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What Legacy Will You Leave?

By Gerry Wakeland

Today the AFBC family will say a final farewell to Ollie Allred. For those who knew Ollie, they know that he loved God, his wife Patty, his family, and his church. He loved his friends.

Ollie Allred was a man with a servant’s heart. He served long and well. And we can be assured that when he entered his heavenly home last week, he heard the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

In the words of Pastor Kevin Linthicum, Ollie finished well. And he left a legacy not just for his own family, but for his church family and the many others who were a part of Ollie’s life.

What is a legacy? Webster defines legacy as anything handed down from the past. Often, we think of that as money or material possessions. But the Bible looks at it quite differently.

Everything we need to know about passing on a Godly legacy is found in Scripture. The Bible is as valid for us now as it was for all the generations before us.

God spoke these words to Moses, admonishing him to instruct the people.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NKJV)

Teaching our children, the Word of God is a legacy. It’s a legacy that will last long after we are gone.

Proverbs 13:22 tells us, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” (NKJV)

This verse keeps our life goals, our vision and our legacy front and center when we’re choosing how to use our money today. When we weigh what we want now against what we really want later, we realize how temporary satisfaction pales in comparison to a legacy of purpose and generational fulfillment.

An inheritance is not limited to money. It also includes godly character qualities like integrity and trustworthiness. Combining a financial inheritance with wisdom and godliness ensures that the next generation will also manage God’s blessings God’s way for God’s glory long after I’ve graduated to heaven.

When I think of men like Ollie Allred I think of those godly character qualities. It is imperative in these perilous times that we are serious about modeling these character traits for our children and our children’s children. But it doesn’t stop there. Every day we have the opportunity to model those same traits for others. Whether at work, school or play.

Every day we have the opportunity to build people up when the world is trying to tear them down. We can do a kind deed that will go on and on after we are gone. We can lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return. This is the legacy left by Ollie Allred.

The truth is this: You will pass on something to your children and grandchildren…the question is, what?

The legacy you leave is the life you lead.

One Pail of Water

When was the last time you walked four miles to collect one pail of water for your family? My answer would have to be never.

The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. Approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors; with the bathroom being the largest consumer (a toilet alone can use 27 percent!).

Not everyone is as fortunate. In Malawi it is not uncommon for people to walk as much as nine miles for one pail of water. One pail of water, perhaps five gallons, for an entire family.

With a population of 17 million people Malawi is among the smallest countries in Africa. It is also one of the least developed and poorest. Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa and despite signs of economic development many challenges remain  in rural areas as few as two in ten people have access to a toilet. While water sources are fairly numerous in Malawi, much of the population lives without access to a safe and protected water source.

Malawi suffers frequent droughts and floods. The last several years have been extremely difficult for the Malawians.  In an economy that is heavily dependent on the agricultural sector, it is crucial to understand the implications of these extreme climate events. About 2.8 million Malawians face food insecurity, making the country one of the worst hit in southern African drought.

Many people in Malawi live in rural areas where extreme weather, rapid population growth and pollution have made farming difficult. A reliable safe water supply is essential to grow enough food to eat.

Although official figures show Malawi to have 90% water supply coverage, the number of people with reliable access is far lower. Many hand pumps are broken, leaving no choice but to go back to unsafe water sources. Almost 90 percent of child deaths from diarrheal diseases are directly linked to contaminated waterlack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene.

So here we are in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Can we make a difference? The answer is a resounding yes.

First, we can pray. Here’s a recent prayer request from a missionary our team met on their trip in May. As you can hear in her words this is a request from her heart.

Can you please join me in praying for the nation of Malawi….?

  • We need rain. Not too much and not too little, but God knows what we need.
  • We only get 2-4 hours of electricity every 48 hours. It normally turns on between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. while people are sleeping.
  • Water is only turned on for 30 minutes three days a week. This normally happens about 5:00 a.m.
  • With limited electricity we are unable to pump water from one tank to the other. We are currently out of running water. We are still blessed with one water tank so we can collect water using buckets.
  • The lack of electricity means no maize mill…. no maize mill…. no ufa…. no ufa… no nsima…. This is the staple food for Malawians.
  • No water requires people to wait in long lines at boreholes. Sometimes taking all day. Walking long distances in the middle of the night to return with one pail of water.

Amidst this entire crisis God continues to provide for His children, but please let’s come together and let’s pray for Malawi. 

What else can we do?

On Sunday, October 23rd AFBC will hold its annual Night of Worship followed by our Chili Cook-Off. During the Chili Cook-Off you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite chili using “change.” That’s right your coins, pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters can make a difference for the people of Malawi.

