Last year SBC of Virginia churches gave over 2,500 Bibles for women in need. This year, we have been presented with another huge need. Spanish Bibles are needed for use in our Hispanic church plants, as well as for several outreach and mission opportunities in Virginia.
Since 2001, when God’s Love from a Diaper Bag Ministry began, they have distributed over 700,000 diapers and other items needed by infants and young children. They are located in Jenkins, KY where poverty is a daily reality for many families. Helping to meet these tangible needs for the babies and young children will open doors for the workers to share God’s love with their parents. As you help meet physical needs, you will also be helping to meet spiritual needs.
Several SBC of Virginia churches in the Southwest Region are located along the Appalachian Trail. They have unique opportunities to minister to individuals from all over the U.S. who hike the trail, especially during the hikers’ event called Trail Days. We can help by providing supplies that the hikers need. These gifts open doors for churches to minister to them and share the Gospel.
There are a large number of churches throughout Virginia who meet needs through Hunger Ministries. As they feed families, they discover many have great needs for hygiene. Most of us take these items for granted, but they are luxuries for the impoverished — many of whom are forced to choose between food and proper hygiene. God’s love will be shared as these physical needs are met.
We can never show enough appreciation and gratitude to those serving our country through the various branches of the military. Since May is Military Appreciation Month, we encourage SBC of Virginia churches to locate active and retired military personnel in your area and express your gratitude for their service in a tangible way.
A crisis pregnancy center is a Christ-centered organization with a calling to reach out to women and families involved in crisis-related pregnancies by offering real help for the present, hope for the future, and healing from the past. Their goal is to provide compassionate care, objective information, and practical resources so that the mother can make a confident, fully-informed decision. These centers have lots of needs that SBCV churches can help meet to minister to these women and their babies.
Many first responders put their lives on the line every day so we can all live safer. They are the ones risking their lives for us, and we want to set aside a special month to show our appreciation for them.
Central Appalachia has 100 of the poorest counties in America in the 10-state region served by the Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM). A new backpack filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and candy for Christmas is so exciting for boys and girls! ARM will share this gift of love along with the Gospel with children living in poverty throughout Appalachia this Christmas.
We have a huge need for Spanish Bibles. These Bibles will be distributed throughout Virginia in effective programs to provide encouragement to homeless women (a connection made through our previous Bible project), our Hispanic church plants, and other mission outreach opportunities.