October 5, 2022
Elder Letter by Mike Laughrun
“All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” Psalm 86:9
How does a church in East Tennessee make disciples in other parts of the world? Answer: By working with strategic partners in the hard to reach places on earth.
For almost four years now, TCBC has partnered with an IMB (International Mission Board), team working in Kabong, Uganda, among the Karamajong people group. We have sent teams, trained leaders, shared the gospel, served the vulnerable, given generously, and provided care for Selvan and Laurel Jeremiadoss, our missionary family there.
I’ve spent the last five days here in the middle of God’s activity. Missionary work has been going on in this region for decades with minimal fruit, but now, over the past few months, a significant movement of God is happening here and our church is a vital part of it.
In the last year, one healthy mother church has multiplied into five churches. Collectively, on Sunday morning, when these churches gather, there are over 1,000 people in attendance. This morning alone, 180 new believers followed the Lord in baptism in the river! It was glorious! Twelve men are being trained and equipped as new elders/pastors in the churches is here. Together the churches fed over 600 families in the midst of a severe drought in this part of the world last month.
I am grateful to God for his kindness and allowing us to be a part of pushing back darkness and reaching the unreached in this part of the world. Take a few minutes and watch this video put together on Sunday, October 2 during my time here. Then, stop and pray. Pray that God would be greatly glorified among the Karamajong people. Pray for more laborers in the harvest here. Give thanks, that our church in East Tennessee gets to be a part of God’s Global activity.
Elder / Lead Pastor
Mike Laughrun has served as Lead Pastor at Tri-Cities Baptist Church since January of 2011. He and his wife Jennifer have been married since 1995 and have five children.