To The Members of Jasperâ€™s First Baptist Church [original pdf]
We wanted to thank you for your kindness and faithfulness shown over the last 26 years.
When our father Conrad accepted Godâ€™s call to Jasper, we were 3-years-old and 18-months-old, respectively. Now 29 and 27-years-old, itâ€™s amazing to look back and realize that there wasnâ€™t an area of life you did not positively affect. You were the first church family we knew, and God could not have selected a better group of individuals to instill our Christian foundation.
You have treated us as your own sons, grandsons, and brothers. Not a day went by where your hospitality and friendship was not shown in countless ways. There is no way for us to thank you enough, much less return the favor; we can only assure you that we will attempt carry out the Great Commission in the same manner as yourselves.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads, â€œFor I know the plans I have for you,â€ declares the Lord, â€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.â€ God has big plans for Jasperâ€™s First Baptist Church. We know that you will continue to provide the same encouragement and support to future church leaders that you have so graciously provided to our father over the last 3 decades.
It is with the utmost sincerity that we say it will be difficult to love another church family as much as we have loved you. While Jasperâ€™s First Baptist Church is no longer our church home, it will always be our home church.
Landon & Aaron Howell