100% of the money collected on Sunday will go to the Malawi Mission Project, which includes digging and maintenance of a new well in Malawi. To us it may be pocket change but what a huge difference those coins can make in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Malawi.

We hope to see you there!

Pray For Our 2016 Malawi Mission Team

Trip Dates:
May 26- June 8

While not all of us can travel to Africa, we can participate in this mission opportunity by praying for our missionaries. As a congregation we want to be intentional about how we pray. Please pray specifically for:

  • Safe travel
  • Safety in the mission field
  • Strength, stamina, and good health
  • God’s protection and provision
  • Planting and dedication of new churches
  • Open doors to share the Gospel
  • Training and new ministry opportunities
  • Lives to be changed
  • Families of our missionaries

We invite you to join with us as we pray for this team and how God will use them to change the world!

Living With Purpose

By Kevin Linthicum

…for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. Luke 1:15

I have read this verse hundreds of times. However, this time something captivated my attention. I was drawn to the latter section of the text. Luke records these words for us “and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.” Luke is making us aware; John will live an extraordinary life. John will live a life set apart for the purpose of God’s will. Before time even began, God knew the very intimate details of John’s life, and God knew how John would “go before” for Christ. He knew John would “bring back” many people to the Lord. John was set apart to “make ready” for people.

When I consider my responsibilities in God’s Kingdom, I feel compelled to consider many of the phrases Luke used in this text.

Is it possible God could be using each of us to “bring back” people to God? If so, what action can we take today to reach others?

What an incredible advantage John had being filled with the Spirit before birth. For many of us, it has taken a lifetime to even begin to understand even an elementary concept of God’s will for our lives. John came out the womb ready for service, and he lived a life set apart for service.

How will you respond to God’s call to service today? Are you willing to go out of your way to “bring back” the lost to God? As you consider these questions, I pray that God will ignite a feeling within your soul to reach the lost.

Learn more about NT8 at AFBC here.


Matt & Ty Join the AFBC Team


Matt Snook
IMG_8810Ty Haguewood

It’s a great week at Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church as we welcome new staff members Matt Snook and Ty Hageuwood.

Matt Snook
Worship Pastor
Matt joins us from Washington, Oklahoma. He served as Music Minister at First Baptist Church in Washington also nurturing young lives as a track coach and elementary music teacher. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Oklahoma Baptist University and cheers for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

I strive to love people and minister to their needs. It is my duty and privilege to share the love of Christ with everyone around me. My truest form of worship is obedience. – Matt Snook

Matt shares his life with wife Emily and their sons Coen, 10, and Bennet, 1. When not exploring with his boys, Matt enjoys remodeling houses and daydreaming about secret passages. (Those secret passages might come in handy one day.)

Matt’s favorite verse: Colossians 3:23
Ty Haguewood
Student Pastor
Happy to return to mountain views and yummy food, Ty is no stranger to AFBC. He accepted Christ during his sophomore year of high school when he was a part of our student ministry. Now he’s back and ready to lead our students in their walk with Christ.

I believe that when Christ saves us we are no longer the same. This calls us to passionately pursue Him through evangelism, discipleship and service. Once you’ve seen the Lord, you are obsessed with what you’ve seen.
– Ty Haguewood

Ty previously served as Student Pastor at First Baptist Church in Calhoun City, Mississippi. Currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Ty is a New York Yankees fan who enjoys hip-hop music, watching movies and eating Dion’s pizza.

Ty’s favorite verse: Hebrews 2:9
Please help us welcome them (in the comments). We can’t wait to see how God uses Matt and Ty to impact lives.

Pray for Our Honduras Mission Team

On Friday July 3rd, Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church Outreach & Evangelism Pastor, Kevin Linthicum, will be leading a mission team to Honduras. The team will return to the US on Friday July 11th. This team consists of:

Evan Anderson, Jameson Anderson, Bethany Bentley, Kevin Linthicum, Chetan Sahu, Mykaela Savage, Robyn Savage, Burben Sullins, Trason Sullins, Trey Sullins, Ashley Tafoya, and Robert Thomas

While not all of us can travel to Honduras, we can participate in this mission opportunity by praying for our missionaries. As a congregation we want to be intentional about how we pray. Please pray specifically for:

  • Safe travel
  • Safety in the mission field
  • Strength, stamina, and good health
  • God’s protection and provision
  • The completion and dedication of a new church
  • Open doors to share the Gospel
  • Lives to be changed
  • Families of our missionaries

We invite you to join with us as we pray for this team and how God will use them to change the world!

