Anytime one is ordained as a minister of the Gospel it is a significant moment in the life of a church and September 9, 2018 as Dr. Nathan Johnson was ordained by FBC to serve as an elder of the church. Dr. Rod West presented a charge to the membership of FBC while Rev. Craig Tuck, Director of Missions for the Charleston Baptist Association presented Dr. Johnson with a personal charge to lead well and biblically. As an elder, Nate now joins Pastor Rod in leading the church towards a mature spiritual faith. Please join us as we pray for Nate and his family, and for Pastor Rod and Teresa, as they lead our church family.
FBC'S Partnership with UCAIM
Friendship has had a ministry partnership with several other local churches to help support the Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Nazareth, Israel for the last five years. Recently, these supporting churches joined together to form UCAIM, (United Christians for Arab Israeli Ministries). Together, these churches have joined forces with Pastor Afif Saba and the Good Shepherd to share the Gospel with thousands of Arab Israelis, a recognized lost people group.
In July, Pastor Rod traveled to Israel to meet with Pastor Afif and his congregation, along with Dr. Louis Venable of Loris First Baptist to lead a conference entitled, Christ in the Old Testament. More than 100 Arab Israelis attended this conference in Bethlehem along with a group of twenty America Christians. The goal of the conference was twofold, 1) to aid Pastor Afif in equipping his congregation to teach the sightings of Christ from the Old Testament, and 2) to gather information about the needs of the people in Nazareth in order to plant more churches in the future. It is UCAIM's hope to see more Arab Israelis come to a saving knowledge of Christ with the spread of the Gospel.