North Central Washington Baptist Outreach
CULTIVATING THE COMMITMENT:
The Church’s vision for 2007 and beyond began as the “HIGHWAY 20 PROJECT,” the goal of which is to reach the 12 communities along a 270 mile stretch of State Route 20 from the south end of Whidbey Island (Clinton, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank), then east to the mainland and across the Cascade Mountains all the way to Okanogan (Burlington, Sedro Woolley, Lyman, Hamilton, Concrete, Winthrop, Twisp).
The impetus for this mission was taken from Nehemiah 2:18 (“Let us rise up and build”), which translates into a desire to help rebuild the walls of protection in people’s lives. Our prayer is that the Lord will not only aid us in reaching our Judæa for Christ, but also lead us to plant at least four Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching Baptist churches in strategic centers along this corridor.
The first phase (completed in 2007) was to provide each home in these communities a free copy of the Gospel of John & the Book of Romans, together with an offer for a free on-line or in-home Bible study.
Phase Two (2008) focused on areas of interest (gauged from the responses received) to establish Bible studies and preaching centers.
Phase Three (2009) commenced with the Church's purchase of a travel trailer (January), and its relocation to Twisp (April). Brother Chris Majors and his family, along with other team members, utilized this home away from home to provide a more permanent presence in not only Twisp, but also Winthrop and Okanogan. The church was thrilled to see the continued efforts at the far end of our outreach lead to the first baptism into our church membership in August (a woman from Twisp), deepening our commitment to the establishment of a church in the Methow Valley. We were also overjoyed to see the first fruits of our efforts in the Skagit Valley, as one soul we have been working with accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Saviour.
In 2010, we focused on "Cultivating the Commitment" to the Lord's Work, and sent a church-planting team to the Methow Valley. These men and their families (led by Brother Chris Majors) moved to Okanogan in July and immediately commenced Sunday services in Twisp, while following the Lord's leading to hold Bible Studies in the County Jail and in homes. The work continues to progress towards the goal of seeing New Testament Churches established in the Methow and Okanogan Valleys of Eastern Washington. Please pray for God's continued divine direction and opening of doors. Our church is burdened for the souls of the large Hispanic population in the Okanogan Valley.
In 2012, the Lord clarified a calling to train Hispanic men in and around Bridgeport, WA in order to see them then reach their families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers in the establishing of churches in Hispanic communities up and down the Okanogan Valley. This direction came in part through a late Summer outreach to Bridgeport by many members from Oak Harbor. Contacts were made that have resulted in souls trusting Christ, and the establishment of weekly home Bible Studies. Regular studies also continue in the town of Twisp, as well as the Jail Ministry in Okanogan. We were led to summarize the Lord's direction via a name change to the North Central Washington Baptist Outreach (NCWBO).
In May of 2013, Bible Baptist Church moved Brother Mike McDowell and his family to North Central Washington to team up with Brother Majors. Brother McDowell came to Oak Harbor in early 2012 following ten years of pastoring in Oregon. As the team entered into the summer months, God opened to them a great door of opportunity with the huge migrant population that moves to the area from June through October for the fruit harvest. They preached weekly in the open air at the camp that housed over 400 Jamaicans, and were able to use their limited (but growing) knowledge of Spanish to witness to the thousands of Mexicans that live in similar camps.
2014 brought over 500 Jamaicans to the camp, and an increased effectiveness among those men, as both the Majors and McDowell families were then well known to most of the Jamaicans. There was an average of about 20 men every Sunday that heard the preaching of the Word of God, and God began to move in the hearts of some with a desire to share those truths with their own countryman. In October, a short trip was made to Guatemala for the purpose of learning the Spanish language. The biggest change came at the close of the year with the addition of 2 new babies--a baby boy for the Majors' family, and a baby girl for the McDowell's!
In 2015, while continuing evangelistic and discipleship efforts with Jamaican souls in the orchards, the Spirit directed the ministry team to concentrate more of their evangelistic labours two hours south in the city of Wenatchee via a clear “Macedonian Call.” The team answered the call to start a church by commencing worship services in the metropolitan area of over 100,000 in a public school facility. Members have been added to the Wenatchee “Blessed Hope Baptist Outreach” of Bible Baptist Church via baptism and letters of commendation. As 2016 commences, Brothers Majors and McDowell request prayers for God to mightily work the logistics of moving their families to Wenatchee, to more efficiently and effectively minister to the growing flock.