July 28, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (BP) -- When looking at the numbers, some might consider Wyoming to be an odd place for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Mississippi church to partner for church planting and evangelism.

With approximately 576,000 residents, Wyoming is the least populous state in the nation. Cheyenne, the state capital and largest city, boasts only 91,000 residents in its metro area. And the New Orleans seminary is known for preparing pastors for Southern churches and missionaries for urban areas throughout the world.

But those involved with the partnership contend God is moving in Wyoming. People there are coming to faith in Christ. When Brandon Baptist Church in Brandon, Miss., invited students from NOBTS to come and see how God is working in Wyoming, they jumped at the opportunity.

Partnering to share the Gospel in Wyoming

In 2011, Brandon Baptist began a partnership with Southern Baptist church planters in Wyoming. So far, members of that church and other churches in Brandon have traveled to Wyoming five times, canvassing neighborhoods in Casper, Cheyenne, Evansville and Torrington. Most of the Brandon Baptist volunteers walking through the neighborhoods of Wyoming are in their 60s.

The church has deep ties to the seminary, and one of the church's members is a longtime donor. The member, who wishes to remain anonymous, had an idea: Why not involve seminary students in Brandon Baptist's church planting and evangelism efforts in Wyoming?

Such a partnership would supply extra workers during mission trips, and the experience would provide hands-on training for church planting students outside the Bible Belt. Even better, the church raised enough money to provide these trips to NOBTS students free of charge.
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