Saturday, April 16, 2011


The participants begin to gather for the meal
White River Baptist Association hosted its first annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, April 16.   153 men and boys (a few daughters attended also) participated in event held at the Exhibit Building at Baxter County Fairgrounds.  The menu included deer burgers, wild hog, and few unnamed entrees that tasted similar to opposum.  The meal was supplemented by covered dishes provided by the participants.

David Small kicks off the event
The program included brief introductions to our ministries by the WRBA Family Ministry Team leader (Randy Livingston) and WRBA Associational Missionary (Maurice Hitt).  David Small and Jim Brown, two of the planning committee members, shared their vision for future wild game dinners, and kicked off the event.  The pastors who were present were introduced along with the full planning committee.
Estel Grigg shares today's turkey hunt

After a great meal, Estel Grigg shared this morning's successful turkey hunt by his son and granddaughter.  (It made me wish my grandsons lived close enough for me to take them hunting.)  After an inspiring video of pro fisherman, Hank Parker, who shared his salvation testimony, Eric Smeltzer closed the service with a message on how God can take a "mess" and straighten out a person's life through forgiveness that only God can give.   

 Eric, pastor of The River Bible Church in Mountain Home, took a simple illustration of getting his dad's fishing reel all tangled-up, and by his father's skill, put the reel in order.  In the same way, God can take our mess and by His grace He can clean us up.
Eric Smeltzer share a testimony of God's grace
The Family Ministry Team of WRBA are already planning for next year's event.  Thank you for all the effort to make this year's Men and Boys Wild Game Dinner a successful event that is intended to draw us closer to the Lord and to our families.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Engage Sochi Arkansas Summer Tour
May 31 - June 3, Five Locations

Are you ready to engage Sochi?  Sochi, Russia, will be the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics/Paralympics, but there’s a lot to do before and after the Winter Games!
Starting in early 2012 and going well into 2014, IMB representatives will be hosting teams in Sochi for:

  • English language training/outreach for locals
  • Prayerwalking
  • Training local believers/strengthening local churches and home groups
  • Black Sea Beach Reach-Evangelism
Most teams that serve before and after the Olympics will be able to lodge at no cost, thanks to the support of the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!  Your costs will include roundtrip airfare to Sochi, meals, and in-country transportation, which will be shared with the group you are with.  Groups will have the option of stopping off in Moscow for a tour (cost extra).

  Though the above information speaks of 5 locations, one of those is right here in Mountain Home.  It will be hosted at East Side Baptist Church.  Meal is at 5:30 - 6:45 PM, and Presentation is from 6:45 to 7:15 PM.  Registration for the event is required -- Click ONLINE HERE to make your online Registration; or call Jill at 800-838-2272 extension 5149.

From 2012 to 2014, IMB representatives Don and Diane Combs will host teams for the projects listed above.  Don and Diane will be here on May 31 to share their vision and how you and your church can be involved in this amazing opportunity for missions efforts during the 2014 Olympics.

For more information, check out overview document by clicking HERE.

Sunday, April 3, 2011



Men and Boys Wild Game Dinner
Saturday April 16, 2011
Baxter County Fairgrounds
Sponsored by WRBA Men's Ministry Team

Shooting Contests, Games, Door Prizes,
Exhibits, Lots of Great Food, Great Time of
Fellowship for Christian Men and Boys
Speaker - Eric Smeltzer

Tickets $5.00 plus a covered dish.
Doors Open at 3:00 p.m.
Meal Served at 5:00 p.m.
For More Information, Contact:
Gary Sloan at 870-427-3836
Randy Livingston 870-404-2292

White River Baptist Association
P.O. Box 358, Flippin, AR 72634
870-453 -2575