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Through the Eyes of Jesus

There is an old gospel song that says, “My house is full, but My fields are empty. Who will go and work for Me today?” The problem is, His house is not full; there is always room for more people in our churches. There are 70,000 people right here in Bedford County, and on any given Sunday, we have less than 3,200 for worship in the churches throughout our Association. We need to reach the people of Bedford County with the gospel. Do we see people as Jesus saw them? Do we see people Through the Eyes of Jesus?

Do we See what Jesus Saw? Jesus saw the Needs of the People. He saw the people as Sheep without a Shepherd, wandering aimlessly, with no one to lead them in the right direction. He saw their Needs; they were hurting, without hope and unable to help themselves. He saw their Condition; they were physically Hungry and spiritually Lost. But Jesus also saw their Potential; they were precious souls needing to be Saved. (God is not willing that any should perish, but that All come to repentance 2 Peter 3:9.) Jesus saw the people as Lost, Dying, going to hell and needing to be Saved; do we?

Do we Feel what Jesus Felt? Jesus felt Compassion for those who were Hurting. He was Moved with Compassion for the people. You may have pity, empathy, or even sympathy for someone who is hurting, but Compassion does something about their situation. Jesus Cried over the multitudes needing to be Saved. Jesus Died on the Cross so that All could be Saved. Jesus Tried to reach the multitudes of people, sharing the Gospel with those willing to accept it. Jesus saw their Condition and did something about it, do we?

Do we Hear what Jesus Said? Jesus said “go ye therefore” to His disciples. Jesus Told us what we need to do to carry out His Mission. The Harvest is Plentiful. The fields are white unto harvest. There are 70,000 people in Bedford County, but the Laborers are Few. We need willing workers, workers who want to be involved in the lives of people, committed to sharing the gospel on a regular basis, people who live out the gospel in a hurting and hopeless world. We need to Pray for more Laborers. If you can’t go or are not willing to go wherever God leads, then Pray; Pray for someone else to go in your place, and Pray for a Harvest.
Jesus gave us our mission. We are to Go to All the people, and it starts right here, in Bedford County, in Strawberry Association. Have you Answered His Call?

Do we see what Jesus sees? On Sundays, He sees empty pews, in half-empty Churches, in an association where people are Hurting, Hungry, and Hopeless. Are we meeting their Needs, or is “church” all about us? Do we feel what Jesus feels? Jesus is Heartbroken because someone you and I know is lost, dying and going to hell unless we do something to help them. Do we hear what Jesus is saying? Jesus is telling us to Pray, then Go and Tell them that Jesus Loved them enough to Die for them. The question is, “what are you going to do about it?” There are plenty of people around us, but a scarcity of workers. Are you going to sit back and wait for someone to tell them about Jesus, or will you join with us in the Strawberry Association as we attempt to reach Bedford County for Christ?

-Vernon DeLong, Moderator


Feb 16 Marc Jantomaso (River Rock)
Mar 2 Philip Ayers (Glade Creek)
Mar 4 Daren Davis (IMB Missionary)
Mar 7 Rick Mallory (Morgans)
Mar 24 Dennis Moore (Retired)
Mar 31 Harold Lewis (Walnut Grove)

Wedding Anniversary

Feb 14 Todd & Dana Childers (Norwood)

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Focus on Our Family

And learn how to
Recapture the Hearts of Our Children
(First in a series to help families)

Bethlehem Baptist Church
Saturdays, February 19 & 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Topics Include:
*Breaking the strong grip of culture
*Convenient parents and Brainwashed children
*Communicating your values to your children
*No substitute for one-on-one

Taught by Grant Harbridge, Pastor
(37 years in ministry to families and teens)

Space is limited!
Registration deadline is Sunday, February 13
$10 per person includes lunch (Sorry, no child care)
Send checks to Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 99, Evington, VA 24550; Phone 540.297.4786

Mentow Baptist Church
is hosting a Gospel Sing, 5 p.m. (in the sanctuary) and a Chili Supper, 6 p.m. (in the fellowship hall) on Saturday, February 5, 2011. You’re Invited!

