August 2019

Three New Visitors! In August, we had three new visitors brought by Joe Ball to our Sunday morning service. They were Joe’s father and mother and grandfather. Joe said that it was the first time he had ever seen his parents in a regular church service outside of a funeral service in his entire lifetime. Please remember David and Betty Ball and the grandfather, Dee Ball, in your prayers. I did preach the gospel to them, and we would like to see this family come to know the Lord. So far they have not returned, but we are praying for them. Hispanic Outreach Our Hispanic outreach increased substantially this month. We have had an influence on twenty Latino people, four of which are completely new to us. Two of the individuals are Latin young women both of whom will be deported for breaking their visa limitations. The rest of the twenty are young men, one of which is a young man with his wife and daughters, all here illegally and all needing the Lord. Rather than list all of their names, which would be difficult reading for those of you who don’t know the Spanish language, just remember this outreach activity on our part, that the Lord might bless it for his honor and glory. I received a call from Mexico, from a young Mexican man, Omar Joaquin Bernabe, who had been here in our county jail a few years ago where I had ministered to him. He called me asking for spiritual advice for his family. He and his wife, Nadia, attend a Bible Baptist Church in Mexico....

July Report

Two New Visitors. July has been a very hot month with real temperatures soaring up to as high as I():’) degrees in the afternoons. The humidity is also very high and that makes the heat index even higher. Thank the Lord for air conditioning which makes it possible for a more comfortable living condition. Mr. Joe Ball, Desirae and family returned from their vacation in Tennessee and brought two new visitors with them to our Sunday morning service, July 14th, giving us 14 in attendance that day. They were Desirae’s daughter, Destiny, and Desirae’s mother, Linda. Linda returned with the family on the 21st of the month and now attends whenever the family attends. Our attendance fluctuates between about nine faithful people and visitors who come irregularly that raise the attendance number. We are praying that the Lord might bless the expository preaching of His glorious Word. We do not believe in resorting to entertainment of any kind to get people into our services, but do seek the lost through our outreach program, prayer, and expository preaching. Our Weekly Bulletin We now have a weekly bulletin.  Roxanne creates an attractive new front cover every week for the bulletin and we use it for listing prayer requests, pithy statements, our schedule of service, and our Sunday morning order of service.  It is a delight to use this medium to serve the Lord. By His grace and in loving gratitude, Tim and Roxanne Parrow....

June 2019

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Return Visitors On the thirteenth of June, our Thursday service, we had Angie visit with us again and on Sunday the twenty-third, LaShonda came without her two boys. We had thirteen in our service that Sunday morning, with Al Christian attending as well as Joe Ball and Desirae. I preached on Jn.17:17 where our Lord prays, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Such a prayer makes for good preaching, and therefore I preached on the doctrine of sanctification, defining it and looking at it in the Holy Scriptures. The next Sunday only the faithful nine of us were in attendance, but we rejoice to preach to whomever the Lord brings our way. Spanish Outreach Our attempt to reach the Latino community has dwindled, and although we have dealt with some Latinos, we have not been able to give out any literature except to one young man, Miguel Angel. With all of the illegal activity happening on the border, one would think that we would have many more Latinos in our area. Such is not the case, however, yet. Perhaps they will come to our area and the Lord will give us more opportunities to reach them in the future. Other Activities We thank the Lord that we were able to buy about eight tons of gravel to fix our washed out driveway. We could have used more but the cost of the gravel has gone up considerably because of the need to fix so many roads and bridges that were washed out from the great amount of rain we had in May....

May, 2019

  Dear Pastor and Brethren: Unusual Weather Month The beautiful spring weather that blessed us in April turned into severe weather that swamped us in May. In the last three weeks of May we had over thirty inches of rain as measured in my rain gauge in our front yard. Flooding was the result of that amount of rain and our road was flooded in both the ingress and egress directions to our house. Our gravel driveway is heavily washed out, and I will need about fifteen tons of gravel to replace what was washed out. The worst part of the gravel road we use was to the south with about six feet of water covering the road. The north part was not so deep and dried up much sooner so we were able to get out and go to our services and do our work by going about six miles out of our normal way to get to Stillwater and back home. The heavy volume of water has washed out bridges and culverts in many areas making it difficult to travel. Many others here in Oklahoma were not so blessed but suffered damages from flooding, tornados, and hail. The Lord was good and gracious to all of us associated with the mission work for which we are thankful. The building in which we assemble did leak a little bit but the damage is repairable with caulking and paint. It seems that not so long ago I was reporting about the drought we were in here in Oklahoma. Now the Lord has made up for all of that lack...

