SBC of Virginia Churches Respond
SBC of Virginia churches have responded to mission projects in overwhelming ways over the years. Thank you! Many people have come to know the Lord through these projects, and lives have been changed. We wanted to update you on a few of the projects that have already taken place in 2016:
As of the end of August, we had received more than $2,600 for this project, and the fund continues to grow. These gifts will be extremely helpful as we endeavor to help plant a church in Lithuania. You can still donate to this fund.
We received a large quantity of supplies— enough to meet the needs for Trail Days at First Baptist Church in Damascus and send supplies to Troutdale Baptist Church to be used in its ongoing ministry to people hiking the Appalachian Trail.
We received the following report from Guam: I am the Dean of Student Development at Pacific Islands University. We wanted to extend a huge thank you for the care packages sent to our students. This was a resounding success in our eyes. We feel so blessed that the SBC of Virginia churches felt led to participate in this endeavor. Practically all our students come from extremely low-income families and [have] very little support once they arrive here on Guam from their islands. We are their family, and it is a real blessing for others to partner with us to show God’s faithfulness and love in their lives. The students were delighted and surprised when we gave them the packages from Virginia. We received upwards of 30–35 boxes. You can imagine the joy and gratefulness I felt when we started receiving these packages from the SBC of Virginia. Thank you!
Although this project is hard to measure, we received several emails and calls from churches expressing their appreciation for the SBC of Virginia reminding them about Military Appreciation Month. Several churches shared ways that they reached out to the military in their area to show their care and appreciation for our military’s service.
When we promoted this project— helping plant churches in India by donating new and used shoes—we had no idea how overwhelmingly SBCV churches would respond. At the time of this writing, over 5,500 pairs of shoes had been donated, which will result in over $11,000. This amount will train at least 275 house church pastors in India. House churches are the most effective way to reach the 1.28 billion people in India who are without the Gospel. If you donated shoes, you are a part of the Gospel being shared in India.