September 2002
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What Would Jesus Do?

In Charles Sheldon’s book “In His Steps” we find ourselves in the town of Raymond where life is much like it is in other towns around the country. People have responsibilities and go about their busy affairs day in and day out. Sheldon introduces us to many of the upstanding and church-going citizens of the community, and we get a peek into who they are, what they think, and the role religion has on their experience.


Dear Co-laborer,


On September 28, Strawberry Baptist Association will set up a booth at CenterFest in downtown Bedford. We will be offering free cold drinks and a baby changing area for the many thousands of visitors who attend the celebration.

See You at the Pole

September 18, 2002
7:00 a.m.

Students use this time to gather around the flag pole at their schools to pray for their fellow students, their teachers and administrators, our nation, and our world.

Visit our Youth Page!! Click SBA Youth Ministry Page!


You are invited to the Announcement Celebration for Southwest Virginia Festival 2003 with Franklin Graham, Thursday morning, September 5, 2002, 9:00-10:30, Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30. Festival 2003 will begin Friday, May 2, and conclude Sunday, May 4, at the Salem football stadium.


We extend sympathy to Mrs. Karen Rood, secretary at Thaxton, on the death of her husband, Glenn, on Wednesday, August 21.

Prayer Warriors Needed

Would you be willing to become part of an Internet prayer team? The idea is to allow visitors to place a prayer request on our Website that would immediately be sent to This mailbox in turn would automatically and confidentially forward the requests directly to you. You would then add these items to your personal daily prayer time. Please consider the great need of this ministry. If you are willing to commit to prayer, let us know at

Revolutionaries Needed

We continue to pray for broken spirits; broken and contrite hearts among our congregations. God is at work in our county planting churches, reaching internationals, evangelizing communities, and growing disciples. Where is God calling you to minister?

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

Women on Mission: Bedford is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in September; Beaverdam/Diamond Hill will lead them in October, November, and December. Thaxton will host the September birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Timber Ridge will host it in October.

Brotherhood/Men’s Ministry
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 * 540-587-8962

Rally & Football Game
RA Congress/Family Missions Rally & Football Game

Friday, November 1 & 2, 2002

Bon Air Church, Richmond and
Robins Center, The University of Richmond

(Registration Deadline: October 18, 2002)

Cost for 2-day event: $20 per person
Saturday events only: $10 per person

For more details, call 800-255-2428.


Paris Mission Trip

On August 3, our team left on a mission trip to prayer walk through Muslim communities in an area called Île de France. This area runs northwest to northeast of Paris, France. We stayed in a hotel owned by a Muslim family, just one of the many for whom we would be in prayer.

Monday through Friday, we traveled out to a different city north of Paris to spend time walking and praying. The SBC area strategy leader and our other missionaries serving in that area work with approximately 1.5 million Muslims who have primarily immigrated from North Africa. Kids clubs, Bible studies, sports events, and other activities are planned and organized to share the gospel with these people. Our team helped with the distribution of 800 children's books (French and Arabic) and 38 Jesus videos (French, Arabic and Kabiel).

Focus on Our Family

Bedford offers THANKS to Thaxton for sharing their WONDERFUL Vacation Bible School decorations. It was great to have such fine works of art for the children in our community to enjoy twice.

Bethlehem will host “The Light Singers” on Saturday, September 14, 7 p.m. This group of students from Liberty University performs internationally during Spring break and the summer months. More


October 8 - Norman Gooding (Retired)
October 11 - Rick Dellinger (Music Evangelist)
October 16 - Grover Stevens (Quaker)
October 21 - Daniel Wheeler (Radford)
October 24 - Ken Butterworth (Diamond Hill)

Wedding Anniversaries

October 15 Bruce & Dodie Barrett (Suck Spring)

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.

If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word that you have spoken about people, and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?

Please have items for the October newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, September 19.

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