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(near Dayton, IA)

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Body Builder

August 31, 2021 

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

Read more about International Ministries response to the earthquake in Haiti HERE
American Baptists Advocate on Behalf of People of Myanmar (Burma) - Read more HEREContinue to check out the for further updates.

Finding our Silver Linings
in the midst of the pandemic

Have you ever wondered about being part of a mission trip to Nicaragua?
Interested but can’t take time away or physically participate in an international trip? Curious to learn more about the realities of life in a developing country while taking part in a faith-forming experience this fall? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to join us for "Passport to Nica," a virtual mission trip experience with AMOS Health and Hope!
All are invited to participate in this 5-week virtual mission trip journey facilitated by
Bruce Van Der Beek* and Marissa Alaniz, AMOS Donor Relations Officer. Across five Sundays, from September 19 to October 17 at 7PM Central Time on Zoom, we’ll watch a video corresponding to a certain “day” on our mission trip, read a Bible passage, and reflect on discussion questions together. You are welcome to participate for as few or as many sessions as you are able, and follow along in AMOS's printable Participant Guide along the way.
Please register here  or contact Bruce Van Der Beek at (515) 274-0512.
After registering, you will receive an email with instructions for using Zoom on the Virtual Mission Trio by September 15.  Let's go!

*Our very own Bruce Van Der Beek is a member of First Baptist of Greater Des Moines and has led mission trips to Nicaragua. He is also our region's representative to the Board of General Ministries of the ABCUSA. Thank you Bruce for your passion and commitment to the important work being done through AMOS and our denomination!


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.
MABC Region News:

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Hello Members of the MABC Board of Region Ministries

As we look ahead to our fall schedules I would like to make sure you save the date of October 23 for our board meeting at First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines beginning at 10 am.  Our plan as of now is to meet in person with a Zoom link to the meeting available for anyone who wishes to attend that way. For those of you who lead ministry teams plan to meet between now and then if you haven’t already scheduled a meeting. If you represent an organization, camp, or ministry team please prepare a written report and submit it to with Board Report in the subject line no later than Friday, October 8. Contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for all you do and I pray God’s blessings on you all as summer winds down and a new season begins. In Christ, Susan  Russell, Region President



To All Forest Lake Camp Volunteers 

Forest Lake Camp needs some wood cut for winter heat. They are able to save a lot of money on fuel costs by converting dead trees into heat in the home as well as the main building. The wood will be sawed into proper lengths for the outdoor burner and hauled into a wood storage area.  Week ends are busy so the work will need to be done during weekdays. Workers will load, haul, and unload at camp storage site. A tractor with loader may be at the loading site to help with some heavy lifting. Could you possibly find three or four volunteers and come for the day (or several). This is a new project and I can imagine we will find a way to get the task finished safely. Let me or the camp know of your possible intents. 
First choice of dates:  Week of October 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Suggestions Welcome. Gary Morrison (for Shawn) 515 961 4983

MABC Region Upcoming Events:

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

RYE Registration Materials can be found HERE

Click HERE for a printable registration form


ABC Anti-Racism Task Force August 2021 Article: "Ain't We All God's Children?"

Over the next couple of months, the ABCUSA Anti-Racism Task Force will create space that encourages contemplative momentum. Contemplative momentum is commitment to balancing both inward and outward engagement. This movement of exploration informs the way in which we show up in the world. When Jesus sends us, his brothers and sisters, into the world to preach the good news, he is calling us to engage in counterintuitive practices that transform. The Apostle Paul speaks from the same perspective in his letter to the Romans. He says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Read the full August 2021 article here and explore the resources the Task Force has created for the denomination 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

registration Materials can be found HERE

Attention Minnesota MABC Churches:

In a Time Such as This:
The urgent need for building stronger multi-faith communities in Minnesota

October 7 & 13, 10am - 12pm
More Info
Plan to be part of our two-part, online series. "In a Time Such as This: The urgent need for building stronger multi-faith communities in Minnesota" is an invitation to hear from community and faith leaders, share your perspectives and stories, and be in relationship with people of different faith backgrounds. Together we will grapple with what it means to cultivate authentic relationships that can acknowledge and honor our differences. An invitation with registration information is coming soon. For now please save the dates October 7 & 13 from 10am-12pm 

Thursday, October 7, 10am-12pm
Inspiring Speakers & Interactive Breakout Conversations

Wednesday, October 13, 10am-12pm
Relationship Building & Learning Across Shared Areas of Interest

Attention Iowa MABC Churches:

Many Iowans are concerned for the Afghan residents who have been evacuated in recent days. More than 70,700 Afghans had been evacuated as of last Tuesday. The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Des Moines will be resettling families from Afghanistan. USCRI was already planning for a larger number of resettlements due to the Biden Administration raising the refugee ceiling, and they need your help to welcome these new Iowans.

