Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

We have changed our name to Ethnos360 from New Tribes Mission USA.

Our founders had a vision for reaching the world:  “By unflinching determination we hazard our lives and gamble all for Christ until we have reached the last tribe regardless of where that tribe might be.” (1943)  

That’s a far-reaching vision.  A vision that represents God’s heart for the world.  A vision that’s worth you and me getting passionate about and working together to make a reality.

Ethnos360 is the name that anchors us to our foundations and points us to our vision.  

Ethnos is the “nations” that Christ referred to when He commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:47).

360 represents the entirety of the globe – all 360 degrees.  Our goal is to go wherever in the world is necessary to see a thriving church for every people, not only to focus on one particular type of people group.

Our vision is the same today as it was 75 years ago.  As we move forward, we’ll draw from those lessons God has taught us in our 75 years of ministry to pursue new opportunities opening to us – opportunities to reach a changing world.

Larry M. Brown

Ethnos360 President

Did God plan my marriage, my home, and my family?

Looking back over many years of happy married life, I wonder what part was purely accidental and which part was the Providence of God. Was it by chance that I found my wonderful life partner, had 2 godly children and established a Christ-centered, heaven-like home here on earth?

Was it an accident that brought Rebecca to the well to welcome Abraham’s servant which led to her marriage to Isaac? (Gen. 24) Was it by chance that Ruth met Boaz? (Ruth 2) Was my wife specially created as Eve was skillfully made for Adam? (Gen. 2:21-25) Think of the meaning that Christ has given to my marriage as He works out His will in my family! Think of the importance of Christian marriage in God’s great Master Plan. Was it by luck that Joseph met Mary? No. Our marriages are not controlled by chance or blind fate, but by God working out His plan in Christ for us. “All things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose” (Rom. 8:28, Amplified).

Author Steve Farrar encourages Christian fathers to be spiritual submarines under the surface of their children’s lives. “Through your prayers you have the ability to affect situations where you are not physically present,” he writes in Standing Tall. “You may be undetected, but that does not mean that you are ineffective.”

A man who puts on the armor of God and goes to war on his knees for his children is a force to be reckoned with, Farrar adds. “When it comes to battle … understand that you have been given awesomely powerful weapons.”

Parents of children 8-12 years old, who are interested in their child attending a one-hour weekly catechism class taught by Pastor Cosand, are asked to contact him.  

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 20 and ending August 22.  Parents are welcome to attend. Catechism booklets and schedules are available on the usher’s table in the foyer. 

Every summer Wednesday evening, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.,  children from age three (potty trained) through sixth grade will learn Godly character using Bible stories, observations of God’s creatures in nature, and personal application during craft time.

Each week's lesson will focus on a different character quality, for example, creativity, gratefulness, attentiveness, and so forth.  In addition, older students will act out a Bible story and share a brief gym or outdoor time. 

Teens are invited to the concurrent youth activity. There is no charge for Character Club.  Please direct any questions to Carol Hackleman.