Welcome to the Ethnic Church series. Today's episode features the leadership of Verdad Y Vida--Truth and Life Baptist Church. Verdad y Vida was planted nearly 4 to minister the Latino Diaspora in Omaha land. While the congregation is united in its Spanish language, it is a very diverse multi-ethnic congregations with members representing various countries with unique cultures like Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Puerto Rico. So while Spanish provides a common language, there are cultural differences and difficulties that come with being a multi-ethnic congregation.

 Representing this 4 year-old multi-ethnic church plant is their founding Pastor Rev. Pedro Reina-Gil, along with founding members Carlos Angulo and Virgen Rojas.


To learn more about Verdad y Vida visit: 



2019 Region Mission Expo April 26-27, 2019, First Baptist Church, North Platte. 

Pastor Rev. Dr. Van Bawi Kam--Chin Revival Baptist Church in Omaha, NE. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chinrevivalbaptistchurch/

Pastor Van Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanbawi.kam

Wikipedia article on Chin People: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chin_people

Travel Magazine Website: https://www.thetravelmagazine.net/chin-people-of-myanmar-photo-tour.html

BBC News Story:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8626008.stm

Aljazeera story: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/ethnic-chin-refugees-unsafe-myanmar-unprotected-india-180526114550827.html


February 2, 2019 Fresh Expressions Vision Day Registration

Travis Collins: Is the Senior Pastor of FBC, Huntsville, AL since the spring of 2016. He served as a missionary in Nigeria and Venezuela. Travis’ latest book, From the Steeple to the Street, is about fresh expressions of church. He and his wife, Keri, have three children and a growing number of grandchildren.

FBC Hunstville

Fresh Expressions: https://freshexpressionsus.org/  

Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society.

Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US through the vision and generosity of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a growing number of partners committed to a new era of missional ecumenism, a unity around the mission of God the Father through the resurrected Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.

February 2, 2019 Fresh Expressions Vision Day Registration

Listen as Greg interviews Darrell Drullinger of FBC North Platte to learn more about the 25th Annual Bob Rouch Living Christmas Tree. Than you to Darrell and North Platte for their participation in the special podcast episode.




Listen as Greg Mamula interviews the Editor of Word and Way, Brian Kaylor. They discuss all sorts of issues facing the Baptist Church today including, the various Baptist denominations, mission work, politics, the history of Baptist identity, gender roles, podcasting, and more. Be sure to listen to Brian's interview of Greg Mamula for his podcast "Baptist Without an Adjective"

Word and Way Magazine

Baptist Without an Adjective podcast


Ethics Daily

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Brian T. Kaylor is an award-winning author and journalist. He serves as Editor & President of Word & Way (a Baptist magazine in the Midwest) and as Associate Director of Churchnet (a Baptist network in Missouri).

Brian is the author of four books on religion and politics: Vote Your Principles: Party Must Not Trump Principles (Union Mound Publishing, 2016),  Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action (Peter Lang, 2015), Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics (Lexington Books, 2011) and For God's Sake, Shut Up! (Smyth & Helwys, 2007).

Brian has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in Communication and Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University. He serves the Baptist World Alliance as Vice-Chair of the Communication Advisory Committee and a member of the Awards Committee, the Commission on Christian Ethics, and the General Council.


Aaron Sprock is the pastor of First Baptist Church and Kenwood Chapel in Chadron, NE. His congregations have recently returned from Puerto Rico from participating in the continued hurricane relief efforts. They partnered with ABHMS and the "Rebuilding, Renewing, Restoring" short-term mission team. Learn more about this mission trip and about the ministry happening in Chadron Nebraska on this episode.

Contact Aaron Sprock: pastor.sprock@yahoo.com or on social media https://www.facebook.com/aaron.sprock and https://twitter.com/pastorsprock

Learn more about FBC: visit their Facebook page or their church website 

Learn more about the American Baptist Home Mission Society and Rebuilding, Renewing, Restoring mission work in Puerto Rico

Visit the American Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico website

Pastor Larry Harvery has been the solo pastor of FBC Hastings, NE for 11 years. For the past several months Pastor Larry has been sharing his pastoral duties and his pulpit with new Associate Pastor Andy Springer. Andy and Larry are two pea's in a ministerial pod. They both like books, ministry, and people. They both have a heart for social justice and Nebraska Baptist life. Even though Larry is many generations Andy's senior they have formed a fast friendship and collegiality. Listen to learn more about how they view ministry, partnership, and experiment with "dialogue preaching."

Learn More:


First Baptist Church   –   401 North Lincoln Ave, Hastings, NE 68901 Worship   –   Sunday 10:45

 Larry Harvey Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/larry.harvey.1460

Larry Harvey Blog: http://www.publicchristian.com/?fbclid=IwAR25PY5oZt1iEE10wv_c_10iY_CnohB2Mw27sn_NPqKyKtxvXd7TkdEDA_g

Andy Springer Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/andy.springer.75


November 19, 2018

MI5 Sam and Brittany McDaniel

Since 2008 Brittany and Sam McDaniel have been committed leaders and volunteers at First Baptist Church in North Platte, NE. They are also involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bible studies, mission trips, youth retreats, women's and men's events, and more. Brittany is the Music and Drama teacher at North Platte High School and Sam is the Day Rehab Care Coordinator for Region 2 in North Platte. They are also parents to three wonderful children.

Listen to hear how they manage it all with grace and love. There is a lot here to learn from.

November 14, 2018

MI5 Bev Pacas

Bev Pacas (pronounced: puts-us) is the Moses Merrill Camp and Conference Center, Camp Director. Bev is also a certified Lay Minister with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is an active leader in her local church, the Edensberg Lutheran Church in Malmo, NE. Bev is married to her husband Joel, they have four grown children and six grandchildren. 

In this episode Bev shares her heart for people, ministry, and MMCCC. Listen in to learn about the many things happening at camp and the big dreams that shapes her joyful spirit. 

Contact Info:

email: bevpacas@gmail.com

Phone: 402-443-6663

Website: http://campmerrill.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampMerrill/?ref=br_rs


Who are Moses and Eliza Merrill? Check out their heroic story here

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