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Forest Lake Camp & Conference Center
(near Bloomfield, IA)

Dayton Oaks Camp & Conference Center
(near Dayton, IA)

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Body Builder

July 31, 2021 

Mid-American Baptist Churches of Iowa and Minnesota
strive to work together to build up the Body of Christ.


Finding our Silver Linings
in the midst of the pandemic

What about being able to attend horse camp and playing carpet ball at Dayton Oaks Camp????

How about attending Encounter Camp and Collide Camp
at Forest Lake Camp????

Being able to attend Summer camp is definitely a silver lining and a blessing. 

A special thank you to all of our camp coordinators and volunteers at Dayton Oaks and Forest Lake Camps
this Summer. 

If you or your church has a story to share of how God has been blessing in the midst of the pandemic,
please let me know. I would love to share your story with our MABC Family in an upcoming edition of the BodyBuilder.

Attention Church Administrators - would you be so kind as to place the following in upcoming editions of your church newsletter:

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MABC Region News:

Brought to you by the MABC Mission & Stewardship Team 

The Mission and Stewardship Team will be sharing insights from a book entitled: Double Blessing by Mark Batterson (2019), 
in several upcoming editions of The BodyBuilder

“Did you know children smile approximately four hundred times per day,
while adults smile an  average of twenty times a day? 
What if we leveraged our smiles as a way of giving? 
In a digitally distracted day and age, undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you can give another person.” 

“Happiness isn’t what we get. Happiness is what we give.
The secret of happiness is the mystery of the double blessing-
you get by giving it.”

MABC Mission Giving Update

Here is a snapshot of our giving through June 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The information below does not include all giving but offers helpful comparisons between this year and the previous year in a couple of key areas. Please keep in mind that “Region Close” is typically around the 10th of the month. So the information for the end of the current month is available in the middle of the next month.

  • 2021 United Mission Basic giving through 6-30-21: $78,439
    2020 United Mission Basic giving through 6-30-20: $95,291

  • 2021 Region Offering through 6-30-21: $6,692
    2020 Region Offering through 6-30-20: $5,443

  • 2021 America For Christ through 6-30-21: $25,157
    2020 America For Christ through 6-30-20: $24,990

  • 2021 Love Gift through 6-30-21: $3,614
    2020 Love Gift through 6-30-20: $3,577

MABC Region Upcoming Events:

A complete listing of upcoming events can be found on the region website HERE


“Voting rights.” “Immigration reform.” “Black Lives Matter.”
“End AAPI Hate.” “Critical race theory.” “White supremacy.”

The social justice issues of today call for culturally competent faith leaders for effective ministry.

Learn to become more effective in your ability to interact,
work and develop meaningful relationships
with people of various cultural backgrounds

at the 2021-2022 
Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI),
a yearlong cohort experience offered by American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Intercultural Ministries via the Center for Continuous Learning.

For more information and to apply click HERE -
deadline to apply is August 13th.


Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church of St. Paul, MN is currently searching for a Minister of Music.
The Minister of Music is responsible to create an atmosphere of celebration and reverence to God through music for all Worship Service Experiences. The Minister of Music will need to collaborate with the Music and Fine Arts Ministries, Sound Technician and Music Committee Members to embrace and enhance this atmosphere and support the music worship goals as expressed by the Senior Pastor Of Pilgrim Baptist Church. The Minister Of Music reports to the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church. Full job description can be found HERE

Attention Ministers of the MABC Region

Fall MABC Ministers Council Retreat - Open to all Clergy
 Oct. 8-9 at Dayton Oaks Camp.
Check-in begins on the 8th at 10 am and the retreat ends on the 9th at 2 pm

More details to follow 

Continuing Education opportunities from  
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Office of Leadership and Spiritual Life 
can be found HERE





  • 70th Birthday Celebration - September 19
  • Shalom Retreat - October 8-10


American Baptist Women’s Ministries is seeking a Program & Mission Advancement Coordinator Information can be found HERE

For more event information, visit

Calls to Action and How Others Are Responding

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