Kyle (’05) and Elizabeth (’05 Roadcup) Allen

Dear Fairhaven Baptist Church and College,
It has been a very busy year for our family as well as our church (Richmond Baptist Church in Richmond, Indiana) as we travel through 2016. We began the year by raising over $3,000 to purchase paper for the printing of Bibles through Bearing Precious Seed of Milford, OH. At the same time, we were able to remodel the fellowship hall in our basement, a project that desperately needed to be completed. It was not long after completing the fellowship hall that we were able to enjoy the first use of it with a church dinner on Easter Sunday. We hope to remodel the kitchen this coming winter.
May brought our annual Mother/Daughter Banquet. My mom Julie Allen spoke this year giving testimony of how God has helped her through her continuing battle with Multiple Myeloma and the importance of faith when dealing with trials The ladies were greatly blessed by her testimony.
The year did not slow down as we headed into summer with our annual 4th of July cookout at our home as well as our annual VBS. We had a great, military themed program that brought in over sixty kids with several salvations. It also gave our bus route a much needed boost in the arm. The week successfully concluded with a carnival on Friday night to which the parents of the kids were invited.
Each year our family helps with a day camp called “Cowboy Camp” a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. The Pastor and I have been friends for many years and we enjoy getting to serve in that ministry each year helping in any way that we can. This year we had 360 kids in attendance and over 50 kids saved. It is a very taxing week physically, but an amazing week spiritually.
The next event on our churches calendar was the 15th anniversary of the church. Richmond Baptist Church was founded the first weekend of September in 2001 by Pastor Jay Sheppard. This year we brought back Bro. Sheppard to preach for us and we had a phenomenal day! We had 96 in attendance (a record attendance since we have been here) and had one of the greatest services we have held. The preaching was fantastic, the singing was amazing, and the food was pretty good as well! We are still so excited recalling what God did that Sunday and continue to pray for and pursue some permanent fruit as a result of the day.
As for our family, we are excited to announce that Allen number five is on his/her way. Seeing how the dog and the roosters are the only male presence on the place besides myself, I would not be too disappointed if it were a boy this time, but certainly we look
forward to adding to our adorable collection of girls as well. We are thankful that God provided for Kara’s second (and prayerfully last) eye surgery. Surgery went well and her eyes are now straight and she is seeing much better.
We thank you all for your thoughtfulness and prayers and look forward to the next time our paths will cross!
By His Grace and for His Glory,
The Allen’s

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The Allens' four daughters

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Jennifer Gentry (’13)

I am ministering in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea. I work under Pastor Mike Genger.
I have been serving as a junior church teacher, kindergarten teacher, and pianist for a little over a month now. I have been a church secretary now for a little over three months.
First, I live with a lady and her two daughters. I am their nanny, and I help with any household chores that need to be done. The lady’s name is MiEun, and her two daughters’ names are Gahyun (7) and Gina (4). MiEun got saved in September of last year. Her husband Mark lives in California and is an atheist, not wanting his wife or daughters to have anything to do with Christianity. IIBC is praying for his salvation.

In my kindergarten class, I have three students: Kyle, Hannah, and Evan. Kyle is in K5; Hannah and Evan are in K4. They have been such a joy and fun to teach so far. Kyle and Hannah’s mom was recently saved and baptized, and they have become members of the church. I also teach the junior church class on Sunday. Most of the kids can understand what I say when I tell the lesson; because even though some of the kids are Korean, they do understand English.

The church members here are such a joy to be around. They are on fire for God. Every third Sunday we have an all-church soulwinning. Soulwinning is a bit different here because it is difficult to go door-to-door when there are only apartment buildings. More often than not, the security guard will throw us out of the apartment building before we have a chance to tape an invitation to every door. It has been a challenge but also a blessing—challenge because we have to disguise our intent, but a blessing because if we do succeed, some of those people will come out to church. Some of our church members have to drive long distances to church each week, but they still take the time to spend the entire Sunday here at church. It is such a blessing to work with people who; even though they have a super busy schedule, have to leave early in the morning to get here to church; but they are still here on time each Sunday, willing to do whatever is asked of them.

Pastor and Mrs. Genger and their family have been so wonderful to work with. I still don’t know how they manage to get everything done with all they have to do throughout the week. On October 16, it will be IIBC’s 5th year anniversary. Everyone is working hard to get the news out to anyone and everyone. We are praying and hoping for more than a hundred at least. Evidently, having a five-year anniversary is not a big thing among Koreans.

I never realized how much fun teaching can be. Before this, just to get me in front of kids and talking or telling a story was like pulling teeth. I didn’t like it, and I wanted no part of it. Now, there is a joy there and also confidence in what I can do. If you had told me a year ago that I would be teaching a junior church class, playing the piano for the services, or even teaching kindergarten, (besides living on the other side of the world), I would have thought you crazy. Me??? Teaching??? Never! I don’t think I have ever been this busy before. My days begin at 6:00 a.m. and don’t normally end until around 10:30 to 11:00 at night.

I don’t know where God will have me in the future, but I look forward to anything He has in store for me. Before coming to Korea, I never babysat, taught a class, or even played piano. Now I do all that and then some!