Norwood had a wonderful 2010. The Men and Women on Missions would like to thank everyone who participated in all of our mission projects this past year—especially those who supported our wood ministry! Forty loads of wood were split and delivered along with 16 food boxes. The hard work and dedication of everyone donating their time, trucks, wood splitters and prayers is so very much appreciated. During 2010 we were also able to supply 15 surgeries to the Help Me See Foundation; collect and deliver 170 coats for the Salvation Army as well as ring the Christmas Bells; collect 166 pairs of shoes to be sent to Africa in partnership with Sports Outreach; collect over $6,000 for the Bedford County Relay For Life; supply Christmas for two families, and a Christmas in October to a special lady in need of some house repair. We are excited and looking forward to a wonderful 2011! God Bless You All and Thank You for all your prayers and generosity!

Sisters of Grace, the Sedalia Baptist’s Women’s Ministry, is pleased to present its annual Women’s Conference “The Beautiful Bride of Christ, Your Part of the Whole Picture” on Saturday March 12, 2011, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We invite the women of your congregation to be a part of this opportunity to experience the Ministry of Alexandra Armstrong and Music Ministry of Kendra Cook Penn. To reserve a seat, mail a check for $15 (if you want a box lunch, $20) along with your name, address, and phone number to Sedalia Baptist Church, 1072 Charlemont Road, Big Island VA 24526. Registration deadline is March 7, but if you register by Feb. 28, you will receive a free gift! For additional information call 434.299.5039.

Dr. Rick Foster concluded his ministry as pastor of Timber Ridge effective Sunday, January 16, 2011.

Timber Ridge is searching for a pastor. For more info or to submit a resume, contact the church office at 540.586.9267.


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 & March. Mount Olivet will host the February birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Diamond Hill will host it in March.

Dues ($2.00 for each member of Women on Mission and leaders of age-level organizations) are due now for the 2010-2011 year. Checks should be payable to Strawberry WMU and mailed to Phyllis McDaniel, 2460 Hawkins Ridge Rd., Goode, VA 24556. The following have already sent checks: Beaverdam, Bedford, Bethlehem, Big Island, Diamond Hill, Glade Creek, Hunting Creek, Mentow, Morgans, Mount Hermon, Mount Zion, Pecks, Sedalia, Shady Grove, Suck Spring, Thaxton, and Timber Ridge.

The SBA WMU Executive Board met Jan 18, 2011, 5:15 p.m., at the associational office. A packet of information was available for all WMU directors. The information included an agenda for the evening, WMU 2011 calendar, and information on a Prayer Retreat for the annual meeting in 2012.

Discussion relating to the Annual Meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Diamond Hill, included officers for the coming year, guest speakers, special music, and the mission project. The offering will go to the Bedford Pregnancy Center. Girls in Action, Mission Friends, RAs and any other groups are invited to raise money for this project by having individuals fill baby bottles with loose change. The bottles will be presented at the Annual Meeting. This will be in addition to the offering taken up at the meeting.

Another item that was discussed for the summer of 2011 is a quilting class to be offered to anyone interested. A planning meeting for this is set for Tuesday, April 5, 5:15 p.m., at the SBA office. Please be at this meeting if your church is interested in participating.

Planning has begun for the 2012 Annual Meeting to be a Prayer Retreat. More details will be worked out at our June 4, 2011, Annual Planning meeting. Please be present to help make the Prayer Retreat a success.

Numerous other mission projects are presented in the WMUV Engage magazine. To receive a copy, call the WMUV office at 1.800.255.2428.

Help Wanted

Hunting Creek Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in the reformed tradition, is looking for someone to lead our Music and Youth Ministries. In terms of the Music Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of music for Sunday AM & PM & Wednesday PM; and seasonal services. The music style of the church is “blended,” and the Music Minister must be able to lead and excited about leading the congregation in both older and newer songs. The Music Minister will also be charged with leading the choir(s), either directly or indirectly. In terms of the Youth Ministry, this will primarily include preparation for and leading of weekly youth gatherings and special activities. The goal will be to build a vibrant Youth Ministry that reaches youth in the church, their friends, and youth in the community without a home church youth group. In accomplishing the work of the ministry, the Associate Pastor of Music and Youth will work with the Senior Pastor and other church leaders, and their family will be expected to be involved in the church. Salary: $25,000. Contact Person: Brenda Oliver, Personnel Committee Chair. Contact Address

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SBA’s Vision Statement: Due to our common faith in Jesus Christ and His body, the Church, we Commit ourselves to Connecting with one another for Coordinating the missions and ministries of our member churches and Communicating opportunities to partner together to fulfil the Great Commission and Great Commandment.

KNOW WHAT COUNTS No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? —Lee Iacocca

Help us all stay informed. If you have information about what's going on at your church, please share it with us. Items for the next newsletter should be written and in the association office by Wednesday, February 16.

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