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Grateful for the BIMI
By Andrew Kennard
Ministry Joining BIMI Reseeding America in 2017 was a vital part to our church planting
ministry. My name is Andrew Kennard and God called our family to Meriden,
Kansas, in the summer of 2019 to start the Cottonwood Baptist Church. Reseeding
America played a big role through our deputation ministry and through the
planning and organizational phase of our new church plant. In
addition, they contributed financially through the Reseeding
America Seed Bank Fund Project to purchase John and Romans to
distribute for our Grand Opening Sunday.
Our Grand Opening service for the Cottonwood Baptist Church in Meriden,
Kansas, was September 22, 2019. Reseeding America assisted us in everything from
preparing a timeline for the planning of a church plant, organizing a direct mail
campaign, and printing distribution material. Brother and Mrs. Larson (Reseeding
America Director) arrived before our opening to assist us with painting, tearing
out an old wheelchair ramp, hauling trash, landscaping, distributing materials,
assisting in follow-ups, and so much more. They had the opportunity during one
of our outreach distributions to lead a precious soul to Christ. God also used
Brother Larson to invite a man to our church who has since become our church
greeter and usher.
As a result of the direct mail campaign that Reseeding America
helped organize, the Lord brought to us several visitors on our
Grand Opening Sunday and continued to bring visitors every
week for the following seven weeks. Many of those visitors
continue to attend our services on a regular basis. They are
growing in the Lord, bringing visitors, and volunteering to
help serve within the church.
We are sincerely grateful for the investment that was made by
BIMI and the Reseeding America Ministry in the planting of
our church. Only eternity will tell how big of an impact this
vital ministry made in Meriden, Kansas.
4 Reseeding America – Spring 2020
An Unexpected Blessing
Mrs. Shelby Manuel
Life is full of challenges and trials; and although we know we can expect
them at some point, they seldom announce the date of their arrival!
We say they are “unexpected.” Yet, we must not forget that life is full of
unexpected blessings as well. Our church was recently given just such a
blessing—an unexpected one!
Several years ago, a lady from Phoenix went to see her family in North
Carolina, visited a church there, and met my husband’s mother in a
Sunday school class. When Ron’s mother mentioned that she had a son
in Avondale, Arizona, who had started a church, this lady wanted his
After returning to Phoenix, the lady called my husband and
explained she owned 40 acres of land in Avondale and was
interested in giving our church some of it! We met with her
and she decided to give us ten acres. We were amazed at how
God seemed to be working and were very excited at the prospect of
being given the land! She and Ron tried to work things out; however,
after several months, they both realized it was not the Lord’s will for our
church to have the land. She decided to sell the entire 40 acres. So, we
continued waiting on God, meeting in the school gym, trying to reach
people, and saving money until November 2016 when the Lord opened
the door for us to rent and remodel three suites in a strip mall. The
remodeling was finished in 2017 and paid for through money the church
had saved, costing approximately $40,000.