April 2002
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Report from Brazil

Our mission trip to Florianópolis, Brazil, is now history, and a sweet history it is! God honored Himself and blessed the participants who were able to go. There was daily VBS at the home of a Christian family. Fifty to sixty children took part in what the pastor, Miguel Fuentes, described as the best VBS the church had ever experienced. Our workers were tireless and made a big impact on the children and their parents.

How to Develop A Youth Ministry (Part 6)

Build relationships

Youth getting to know the youth minister
In order to begin an effective youth ministry there are some things the minister can do to encourage success. Probably the most important is to develop strong interpersonal relationships. Teenagers will not automatically or immediately place their trust in a youth minister. He must earn their respect and admiration. The minister should take the initiative and introduce himself to the young people of the church. In a very open and personal way the youth minister should begin by speaking to the teenagers about their lives, family, interests, etc. Most young people will respond positively to a sincere approach by someone truly interested in them.

New Church Update

God continues to reveal to me, with greater clarity, the vision of this new church that HE is starting. I see families worshipping together, ministering together, fellowshipping together. I see families that are encouraged and equipped to fight the spiritual battles and win. I see God turning the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. (Malachi 4:6)

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.


May 3 - Woody Elliott (Bethel)
May 5 - Larry Ross (Mount Zion)
May 6 - Jeff Johnson (Thaxton)
May 24 - Paul Blevins (Retired)
May 25 - Jack Deans (Terrace View)

Wedding Anniversary

May 25 - Daniel & Valerie Wheeler (Radford)

Church Anniversary

May 1 - Rev. Harold Lewis (Pastor/Walnut Grove/1 yr.)

2001 Annual Report
Copies of the 2001 Annual Report of Strawberry Baptist Association is available online now.

To view your personal copy, click here and you will be prompted to either open or save the PDF document. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the Annual, and the download size is approximately 251K.

On Mission Celebration
“The Nations—Christ’s Inheritance”
(Psalm 2:7-8)

While we will have speakers representing various regions of the globe, our focus will be on the unreached people groups in the world—especially the 10/40 window.

There are three IMB displays in the associational office for churches to use to promote the On Mission Celebration. These are available to the first three churches that call to reserve them. Other promotional materials as well as a prayer guide will be mailed to participating churches in a week or so.

Great Commission Prayer Conference:
“Reaching the Blue Ridge Through Prayer”

Roanoke, April 19-20, 2002

(Adults) North Roanoke Church
Friday, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Saturday, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

(Youth) Preston Oaks Church
Friday, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
Saturday, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Family Transformers!
June 30-July 3, 2002
Danville, VA

Family Transformers! provides an opportunity for the whole family to engage in mission activities together. Participants will spend their days working on a variety of hands-on mission projects. Evenings will include worship and time for fellowship. Separate mission activities will be provided for children under the age of 6. Families will be housed together at Averett College. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

Cost: $75.00 per person (max $300/family)
Deposit: $25.00 per person
Registration Deadline: May 20, 2002

Fore 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: Thaxton is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in April; Sedalia will lead them in May. Palestine will host the April birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Flint Hill will host it in May.

Brotherhood/Men's Ministry

Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St.
Bedford, VA 24523

Disaster Relief Seminar
for All Men

Saturday, April 13, 2002
9:00 a.m.-12 noon
Bedford Baptist Church
(In Conjunction with StrawberryWMU Annual Training Event)

Learn how you can be more involved in disaster relief work. Seminar leader is John Gordon, Director of Missions for Piedmont Baptist Association. John will share video clips of how Virginia Baptists provided disaster relief in New York City after September 11. He will share much more including an overview of Baptist Men on Mission. Come, bring your ladies to the WMU event, and be prepared to share with and hear from other men about what is being done in missions education and missions involvement. Spread the word—All men are encouraged to attend!

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SBA Board Meeting

Strawberry Executive Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

7:30 p.m.

Suck Spring Church

Focus on Our Family

Big Island’s Senior Citizens had a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 13 with 42 present.
Baptist Women's Day was observed March 17! The men prepared breakfast and the women led the morning service with speaker Carol Stanley and special music by Tajuana Guthrie.
The community Easter Sunrise Service was at Big Island Cemetery. Our adult choir presented the cantata “Then Came Sunday" at morning worship. Rev. Mike Fitzgerald is the evangelist for revival services Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m., and evenings at 7 through April 10.

Seeds of Hope in Liberia!

Bedford contributed 71 packets.

Big Island contributed 324 packets.

Hunting Creek contributed 352 packets.

Mentow contributed 123 packets.

2002 VBS Clinics

SBA has been unable to enlist Vacation Bible School Clinic workers to lead our own workshop. Church VBS workers who would like to receive training may contact the Roanoke Valley Baptist Association, 540-366-7631, to see if there will be space available in one of the following clinics:

Monday, April 8, Mill Creek Baptist Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9, Salem Baptist Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, Waverly Place Baptist Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 11 at Green Ridge Baptist Church, Roanoke

Sessions for:
VBS Directors and Leaders of:

Younger and Older Preschoolers

Younger, Middle, and Older Children

To register or request brochures call:
888-234-7716 or 804-270-1848


Blue Ridge Chorus

The Blue Ridge Chorus is seeking volunteer singers to go once a month to area nursing and retirement homes to sing an evening program of familiar hymns for the residents. The group is a part of the music ministry of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Vinton, and Music Minister, Brian M. Geiser, is the director and accompanist of the interdenominational chorus. For more information, call/email the church, 540-342-3251/

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.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Please have items for the May newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, April 25.

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