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  September 2017  
Unreached People Group of the Day

Murao (Hindu traditions)


Primary Language

Primary Religion

% Evangelical

538 of Indonesia's 779 people groups do not have even Bible portions available in their primary language. The largest of these is the Betawi, 7,000,000.



If you are like me, you have been shocked and stirred by the pictures and stories coming out of Houston, Corpus, and other areas being impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the related storms and flooding.  Devastation on this scale calls for an equally massive response.  You may be wondering what to do.  Here are my thoughts:

1.  The best thing to donate is MONEY.  I know lots of people want to donate items, but often disaster relief organizations can buy the same items at a fraction of the cost because they buy in bulk and get a discount.  In addition, there is the savings of the shipping costs.  YOUR MONEY WILL DO MORE IF YOU GIVE TO THE ORGANIZATION. 

2. Please, please, please do NOT send clothing or bottled water.  Those items wind up not being used, and volunteers have to be diverted from relief work to deal with the "stuff."

3. If you or your church wants to donate to help those impacted by Harvey, I encourage you to give to our own disaster relief efforts rather than the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Samaritan's Purse. I especially urge you to be cautious about other groups.  Already I have received emails from "charities" that I have never heard of before.  You are free to give to whomever you wish, but our own organizations need our support.  

You can give to HPBA by mailing a check to the HPBA mailing address (403 Daingerfield Street, Pittsburg, TX 75686). Please write "disaster relief" or "hurricane Harvey" in the memo line so we can get the funds where you want them to go.

You can give to Texas Baptist Men disaster relief.  Here is a link that shows how:

You can give to SBTC disaster relief.  Here is a link that will help:

You can give to the SBC (national convention) disaster relief through the North American Mission Board.  Here is a link:

4. A lot of you want to DO something to help. Because of liability issues, only "yellow cap" certified volunteers can be housed with Texas Baptist Men DR teams.  Housing is a major issue in disasters because so many of the locals also need a place to stay.  Unfortunately, TBM has had to suspend all training because they have all they can do to handle the response to Harvey.  If you are yellow cap certified, YOU ARE NEEDED.

5. If you can't go with one of our teams and are feeling frustrated, there are still options.  You can go with other organizations or you can contact people or churches you know in the area to arrange the best way to help.  I will be looking for some church-to-church opportunities that I will pass along to you as I know more. But please don't try to just show up in the disaster area looking for something to do.  Someone trying to help the victims will have to take time to take care of you.  They have enough to do already.  

6.  Please keep in mind that the recovery work is going to be HUGE--months and months of work.  We need to be ready for the long haul, not just a spur-of-the-moment surge of interest.  THERE WILL BE PLENTY FOR ALL OF US TO DO!


Association News


Annual Associational Missions Offering

Goal: $30,000

Final Total: $29,865.55

FBC Diana, $163.65; FBC Mt. Pleasant, $2,224.96; FBC Gilmer, $5,064.00; Lake o' the Pines, $450; Liberty, $85.91; Snow Hill, $1,000; South Jefferson, $3,000; El Calvario, $200; Walnut Creek, $1,943.33; FBC Pittsburg, $3,052;  Fellowship $200; Lone Star, $695; New Way, $260; FBC Quitman, $245; FBC Daingerfield,$256; Piney Grove, $559.05; Lakeview, $105; New Hope, $110, Simpsonville, $100; Holly Brook, $4,326;  New Mine, $705; FBC Winnsboro, $930.65; Mt. Moriah, $1,000; Ore City, $300; Cedar Springs, $350; Highland Park, $330; Lake Fork, $1,000; Leesburg, $200; New Beginnings, $200; Eaves Tabernacle, $560.00; Individual Contributions, $250




Church News




Lake Fork Baptist Church

4-person Scramble Golf Tournament Benefiting the Building for Tomorrow Campaign

Saturday - October 7th, 2017

Lake Fork Golf Course 252 Private Road 5937, Emory, TX 75440

Entry Fee $200 per team

Includes lunch, door/hole prizes; awards ceremony to follow

Dixon Golf Challenge on two holes – a shot to qualify for the Fiesta Bowl Million Dollar Hole-in-One Final Round!!

7:30 a.m. – Registration and practice range open; mulligan cards for sale ($5 each; max 3 for $12)

9:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start

For questions or sponsorship inquiries please contact Tod Byrd: 903-268-0478,


Contact Us  
Harmony-Pittsburg Baptist
403 Daingerfield Street
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Phone 903-856-6696
Fax 903-856-5692
Regular Schedule  
  • If you wish to see the Director of Missions, it is best to call beforehand to make sure he will be in.
  • Office Hours Mon-Thurs.
    – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Office Hours Friday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pianist Needed

Newsome Baptist Church, as well as Piney Grove in Leesburg, is currently seeking a pianist for Sunday mornings only. Song selection ranges between older hymns to contemporary. For more information please contact the HPBA office for contact information. 903-856-6696.

Youth Minister and Children's Director Needed

Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Diana is seeking a PART-TIME YOUTH MINISTER. Estimated 20 hours a week. WCBC is also searching for a PART-TIME CHILDREN'S COORDINATOR. Both positions are immediate needs. Please send resumes to or contact the church at      903-968-2929 or 903-353-3771.


2017 IRS Mileage Rates

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

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