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Count Down to Empowered Youth 2016

Empowered Youth is quickly approaching--only two weeks away!!

November 14-17

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY AT EY.FAIRHAVENBAPTIST.ORG.


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Steve (’05) and Rebekah Boots

FBC Alumni Steve Boots ('05) and his family recently planted a church in metropolitan Richmond, Virginia. There were 42 people in attendance for the first service of Mount Victory Baptist Church.

In preparation for the first service, the Boots hosted a Community Day in the park on September 10 and had 191 people from the community come. They used this as a way to get their name out and then followed up on the addresses they received from the event. Several of these people came for the first service.

They were able to pass out just under 20,000 John/Romans and invitations into the community prior to their start. They also had a few visitors come over the first few nights of their "Getting Acquainted Meetings." These meetings were a very valuable time for the Boots. It helped them get comfortable with what they were doing, and it also opened their eyes to the fact that they cannot rely solely on throwing a lot of work and time into something and expect results. God has to be the One to send the people.

Please pray for the Boots as they continue to knock on doors and reach this area for Christ.

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Steve ('05) and Rebekah Boots and their 3 children

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FBC World Series

Fairhaven's version of the "College World Series" played out last Wednesday. Competition, as always, was intense. In the end, the "Yankees" came out on top. Click here or on the picture below to view more pictures!

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2016 FBC Soccer Team

Roster (listed from back row left to right, then front row left to right)

Name Year Hometown
Mathew Good Sophomore Willis, Michigan
Jacob Martin Junior Chesterton, Indiana
John Olson Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
Michael Santucci Sophomore Massillon, Ohio
Joseph Payton Sophomore Chesterton, Indiana
David Bottrell Junior Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
David Crego Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
Trevor Golden Senior Jefferson City, Missouri
Caleb Rouillard Sophomore Quebec, Canada
Levi Armacost Freshman Chesterton, Indiana
Jim Hunt Sophomore Chesterton, Indiana
Ben Martin Senior Chesterton, Indiana
Jared Dircks Senior Felton, Pennsylvania
Abraham Olorunlowo Freshman Nigeria, Africa
Lawrence Rooney Freshman Urbana, Ohio
Coach Clint Schreiber

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Empowered Youth 2016

Click on the picture below to uncover what Empowered Youth holds this November. Set aside November 14-17, 2016!

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Jason (’96) and Heather (Ingalls ’95) Brenenstuhl

We are currently in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at Wyldewood Baptist Church where Jason has been the Senior Pastor for the last 4 years.  After moving back to the States from Zambia, Africa we worked out in New York as an assistant pastor for Dr. Rodger Bottrell.  In 2009 we moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin where Jason worked as an assistant pastor/youth pastor for about 4 years before becoming the Senior pastor.  Heather has taught in Wyldewood Christian School and is currently working as a secretary for the church.  We have 5 children – Harmony is 18 and has just graduated from High School.  She is currently working as a receptionist for our local hospital and plans on going to Bible College in a year.  Joshua is 17 and is a Senior in High School.  He is enjoying soccer and basketball and Bible Quiz meets with other churches in Wisconsin.  Hannah is 15 and a Sophmore in High School.  She loves music, and friends, and school drama plays.  Reagan is 11 and is in 6th grade where he is enjoying finally making the soccer team and competing in our Wednesday night Kings Kids program.   Jackson is 7 and in 2nd grade and enjoys friends, school, and collecting frogs and bugs from anywhere he can find them.  Our long term plans are to continue as Senior pastor of Wyldewood Baptist Church and working with our current outreach ministries.  We have several missions ministries based out of our church – Baptist Couriers for Christ reaching into the eastern European countries; Wings as Eagles a flight based missions program that teaches young men to fly as well as running missions trips into Mexico, Canada, Alaska, various areas of the United States and as far out as Cameroon Africa; Master Craftsmen is a ministry that helps other churches with their building projects; and Bearing Precious Seed where we print John and Romans and tracts and other Bible materials to help churches all over the world.  We are also reaching out to our communities and State through our Kings Daughters ministry- a ladies meeting for churches across Wisconsin, Teen Mania – a teen meeting for churches across Wisconsin, Blue and White Sunday – reaching out to our surrounding law enforcement; and Wyldewood Watchmen – our ministry reaching out into the political world.  We are excited to see what God can do in our hometown, across the state, and into the rest of the world.

The Brenenstuhls

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Campus Improvements

This summer's campus renovations included new flooring in the dining hall, remodeled bathrooms in the men's dormitory, tree removal and landscaping by the gazebo, construction of a retaining wall by the ladies' dormitory, needed repairs in the ladies' dorm rec. room, and a complete rebuild of the ladies' dorm front entry.

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Opening Week

The 40th year of Fairhaven Baptist College began last week.

We praise the Lord for the students that God has sent here to Fairhaven Baptist College.  We count it a privilege to train servants for His service! The highlight of the week was having Dr. Mike Allison here to preach in chapel.  Dr. Allison, who is pastor of Madison Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama, is always a blessing when he comes, and this year was no exception.  Dr. Allison's two daughters, Kari Smith ('02) and Kathy Ashley ('93), are both graduates of FBC.  Dr. Allison also spoke at our annual Stewardship Banquet.

Follow the link to watch the video.

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