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2016 Second Quarter Update

We’ve had an amazing start to 2016! Our missions teams have done great work all over the world in places like Arlington, St. Louis, Hawaii, Trinidad, Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya, Haiti, Thailand, Brazil and Colorado. Forest Park North has moved into their new and improved Forest Park Kids space and had more than 100 children in VBS. VBS at Forest Park Joplin was simply amazing!

We took more than three dozen students to Awana camp where some became Christians and others grew greatly in their faith. Some of our elementary-age kids are at CentriKid at Southwest Baptist University this week.

None of this could happen without the faithful prayers and generous gifts of people like you. God is using you to extend His Kingdom and touch thousands of lives with the gospel.

I’m excited about the rest of the summer. Each Forest Park campus has some new staff with fresh ideas and a strong commitment to help people take their next step toward God. We continue to improve our kids environments and provide experiences and training that will help them reach their generation for Christ.

Giving always drops off a bit in the summer so we could use your help. We’ve managed expenses so as to stay in the black, but receipts have fallen below budget needs.

I promise you that your gifts are being used to impact lives for eternity. Many of us know from our own experience that you can’t outgive God. When we shovel some His way, he shovels blessings our way: and He has a bigger shovel. Thanks for investing in His work!


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July 27, 2016


John Swadley

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