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Next meeting will take place 3rd Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Retired Independent Baptist
Preachers & Wives Welcome!!
Info: Call Wilda Metts cell(417)771-0571



October 16, 2017
Had an outstanding good number of folk, with 2 new couples, show up for our October gathering. Good time of fellowship and a tremendous testimony by Paul Hylton, former missionary to Formosa (Taiwan) and the BBFI Missions Office.
By popular request, we will be having our meeting on November 22nd.
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September 20, 2017
21 folk gathered for the September meeting of RIB. We had a young lady from Ukraine as our waitress. Bro. Dan Moore, retired missionary to Singapore, was our speaker. He related how the Lord eventually brought he and Sharon from Mansfield, OH to the oriental world. His testimony reminds us that the Lord knows the best use of our lives.
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August 16, 2017
A busy summer for each of us, but 27 folk buzzed in right at one o'clock and we ended up with a pretty good crowd, a good time of fellowship concluding with an outstanding testimony by Barbara Brown of how the Lord guided her and Mel through life from a small set of living room furniture. Our prayer list was lengthy with many needs. Our faith, though tested, holds; because we have seen how God answers prayer!
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July 19, 2017
Hot day outside, but a cool room in the Golden Corral where 26 of us gathered for lunch and a time of sweet fellowship. Bro. Ken Adrian brought us up to date with details with his recent recovery from some serious cancer issues. His obvious faith remains true to his life's journey.
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June 21, 2017
I have once again repaired my crashed computer. I apologise for not getting out info for June meeting. A smaller group, (missing the missionaries) but had an enjoyable time together.
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May 25, 2017
Bro. & Mrs. Carl Boonstra celebrated their 70th Wedding anniversary:

May 17, 2017
With a number of first timers, we had a very good turnout of 31 today. A marvelous time of fellowship. Bro. Lloyd Baker (Phillipines) reminded us that God's plans for our lives is not finished until He says it is finished. Wilda & I were sung to for our 57th anniversary.
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April 19, 2017
A beautiful spring day, welcomed 25 folks to our mo70thnthly gathering. Several spoke of blessings, some have a difficult path right now, but our faith remains stedfast. Bill & Dorothy Merritt gave the story of Dorothy's life as missionaries's daughter and being single until widower Bill came into her life. Her and the kids made an early pact in the family; "No steps in this family!" Seems like some of the crowd lingers longer each month, but the fellowship is sweet..

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March 15, 2017
22 folks showed up today for a typical March afternoon. Had a great time in the general discussions of God's blessings in our lives. Karen Smith who with her husband, Richard, had served as missionaries to Iceland into the mid ninties gave her story. It was well told allowing us to share in her wonder of how God's will was done in their lives. He was taken from this world at the age of 61. She finished the story by telling how the Lord may have, yet, things she may do.

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February 15, 2017 Several of us were able to gather for a good meal and great fellowship. Special prayer for Chuck Cremeans, Elsie Boonstra, Tony Birge and others. Mrs. Jorene Howard presented a unique skit of her life story as only she could.Her and Branson obviously enjoyed their lives together. Several of us remained for a good while.

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January 18,2017
  They just kept coming! Wow, what a crowd. 32 people showed up for our first meeting of 2017. Everyone was in good spirit, even in spite of physical ailments. It was good to see Jim Garrison make it in spite of physical hindrance. Bro. Boonstra had to come alone, as Mrs. Elsie is homebound. Several regulars were missing and were missed. Bro. Bill Merritt gave his uplifting life testimony, very encouraging. We find it difficult to locate retired preachers/missionaries in Springfield area. If you know of such, please tell them of us.
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October 19, 2016
  Rain and other activities cut our attendance this month, but we had enough folks to show up for a very enjoyable time together. We are concerned about the health of Elsie Boonstra. We are very concerned about the state of our nation and the coming election. We heard a tremendous testimony from the waitress that served our group, there was no doubt she loves the Lord.
  We remind everone that the next meeting will not occur until January 18, 2017 if the Lord tarries!!!!
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September 21, 2016
  Twenty two of us, including a young couple from the Philippines, met today for our monthly get together. A good time and good food plus the sweetness of fellowship. Stan Metts was given an opportunity to relate the story of Tura Mako, a young preacher man in Ethiopia.We closed in prayer for Bro. Bob Baird, Jim Garrison and others.

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August 17, 2016
  The restaurant had no parking spaces just minutes before our crowd was to arrive, but gradually spaces became available as we drove up. Summer is a busy time but still a good number showed up for good food and fellowship. Bro. Boonstra related one of his experiences of a trip to the Congo and the work of God in the hearts of three Africans in an unusual encounter.


July 20, 2016
  Hot day outside, but cool and cozy inside the restaurant. A good number gathered for lunch and fellowship. Mrs. Mary Nevius retired missionary to Argentina gave her personal life testimony and how the Lord brought her from the world of Detroit, MI to Argentina. Bob Perryman is wanting his talents and preaching abilities to be used of the Lord in gatherings and places that can use him.