For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.
1 Corinthians 3:9-10

Then and Now But Always the Same

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV

Will There Be A Next Time For Brian?

Weary and worn was the feeling from the top of my head to the tip of my toes as Parents’ Night ended Vacation Bible School. I anticipated the wonderful feeling of my bed after a long, busy day. Though I closed my eyes, sleep did not come. The faces of forty boys and girls in my department danced in the visions of my mind. 

One little boy whose name was Brian stood out among all the rest. It was as though he had stepped from the pages of a book instead of off a church bus. He was not a handsome boy. He was from the wrong side of the tracks and his hair dirty and uncombed; his fingernails were grimy. His clothes didn’t fit and needed to go through the wash. 

Only five years old and already a smirk on his face, he didn’t know how to share. His main objective seemed to be destruction. He hit, kicked and clawed his way through a week of Bible School. There was no hope for calm with Brian around. As Friday noon came, so did my sigh of relief – It’s over!

As we cleaned the room, I discovered the lock to our supply cabinet missing. One of the teachers said, “I saw Brian with it. I asked him where he got it and he said, ‘from home.’” I shrugged my shoulders, propped the doors to, and thought, “Oh well, it’s over.”

Home for a few hours and then back again for Parents’ Night. But where were the parents? Busloads of kids poured in but only a handful of parents. Brian came in, his usual robust self. After we marched (prodded) to the auditorium, I found myself seated next to this defensive little boy. He squirmed, wiggled and asked who is that man (the pastor), why are they taking money, why this and why that. 

Brian pulled a Bible from the rack and thumbed through it upside down. He said, “Is this God’s book?” I said, “Yes” and whispered “I love you.” He grinned and asked, “Can I sit in your lap?” The love I felt in my heart for that little boy must be a glimpse of the love our Heavenly Father has for us.

Back in our room again, I remembered to ask Brian about the lock. “Brian, did you take my lock today?” He replied, “I’ll bring it back when I come next time.” 

Vacation Bible School was Brian’s first experience in our church. Will there be a next time for Brian? With a lot of strikes already against him in life, will there ever be a next time for Brian?

The misplaced lock only costs a few cents. And without the combination it will be useless to anyone. Is Christ-like love the right combination to Brian’s heart? It is my hope and prayer that it is. 

The above article was originally printed in the Albuquerque Journal on July 11, 1975. Author Unknown

Fast forward forty years. This week we had over 200 children attend Vacation Bible School at our church. Children came from all over the city. Times have changed and now we have Vacation Bible School in the evening. The church bus is no more. Instead, Nate Bruch drove one of our vans from nearby Seville Park.

Like Brian, the kids were loud and rowdy. They ran. They screamed. They came from all kinds of backgrounds and some had never set foot inside a church before. But like Brian they all came looking for one thing, love and acceptance. And they found it. They found it in the hearts of their group leaders and the many other adults who gave their time volunteering this week. They found it in the Bible stories that were shared. They found it in Pastor Trey and Ms. Kristi. They found it in the Rice Krispie sushi and Lottie Moon cookies. But most of all they found it in Jesus Christ.

Will they come back? Will there be a next time? We certainly hope so but should they never darken our doors again we pray that they will always remember this, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NIV

Thanks to Ms. Betty Danielson for providing the Journal article.

A Journey to The Warm Heart of Africa


Sign-up for our 2016 Malawi Mission Trip Today!

By Karen Polich

What moves you, stirring the depths of your heart?

We serve a God who does immeasurable things. When we say “yes” to Him, we find honor in being tools in His hands and our hearts are never the same.

Just back from Malawi, Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church’s 2015 Malawi Team shared their stories on Sunday. They described moment after moment of God moving in mighty ways. It gave us a glimpse into what their days in Malawi were like. Clearly, God stirred their hearts.

Villagers in far remote locations heard God’s Word for the first time from the team and their interpreters. They began to understand. Pastor Noah reported 3618 adults made decisions to follow Christ. Voices spoke prayers with conviction; hearts were changed, lives transformed. Lake Malawi hosted baptisms. God’s hand was evident in every detail. Many rejoiced over the gift of a bible giving them the ability to read God’s Word.

Clean water now pours from a new well. While waiting hours for building materials, team members shared the Gospel with children playing soccer. All accepted Christ and then the materials arrived.

Opportunities to serve God wait for you. Where is God sending you? Start by praying, asking for God’s discernment and wisdom to respond to His call.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27