A farewell reception is planned for Bro. Michael Waldrop and family on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Calhoun Baptist Association Mission Center at 203 Byars Ave. in Calhoun City.
Dr. Waldrop recently resigned as the Associational Missions Director of the Calhoun Baptist Association to follow the Lord’s call to St. George, Utah.
Michael and his family are going to plant a church under the direction of the North American Mission Board.
"His leaving is our loss," said Kenneth Parker, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs. "Bro. Michael and his family made a tremendously positive impact on the Baptist churches of our county during his five years of service here."
A motion was made at the February Executive Committee meeting that Calhoun Baptist Association send him off with two elements of support.
First of all, prayers.
"We believe that God moves in response to the prayers of his people, and are convinced that the only hope of success Michael and his family will have in this endeavor is if the entire project is bathed in prayer," Parker said.
Second, a measure of financial support. Although the NAMB is funding a portion of the work, as well as a church in Texas, Bro. Michael will incur a fair amount of expenses moving and getting “settled in” to his new surroundings, the most important being a down payment on a house.
There is no church building or parsonage, and ministers do not have an opportunity to pile up large amounts of cash to prepare for moves such as these. Churches and individuals are encouraged to participate in a “free will” love offering to provide funds to cover at least some of these expenses.
Anyone wishing to participate in this Love Offering for Bro. Michael can send a check made out to the Calhoun Baptist Association, Attention: Mrs. Eva Bush, 203 Byars Ave, Calhoun City, MS 38916. Be sure to put “Love Offering for Bro. Michael” on your check.