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Central Baptist Church
3707 Harrisburg Road
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is married to Sheila.
Larry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University and did his mission preparation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
He began his ministry with the International Mission Board as an appointed career missionary in Togo, West Africa in 1983.
He came to Central Baptist as Missions Pastor on January 25, 1993.
2012 Winter Newsletter // Prison to Purpose
With the help of others who are skilled in missions, such as Larry Bailey, Missions Pastor of Central Baptist in Jonesboro, we have begun a strategy for how to reach our world…the prison itself.
Larry Bailey, missions ...
Larry Bailey, missions pastor at Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, shared the team's experience.
As a few team members were attempting to follow up with new believers from their previous trip, they ran across a man who was interested in hearing the gospel -- but in private.
So a team member and translator followed him back to his house to talk.
An hour and a half later, Bailey received a call.
Twenty-plus people, including a Voodoo priest had accepted Christ.
One of these new believers was the woman who had been abused.
When Bailey arrived at the scene, the abused woman came out to greet him, and he could tell she was "very fearful.
Bailey had felt God laying on his heart the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6, which speaks of forgiveness.
"And so I gently began to teach her that prayer," Bailey said.
"And I said to her, 'Look you need to release this bishop.
This is for your own good, because every time he did something to you, he hurt you.
It's like shooting you in the heart with an arrow.' "And I said, 'For your personal freedom, we need to gently remove those arrows.
God still has him on the judgment docket.
He's not going to let him get away with what he's done.'" He could see her soaking in the words, so he taught her a prayer asking God to release her from the hurt and help her forgive.
Bailey could see her transformation.
"I'm telling you -- she was set free," Bailey said.
"And she came out with the most beautiful smile that you've ever seen in someone.
A second Voodoo priest was saved the following day.
"We have a volunteer that is called really to share Christ with Voodoo priests, and he's been quite successful," said Bailey, explaining the man is a former gang member and drug dealer.
"He knows how to identify with them, he knows how to sit down with them and gain their trust where he can talk to them.
And then he shares Christ -- and it seems to work.
The difficult issue Central Baptist has been facing is how to follow up with new believers, said Bailey.
But that's just the beginning," Bailey
said about their work in Haiti.