March 2019

Dear Pastor and Brethren: A Month of Improvements Although February was a slow month with low attendance, March is showing improvement in that area. We are having an early spring here in Stillwater, and I think that may be one of the encouragements the Lord is providing to motivate people to come to our services. On the 3rd of March we had twelve people, including two new children, attend our service. The same happened on the tenth with twelve attending. The numbers dropped to five on the 17th but then went back up on the 24th to ten and on the 31st of March to eleven. So we praise the Lord for the nice weather and His drawing of the people to come hear His Word. Subject Matter for Preaching On Sunday mornings I am preaching on John 17, the Lord’s prayer to His Father before departing with the Eleven to pray in the garden of Gethsemane before His betrayal and arrest It is the prayer of the highest beauty and deepest doctrine in the entire book of Holy Scripture. His prayer certainly needs to be studied in view of the upcoming celebration of Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Properly understanding His prayer would truly give us a proper understanding of His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. On Thursday evenings I am preaching on Article Ten of our Articles of Faith, The Blood Atonement. This subject certainly complements the theme of the Lord’s prayer so that those who attend will have received a good understanding of the redemptive work of our Lord when we are finished with the study. Our Outreach...

February 2019

February seems to have been a difficult month for us here at the mission in Stillwater. Bro. Dick Gaches hurt his knee severely and has not been able to take an active part in our services for about a month now. He went to the surgery center for surgery on his leg, and the monitors found an irregular heartbeat, so they sent him home with instructions to go to a cardiologist. The cardiologist has found nothing wrong with Bro. Gaches’ heart, but they have one more test to run before he can schedule surgery on his knee. Meanwhile he is hobbling around when he has to do some walking but has curtailed his movement to doing just what is absolutely necessary. Please remember him and Sis. Connie, his wife, in your prayers. Others continue to come sporadically. Truman and Needra Stiner come when they are in Stillwater for purposes other than to serve the Lord, but at least they attend when they are in the Stillwater area. LaShonda Dale and her two boys came once this month but have not returned. She attends a university in Langston, Ok., during the day and works all night on top of caring for her two teenage sons. She is often troubled with migraine headaches. Please remember her in prayer. Joe Ball and Desirae have come two Sundays this month. Desirae’s son, Deacon, comes when he is not visiting with his father. Deacon is in the sixth grade. Additionally, we have lost a man who was visiting with us, but we are happy to know that he is attending services elsewhere. We are...

January 2019

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Off to a Good Start! The Lord has given us a good start for the new year with four first-time visitors and six returning visitors. Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Desirae Ball came twice this month and her stepson Deacon came with them once. LaShonda Dale, a repeat visitor, brought her two sons, Dona’te and Deonta, and her niece Tyasia, who is a first-time visitor. Additionally, the three children of Bro. Ruben Torres: Brayden, Gaven, and Khloie, came on a Thursday evening for a Bible study class. We thank the Lord for these visitors and hope that they will return as the Lord deals with their hearts. Hispanic Outreach We had an unusual opportunity to witness to a Colombian couple. Isneriban Murillo Buitrago was needing some Spanish documents translated into English for his citizenship test. We were happy to translate those documents for him and also to give him and his wife a copy of Highest Questions – Ultimas Preguntas, to read together. They were very friendly, and the following Monday we received a phone call from him telling us that he had passed his citizenship test. Additionally, we have met two other Mexican men, but have not been able to even give them a gospel tract because of their being incarcerated and closely guarded. Hymn Singing! On January 26, Saturday, several of us from the mission work went down to Bethel Baptist Church in Choctaw, Ok., to participate in their annual time of four hours of singing hymns. It starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 12:00, breaking for lunch until 1:00 and then...

December 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: End of Year Review I like to do a review of each year’s work and blessings at the end of each year and beginning of each new year to see what has been accomplished and to ask the Lord’s blessings for future spiritual and numerical growth. With that in mind, please note the following facts of our past blessings, answers to our prayers up to this point. During the 2018 year the Lord blessed us with 46 visitors, both first time and return visitors. Of the 46 people who visited, one has remained and faithfully comes to our services. We presently number regularly from eight to eleven people attending on Sunday mornings and six attending our Thursday evening Bible studies. In 2018, the Lord enabled us to add an outreach program of visitation twice monthly to our regular schedule of services. In my own personal witnessing, I have contacted at least 49 Latinos with gospel tracts and a personal word about their need of a saving relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Four of them have come to our services twice but have not returned. In 2018, we were blessed with the opportunity to host a Fifth Saturday Fellowship meeting in which some 27 people attended for both spiritual and physical refreshment. We had 23 attendees on Resurrection Day (Easter), when relatives and friends of members came to visit our service. We now have a weekly bulletin published and a website (gracebaptiststillwater.com) that is being updated from time to time with our articles of faith. Both of these publications are made by brethren...

