baptist Church. In the last issue we explained the need for the church to have a new fellowship hall. We are glad to report that God has supplied the need; the building is complete and the church is debt free! We appreciate all the prayers and thank those who gave to meet this need. We also want to present Pastor Trevor Patterson to you as a candidate for mission support. He is a pastor but of a small church. Trevor has shown himself faithful in the ministry and is worthy of your support. The following article will explain more thoroughly the building of the fellowship hall and present Bro. Trevor’s testimony, call to preach, and needs.

How God Supplied For the Fellowship Hall

In mid-March 2013 the church met with a group out of Louisiana named “Kingdom Builders for the Lord.” In that meeting was discussed the estimated total of $50,000 that would be needed to build the fellowship hall by June 3rd.

The Kingdom Builders building the fellowship hall

The Kingdom Builders building the fellowship hall

With such a short time frame there was a little anxiety.  Bro. Trevor and the church didn’t want to “give God a time table” or put him in a box. After much prayer and a month of waiting the church received a phone call from Arlington Baptist Church in Philadelphia, MS. Arlington Baptist had voted to send $10,000 for the slab and come lay the foundation!  Glory to God! GIBC was beginning to see the hand of God at work and with this phone call the church had a total $13,000 raised.

Volunteers from Arlington Baptist Church, Philadelphia, MS

Foundations completed by volunteers from Arlington Baptist Church, Philadelphia, MS

The Kingdom Builders made the statement: “We won’t order the material unless we have the money in at that time.” In mid-May Bro. Trevor called Bro. Buddy Willis (head of Kindom Builders) to check on the progress of the finances. Bro. Trevor was overwhelmed with joy when Buddy told him “the materials for the building have been ordered.” That meant that all the money was in! Amen!

Monday, June 3 at 7:00 AM, Bro. Trevor and Kingdom Builders met for prayer and to begin construction of the building on the already poured slab. What started as an empty pad that morning was by evening a building completely framed together. After four days of building, God increased the borders of GIBC with a 60’ x 40’ metal fellowship hall. It was complete with cabinets, countertops, A/C and heat, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, an 18 ft. serving countertop, and a mission’s apartment. On top of it all the church was given a new metal roof, to match the fellowship hall, and new fixtures inside. The church is currently finishing the drywall and laying the tile floor. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:19.

There was a total of $61,000 raised and after construction of the building GIBC was left with $11,156 to finish and furnish the new fellowship hall.

Pastor Trevor Patterson’s Salvation Testimony

God, by his infinite mercy and grace in Christ Jesus, saved Trevor at age 17 in a youth camp under the ministry of Missionary/Pastor Raymond Johnson and Missionary Brandon White. “In June of 2009 the LORD redeemed me by His grace and made an eternal change in my life.” “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Pastor Trevor Patterson’s Call To Preach

In January 2010 while on a mission’s trip to Thailand and India, God began to put a desire to preach in Trevor’s heart. At 18, Trevor was called to preach. He was impressed to share with Bro. Raymond Johnson what the Lord had done.  Through this the Lord opened doors for Trevor to preach that summer in numerous VBS’s and camps. Fall of 2010 Trevor enrolled at Blessed Hope Baptist College in Benton, AR and studied Pastoral Theology.

God brought Pastor Rick Robertson and Trevor together December 2010. Pastor Rick was battling stage four cancer, and needed a young man to assist him at Grace Indian Baptist Church. There was clear direction and immediate peace the moment they met. They continued in prayer and remained in contact for a year. On November 13th 2011 the doors of Grace Indian Baptist Church were opened and they held the first service.  During this time Trevor drove eight hours round trip from college to Talihina and back on the weekends. “This was a time of growth for me, and God really increased my faith, because every time there was a need, the need was met!”

On April 15, 2012 the church was chartered, and they licensed Trevor to preach. Due to Pastor Rick’s poor health and the needs of the church Trevor was led to move to Talihina and live in the church.

It wasn’t long till Pastor Rick’s cancer got worse and on January 9th Hospice was called in. Bro. Trevor and the church spent five days at Rick’s house praying, singing, and preaching God’s word. Sunday morning during service at Pastor Rick’s house, Pat (Sister Robertson’s brother) came forward with a new countenance proclaiming God had saved him! January 13, 2013 Sunday evening, Pastor Rick went home to glory.

After the home going of Bro. Rick, Trevor became the interim Pastor until April 20, 2013 when the church ordained him and called him as pastor.  Trevor has a heart for the Choctaw people and the town of Talihina, OK in the Choctaw Nation.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for Grace Indian Baptist Church and Pastor Trevor Patterson as they seek to follow the Lord and serve him faithfully. In May the Lord led Trevor to quit his job and go full time in the ministry. The job had odd hours and was hindering evangelism, visitation, and church work. The job was also going to keep him from helping in the summer camps, where he has preached for 3 years. It was difficult to quit and give up his job because of the financial security it offered. Trevor is living in a rental house, both rent and utilities are paid for by GIBC. Trevor is getting by but he could use monthly support. Their church is small and cannot afford a pastor’s salary at this time. We ask that you prayerfully consider Trevor for mission support.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.