Rev. Jeremy Rowland-March 2012
2012 Church Plants- We have been busy working on eight church plants already for 2012. Four church plants will be in the US: Cranberry, PA; Belleville, KS; Medina, OH; and Thornton, CO. The remaining church plants will be in Canada: Orangeville, Ontario; Vernon, British Columbia; and two in Markham, Ontario.
Support- We have also had the privilege of preaching and presenting BCPM in several mission’s conferences and special meetings. Several churches have partnered with prayer and financial support. Pray that we will raise this support quickly so we can spend the needed time and attention on the church plants.
Recent Church Plants- Praise the Lord for the reports of recent church plants. Many of these young churches have had their first mission’s conference and have taken on missionaries for support. The churches that BCPM have helped start are now giving over two million dollars to missions every year.
India Trip- I recently traveled to the country of India to teach and preach on church planting at an annual First Bible Conference held at South India Bible Baptist College (www.sibbc.org). There were over 500 pastors and students attending, and they received the teaching well. The founder, Dr. Charian, is praying for a church planting movement in India and Asia and would like me to work on a strategy to help him do so. This trip has been very beneficial in opening my eyes to the challenges of global church planting, and I believe this will be a help in developing effective strategies. I want to thank all of those who prayed for me while in India and also for those who invested financially. I believe there will be much fruit from this meeting.
Wife, Teresa- Teresa has had some problems recently with a racing heart rate and near-fainting spells. After seeing several doctors and having numerous tests, she has been diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). “POTS” is a condition in which an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart after an individual stands up from a lying down position. In POTS, the lightheaded-ness or fainting is also accompanied by a rapid increase in heartbeat of more than 30 bpm, or a heart rate that exceeds 120 bpm, within ten minutes of rising. Teresa’s faintness or lightheadedness is usually relieved by lying down again. Doctors are not sure yet what causes the reduced return of blood to the heart that occurs or why the heart begins to beat so rapidly in POTS. She will see a specialist in August, the earliest available opening. She is still able to travel, but we just need to be more careful. Please pray that we have wisdom to deal with this.
Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to help churches reproduce churches that will reach the world. May God bless you for your sacrificial giving.