The Mobile Baptist

September -November 2017
Volume 20 Issue 3

MBA Office Closing

September 4 - Labor Day
November 23 - Thanksgiving Day

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Calling all Mobile Baptists! As you know we have been charged with the task of praying over every street in Mobile County by October 1 of this year. We hope you have gone online to the associational website,, and registered your church and a page out of the Keith Maps 2016 Street Atlas. We want you to pray for your area as much as possible and cover as many streets as possible by October 1, the day of our Annual Meeting. If you haven't gotten the chance to do that, please make it a priority. If you have already done it great! 

Either way, we are going to have a "Catch-Up" Day on September 16 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  We will meet at the associational office (616 Azalea Road) in church vans/personal vehicles and go to areas that have not been marked by any church. We will prayer walk and/or drive, depending on how many participants we have. We will allow priority to areas where your church is located if you haven't been able to get it covered and need help. The more vehicles/vans we have the more areas we can cover. We will split up drivers and walkers on that day. Please help us cover the county in prayer. I can think of no other greater need for our county than prayer! Hope to see you there as we take back precious lost ground!

Adam Hammond
MBA Biblical Prayer Committee chairman


Annual Missions Celebration (Annual Session)
Sunday, October 1, 2017
4:45 p.m. - Displays and Dinner
5:45 p.m. - Pres-session music and Children's Mission Fair begins
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Missions Celebration

Crawford Baptist Church
3000 Sun Valley Drive, Mobile


4:45 p.m. - Dinner, Displays, & Registration

Meal Tickets:
Pulled pork or chicken, cheese and macaroni, baked beans, Cole slaw, and chocolate delight

Cost $10 p/person – Tickets must be purchased at the MBA office by Monday, September 18.

5:45 p.m. - Pre-session music and Children's Mission Fair begins

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Business, reports & presentations celebrating the results of your cooperative support of Associational Missions; including #prayerwalkmobile, a year long simultaneous effort to pray for the people on every street in Mobile County.

Children's Mission Fair for K5-6th grade - make reservations  with the MBA by NOON, Thursday, September 29.

***Childcare available for those younger than K5 upon making reservations with the MBA by NOON, Thursday, September 29.


Join us

Monday, September 11, 2017
11:30 a.m.
Government Street Baptist Church

for the Executive Committee meeting.

Please bring $5 p/person to help cover the cost of lunch.

Every MBA church member is welcome. Every senior pastor is a member of the Executive Committee. Join us to help communicate why churches support Associational Missions.

***Our Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the directions, strategy, and processes of the MBA. It is composed of the general officers of the Association, the Executive Officer of each of the several Associational programs, the Chair of each standing committee, the pastors of the churches, and one lay member of each church in the Association having a membership of up to and including 1,000, and one additional member for each additional 1,000 members or fraction thereof, providing that no church shall have more than a total of four members.


Walk For Bibles and International Ministries

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m.

(Groups leave every 15 minutes in order to be finished by noon)

5 locations to choose from:

• Citronelle Memorial Baptist Church

• International Ministries Center

• Semmes Community Center

• University of Mobile

• Woodridge Baptist Church

God is using the International Ministries of the MBA to impact the 66 language groups in Mobile County. WFBIM has the greatest financial impact on International Ministries of any single event. 

The WFBIM provides Bibles, ministry to seafarers, support for new International Church starts among the 66 language groups in Mobile, International Missions Internships, and so much more. Even if you cannot walk, you can get pledges and come help register groups, pray for teams and missions, and help with the water stations.

For more information visit, or contact Bobby Morton.

Begin enlisting walkers and sponsors for the 5K (3.1 mile) walk NOW!


International Language School New Year Kickoff begins September 5, 2017

English instruction and conversation is available to non-English speakers of all levels of ability. Trained volunteer teachers help students learn and improve their English understanding. As a Christian ministry of the Mobile Baptist Association, Bible stories and prayer are important parts of instruction.

Please be in prayer for the students and teachers.


Bikers Rally

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:00 p.m.
International Ministries Center

The “Freedom Riders” will host a worship service for bikers in our area. Anyone is welcome to attend.


Mobile International Festival
November 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mobile Civic Center

Celebrate and experience cultures from 70 nations at the Mobile International Festival. Food, music, dances, storytelling, shopping, exhibits, art and fun for the family. Admission charged.

The International Language School will have a booth. Please pray as they seek to enlist/reach new students.


Attention! Calling all MBA Secretaries and Ministry Assistants...

Take a Break and Join us for the Mobile Baptist
Secretaries and Ministry Assistants Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday, November 9,  2017
11:45 a.m.
MBA Office

The luncheon is a great time of fellowship and encouragement as secretaries from across the association (both current and retired) gather together. Enjoy great food and door prizes too!


• The catered meal is free of charge at this appreciation luncheon

• Please make reservations by Monday, November 6 by visiting or by contacting the MBA office.


2017 Baptist Women’s World  Day of Prayer

Thursday, November 2, 2017
9:30 a.m. - Registration and Refreshments
10:00 a.m. - Program begins

Crawford Baptist Church


Click here to register for a training event.


Preparing for Retirement

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
:00 a.m. - Noon
MBA office
FREE event

Questions that will be answered:

• How far ahead should I begin to prepare for retirement?

• What steps do I take to help me be ready to retire?

• How will Social Security affect my retirement?

This conference is open to anyone but is especially for those age 50 and over.

State missionary Lee Wright will lead this conference.

This conference is free, but pre-registration is needed. To pre-register, visit or contact the MBA office, no later than Thursday, September 14.

Please note: if not enough participants are pre-registered, the event is subject to cancellation.

This, and other like events, are made possible by donations to Associational Missions and the Cooperative Program.

Click here to find more events including the Senior Adult Fall Fish Fry Fellowship.


Camp Whispering Pines

Serving Christ by Serving Others,
Serving Others by Sharing Christ

Come home to YOUR Camp Whispering Pines!



Girls Winter Weekend

December 1-2, 2017

for ALL Girls in grades 1 - 6

For more information and to register visit


 Dear Friends,

Another academic year is approaching for collegians in Mobile County. Baptist Campus Ministries is looking forward to reaching, growing and sending collegians in and from Mobile County. Your congregation has an important role to play in reaching collegians. Every Mobile Baptist Association Church can have a ministry to and for collegians! Baptist Campus Ministries wants to assist your congregation in making an eternal impact in the lives of collegians.

If we can offer any other help, please let us know. We are available to do specialized training in collegiate ministry, lead ministry team trainings, or simply consult with your team concerning collegiate ministry issues.

Thanks for all you do to reach, grow and send collegians here in Mobile County!

In Him,

Rev. Jerrod Brown
Senior Campus Minister

Beth Gardner
Campus Minister


Agonized Praying
Luke 22:44 describes the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pilgrims can visit the ancient garden of olive trees and the nearby cave where the Apostles probably gathered. Jesus knew His betrayal was at hand. The scripture records, “And being in agony , He prayed more intently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground.” (Amplified)

Agony results in “praying intently.” No wonder the Lord allows agony since it seems to be an effective prompt to pray. Illness also results in intent prayer. Is illness necessary then in order to prompt prayer? Praying intently should be unceasing. Prayer should be as automatic as breathing without the need for external prompts to pray. Our lives need to reflect the righteousness required for effective prayer. (James 5:16)

Annual Missions Celebration, Sunday Evening October 1, 2017, Crawford Baptist Church
Our moderators and leaders continue to explore ways to make celebrating associational missions as convenient as possible. This year we are meeting on Sunday evening, October 1, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Crawford Baptist Church. Dinner and missions fair is from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

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