Episode 478

Church Planting in Military Communities, Accident Claims Teen’s Life and Sparks Revival & Recognizing Caregivers in Church

Nov 13, 2023

While serving in the U.S. Army for six years, Jared Huntley developed a passion to minister to those who have sacrificed much in service to their nation, and he’s planted three churches in the last decade, two of which have been in military communities. One lightning strike that claimed the life of a beloved teen girl in Palatka, Florida has sparked a spiritual revival throughout an entire community in northeast Florida. And, November is National Family Caregivers Month. Understanding the unique challenges caregivers face is the first step toward creating a more supportive church environment for caregivers.

Transcript

While serving in the U.S. Army for six years, Jared Huntley developed a passion to minister to those who have sacrificed much in service to their nation, and he’s planted three churches in the last decade, two of which have been in military communities.

Now, Huntley is planting Pillar Church of San Antonio in what’s been dubbed Military City, U.S.A, and he’s become part of Send Network’s drive to reach military communities as a co-director tasked with overseeing the effort.

Starting new churches in military communities has been an emphasis at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for several years with NAMB’s Send Network spotlighting the need. Send Network has newly prioritized 30 American military communities, in the U.S. and abroad with a need for more healthy, multiplying churches. They hope to see a multiplying church planted in each of those communities and many others by 2030.
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One lightning strike that claimed the life of a beloved teen girl in Palatka, Florida has sparked a spiritual revival throughout an entire community in northeast Florida.

While 16-year-old Baylee Holbrook was hunting in a blind with her father, Matthew Holbrook, in Putnam County, Florida, in late September, lightning glanced off a nearby tree, with both the teen and her father losing consciousness. Her father awakened to find his daughter not breathing. Sadly, she later died.

Since Baylee’s death in late September, hundreds of people – young and old – have made decisions to follow Christ. This massive wave of Christian salvation decisions has cultivated a heart of revival not only in her home church – Trinity Baptist Church, but also in other local churches.
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November is National Family Caregivers Month. Understanding the unique challenges caregivers face is the first step toward creating a more supportive church environment for caregivers. Here are some ways that churches can actively seek to involve, appreciate and assist caregivers, ensuring they feel seen, valued and supported in their crucial roles.

In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Denise George suggests churches:

1. Create a caregiver support group, establishing regular meetings for caregivers to get together and share their experiences, resources and encouragement. A support group fosters a sense of community for caregivers, providing a safe space for expressing their challenges and victories.
2. Providing respite care services, which provides short-term relief for caregivers, allows them to rest, recharge or attend to their own needs and appointments.
3. Recognition and appreciation events organized for caregivers in your church demonstrate tangible appreciation and bring awareness to the congregation about their difficult roles.

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