The New Year is fast approaching! As we close out this year, we are encouraged to reflect on the past and set new goals for the future.
The year 2016 was a year of growth for us personally as well as our church, spiritually and numerically.
We were especially blessed with the addition of little Rayanna on February 11th. She brings joy and delight to our family everyday.
Another of our main highlights was our trip to our home church, Bethel Baptist Church, in North Carolina. It was a celebration of their 19th year and I was invited to preach during the service. My goal in preaching was to encourage them, but they encouraged me! Seeing so many of the people that attended there during my nine years as assistant pastor, as well as the many new faces, TRULY blessed my soul! The Bible says in Galatians 6:9 - And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. What a beautiful manifestation of that verse. Please continue to pray for us in the New Year as we aim to continue serving the Lord. My heart’s desire is to continue doing well that we all may rejoice in what the Lord has done here in Newport, Arkansas. Thank you for your prayers and faithful support during 2016!
|Pastor Fontenot (the current pastor), myself, Pastor Leon Lucas (founding pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Wilson, North Carolina)|
|Mrs. Lucas (founding pastor's wife) my wife-Tinyla, and Mrs. Fontenot (the current pastor's wife)|
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Raymond Beckles
Lighthouse Baptist church