Executive Director’s Letter
God has called us to bless every home and reach every nation. In this edition of Proclaimer, you will find stories about God working through churches to bless every home and reach every nation as they proclaim the Gospel of Christ. You will find opportunities that are upcoming that you and your church family can utilize to extend your reach and ministry capacity.
For the past 18 months, the SBC of Virginia has been mobilizing churches to bless every home in Virginia and Metro DC as we pray, care, share, and disciple. Approximately 150 churches are partnering to proclaim the Gospel as part of our Bless Every Home initiative. Almost 190,000 homes are now being “blessed” as we pray, care, share, and disciple.
Recently, I worshipped and preached at Franklin Heights Church in Franklin County with Pastor Stan Parris. Pastor Stan cast a vision for their church family to adopt every home in their county and they are fulfilling that vision! At last count, The Heights Baptist, which is pastored by former SBCV president Randy Hahn has more than 250 people mobilized and is blessing almost 10,000 homes. Whatever your church size, wherever your church is located, you can be a part of blessing every home.
Likewise, your church is part of seeking to reach every nation. SBC of Virginia churches are partnering to plant churches among the nations right here in our local communities. Through our cooperative Gospel partnership, you are sending missionaries around the world to reach the nations through our Southern Baptist International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board.
SBC of Virginia exists to partner churches to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. You are not alone as you bless every home and reach every nation!
May we be united in following the example and answering the call of our Lord Jesus: And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35–38 ESV) ■