Arizona Southern Baptists rally to replace church plant’s stolen equipment

By Noah Jaeger | Apr 16, 2024

Orbit Church in Buckeye witnessed the support of Arizona Southern Baptists after their storage trailer was broken into. The young church plant was robbed of equipment valued at nearly $40,000.

“We immediately let people know to pray for us,” Pastor Matt Rose of Orbit Church said. “We knew in that moment we were not at war with flesh and blood.”

Rose was on a prayer retreat when he received a call from the sheriff of Maricopa. The officer reported that all their audiovisual equipment was stolen. Someone sneaked into the storage facility where their recently acquired trailer was held, broke in and stole the valuable cargo. Since the equipment had not yet been insured, the outcome was a total loss.

Despite losing much of their video and audio equipment, the church remained hopeful.

“Our team wasn’t stressed, they were amped,” Rose said. “If Satan is trying to attack us at this level, how much more will God do.”

Upon hearing of their need, Chris Stull, pastor of Wellspring Church in Goodyear, reached out to his network. The Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists aided Orbit Church financially, as did the Thrive Network. The church also received support from Wellspring, and Cross Church in Surprise.

Other churches heard the call as well and gave. Before long, Orbit Church made up for most of the damaged and stolen equipment. As a result, the people of Orbit were fired up.

“After this happened, our people were more galvanized than ever,” Rose said. “We now knew people here in Arizona were here for us. We landed better than we started.”

In April 2022, Rose was serving in the Midwest when his family received a calling to plant a church in Phoenix. They came to Phoenix in March 2023 and officially started Orbit Church in February 2024. Twelve adults, believing in the vision of the church, moved with the Rose family to help launch the church.

“Our vision is to help people find peace and develop purpose by revolving everything around Jesus,” Rose said. “We want to be accessible and guide people into alignment with God, like a satellite orbiting around the earth.”

Orbit Church can continue their ministry momentum thanks to the generosity of churches within the AZMN. Despite being far from home, Orbit’s church leaders and volunteers experienced the hospitality the AZMN strives for.

Noah Jaeger, a freelance writer and photographer, is a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church and is the launch catalyst with Christian Challenge AZ.

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