Joyous Ordination of Koku Akakpo

It was only by God’s grace and sovereign direction that Koku and his wife Akpene Akakpo stepped foot into our church many years ago. Koku owned very little but he possessed a beautiful desire to learn about God and His Word in America so he could return to his homeland in Togo, West Africa with a more developed ability to teach and preach to his own people back in Togo.  With perseverance of the Akakpos, we all worked to conquer the language barrier and the Akakpos became a much loved family in our church. With heartfelt love and financial assistance, our church supported him in his education and he recently graduated with a Bachelors degree from Bible College.

Our current pastor, Sam Stringer, Koku and Akpene Akakpo and previous pastor, Larry Lindow

As joyous as graduation day was, we celebrated another day August 3, 2019. Koku faithfully answered question upon question asked by 7 patient pastors from our church’s GARBC association. It was evident that he had a doubly hard task. Everyone prayerfully watched as he processed the question, then paused to mentally translate the question into his native language. Finally after understanding the question, he would pause before providing the English words to answer the question. At the end of the questioning time, the pastors unanimously voted to recommend Koku Akakpo to our church for ordination.

The worship service that followed was a time of sweet rejoicing in this journey that first led a man and his wife all the way from Togo, West Africa to a tiny town of 200 people in Littleton, Illinois where they became a part of an even smaller body of Christ. It was not lost on anyone in the service how God had sovereignly provided our little church with the resources to assist Koku and Akpene in their education that led them to this day. Our church voted unanimously to ordain Koku Akakpo for the ministry of the Gospel. We are thankful, grateful, and blessed to see what God is going to do as they continue to raise the funds to return as missionaries to their homeland. Please be in prayer for them, this isn’t the end of their journey, just a beautiful stop along the way of serving God together.

Church family who were present for Koku’s Ordination service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Experienced God?

“Samuel had not yet experienced God” when God called to him as a little boy serving Eli. Join us as Pastor Sam delves into 1 Samuel 3.

Ruins Restored Women’s Conference

Our women’s conference on June 8th was a time of women gathering together in worship, prayer and listening to God’s Word being taught. It was a beautiful day together even though the topics were difficult and hard.

Pat Patton gave two workshops. The first was “Ruins of the Body” in which she addressed how even in our physical struggles, it is still all about God and glorifying Him.

In Pat’s second workshop, “Ruins of the Mind,” she spoke on the importance of seeing ourselves the way God sees us and how our thoughts affect how we respond to our sufferings.

Our guest speaker, Katherine Meyer gave a wonderful workshop about domestic abuse. She defined abuse, provided typical characteristics of an abuser and an abuse victim then addressed how the body of Christ could help both of them. It was an intimate time speaking and answering questions about a sadly common problem in our world.

During the two main sessions, our pastor’s wife, Ann Stringer was our speaker. She spoke on the ruins of our lives and how God uses ruins to show us how much we need Him in the first session. In the final session, Ann addressed the different ways that God brings restoration to our lives that is successful in His eyes. She looks at six “So that” passages that point out the results God is looking for in using our ruins. We invite you to listen to those main sessions below.

You can listen to the first main session “Ruins” here:

You can listen here to the second session “Restored” here:

 

Reverence… and how God handles Irreverence

What does it mean to be reverent towards God? Eli’s sons found out what it means to be irreverent to God the hard way. This is Part 1 to be continued next week.

1 Samuel 2

Hannah: A Sinful Mother Used by God

No mother is perfect, and Hannah was no exception. While we definitely want to be thankful for our mothers this Mother’s Day, it would be amiss to not know and understand their human state. Let’s look at Hannah and her gift to God that came as the result of a sinful prompted request.

1 Samuel 1

Announcing! Women’s Conference – Ruins Restored

Here at First Baptist Church in Littleton, we have a wonderful group of women who are dedicated to the Word and strive to grow closer to God. We have all faced varying ruins of our lives. Suffering, pain, depression, aging, loss, isolation, are just a few of the ruins that we as women face, not to mention the everyday ruins of our lives that occur because of the presence of sin. We are not perfect, but our imperfect journeys are the things that God can use to point us to our need for His transforming power, and in so doing, redeem our hurts and ruins by using them as a tool to point others to their same need.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 HCSB

Join us on a journey to learn how to see our pain through God’s eyes and find peace in the ruins you have faced or are facing.  Please register at this link here.

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Words on the Way to the Cross

Join us as Pastor Sam delves into examining the words Jesus spoke to the disciples to prepare them for the pain of separation from His physical presence. Jesus needed to prepare them with words they wouldn’t fully understand until after the cross, and after the Holy Spirit came to bridge that separation.

Who is this Baby in the Manger?

Image result for nativity famous paintingsPainting by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

 

Who is this baby in the Manger? It wasn’t just a baby, He was so much more and if you don’t understand WHO He was, you will never understand Christmas. Listen to Pastor Sam as he delves into John 1 to see who He is.

 

Being Thankful in A Post-Modern World

Celebrating Objective Truth on Thanksgiving in a Postmodern Culture

Psalm 100

Veteran’s Day: Brotherhood

At the beginning of Pastor Sam’s message, we watched this video from Sebastian Junger. You can listen to the audio from the sermon itself, or watch the video directly here. Then we encourage you to skip to 15:20 in Pastor Sam’s message.

Sermon Text: John 15:10 – 15