James and Brenda Tubbs are completing their seventh year as mission support specialists in the Mission Service Corps (MSC).

The MSC is a team of self-funded missionaries who serve for two or more years in an assigned ministry that supports evangelism and church planting efforts.

James and Brenda serve in several specific areas that they will describe in their own words:

The Grace Place

One of the areas they serve in is the Bessemer Baptist Association’s benevolence center, The Grace Place.

More than three years ago, Brenda served as one of the “Dream Team” members who began praying about how and where the Bessemer Association could begin serving our communities.

They visited other ministry centers throughout Alabama and looked for an ideal location for the center and found it in the former school of Flint Hill Baptist Church in Bessemer.

We just celebrated the first year anniversary and are awed at the number of people who have been served, heard God’s Word, and come to know Jesus as Lord.

Camp Baldwin

We have been serving at Baldwin Baptist Association’s Camp Baldwin since 2010. We generally come in late May and stay until school starts and summer camp has ended in August.

This year, we have been asked to remain at camp for a time to help fill a void created by the resignation of the assistant director and the financial secretary.

Since James has written the program used to administer the camp business, he has an insight into how the camp functions. He assists the director with the administrative tasks of the office.

Brenda is an excellent receptionist and helps the former receptionist — who now serves as financial secretary — with answering the phone, selecting armband colors, folding and stuffing flyers for Camp Baldwin and Estuary Life programs, and other office-related tasks.

Since summer staff members have left camp, we are also assisting in the dining hall with serving food, wiping tables, sweeping floors, collecting dishes at the dish return window, and many more things.

When you serve at camp, the jobs are endless and the fellowship of fellow volunteers and camp staff is sweet.

One of the unseen blessings we discovered is in attending the small First Baptist Church of Elberta. They have a new pastor, and he has asked us to help him with training for those considering teaching Sunday School.

When he arrived a few short months ago, there was only one Sunday school class. Now there are three.

Please pray for us as we serve our Lord in these places.

Continue to lift up in prayer all of the MSC missionaries located throughout Alabama as they serve in their roles.

To learn more about being an MSC Missionary in Alabama, contact State Missionary Mark Wakefield direct at 334-613-2267, toll free at 1-800-264-1225 ext. 267 or via email at mwakefield@alsbom.org.

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