Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Slovakia request has been withdrawn. As soon as we receive an alternate mission request we will let you know.
Six SBA folks (Joe and Nan Flowers, Steve and Barbara Manuel, Rev. Jerry Parr, and Rev. Larry Ross) have stepped forward to make the Brazil trip scheduled for March 15-26 a reality.
As mentioned in the January newsletter, those who have expressed interest in going to Brazil do not have the funds to do so. The trip will cost about $1,600 per missionary.
If you cannot go, would you be willing to help fund an offering for the mission team? Send checks as soon as possible to Strawberry Baptist Association noting "Brazil Mission Team."
What a great weekend we had! The 23 participants in the intensive January ESL Training were a blessing as they considered the ministry possibilities for our Association. Our plan is to begin teaching English as a Second Language to our large Hispanic community beginning in late February or early March. If you want to be part of this mission experience, but haven't had ESL training, let us know. There are many opportunities not directly related to teaching English that you can help with.
"Reaching the Blue Ridge for Christ Through Prayer"
Roanoke, April 19-20, 2002
Sponsored by the
On April 24, 2002, WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists will leave San Francisco on its ninth Mission Trip Across America. This 4,000-mile journey will take the team through 12 states and end on July 13 at Yorktown Beach, VA. Cyclists and support staff will learn how to share their faith and have many opportunities to do so as they travel from town to town.
March 2 - Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
March 4 - Daren Davis (IMB)
March 7 - Rick Mallory (Morgans)
March 19 - J.R. Hume (Timber Ridge)
March 24 - Dennis Moore (Beaverdam)
March 31 - Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)
March 8 - Philip & Jean Day (Mountain View)
Due to the wonderful involvement of SBA churches in Christmas in April, the dates for our OMC have been changed to May 4 & 5, 2002.
An international banquet is planned for Saturday, May 4. All SBA churches are invited to come together for a meal, presentations from missionaries, and a special prayer time for missions. On Sunday, May 5, missionaries will be assigned to individual churches for morning and evening services.
Pastors will be receiving a letter in a week or so about an informational meeting scheduled for mid February.
Hello! We wanted to send you an update of the McCaskill FAMILY. We emphasize family for a reason. We wanted to let you know we are expecting a new McCaskill in the summer! Please pray that God would bless our family with a happy, healthy baby and that Susan and the baby continue to do well. She hasnít felt well most evenings, but we hope that soon passes. An early ultrasound shows all is going well so far and we saw a flicker of a heartbeat!
Live the Vision June 5-8, 2002 Amherst/Nelson County, VA
Transformers! is a missions opportunity for adult Virginia Baptists to join together to renovate low-income housing in Amherst/Nelson County. Volunteers will spend each day working on mission projects in the community. Evenings will include worship and fellowship. This is a great opportunity for mission service, spiritual growth, and Christian fellowship.
Cost: $160.00 per person
For more information contact Kathy L. Smith at 540-297-9283.
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Women on Mission: Radford is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in January, February, and March. Mount Olivet will host the February birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Diamond Hill will host it in March.
Saturday, March 23, 2002, 10:00 a.m.
Quaker Baptist Church
Special guest speakers: Daren and Shawna Davis, IMB missionaries to Zambia
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.
Disadvantages of a full-time youth ministry program:
Mount Zion will host the associational Childrenís Bible Drill (KJV) on Sunday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.
New Covenant Schools of Bedford is looking for a mature Christian who is willing to work four days per week, four hours per day, as a Latin instructor. Yearly salary is $7500. For details, call Amy Thornburg at 540-587-5423.
The Shepherd's Table is looking for a volunteer cook who can help one Friday per month. If you would be able to help out, or if you know someone else who might be willing to take part in this important ministry, please call Eleanor Branin at 540-586-7277.
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.
Please have items for the March newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, February 21.
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