Nationally, USCRI is advocating that the Kabul Airport remain secure as long as necessary to evacuate all American-affiliated Afghans, regardless of documentation they may have on their person, and is urging the Biden administration to extend its evacuation deadline past August 31st. USCRI is fully committed to assisting all Afghans when they arrive, and we are waiting for the opportunity to do so. Read more: Not a Numbers Game: Human Faces of the Crisis in Afghanistan - USCRI (

Locally, USCRI Des Moines welcomed their first Afghan family from Kabul a little over a week ago. They have staff on the ground in Ft. Lee, Virginia helping process Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who served alongside the U.S. military in Afghanistan. With your help, USCRI can prepare to welcome more families as they arrive to Central Iowa, providing them with the housing, education, and employment opportunities necessary to rebuild lives and restore hope.

How you can help:

The best way to stay in the know with USCRI is to subscribe to their monthly newsletter and follow on Facebook.


The National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS is Seeking Applications!
The national leadership team of AB GIRLS (NLT) is comprised of four high school age girls and one adult from all across the country. The NLT works together to plan events, programs, and resources for ministry with girls. The NLT is seeking applications for youth members to serve a two year term starting in September 2021. For more information and to apply by September 15, visit

ABWM seeking a Program & Mission Advancement Coordinator
The American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) is a diverse community of American Baptist women and girls serving in ministry in Christ's name. With local, area, region/state, and national levels of ministry, AB Women's Ministries creates a community of passionately faithful, mission-minded women and girls engaged in worship, service, leadership, and friendship. The Program & Mission Advancement Coordinator will have primary responsibility for the ABWM’s programs for AB GIRLS and the AB Young Adult Women’s ministries. Partnering with the respective leadership teams, the Coordinator will coach and support the development of program content for AB GIRLS and Young Adult Women ministries. Click here for more information.

Is God Calling You to Serve?
The national nominating committee for AB Women’s Ministries will begin its work in the fall to select women to be nominees for Coordinator of Mission with Women and GirlsCoordinator of AB GIRLS, and Midwestern Section Coordinator. These positions are three-year terms that begin September 2022. Selections are based on skills needed for the position, experience, active membership in an American Baptist church, and a passion for women’s ministries. For more information and to complete a national position application by October 1, click here.

2021 - 2023 Ministry Focus: Let the Walls Fall Down    Fall Webinar Series

Register now for our upcoming webinar series beginning on September 9, 2021: 

Empathy As A Tool For Transformational Change
September 9, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Carmelle Beaugelin, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary 

Click here for more information

The Power of Storytelling for Racial Healing
September 23, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kadia Edwards, National Coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministry, American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Click here for more information.

Understanding and Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
October 7, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Kate Lee, Executive Director, New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Click here for more information.

God is Preserving You
October 21, 2021; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Linnita Hosten, award-winning speaker and student success strategist

Click here for more information.

Debunking Domestic Violence Myths Through A Biblical Lens
November 4, 2021
; 9:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM PDT
Presenter: Tara AdayDirector of Prevention and Education, Safe Haven Ministries

Click here for more information.

God is in the Details
November 18, 2021; 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST
Presenter: Elaine Cody, Life Coach, Cody Clarity Coaching

Click here for more information.

  • 70th Birthday Celebration - September 19

For more event information, visit
For a listing of important dates to remember of ABWM events from 2021 - 2024 - click HERE

National Announcements 
Click here to visit the ABCUSA website for the most
up-to-date information.


International Ministries to Host Online Mission Conference

Are you or someone you know being called to global mission? "Hear the Call" is an online, discernment experience for adults exploring if God is calling them to career and/or short-term mission. During 3 two-hour sessions on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, 2021 participants will interact with global servants on the mission field. They will hear about mission opportunities, be able to ask questions, pray together and see God’s heart for mission. The cost is $45 per person. Registration closes on Thursday, Sept. 30, at noon Eastern Time   To Register click here

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