January 2002
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We need your help!

As you already know, the Strawberry Baptist Association accepted two international mission opportunities for the year 2002. The first is to Brazil on March 15-26. The second is to Slovakia on August 2-11.

The Slovakia response has been tremendous, and it appears that the team is already assembled. The 4-6 individuals needed to teach English have stepped forward, and we feel we are in good shape for the August trip.

Have you visited the Strawberry Baptist Association Website yet? If not, please take the time to become familiar with it. You will find lots of important and useful information, and we update our site almost daily, so the latest news is always online.

You’ll find one page dedicated to special prayer needs around the block and around the world. Another page provides church address and phone info as well as an Internet link to the church’s Website, if they have one.

How to Work with Young People - Part III

The permanent part-time worker

This individual works year round with the teenagers and receives regular compensation for his efforts. Occasionally it is possible to find a bi-vocational worker who can dedicate his free time to the local church youth ministry. This paid worker is more than a volunteer with a more formal relationship with the church and the young people.

Great Commission Prayer Conference:
"Reaching the Blue Ridge for Christ Through Prayer"

Roanoke, April 19-20, 2002
(Adults) North Roanoke Church
(Youth) Preston Oaks Church

Praying for Your Family
with Evelyn Christenson
Praise and Worship
with Jake Roudabush
and many Skill Sessions

Sponsored by the
North American Mission Board



We extend sympathy to Rev. and Mrs. Jerry Parr on the death of Jerry's father the week before Christmas.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Radford will lead weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor for January, February, and March. Bethlehem will host the January birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Mount Olivet will host it in February.

The annual training for church WMU leaders will take place on Saturday, April 13, at a local church. The retreat scheduled for April 12-13 at Eagle Eyrie has been canceled since there was no response from anyone on how they felt about the cost of $68.50.

Next year we will do a better job and get off to a good start now that we know what is involved. I could use some creative ideas on how to make the annual training interesting and meet everyone's needs.

Focus on Our Family

Mount Zion reports nine new members by baptism since May 2001. Three other new members have come by letter since April 2001.

Rev. Jim Hendricks of Princeton, WV, will be conducting an “Unlock the Bible” seminar during the 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services on January 13.

2002 Missions Institute

Knowing God’s Heart
for the Nations

Rainbow Forest Baptist Church

Monday nights
January 28-April 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost is $10.00 (6th Graders-Adults)

To register, call 540-977-1789, ext. 109 or 112; by Wednesday, January 23.)

ESL Workshop & Outreach

Please pray for our ESL Workshop for volunteers scheduled for the weekends of Jan. 25 & 26 and Feb. 8 & 9, 2002, at Bedford Baptist. Friday evening sessions will run from 6:30 to 9:00. Saturday sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These workshops are for all those interested in teaching English to Hispanics as a ministry outreach tool. We expect this to later develop into Bible studies and worship opportunities for the hundreds of Hispanic folks who live in our area.


February 3 - Gilbert & Ella Profitt (Retired)
February 15 - Tom & Meda Hicks (Retired, SBA)

Ministry Anniversary

February 1 - Dr. Judy Edwards (Minister of Worship and Christian Faith Development/Bedford/10 years)

Disaster Relief Workshop

A Disaster Relief Workshop, sponsored by the Lynchburg Baptist Association, will be held on March 15-16 at Calvary Baptist Church on Timberlake Road. Receive basic Red Cross training as well as training on the Virginia Baptist Feeding Unit.

Opportunities to learn about recovery and water purification will also be available. You must have this training to volunteer to work on the feeding unit during a disaster.


February 12 - Bob Sherrill (Pecks)
February 17 - Billy Leonard (Retired)
February 19 - Philip Day (Mountain View)
February 20 - John McKinney (Shady Grove)

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Bedford Jail Ministry Gets $3,000

At the request of J. P. Smith and on the recommendation of Steve Manuel, the Baptist General Association of Virginia recently approved a $3,000 grant for the support and expansion of the ministries of the Bedford Jail Ministry. On receiving the check the day before Thanksgiving, Chaplain Travis Witt expressed gratitude for the early Thanksgiving blessing and indicated a portion of the money would be used to provide inmates with stamps and Christmas cards to be mailed to family members. The grant was made possible by the generous support of many of our churches and their members through the Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions.

SBA's Mission

Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.

"May your every wish be granted!" —Ancient Chinese curse

Please have items for the February newsletter written and in the Association office by Thursday, January 25.

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