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Wyo. Baptists share testimony of God’s work in frontier state

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WORLAND, Wyo. (BP)–Baptists in Wyoming gathered for their 23rd annual meeting to celebrate “The Works of God” in the frontier state Nov. 9-10 at First Baptist Church in Worland, and several messengers described it as a time of revival.

The meetings were filled with testimonies of what God is doing in various places across the state. Gary Cargill, pastor of the Midwest Mission of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, told of the many opportunities to share Jesus and of the transformed lives of people in the small community.

Dave Allen, pastor of Cambria Community Church in Newcastle, reported that the church has outgrown a couple of places for worship already in just a short time and is looking again for a larger place for their meetings.

Russ Daines, pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church in Green River, shared what God is doing through the jail ministry in that county where every Sunday prisoners are accepting Christ as Savior and where soon a Set Free Church will be planted.

Other messengers gave testimonies about the work of God to provide for new ministries in the Jonah natural gas fields as well as of His work in many other ways in personal and church life.

Messengers remembered Shane Ewen, the convention’s interim church health strategist, and his daughter Ellie who were killed in a car accident last March. Casey Ewen, Shane’s widow, was present to share the testimony of God’s work in her life through days of grief.

Extended prayer times throughout the meetings focused attention on God as messengers asked for revival and spiritual awakening in Wyoming and around the world.

An overall budget of $1.3 million for 2007 was approved, an increase of $48,067 over the current year. Anticipated Cooperative Program giving from Wyoming churches in the coming year is $517,579, and the convention will continue to forward 32.25 percent of the receipts to national and international missions and ministries.

Messengers re-elected all convention officers: Quin Williams, pastor of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, president; Jim Ritter, pastor of First Southern Baptist Chapel in Glenrock, first vice president; Ron Cherry, pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Cheyenne, second vice president; and Hope Reynolds, a member of Heart of the Valley Baptist Church in Mountain View, recording secretary.

Next year’s annual meeting will be Nov. 8-9 at Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper.

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