November 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Thanksgiving Praise! Our hearts are full of the joy of the Lord as we contemplate all of His blessings to us. They are ours daily as we read His Word and meditate there upon. If we did not have the Word of God, we would know absolutely nothing about spiritual things. We would not know that we are sinners. We would be ignorant of the wrath of God. We would not know of coming judgment. We would not know that there is a Savior, and we would not know anything of the love of God at all. I believe that there exists in our world, people who are in such ignorance. They are all around us. Although there is much religion, most of it is false. The god they profess to worship is a false god, and the religion they follow is religious philosophy, vain in substance. I thank and praise the God of gods and the Lord of lords for revealing Himself to me through the message of His Holy Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God who drew me unto the Lord Jesus Christ. These spiritual blessings and many more are the foundation of all other temporal blessings. Without them, life would be all in vain, shallow, and presumptuous, the life that the majority of the human race is now living. Ministry Praises! Although we have had some sickness among those that come to our services, we have the sweet Spirit of the Lord in our midst in all of our services, and I want to list a few of...

October 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Return Visitors This Month! Mrs. Lashonda Dale and her boys, Dona’te and Deonta continue to come to our services as well as Brayden and Gaven Torres and Jacob Mason. We have lost Billie Barzee and Earl Oswalt, and so we now have eight faithful people who attend our services regularly. Please remember us in your prayers because it is difficult to lose one regular, faithful person especially when that person has been so carefully dealt with in spiritual matters and godly fellowship. We have not had any new visitors this month, but we are actively involved in our outreach program for the purpose of reaching others with the gospel. Other Activities In addition to our regular services, several of us from the mission work were able to attend the Bible Conference hosted by Bethel Baptist Church, Choctaw, Ok., Bro. Royce Smith Pastor. The preaching was good and the food and fellowship were pleasant. Again, all was a blessing to those of us who went to the conference. Prayer Requests Please pray for Bro. Phillip McGee’s wife who is unregenerate and has been antagonistic toward the things of the Lord. She has begun to soften somewhat and is now sitting down with Bro. Phillip to have a devotional with him on a regular basis. Pray that the Lord might continue to soften her heart and draw her to Him by His grace, using Bro. Phillip in the process. Her name is Korri, and she needs the Lord to save her. Another request is for the salvation of Bro. Torres’ wife, Jaime. She made a profession of...

September 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: New First-Time Visitors This Month! The Lord has sent us five first-time visitors this month. Thurman and his wife, Needra, visited with us the third Sunday of the month as well as LaShonda and her teenage boys Dante and Deonta. LaShonda and her boys visited with us again the following Sunday but have not returned yet. We hope to give them a return visit soon. Thurman and Needra did not return to visit with us again. Earl Oswalt visited with us on the first and last Sunday of the month and Jacob Mason visited with us the last Sunday of the month. They both visit with us from time to time. We believe that the Lord is dealing with these folks, because they keep coming back from time to time, and we visit them as they respond to us. We pray for them and would appreciate your prayers for them as well. Our Fifth Saturday Fellowship, a Success! The Lord blessed us sweetly with our Fifth Saturday Fellowship meeting! It was our first time to host such a meeting, and all our people worked together smoothly to host it. We had twenty-seven people attend of which eleven of them were our folks and sixteen were guests. We had the congregational singing of three hymns, Victory in Jesus, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, and Ye Must Be Born Again. Two solos, and a men’s quartet completed the special music. The preaching was excellent with each preacher well prepared. All was accomplished by the leadership of the Holy Spirit and redounded to the glory of the Lord! Some...

