Nursing Home Ministry:
“On the first Sunday of every month at 3:30pm, the Peoples hold a mini-church service for the residents at The Guest House. A handful of hymns are sung followed by a short message. The Guest House’s residents are not able to live independently and very few of them ever get to leave the facility. Some never get visitors. Because so many of them can’t get to a church, we bring church to them! Over the years we have gotten to know and love these residents and they love us in return. All are welcome to join us on the first Sunday of each month at The Guest House 10145 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815.”
Lee and Jessica Peoples
“Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I’m writing to you with great urgency today. We have been commissioned and commanded to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:37-40). The urgency behind this letter is a result of the estimated 24 unborn neighbors of ours that are being murdered each day here in Louisiana (Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans). We should be greatly troubled by this! We as Christians believe life is intricately woven together and planned by God, and that life begins at conception. This is why we use the language of “murder”.
It is hard to hear the word “murder” and it should be. In the public square, you will hear abortion being called “a women’s right to reproductive freedom” among many other things. Abortion will continue to be tolerated as “good” in the public's eyes as long as we don’t call it what it is. They’ll call it a choice to be offered to a rape victim, a frightened young girl who is still in school, or someone in poverty, and you can persuade the public to think this is good. But we as Christian know that “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21) so we call abortion murder and see it as a legally established evil and injustice to children.
So, knowing that, what do we do? What do we, the church, do about children being murdered?
We do as commanded in scripture and love the Lord and our neighbor. We love the Lord by sharing his good news, the gospel, and by his grace may they have ears to hear! And we love our neighbor in this same way. We, by his Spirit alone, want to rescue parents and babies from not only the death of the flesh, but an eternal one in separation from the Lord. So, let me share a few ways our local church can make an impact on this specific audience with the gospel.
First, we can be boots on the ground on the front lines. We go to abortion mills in our surrounding areas and share the gospel! This is where we differ from generic pro-life groups because we care about their position before God! We want to share the gospel with mothers, fathers, workers, passer-bys, and anyone who would have ears to hear! We do this through the preaching of the Word, gospel tract distribution, holding attention-grabbing posters, and calling out to all those mentioned before.
Secondly, we pray. This is not a point to miss brothers and sisters! Another way to be a part, if you are not available to go out on site, is to love your unborn neighbors through intentional voting, and donating. You can donate gospel tracts, and newborn baby items to be bagged as blessing bags to moms who choose life!
Lastly, remember what John Piper once said: “We are not called to win, but to witness.” So, take heart, the Lord has already won, and every knee will bow and tongue confess the He is Lord (Rom 14:11). Therefore, we are burdened to share the gospel to all, so that they may be forgiven by the grace of God through his son Jesus Christ! We are all called to love our neighbor, and this is an opportunity for us to show compassion to our unborn neighbors!”
Grace and Peace,
Upcoming Event: New Mexico Mission Trip!
Last year a group from our church went to New Mexico to minister to Tohatchi Baptist Church and their surrounding community. Most of the people in the area are Native Americans that still hold to ancient forms of animism. Poverty and familial oppression are very real parts of the culture as well as intense spiritual warfare. This year, our group will be gone from June 28th through July 6th. Please pray for our team this year as they encourage the church there to persevere, minister to the physical needs of families, and provide counsel for the emotional and spiritual distress of the community. Projects this year include revivals, Vacation Bible School, and various construction opportunities. If you would like to support our team financially, you can drop off a donation any time at the coffee house. You can also join us on Friday, May 3rd for our worship night where all donations will go towards this mission trip! Church members, if you would like to go, please talk to Pastor Joey (Cost is $200/person or $400/family).