US Church Planting
A Ministry of New Life Baptist Church in Columbia, SC

The Clarke Family

The Clarke Family is serving the Lord in Elbow Lake, Minnesota at Elbow Lake Baptist Church. 


Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus!
Since the last time we sent out a letter my health has improved greatly from my accident. While I still cannot feel temperature in the bottom of my feet and my lower back is numb, I am starting to get around much more. I want to thank my wife for all that she has done and is still doing during my recovery, and for every one of you that have prayed. God’s hand has been so real during this time, and we know that it is due to answered prayers. In the month of January we were able to baptize a young man who had gotten saved at the first service we held in Alexandria. He and his family are members of our church in Elbow lake and were attending the service in Alexandria to support it. We are thankful for his salvation and his obedience to follow the Lord in believers baptism. Also, in the month of January we were able to raise $2,250 to go toward getting a church van, we hope that we can get one soon and begin to pick up kids.One of our emphasis this year is to reach one and win one; in other words make friends with a particular individual, see them saved, and help them to get grounded in the Lord. I am currently focusing on a man named Billy he is a tuff case, but Jesus can save anybody. Another emphasis we have had is fasting in February. We are fasting on each Wednesday in February and praying for something specific. One man prayed for his friend to get a kidney and he got one on Friday. I had a young man named Mitchell come up to me that Saturday and asked if I could start a bible study with him. We just started our addictions program and during it a man named Joey asked, “this saved thing, how do you do it?” The church plant in Alexandria has been going slow but we just now started going visiting for it since my accident; we’ve reached about 400 doors, and we had a first time visitor last week.     

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Church service at Elbow Lake. 

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Pastor John presenting Pastor Silas with his certificate of completion. 

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A young man following the Lord in believer's baptism.