August 2018

  Dear Pastor and Brethren: No New Visitors This Month The Lord did see fit to send us four return visitors, Braden, Khloie, and Gaven, the children of Bro. Ruben Torres, and Earl Oswalt. Earl Oswalt’s girlfriend died. He arrived home in the afternoon after work and found her dead in the trailer where they were living. We had visited them several times, but his girlfriend would never come to our services with him. He came to church once after her death, and we have not seen him back in church since, although we have seen him in other places. He says that he has to work on Sundays and so is unable to come. Some sad news, we have discovered that about three months ago, Mr. Rick Chester, who used to come to our services with his Filipino wife and her four children, committed suicide. We had diligently worked with that family for over a year when they suddenly became upset with us and quit coming. Nothing we did could persuade them to return. Our hearts are saddened by this terrible event. Our Upcoming Fifth Saturday Fellowship! We are announcing again the upcoming Fifth Saturday Fellowship meeting which we will be hosting, Lord willing, on Saturday, September 29th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The brethren of the mission are all excited about hosting this event. I have invited Bro. J. C. Fulton, pastor of Coweta Baptist Church in Coweta, Ok., and Bro. Matthew Villandry, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Wagoner, Ok., and Bro. Dean Robinson, preacher and long time friend, to preach on three articles of faith as...

July 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Visitors This Month We had five new first time visitors this month as follows: Sierra McGee, Cory Hardy, Easton Stephens, Travis Barzee, and a young woman named Angel. There is a story that accompanies each of these individuals about which space prohibits writing. However, I will relate the short story about the young woman named Angel. I was about halfway through my message when Angel appeared at the door and came into the short entry of the room that we use for our auditorium. She had long black hair and a black scarf around her shoulders and was nicely dressed. We invited her to come in and be seated, asked her name, and got her a Bible to use and a set of notes for her to follow. Then I resumed my preaching, relating the gospel in summary form before returning to my message. Within five minutes or so she arose and left the building just as quickly as she had come. I asked Bro. Ruben to check on her and within just a few minutes he came back saying that there was an older woman sitting outside who had accompanied Angel but would not come into the building. After the service, Angel came back in and told us that she wanted to know if she were welcome to come to our services. We all quickly assured her that she was welcome to come anytime. They live just a few doors away from our church building. We visited them during our following outreach service and invited them to come back We have not seen them...

June 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Visitors This Month Although no new visitors came this month, we had four repeat visitors whose names are as follows: Charlotte Renfrow; Jacob Mason and girlfriend, Macy; and Earl Oswalt. Pedro Garcia is the only new Mexican man with whom I have been able to give a gospel tract. Miss Billie started coming to our Thursday evening Bible study, which now gives us seven regular attendees. Our outreach efforts are developing well, and we methodically highlight the city streets on our map of Stillwater that we cover with door-to-door visitation. Please pray with us for the repeat visitors who we consider to be unregenerated, that the Lord might draw them unto Himself in salvation. Other Activities This Month Mini-conference June 15th through the 18th was occupied by travel to Victory Baptist Church in Ft. Collins, CO, were I preached in a mini-conference with Bro. Austin Fulton, host pastor, and Bro. Justin Fulton, pastor of Bohon Rd. Baptist Church of Harrodsburg, KY, and Bro. K. David Oldfield, pastor of Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Post Falls, ID, my sponsoring church. Bro. Oldfield preached on the title, Divine Lightning. Bro. Justin Fulton preached on the subject, There Is No Convenient Time, and I preached on The Resurrection of Lazarus. It was a delightful time of spiritual refreshing and godly fellowship. A men’s retreat to the mountains for five days followed with devotional presentations and fellowship for those who could go. We began our return trip to Oklahoma on Monday and arrived at home on Tuesday afternoon, tired but blessed. Fifth Saturday Fellowship The Fifth Saturday Fellowship Meetings...

May 2018

Dear Pastor and Brethren: Visitors in May The first Sunday in May the Lord sent us eight visitors! They were the relatives of Bro. Phillip McGee: his mother and stepfather, his brother Gary and his wife and family. Those relatives are members of two other churches of like precious faith and order, both of which are some 75 miles away from us here in Stillwater. We rejoiced to have them with us and were encouraged to have them visit. Intra–mission Activities Bro. Phillip McGee has taken upon himself the responsibility of making and maintaining a website for the work, and is adding our articles of faith to it as I finish teaching and preaching on them. The website will not be activated until we have more information added to it, but we are excited to see what Bro. Phillip has done already. Bro. Ruben Torres has taken the weekly responsibility upon himself to provide the services with a nice bulletin. He makes them up by pulling stock pictures from the internet, printing them, and then listing our upcoming activities, prayer requests, missionaries, hymns, sermon texts, and other pertinent information therein. They are very nicely done and are a blessing to us all. Lord willing, in September, we are planning to host a Fifth Saturday Fellowship Meeting and will be inviting three pastors from churches here in Oklahoma to preach on one of the articles of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith. This will be a first for us to host such an event, and we are excited about it. We had our first fellowship time at our home on...