Ridgecrest Baptist team builds the kingdom


OZARK – The Kingdom Builders mission team from Ridgecrest Baptist Church (RBC) in Springfield erected the frame for a new 1600 square-foot training facility at School to the Nations here during the first week of June.

Established and directed by Ridgecrest Baptist members Randy and Maureen Copeland, School to the Nations equips and mobilizes believers to proclaim the gospel around the world. Currently, School to the Nations sends groups to work among 13 unreached – as well as unreached, unengaged – people groups, and it has also established a ministry to the deaf.

During the week that Ridgecrest’s Kingdom Builders served School to the Nations by expanding their campus in Southwest Missouri, a six-person team from School to the Nations partnered with International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries to proclaim the name of Christ among an unreached people group in the jungles of Ecuador. As a result, three people professed faith in Christ.

“We thank God for all of the RBC Kingdom Builders and their willingness to sacrifice their time and talents to help expand the Kingdom of God, while we are literally out in the fields planting the precious seed of the gospel and praying for the coming harvest,” said Randy Copeland, who participated in the mission trip to Ecuador. He said the team from Ridgecrest “swarmed and served our ministry with truly the hands and feet of Christ,” allowing the school to focus on its work of training missionaries and reaching the world’s lost.

Copeland’s son, James, who serves as the young adult/missions and evangelism pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, added that the opportunity to serve on the School to the Nations campus was beneficial for Ridgecrest members, as well. The project allowed members to see first-hand how this ministry, which the church supports, trains and sends men and women to the nations with a message of Christ’s love.