Greetings from Andrew and Shilo Schank! We are Missionaries sent out of the Gospel Light Baptist Church of Walkertown, NC, and are serving with Macedonia World Baptist Missions. My family and I are endeavoring to raise monthly support so we can start a Fundamental, Independent Baptist Church in Blair, Nebraska.
Let me share a little about my wife and myself. First, my wife, Shilo, was saved at the age of fourteen, just before her fifteenth birthday. She had made a profession of faith at the age of five, but later got under conviction about the age of thirteen. This went on for a while, until she submitted to Christ, repenting of her sins and was born again. Secondly, I was much like her in that I also made a profession at a young age. At the age of six I asked God to save me. Looking back I do not think I really understood what it meant. I thank the Lord for being merciful to me in that He spared my soul until February 16, 1992. I had just turned sixteen when I was born again at the Gospel Light Baptist Church of Walkertown, N.C. One year later in February of 1993 I surrendered to the call to preach publicly.
My wife and I were married on March 5, 1999. We have been blessed to have five children: Miranda (15), Andrea (13), Caleb (11), Joshua (10), and Micah (8). As you probably can tell, we have an exciting home!
Moving on, let me say that God blessed me with four wonderful years at Calvary Baptist Bible College of King, N.C. I graduated there in May of 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Theology. I have since had the grand opportunity of pastoring three churches located in Virginia, North Carolina, and North Dakota respectively. God has now directed our steps into the needy State of Nebraska.
You may not be familiar with the area of our calling, so let me share some information. Blair, Nebraska lies within Washington County as its county seat. With a total population of approximately 20,000 residents, Washington County has only three “baptistic” churches. Two of these works carry the name of Baptist, but the third does not. To my knowledge, these churches are convention and conference churches. They do not use the KJV exclusively and are drifting away from the New Testament model.
Blair has about 7,800 residents and is growing rapidly. Strategically, this town will be a lighthouse to the rest of the county. Just over twenty minutes to the south, in the next county, lays Omaha. With its three quarters of a million people in the Greater Omaha area, she is “bursting at the seams” in all directions. Blair is already a bedroom community to Omaha and shows no sign of stopping. Blair is a crossroads for people coming across the Missouri River from Iowa as well as other parts of the county. Our survey revealed that a viable work in this town can reach out into North Omaha, rural Iowa, and the entire county.
I hope you can see that there are vast numbers of people in Blair and Washington County that need a solid, separated, fundamental, independent Baptist church. If you lived in Washington County right now, then you would have to travel to a neighboring county to even have an option of an Independent Baptist church. The Lutherans, Church of Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and Neo-Evangelicals are just a few of the groups that have a forum in this community. We want to reach this lost and misguided county with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is great potential for a thriving New Testament Church in this area!
Before we conclude, let me encourage you to take time and read the endorsements from my Pastor, Bobby Roberson and my friend, Roger Baker. Brother Roger is currently the Administrator of Calvary Baptist Bible College and Seminary of King, N.C. Also, from my picture you will notice that I wear a beard. I do so because I have a skin condition that, for me, is helped by not shaving. By request of Macedonia I have provided them with a doctor’s note.
In conclusion, I would like to say that God wants the Schank Family to start an Independent Baptist Church in Blair, Nebraska. We absolutely need your help! Will you pray for us? Will you consider taking us on for monthly support? You can reach me on my cell – 402-909-2799 with any questions you may have.
Pastor Andrew Schank