June 15, 2016
  With most of our missionary attendees, attending elsewhere today, there was still a good number of us who met at the Golden Corral for lunch and a time of fellowship. One of the neatest things about the RIB meetings is the casual atmosphere. It is nice just to be able to sit down with friends at a good meal.
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May 18, 2016
  After a near week of steady rain, we had a nice day to gather for our May meeting. Everyone ate heartily with a great atmosphere of conversations. Then Margaret Hathaway gave her testimony of her salvation. Each of us were able to relate to her experience, and this sweet lady honored her Lord with her words.




April 20, 2016
  22 of us were able to make the RIB meeting today, nice day with a crowded restaurant. As usual the waitress did an excellent job of taking care of us. Bro. Bob Perryman gave us a very interesting slice of his life, beginning with the first experiences of his life with Mary Lou and neatly tied in his current life with Barbara. He still evidences his marvelous humility and talent to sing.




March 16, 2016
  Again in March twenty two of us were able to make the meeting. Nice day and several spoke of blessings lately in their individual lives. Bro. Lloyd Baker gave his testimony of salvation, and detailed the beginnings of the Aisian Baptist Clearing House in the Phillipines who though the years have sent out Missionaries all around the world. We closed the meeting with prayer for others.



February 17, 2016
  Twenty two of us were able to gather today at the Golden Corral for lunch and a time of fellowship. Mrs. Patsy Pringle gave a warm testimony of her and Bro. Pringle's entrance into the ministry. It is great to discover that each of us share so many things in our paths of serving the Lord. It is also wonderful to hear that most of us still have the health and abilities to serve the Lord in various ways.



January 20, 2016
  Not a great day for a meeting. The weather had placed a thin sheet of ice on asphalt. Thus our turnout for the RIB meeting was the lowest since we began. Those who made it thouroughly enjoyed the time. Wilda Metts took the turn to give her testumony, giving insight on how a wife and mom could peacefully go to the African continent as a missionary. It was very well put. We were saddened because one of our regular attenders was not in our midst. Bro. Bill Good has gone to glory. It was a wonderful memorial service. His dear wife is recovering from serious health issues.
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October 28, 2015
  Our meeting in October was held on a very nice day. Bro. Richard Konnerup gave his life's testimony. This quiet natured gentleman spoke of happenings in his life that not only brought him to salvation but a wonderful marriage to Jeanine, his first wife. He told how his eldest son had introduced him to Anne, who had also lost a spouse. He is planning to take another trip to Africa, where he spent many years as a missionary.
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September 30, 2015
Refreshingly cool September day for 19 of us to gather at the Golden Corral. A really decent meal at a really decent price and an enjoyable time of fellowship. Bro. Lonnie & Georgine Brooks gave their life's testimony. I have known the Brooks since our days as missionaries in Ethiopia, but was very impressed with their story.


August 26, 2015
26 people showed up at the Golden Corral for lunch and a time of fellowship. Each of us really enjoy this special time each month. Col. Jack Henry gave his life testimony. He has a successful life in the military for many years, and most of us have been acquainted with his lifetime service for Christ. This gentleman has a wonderful humble heart.
The September meeting will be a week later than usual.
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July 23, 2015
A good number of folk attended the July gathering at Golden Corral. Bro. and Mrs. David Moody gave their testimony of their salvation and call into the mission field, beginning in the Philippines. An important aspect of their testimony was how God has used them, man and wife as a team.
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June 24, 2015
27 People made their way to the Golden Corral yesterday. We had a great time of fellowship. Bro. Bill Hathaway gave a moving testimony of his life's story. It was very evident that the Lord has used this man, as a missionary to Japan and more lately as he works with Japanese people here in Springfield. You may listen to his story at www.unshackled.org. Follow archives to 2012. choose #3213 and 3214
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May 27, 2015
Found the photos a year after the date.

April 22, 2015
21 attendees had a good time of food and fellowship. Dr. Carl Boonstra was persuaded to give his ministry testimony and all of us there were tremendously blessed as he told of his walk of faith, from humble beginnings, his salvation and entrance into the ministry.


March 25, 2015
Bro. James Epps gave his life's testimony at 94. He said the Lord gave him the leadership in 14 Churches for the years of his ministry.



February 25, 2015
There were 23 folks who gathered on Wednesday the 25th:



January 14, 2015
Small crowd in January. Lots of Sickness and other real serous reasons.
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November 12, 2014
Eighteen of us were able to brave the 32 degree weather. Good food, good fellowship and a wonderful testimony from Bro. David Pringle. Bro. Pringle told of his spiritual heritage and of his personal call into the ministry.

August 13, 2014
  Fifteen of us gathered for lunch and fellowship on Wednesday. We had a few of those who have been coming, call with reasons for not being able to come but encouraging us to continue the gathering. Bro. Bill Anderson, re-tired from the Philippines, gave his testimony and anyone could tell that his salvation as a young adult was only the beginning of a fruitful life. As with most of us, his ministry has moved to new areas, but he is still able and willing to serve the Lord, winning a person to Christ within past couple of weeks. We went our ways after praying in answer for prayer requests.


July 16, 2014


June 25, 2014

May 17, 2014

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