The Mission Continues

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It began with a vision almost 80 years ago. That’s when the Lord began to speak to Sister Hannah Goranson about her property between Military Road and Highway 99. As she prayed, the Lord seemed to impress upon her that a road should be cut through the thick-wooded lot and the church placed on that street. Without delay, the road commissioner had South 148th Street cleared and graded from Highway 99 to Military Road. Soon the first load of lumber was delivered that was to become the “Little Church By the Side of the Road.”

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CBSR’s church history has record of Sister Hannah’s faithful prayer over the first pile of lumber that would later become the Church.  She said, “I had a wonderful prayer and praise meeting out on that pile of lumber. I dedicated it all to the Lord and thanked God for making it possible to have a building of our own. I also prayed that many souls would be saved, sick bodies healed and many workers would go forth into His Great harvest field. It is like a tree planted by the waters where the roots can go deep, and the branches spreading out far and near, many churches and mission fields to carry out the Lord’s last command (Matthew 28:19-20) “… and lo I am with you always.

A ministry reflection on 2012 would testify that God is faithful.  As you read through the ministry reports, you will find powerful testimonies of the power and presence of God.  God has moved mightily in our midst.  The scope, impact and ministry footprint of CBSR continues to grow in power and might. To God be the Glory for the things He has done!

Our service ministries have continued to meet the needs of the wounded, and hurting. Most notably:

  • Weekly Food Bank
  • Tuesday Free Lunch Ministry
  • Community Pea Patch
  • Juvenile Detention Center Chaplaincy
  • Sling Shot All City Youth Conference
  • Rally For Hope 8

And so much more.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached with anointing and power. God’s grace is so amazing! We are honored to report that 17 were baptized into the body of Christ this past year.  God has blessed CBSR. He has allowed us to grow as a strong and relevant ministry with deep roots that continue to have life transforming contact and impact in our community as we live out the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20) 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2012 saw CBSR continue to grow in fellowship and stewardship. We have witnessed revival in many areas; most notably the Men’s Fellowship. The Fall of 2012 gave birth to the “Authentic Manhood 33” men’s movement. This weekly video series was a springboard to a resurgent men’s fellowship. Out of this, we saw men growing in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As the men’s movement grew, the impact upon the church was clear and powerful. One sister declared, “Pastor, I don’t know what you men are teaching down there at the church on Saturday mornings, but whatever it is I like it. My husband has grown so much!”

Many of these same men participated in the newly launched ministry endeavor called “Walk the Block”.  Every Tuesday night and every other Friday night teams go out in the notorious areas surrounding the church and pray for the people on the streets while offering basic supplies. Through Walk the Block outreach, 100’s of souls have been ministered to in love and prayer. Some have even joined us for worship services.

The Mission Continues” While reflecting on the ministry impact of 2012; I was reminded of a conversation I had at a recent minister’s fellowship meeting. It was here I realized that in this one room were the last four Senior Pastors of CBSR.  As we began discussing ministry during our tenure at CBSR, I was empowered and inspired by the powerful testimonies of these mighty men of God. Pastor Dennis Sawyer spoke mightily about how God had moved  in the foreign mission fields of Malawi Africa, and Brazil. (Church Plants, Pastor training etc). Pastor Ron Brooks joined in and got excited recounting how he and others would walk the Pacific Highway corridor ministering in prayer to the indigent, addicts, and prostitutes in the areas surrounding the church (giving birth to a Friday night recovery ministry). Pastor Bob Forseth really lit up as he recounted his time at CBSR as Holy Ghost revival broke out amongst God’s people. It was here I realized that God is doing what He has always been doing.  God’s vision for CBSR has not changed.

It is with humble honor I’m pleased to report that in 2012 the record will show that we have been faithful to the vision. Souls are being saved, lives are being changed, saints are being equipped, the mission field is being supported and the Kingdom of God is advancing!  Sis. Hannah Was Right: GOD is with us.

In His service,

Rev. Terrence Proctor

Sr. Pastor

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