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tCBQUJTUNFTTFOHFS&#0f;DPN OTQJSJO O H H  0 0L L M MB B I IP NB#B March 20, 2014 >>by Brian Hobbs Editor DAVIS—On Sat., March 8, more than 50 Oklaho-ma Baptist donors and leaders gathered at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center campgrounds for a groundbreaking ceremony. >> see GROUND BREAKING FOR THE GOSPEL, pg. 6 2 5 NEWS Green joins Messenger as church relations director MISSIONS & MINISTRY “God commanded light to come . . .’ 3 7 EDITORIAL & OPINION Heads bowed, eyes open FEATURES State Keyboard Festival features 31 performers 4 8 DAILY LIVING Just thinking SPORTS & ACTIVITIES OBU claims 3 NAIA titles, 2 SAC titles in 1 day

Groundbreaking For The Gospel

Brian Hobbs

DAVIS—On Sat., March 8, more than 50 Oklahoma Baptist donors and leaders gathered at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center campgrounds for a groundbreaking ceremony.

In spite of near-freezing temperatures and high winds, hearts were warmed at the special occasion, which broke ground for the new construction projects, including the Mathena Family Event Center, the Thompson Family Lodge and the Jordan Welcome Center.

In a prayer at the ground-breaking, Nick Garland, pastor of Broken Arrow, First who serves as Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) president, said “Our God, You are great and mighty. Who are we that you have blessed us through this hallowed ground? Thank You, Lord, for how You have provided.”

Among the donors recognized included the Mathena Family, who are giving $7.4 million for the building of the Mathena Event Center; the Thompson Family, who are making possible the building of the Thompson Lodge through a donation and whose construction company, Wynn Construction, will be performing all of the new construction at Falls Creek; and Gene and Jo Downing, who have given a $2.3 million matching gift.

“We don’t build buildings just to build them,” said Anthony L. Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer.“These facilities will greatly enhance Falls Creek’s capacity to share the Gospel, and to have events, retreats and other ministry functions during the nonsummer months.”

In addition to the donors, the Falls Creek Building Committee members were in attendance.

“Falls Creek is a place like no other and to see how God is expanding our potential for more events is amazing,” said Danny Ringer, Associate Pastor of Elk City, First, who is among those serving on the committee.

///Committee members include:

Brad Boles, Danny Ringer, Debbie Hilton, Doyle Pryor, Emerson Falls, Gary Dempsey, Gene Downing, Greg Kannady, Harold Mathena, Lauren McAfee, Matt McClure and Shirley Pogue.

At the February meeting of the BGCO board of directors, Jordan announced that more than $10.7 million has already been pledged and given toward the new construction projects at Falls Creek.

At the meeting, Jordan announced the Falls Creek Centennial Capital Campaign, which will raise $4,762,142, plus a challenge goal to make other needed improvements. Those funds will pay off the existing $2.52 million debt of the R. A. Young Tabernacle and unfunded portions of the new construction.

“More than 9,000 people gave toward the construction of the Tabernacle at Falls Creek,” said Jordan. “We prayerfully await to see how God will provide once again through the generosity of His people, so that all people have more opportunities to hear the Gospel.”

For more information, or to make a matching gift donation to the Centennial Campaign, contact Marty Harkey at 405/942-3800 (toll free: 800/690-6933) or

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