From time to time, pastors and missionaries need refreshment and help. For those who do not have an assistant pastor or someone qualified to preach and take care of things in your absence, it can be difficult to get away. This is where The Mills Family come in…
A couple of years ago, I met Brother Samuel Mills, for the first time, at a missions conference at his home church in Salisbury, North Carolina. His pastor, Darrell Worley, was away unexpectedly due to a death (?). Brother Mills was filling in as the moderator of the meeting, and there was a lot of pressure due to the fact that this was not only a missions conference for New Hope Baptist Church, but also a regional meeting for Macedonia World Baptist Missions. In spite of the added weight of leadership on his part, God used him in a great way!
Listed Below is an excerpt from Brother Mills’ Information Packet…
Salvation and Call to the Ministry
I was saved in 1991 at a Kid’s Crusade at the age of four. I clearly understood that I was a sinner and that Jesus was the only way of salvation; I then asked the Lord to forgive my sins and to save me. I surrendered to the call of God to be an Evangelist in July of 2001. During my teenage and college years, the Lord provided many opportunities to preach in Vacation Bible Schools, teen activities, Children’s Church, Regular Sunday and Wednesday services, and others. Preaching is one of the greatest passions of my life; I take the call of God to preach with all seriousness.
My Wonderful Wife
One of the greatest blessings that I have ever received is my wonderful wife Bethany. We were married on May 31, 2008. Bethany also received Christ as her Savior early in life and it is her desire to serve God as the wife of an Evangelist. She earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education. Her training and experience as a Sunday school teacher, Wednesday night club leader, children’s church worker, and bus captain enables us to more effectively reach the younger generation in a local church and community. Together, we have chosen Jude 22 as our ministry motto and goal: “And of some have compassion, making a difference.” It is our deepest desire to make a difference in this world for Christ through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Life as a Missionary
Through my teenage years, I had the wonderful experience of being part of a missionary family. This allowed me to travel to many different churches while on deputation. On the deputation trail, I was able to learn much about ministering in a different location on a weekly basis. Once on the mission field, I was able to work closely with my Dad in the starting of a brand new Baptist church. During these days, I was able to work with my family in many Vacation Bible Schools, fill the pulpit on many occasions, and view first-hand the life of a Pastor. One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned from my parents is that the ministry is worth giving your all with no strings attached.
It was my privilege to receive Biblical and practical training from Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, NC. By God’s grace, after four years of school, I was able to graduate in May of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Evangelism. During my time at Ambassador, I had the opportunity to sit under men of God who had years of experience in the Gospel ministry and specifically the ministries of missions and evangelism.
I have had the privilege to be on staff under Dr. Darrell Worley at New Hope Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC for over three and a half years. I am very grateful for the training and experience that I have received as an assistant pastor. Under the direction of Pastor Worley, we were able to be part of a church growing in attendance from a 69 average on Sunday mornings to almost a 500 average. We have been privileged to build bus routes from the ground up and to work consistently in the Children’s Church ministry. I have had the opportunity to be responsible for much of the visitation program at New Hope.
As assistant pastor, I have had the opportunity to develop much of the Wednesday night youth program that is currently in place; we have also been privileged to work in our Vacation Bible School. Each year, we at New Hope have our own Youth Camp; I have been able to participate in the designing and planning of this youth camp for four years. For two years, I worked as the Assistant Camp Director; the last two years, I served as the Teen Camp Director.
We believe with all our heart that God has prepared us to do a task. Our time on this earth is quickly running out. Please pray that we will soon be able to be on the field full-time!
“Brother Mills and his wife are in the field of Missionary Evangelism. Their God-given mission is to assist missionaries on an extended-stay basis. For 2-3 months at a time, the Mills family joins forces with a missionary or pastor to strengthen and encourage that particular family and ministry. They are sent out of New Hope Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC where Dr. Darrell Worley is the pastor. The Mills family is currently on deputation to raise their monthly support. Please pray for the Mills family as they seek to faithfully serve Jesus Christ.”
Brother Samuel and Mrs. Bethany, are a real blessing to be around. They would love the opportunity to share their ministry with you and your church family. They can be contacted by phone: 704-754-7984 or via email: [email protected]
|The Preacher and His Preaching
By A.P. Gibbs / ECS Ministries
This present books brings Gibb’s encyclopedic knowledge of the subject within our reach. Gibb’s seriousness, thoroughness, energy, and urgency breath from this book. First entitled A Primer on Preaching, as Gibbs matured so his study of the sacred art of preaching grew. His final edition was completed just months before his sudden homecall in an auto accident enroute to Hamilton, Ontario, for a two week series of Gospel meetings.
Originally posted 2010-11-17 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter