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The Animal Bridge - Dr. Denise & Roy Thagard

by: Winterville Baptist

11/09/2018

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of the year is a special time, as it reminds us to be grateful for all that God has given us. We are grateful for many things. We are grateful for Abby, whom we love more and more each day. She is always surprising us with her giggles, her interests, her words, and the things she does. She even wants to help with “Daddy dishes” and “clean up, clean up” time. She continues to be healthy and continues to adjust to life here in France very well.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of the year is a special time, as it reminds us to be grateful for all that God has given us. We are grateful for many things. We are grateful for Abby, whom we love more and more each day. She is always surprising us with her giggles, her interests, her words, and the things she does. She even wants to help with “Daddy dishes” and “clean up, clean up” time. She continues to be healthy and continues to adjust to life here in France very well.

We are also grateful for each other. Life would be hard to learn a new language and take care of Abby without each other. It’s great to share the cooking and cleaning chores with each other, to share little breaks during the day together and even share our language successes and mistakes. There’s even sometimes when we get to surprise each other with treats from the market or store. We continue to enjoy life together as a family.

Abby helping Daddy

We are also grateful to each of you, our family, friends, neighbors, and church families who have been so diligent to pray for us, financially support us, and encourage us along this journey. Your prayers and financial support have sustained us as a family so that we can learn the language to teach the Fulani in Africa about Christ and also about ways to improve their agricultural methods. Our journey is just getting started, yet many of you have prayed for us for our whole lives. We are very grateful that God is beginning a special work inside of us that he will use us to do great and mighty things in the lives of the Fulani people in central Africa.

The past few months we’ve been thankful to hear consistent news from many people on the mission field. We continue to hear the news that the Central African Republic is not a place that is ready to receive us. There has been civil unrest near the place that we were hoping to do ministry, so much unrest that many of the Fulani have escaped to other locations far from this area. With a seasoned team ready to retire in CAR and the unrest that continues, we sense God directing our ministry to another location. Conversations with many people on the field in Africa have all echoed this change of ministry. However, we continue to hear that there is still a great need for the Fulani to have missionaries sent to them and that they are responding to the message of God’s love to them in other locations. We hear and believe God continues to call us to serve the Fulani. During these conversations with several people, another consistent message has been that God calls us to serve a people group rather than a location. What drew us to the Fulani—large unreached people group, cattle herders and farmers, their need for improved agricultural practices—has not changed.

We continue to plan our ministry with the Fulani as missionaries in central Africa. It seems the Fulani people in CAR have traveled north into Chad and Niger to escape the civil unrest. We are excited that God seems to be moving us into this direction for future ministry so that we may still impact the lives of the very people we met on our vision trip into CAR in 2016. We believe we have found a temporary ministry location in Niger where we can spend time learning Fulani language and culture surrounded by other missionaries who can mentor us as we adjust to life with the Fulani. The French language we are learning will be critically important as we will use it in our day to day interactions in the market, and even use it to learn to communicate with the Fulani in their heart language. This location in Niger will give us a starting place to learn Fulani language and culture. After learning Fulfulde we would be able to find a more permanent ministry location with the Fulani when the time comes.

This change of direction for ministry has come over many months of careful prayer and communication with lots of people. Through all of this, God has continued to remain faithful to us through his provisions and the peace he has given us after these conversations. There are still many details to work out before we are able to go to Africa, but we continue to trust God to make a way.

Here are some specific ways you can pray for us:
  • Continue to pray for God to direct us with conversations for best ways to begin ministry with the Fulani.
  • Roy making a vision trip to central Africa to see firsthand how the Fulani are responding to Christ at the end of January/beginning of February.
  • Denise is excited about meeting with her language helper once a week. Pray for these conversations that Denise can grow in her French.
  • Roy has been attending a 2-hour French Bible study class each Saturday and is enjoying the interaction he can already do during this time. Pray for him to continue to feel encouraged as he expresses himself in French, and pray that he will also find a language helper to work one on one with.

Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018
If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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Winterville Baptist Church Scholarship Program

by: Winterville Baptist

11/09/2018

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The Winterville Baptist Church Scholarship Program was designed to honor the lives of Adelle F. Wall, Brenda W. Waters, and F. “K” Tyson, Jr. It is a need- based program which seeks to support educational expenses for students currently active in worship, Bible study and the ministries of Winterville Baptist Church. Awardees will be selected to receive the Adelle F. Wall-Brenda W. Waters Scholarship or the F. “K.” Tyson, Jr Scholarship from the eligible application pool.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current active participation in Worship, Bible Study and the ministries of Winterville Baptist Church (defined as a minimum of 1 year with plans to… read more
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The Winterville Baptist Church Scholarship Program was designed to honor the lives of Adelle F. Wall, Brenda W. Waters, and F. “K” Tyson, Jr. It is a need- based program which seeks to support educational expenses for students currently active in worship, Bible study and the ministries of Winterville Baptist Church. Awardees will be selected to receive the Adelle F. Wall-Brenda W. Waters Scholarship or the F. “K.” Tyson, Jr Scholarship from the eligible application pool.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current active participation in Worship, Bible Study and the ministries of Winterville Baptist Church (defined as a minimum of 1 year with plans to continue involvement into the future).
  • Current enrollment in an educational program toward an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree, demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and be in good standing. (Special one-time needs outside of the above educational programs may be presented to the committee for consideration)
  • Have demonstrated merit and/or financial need.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much is available through the fund?
The annual awards will be based on the interest earned on the fund balance. Deserving students may apply and receive funding annually for a maximum of 4 awards.

When should a student apply?
Students should apply for the Winterville Baptist Church Scholarship Program by December 1 annually.

What are the scholarship application procedures?

  • Obtain an application from Winterville Baptist Church (252-756-5955) or download the form here
  • A complete application must be submitted to Scholarship Committee, Winterville Baptist Church, PO Box.1669, Winterville, NC 29590 by December 1. A complete application includes:
  • Application
  • Two letters of recommendation (first time applicants only)
  • A current transcript
  • Personal Statement of Need (first time applicants only)

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What does a bed and breakfast have to do with missions?

by: Winterville Baptist

10/12/2018

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22 years ago, I (Denise) came to France on a mission trip while I was still a student in undergrad at John Brown University. I came with a group to help my roommate’s (Kristin) parents start a business so they could be tentmakers in the center of France. Suspicions of outsiders, especially missionaries were high in the area, and so they wanted to start a business where they would be accepted amongst the community. We were meant to start basic construction on a bed and breakfast during our mission trip. Unfortunately, the permission to start building didn’t come on time,… read more

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22 years ago, I (Denise) came to France on a mission trip while I was still a student in undergrad at John Brown University. I came with a group to help my roommate’s (Kristin) parents start a business so they could be tentmakers in the center of France. Suspicions of outsiders, especially missionaries were high in the area, and so they wanted to start a business where they would be accepted amongst the community. We were meant to start basic construction on a bed and breakfast during our mission trip. Unfortunately, the permission to start building didn’t come on time, so instead, we started clearing out the underbrush so that future guests would be able to walk between the trees. Roy and I got to visit this site in August during a school break. We experienced the bed and breakfast firsthand and even played frisbee golf in the timber we had cleared amongst the log cabins! We got to see and experience the finished product and hear news that a small church has now formed in the area! There have been lots of trials along the way, but God has been faithful to them!

This was really encouraging to me! I loved being able to see the completed vision, and yet still knowing that God is not done working in the hearts of the people there! God has placed a vision for the Fulani in our hearts and we are excited that God has plans to use us!

Roy and I have also had some chances to visit a couple beautiful cathedrals here in France. They are indeed beautiful, and important not to miss on a visit here! However, as Roy and I have visited these we are saddened to see them filled with many who come to marvel at the architecture but who don’t stop to worship God. We know that God doesn’t seek impressive architecture, he seeks hearts. The number of Christians here seems small and ministry here can be slow to build trust. There are small congregations scattered around. We are encouraged to be a part of one such church and see them striving to reach the lost here in France! In fact, about half of our classmates learning French will be missionaries in France reaching specific populations and starting small churches. Most of the other half plan to serve in francophone countries in Africa like us. France is also a ripe place for harvest. Many immigrants have come here, especially from French speaking African nations where it is difficult to share the gospel. Now that these people are in transition and do not have some of the same societal pressures they can have less obstacles to pursue truth and not just accept what they have always been taught. Please pray with us for open hearts for the gospel and for the love of Christ to spread throughout all peoples here in France!

Our French classes are going well! We can certainly feel our brains gearing more towards French. We took a test last month and it showed that we both have progressed from being “beginners” (A1) to “advanced elementary” (A2) in reading, writing and comprehension (and even “intermediate” (B1) in some sections)! While it still takes a lot of work to communicate more than the basic ideas, we are able to communicate our basic needs, and hear basic ideas also! While we are learning French Abby is picking up words in both languages. It is so cute to hear her greet, “Bonjour” or say good-bye, “Au revoir.” She also is learning how to string new words together, like black train and two shoes. Really, she is cute no matter what she does!

Pray for us as we continue to seek out places of service to reach the Fulani people. Pray for God to be working in our hearts to prepare us and for God to prepare the hearts of the Fulani for His Word. We have had some good conversations with missionaries on the field and look forward to having some plans to report to you! In the meantime, we have been encouraged to stay the course on our language studies through April. Pray for us to keep our focus and to be able to grasp the language well. And praise God with us for all of you who are our wonderful prayer warriors and supporters that God has on our team! You all are a part of God’s vision too!

We also ask that you keep in your prayers the many who are recovering from Hurricane Florence which has affected many in North Carolina near where we lived (Greenville) and where Roy grew up (Fayetteville). I am writing this letter while the hurricane is still passing through and we’ve heard of lots of flooding and power outages.

Excited to be a part of God’s vision,
Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018

Please use the following link to download the 2018 Prayer Card:
Thagard 2018 Prayer Card

If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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The Animal Bridge - from France

by: Winterville Baptist

09/21/2018

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I (Roy) am privileged that our family gets to spend some time in worship here in France. I admit to you, though, that I was not able to worship God with gladness the first month we were here. With the physical sicknesses we were dealing with as well as other issues, it was not a smooth transition for me. My worship to God faltered as a result of many of these things. I appreciate worshipping through singing and Bible study but I could not enjoy those things because I didn’t know the language. After three months, I still don’t know… read more

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I (Roy) am privileged that our family gets to spend some time in worship here in France. I admit to you, though, that I was not able to worship God with gladness the first month we were here. With the physical sicknesses we were dealing with as well as other issues, it was not a smooth transition for me. My worship to God faltered as a result of many of these things. I appreciate worshipping through singing and Bible study but I could not enjoy those things because I didn’t know the language. After three months, I still don’t know French well but I have picked up enough vocabulary to enjoy worship once more. I am grateful that I can experience true worship in my heart again.

At school we have many opportunities to worship. We attend church service on Sundays. Each Monday and Thursday our classmates lead in worship for 20 minutes during a formal chapel service for all classes, teachers, and administration. On Tuesdays our individual classes take time for worship. Our class spends each Tuesday afternoon for the two-hour duration with grammar and vocabulary examples from the devotion that one of us led. We each take turns saying a one sentence prayer. All of these give us the opportunity to be exposed to French to improve our listening skills, be encouraged by fellow believers, and experience worship in different ways.

Worshiping with our classmates
Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise…For the Lord is good and his love endures forever. Ps. 100: 2, 4a, 5a.
I have also been given the opportunity to help lead our school’s chapel in singing. We recently had a praise and worship evening that students organized and led. It was wonderful seeing the talents displayed by so many people who put their natural timidity, youth, or inexperience of an instrument aside to perform worship songs. One man in our class performed a song he wrote himself, sharing he wrote it during a personal time of weakness. I observed so many forms of worship that evening that touched my heart. People sang along, some danced. During this time prayers were shared out loud and scripture was read that was not a planned part of the service. I was finding joy in worship once more.
“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring
glory to your name.” Ps. 86:9

Since I’ve traveled to other countries and worshipped in languages not familiar to me, I have reflected that perhaps God’s greatest joy is hearing multiple languages on Sundays praising Him throughout the day. The authenticity of worship that I experience in these settings is like nothing I can compare. I know how beautiful this worship is to experience and I can only imagine how much God enjoys hearing our worship.
“There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Singing is one of my favorite forms of worship to God. Given the chance to learn songs in French and to dissect the lyrics word for word has enhanced not just my vocabulary but my worship experience. One example of this was a song I recently sang for our school’s chapel service. It’s a popular praise and worship song you may know, “Come, now is the time to worship.” The last line of the chorus in English is “still the greatest treasure remains for those who gladly choose you now.” It’s such a popular song that I diminish the significance of those words when I sing it. In learning the French version of this song, though, my personal word for word translation of that line is, “But the true treasure is the one who chooses you today.” That line resonated so deeply to me when I recognized it! Of all the people and nations who worship God, what He desires the most is for someone to choose to follow Him for the first time. That is his greatest treasure. And to think he has called me to the nations to proclaim His good news so that the Fulani that I will share with can choose to follow Him. How humbling that is to me!

I want to encourage you today, first to say thank you for allowing us to go to Africa so that we can share with the Fulani who have never heard the gospel. Thank you for your gifts and prayers so that we can take time to concentrate on learning language now to effectively communicate the gospel with people we will meet.

I also want to encourage you today in your personal worship and quiet time with God. Maybe you’re reading this and have found yourself in a time of spiritual dryness. Whatever gift you may have, whether it is singing, dancing, reading, or serving others, I pray that you will be bold enough to share your gifts of worship to God. I pray this letter encourages you to turn to God in worship this month.

Joyfully,
Roy, Denise, and Abby

Roy giving a devotional to our class
Prayer Card 2018

Please use the following link to download the 2018 Prayer Card:
Thagard 2018 Prayer Card

If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE


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Dr. Denise & Roy Thagard "The Animal Bridge"

by: Winterville Baptist

08/09/2018

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Bonjour de France! (Greetings from France)

I (Roy) want to thank everyone for remembering us in your prayers! During our first 5 weeks in France, our family has gone through difficult struggles with health, lack of sleep, and adjustments to the time and language. Because of your prayers we’ve been able to remain faithful and upbeat despite spiritual attacks. By God’s grace we are persevering—and even making some headway in our French speaking!

During our class time we have the opportunity to each share one devotion. I’m always drawn to scriptures with an agrarian theme so I shared from… read more
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Bonjour de France! (Greetings from France)

I (Roy) want to thank everyone for remembering us in your prayers! During our first 5 weeks in France, our family has gone through difficult struggles with health, lack of sleep, and adjustments to the time and language. Because of your prayers we’ve been able to remain faithful and upbeat despite spiritual attacks. By God’s grace we are persevering—and even making some headway in our French speaking!

During our class time we have the opportunity to each share one devotion. I’m always drawn to scriptures with an agrarian theme so I shared from John 15:1-5. In this passage Jesus tells his disciples His role, God’s role, and their role for the kingdom. I shared with our class that the true vine (Jesus) will always bear fruit. We have been given the responsibility to produce fruit. But in order to produce fruit, a grapevine must endure some pruning. It’s a reminder that even though we remain in Jesus, God still must prune us for us to continue to bear fruit. Even though our family is following God by learning language and committing to missionary work in Africa, we realize the road will not be easy. Satan will try to attack us. He will remind us of jobs with better pay back home, larger homes with bigger yards, and even comfortable places to serve where we can speak English and people will understand us. I needed to be reminded of this necessary pruning so I could be patient during our adjustment period. We know the call that is before us—to share God’s message with some who have never heard. It is for this purpose that we are here!

Practical teaching on buying veggies in the market and following French baking instructions

I’m sure you’re all excited to hear just how language class is going for us. We spent a lot of time over the first few weeks reviewing phonetic sounds. Even though some French words look similar to the English word with the same meaning, they do not sound the same at all. We have all learned very fast that just because the letters make familiar words, the sounds are still foreign for us. Our teacher has been very patient with us in training our tongues to make the correct sounds. She recognizes our weaknesses and helps the whole class develop together. Now we are beginning to have the vocabulary to ask basic questions. We have a few verbs we can use to give direction. The last few days we have begun to learn how to use masculine and feminine nouns. And we have begun to work with the verbs “to be” and “to have” in asking questions and making statements. By the end of June we will have had an oral exam. During it, we’ll be given 2 minutes to introduce ourselves individually. We’ll tell a little about our family and where we are from. Our first session ends on June 29. We have a week-long break and then continue for another 5 weeks before having a longer break at the end of the summer.

Abby has been adjusting quite well! She loves her nursery class. After taking her shoes off, she plops down onto a toddler sofa giggling, ready to play with her favorite toys and friends. Her daycare teacher leads all the kids in playing together for the morning hours. They sing songs and do actions to the songs—all in French! Abby loves to color every day with us and with her teacher. She has become quite the climber when we venture to neighborhood parks. She continues to say new words in English and occasionally we think we hear a word or two in French! I’m glad that she has adjusted so well.

Now that we are healthy and have a very basic level of French, we want to accept the challenge to begin speaking with strangers in the neighborhood. It’s one thing to use a few words at the market, but another thing to strike up a conversation with parents at the park or a stranger sitting near the street. So far, most people we have met speak better English than we speak French, so the conversations tend to go to English. We want these conversations to help us grow in our French speaking and understanding. We can use these times to share about ourselves and why we are here so that people may begin to understand there is a God that loves them. I desire to have these conversations with the same people so that as my French grows and my friendships with several people grow as well.

We continue to covet your prayers. Here are some specific ways you can be praying for us:

  • Pray for us to have conversations in French that build relationships, and even spiritual conversations that uplift others.
  • Continue to pray for our growth in learning French.There are always peaks and valleys in language learning.Pray with us that we remain patient and focused in our studies.
  • Remember to pray for our health.We are grateful that we are healthy today. Please pray that our health continues to be good and our energy strong.
  • A personal note: We are planning to begin potty training Abby during our short break from school.Pray that this is successful and Abby will adjust to it well in the days and weeks ahead.

Gratefully,
Roy, Denise, and Abby

Prayer Card 2018

Please use the following link to download the 2018 Prayer Card:
Thagard 2018 Prayer Card

If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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From The Pastor's Desk

by: Winterville Baptist

08/01/2018

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My Last Newsletter Article, or Retiring into God

My first newsletter article for WBC appeared in the December 2004 edition and was written prior to our moving to Winterville.After presenting a challenge to us all to focus first on Jesus during the Christmas season, I shared the following personal note.

I will begin my ministry as your pastor on Monday, January 3 [2005].My first Sunday in the pulpit will be January 9.We plan to move to Winterville on or around December 17.We have a contract on a house on Blackhorse Lane in Cedar Ridge subdivision, and our house in Madison… read more

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My Last Newsletter Article, or Retiring into God

My first newsletter article for WBC appeared in the December 2004 edition and was written prior to our moving to Winterville.After presenting a challenge to us all to focus first on Jesus during the Christmas season, I shared the following personal note.

I will begin my ministry as your pastor on Monday, January 3 [2005].My first Sunday in the pulpit will be January 9.We plan to move to Winterville on or around December 17.We have a contract on a house on Blackhorse Lane in Cedar Ridge subdivision, and our house in Madison Heights [Virginia] is under contract, with the closing scheduled for November 30.At the time of my writing (November 15), Mary is still seeking an administrative position in the school system.

Mary and I appreciate your many good wishes and your prayers.We have sensed the power of your prayers for us.We are looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas and New Years in Winterville and to becoming a part of God’s family at Winterville Baptist.

Wow! It’s been almost fourteen years since I wrote those words!That’s hard to believe.And in many ways it’s hard for me to believe I am retiring – that I will no longer, after our worship service on August 26th, be doing each day, week, month, and year what I have been doing for forty years.(I was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel by my home church on December 17, 1978.)

I have heard folks through the years say regarding retirement that you will know when it’s time.And I have discovered they are right.For me it’s time.

Like all major milestones in life, taking this next step of retiring involves some anxiety and concerns mixed in with the anticipation, joy, relief, and hope.Since I was eighteen I have been seeking to follow Jesus in doing God’s will.One thing I have learned and know: I can trust God fully. He is perfectly and completely faithful.

Prior to our moving to Winterville, we sold our house in Virginia the first month we put it on the market.Mary was offered three teaching positions in area school systems prior to our moving but she held out for an administrative position.The first week after we moved here, she took a job as assistant principal at Farmville Central High School.She is now finishing her education career working in a position, Director of Secondary Education for Pitt County Schools, she appreciates very much.

Since taking up God’s call to serve in Christian ministry in 1978, I have been employed as a pastor every single day and been treated by each congregation better than I deserve.Yes, there are some petty, hypocritical and even mean people in churches.But there are also God’s genuine, humble saints, who as C. S. Lewis once said, I am not worthy to shine their shoes.

Despite my many weaknesses and sins, God in his grace has been with me and worked through me to bless others.In addition Mary and I are blessed with three wonderful children and their spouses who are all followers of Jesus and involved in church.And we have ten amazing, bright, beautiful, marvelous, interesting… (Did I say amazing?) grandchildren. I could go on and on naming the blessings…

Thank you for being a wonderful part of our journey.I ask one thing of you.Please pray that I will know and follow God’s guidance and will for this last and ending phase of my life.With God’s help I have avoided burning out.I do not want to retire and rust out.I want to last out and flame out.For genuine Christians there is no retiring from God, only retiring into God.

Mary and I will continue to live in the Greenville area for the next couple of years as Mary completes her work with Pitt County Schools and we prepare to sell our house.Our plans now are to build our retirement home on a lakefront lot we purchased in Caroline County, Virginia north of Richmond, which is about one hour away from our daughter Beth in Fairfax.

Some of you have asked us if we will continue to worship and fellowship in WBC as members.We are still deciding about this and will make our decision based upon what is best for God’s kingdom, WBC and us.

It is our hope that as our Lord has richly blessed us through you during these last thirteen years together that He will generously bless you as you go forward into the wonderful future He has for you.

Grace and peace,

Grant

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Dr. Denise & Roy Thagard "The Animal Bridge"

by: Joe Barta

06/27/2018

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Bonjour! We have been in Massy, France for over two weeks now! (I’m writing in mid-May.) Massy is just 10 miles from Paris so it is still very much city living for us country bumpkins! It seems as if we have been preparing for being here so long. We are thrilled to be here, but it has been a definite adjustment.

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Bonjour! We have been in Massy, France for over two weeks now! (I’m writing in mid-May.) Massy is just 10 miles from Paris so it is still very much city living for us country bumpkins! It seems as if we have been preparing for being here so long. We are thrilled to be here, but it has been a definite adjustment.

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Dr. Denise & Roy Thagard "The Animal Bridge"

by: Winterville Baptist

05/24/2018

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May Update
The Thagard's are now in France!

Greetings! This past month we spent learning how to adjust to changes that come with ministering overseas. We’ve been learning how much the Gospel is at work in us today and we each want to share with you a glimpse of what we have been learning.

Roy: Here we are in our new home away from home (for 4 weeks in March & April) where we learn about cultural challenges we may face as missionaries. The intent is to prepare in many different areas so that when we are faced with… read more
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May Update
The Thagard's are now in France!

Greetings! This past month we spent learning how to adjust to changes that come with ministering overseas. We’ve been learning how much the Gospel is at work in us today and we each want to share with you a glimpse of what we have been learning.

Roy: Here we are in our new home away from home (for 4 weeks in March & April) where we learn about cultural challenges we may face as missionaries. The intent is to prepare in many different areas so that when we are faced with all these stressful situations in a new culture, new language, and complete strangers that we can still be successful.

We have our own 2 bedroom apartment, roughly 600 square feet, which fits our needs really well. There is a washer/dryer for all people to share. We have lunch provided 3 times a week, and we have cooked our other meals. Classes meet from 8:30 to 12, and then 1:15 to 3:30 each day.

You may be wondering just what we have been studying during our cultural training. Briefly, we have been given opportunities to hear from current and former field workers about cultures around the world. It is hard to leave our American cultures behind when we go to serve in new places. Through team activities, case studies, and examples shared we have realized what conflict and communication may look like in many settings based on many cultures. I have truly enjoyed getting to know others around me through team activities. The Holy Spirit has shown areas of weakness in my life that I need to work on. I am grateful for this time to reflect on life cross-culturally and how I must be willing to observe, listen, and pray before sensing that I can make a difference.

Participating in a skit about teamwork

Denise: After starting our classes I realized that I was feeling overwhelmed emotionally when I started processing through my transitions out of Ethiopia eight years ago, but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. As we started learning about spiritual warfare we looked at Scriptures about how we can be strong in the Lord. I started realizing that there were some underlying fears in my heart. I prayed for God to take this away and for his protection from any hold that the evil one had on me. I immediately felt God’s peace and freedom and that overwhelming feeling was gone!

I had always thought of spiritual warfare on the mission field—with the extremes of demon-possession that are similar to encounters written about in the Bible. I hadn’t thought of how it could affect me or even bring disharmony amongst team members who I will work with. Rather by living strong in God’s strength and seeking His will I can be strong in fighting temptations and actions that can be displeasing. Isn’t it amazing that when you trust Him, He allows things to fall into their proper place?!

Abby: I’ve been in school (daycare) in the same building where mommy and daddy have class. It has been so much fun! I was sad at first, but now I love going! My teacher, Ms. Lhen tells me a Bible story and lets me color each day (and I try really hard to not eat the crayons and to use lots of colors). I have 2 friends in my class—Naomi (15 mos.) and Victoria (2 years). I love them both and Victoria loves giving me hugs and sometimes her hugs are so big that she tackles me! Every day after class our family goes behind our apartments to play on the playground and swing and slide and swing some more. Daddy gives me really good pushes! Mommy and Daddy talk about missions a lot and I’ve learned that missions means great friends and new toys and I love it!

Roy with Abby and her friend Victoria

News from France: We have received our year-long visas to study French! Our flight was April 25, so by the time you read this we should be settled into our apartment in Massy (near Paris) and starting full-time language studies so that we can communicate in the official language once we get to C.A.R. Please pray for our minds to be receptive to learning this new language quickly!

News from Central African Republic: We’ve heard reports of Fulani herders who have returned to CAR after the civil war. Unfortunately, there have continued skirmishes in the east and some threats to peace in the west (near where we’ll be serving). Please pray for peace that will permeate hearts in this country!

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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Chicken On A Mission Fun-raiser! 2018

by: Winterville Baptist

05/24/2018

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8th for our Annual
Chicken On A Mission Fun-raiser!

All funds raised are used for mission work, far and near, including the ramps our famous crew builds!
We will be serving up our traditional grilled BBQ chicken plates with all the trimmings and of course you won't want to miss our awesome auction. Start up those sewing machines, buzz saws and paint brushes as we welcome your artistic endeavors and crafts for auction. September will be here before you know it! Thank you for your prayers and support. For more information please… read more

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8th for our Annual
Chicken On A Mission Fun-raiser!

All funds raised are used for mission work, far and near, including the ramps our famous crew builds!
We will be serving up our traditional grilled BBQ chicken plates with all the trimmings and of course you won't want to miss our awesome auction. Start up those sewing machines, buzz saws and paint brushes as we welcome your artistic endeavors and crafts for auction. September will be here before you know it! Thank you for your prayers and support. For more information please see Jackie Brooks, Janet Rollins or Willard Joyner.

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WBC 101 - Membership Class

by: Winterville Baptist

05/24/2018

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WBC 101

What?

WBC 101 is our Membership Class. Class participants will join with the pastor in working through the WBC 101 Student/Disciple Guide which provides an excellent introduction to the Christian life (the life of following Jesus as his disciple/apprentice), our church and what is important and valuable to us as a congregation and the direction we are seeking to go.

All new adult church members are expected to complete the class and may do so following or prior to joining the church.


When?

Sunday mornings June 3, 10, 17, 24

9:00… read more

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WBC 101

What?

WBC 101 is our Membership Class. Class participants will join with the pastor in working through the WBC 101 Student/Disciple Guide which provides an excellent introduction to the Christian life (the life of following Jesus as his disciple/apprentice), our church and what is important and valuable to us as a congregation and the direction we are seeking to go.

All new adult church members are expected to complete the class and may do so following or prior to joining the church.


When?

Sunday mornings June 3, 10, 17, 24

9:00 – 10:00 am (during Sunday School)


For whom?
1. New members of WBC

2. Anyone attending our church who is contemplating joining our congregation or is interested in learning more about WBC

3. WBC members or other Christians who wish to “brush up” on the basics of being a Christian and what church membership involves

4. Anyone who believes the class will be helpful to them


Where?

The Memorial Room (Room 102 across from the church office)

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Welcome To The New Winterville Baptist Church Website

by: Winterville Baptist

05/23/2018

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

Winterville Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot… read more

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

Winterville Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 252-756-5955 or send us an email.

From all of us at Winterville Baptist Church, welcome to our new church website.



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