THE WBA MEN’S PRAYER RETREAT has been re-scheduled! New Dates: January 20-21, 2017 “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther We as the Body of Christ need to pray more. We as WBA need to prayer more. I want to personally invite the men of WBA churches to come together and pray. The Bible says in 2 CHRONICLES 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “ If we ever expect God to move in our Church, Community, and Country, we need to do our part. Would you be willing to join me? The Cost: $30 Each; This covers room, food and materials. The Date: Men’s Prayer retreat will be Jan. 20-21, 2017 The Place: FFA camp in Cherry Grove RSVP: WBA Office; Men register by January 12, 2017 Payment made by cash or check. Checks made payable to: Waccamaw Baptist Association You can download the registration forms here: Men’s Retreat Registration Form If you have any questions, please call the association office at 248-9358. AFTER MATTHEW, PERSEVERANCE A Christmas Food Drive Focusing on Nichols Sponsored by South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union Region IV, consisting of these Baptist Associations: Carolina, Chesterfield, Florence, Marion, Pee Dee, Santee, Southeast, Waccamaw, Welsh Neck, and Williamsburg No items of clothing or furniture are being accepted at this time, but the town is very grateful for contributions in the categories listed below. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS Canned cranberry sauce; Stove Top Dressing; Jiffy Cornbread Mix; Jelly and Peanut Butter; Corn (15.25 oz); Canned Squash; French Onion Topping; Grits – little bags (1 lb); Diced tomatoes; Whole potatoes in can; Vienna sausage; Beanie Weenies; Oatmeal packets; Canned Soups (small); Lance crackers; Assorted potato chips; Pop tarts CLEANING SUPPLIES Clorox spray; Masks; Clorox wipes; Trash Bags Laundry soap; Dish soap PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS, Travel Size shampoo & conditioner; body washes; wash clothes and towels SMALL TOYS IN A SHOE BOX. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as items are purchased and placed in boxes; pray that each child will be blessed in a special way and that they will experience God’s love as they receive their box. Collect items at your church December 1 – 15, 2016 Deliver items to: Waccamaw Baptist Association office, 1607 Ninth Avenue, Conway, SC on Mon.-Tue. December 19-20, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 am until 4:00 pm ==================================================================== GAs, RAs and Children Action may participate in this project to earn a Disaster Relief Badge. Here’s how: Requirements to earn the DISASTER RELIEF badge for Girls in Action (GA), Royal Ambassadors (RA), and Children in Action (CA)in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Time Frame to complete requirements to earn Badge: December 1 – December 23, 2016 The leader of each age-level missions organization, that is, GA, RA, CA, shall be responsible for teaching/guiding her/his/their respective group to achieve this badge. Each leader shall be responsible to read, review, check, etc., and approve the work completed by each participant and will be responsible for ordering and presenting the DISASTER RELIEF badge at the time and in such manner as they desire (end or beginning of church year in special recognition service). I. Write two paragraphs or prepare a collage to reflect before and after the disaster using these questions as a guideline: BEFORE THE DISASTER What happened to the weather to cause the disaster (hurricane, tornado, etc.) Define “disaster” and “disaster relief. When did the disaster occur? What is South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief? Preparations made by your own family. Preparation undertaken by local and state authorities (evacuation, shelters, etc.). AFTER THE DISASTER How you and your family were affected (wind, hail, rain, flooding, etc.) Your experience at a shelter (if you had to leave your home) How long you were out of school II. Have your leader read Matthew 25:35-40 (optional: you read and learn the verses) 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers … you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:35-40 New Living Translation (NLT) III. Pray for yourself and for residents affected by the hurricane. IV. Participate in ONE of these projects: * Collect non-perishable food items forAfter Matthew, Perseverance: A Christmas Food Drive to benefit Nichols, SC, residents, sponsored by SC WMU Region IV * Bake cookies and deliver to disaster relief volunteers and/or firemen, police, etc. * Help a family, friend, or adult who does not belong to your church by meeting their need after the disaster: food, clothes, a visit, hearing about God’s love, etc.