February 2002
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Mission Trip Updates

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Slovakia request has been withdrawn.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."

ESL Workshop & Outreach

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.

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


Exciting Mission Trip Across America!

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)
March 18 - Jeff & Paula Johnson (Thaxton)

On Mission Celebration

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.

McCaskill News

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!

Transformers! 2002
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
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2002
Deposit: $60 per person

For more information contact Kathy L. Smith at 540-297-9283.

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

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.

Associational WMU Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 23, 2002, 10:00 a.m.
(Covered-dish lunch)
Quaker Baptist Church

Special guest speakers: Daren and Shawna Davis, IMB missionaries to Zambia

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.

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How to Develop A Youth Ministry - Part IV

Disadvantages of a full-time youth ministry program:
  • A pastor insecure of his abilities or unsure of his call might feel threatened by the presence of another full-time staff person.
  • When problems or divisions arise in the church the youth pastor may unexpectedly find himself on the opposite pole from the senior pastor.
  • The added cost can strain the church budget and create new pressures.
  • If the church hasn't prepared a detailed job description, confusion may follow as to where the youth ministry is headed. Expectations and responsibilities need to be carefully mapped out and understood before the search begins for additional staff.

Focus on Our Family
Cindy Middaugh, a Childrenís Ministry Consultant with the BGAV, will lead a seminar March 3, 6:30 p.m., at Mount Zion. Cindy is an excellent teacher and has a burden for teaching children to love God. She will address the problem many parents face today in getting their children to grow spiritually and to be spiritually motivated to stay involved in church. Those who teach children as well as parents will benefit from this seminar. There is no cost to participate.

Mount Zion will host the associational Childrenís Bible Drill (KJV) on Sunday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Seeds of Hope in Liberia!
Virginia Baptists are partnering with Liberian Baptists in a unique way. The civil war which ravaged the country for ten years has left every city and village without electricity and running water. All mechanized farm equipment has been destroyed, so farming is done with shovel and hoe. The entire livestock supply was butchered for quick meat. These events left the people of Liberia impoverished. Yet their spirits remain high because of friends like Virginia Baptists.

Latin Instructor Needed

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.

Volunteer Cook Needed

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.

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.

Before saying anything, ask yourself it itís true, kind, and necessary.

Please have items for the March newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, February 21.

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