It's not easy to grow a church in the metro Fargo area of North Dakota, but it is easy for pastor John Flowers to lead Living Hope Baptist Church to give through the Cooperative Program.He's
seen it work.
As a result, Flowers
added, several people made professions of faith in Jesus and were baptized.
"Southern Baptists helped us get this building," Flowers said, referring to Living Hope's
purchase in 2003 of a disbanded church on one of West Fargo's main streets."When I deployed for Hurricane Katrina" , he's a chaplain and lieutenant colonel with the Air National Guard , "the first people on the scene were Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams.
That's the Cooperative Program right there."
"I'm pretty proud of that, because they weren't Southern Baptist and most of them weren't even saved when they started," said Flowers
, who has led the church seventeen years.
and Debbie Flowers knew moving to far-eastern North Dakota required a lifetime commitment.
"We decided even before we came here that you have to plant yourself here in order to plant a church," John Flowers
That's just another example of Southern Baptist cooperation, Flowers
West Fargo's growth has brought in more than an influx of people, Flowers