From the very first time I did the announcements in junior high, I knew I wanted to be a news reporter or anchor. I really enjoyed reporting the highlights, announcements, and news of the day. This continued throughout high school, college, and into my first career. I didn’t really see how this could translate into anything spiritual until a Bible verse jumped off the page during a time I was struggling with a call into ministry. I read Acts 14:27, “Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.”
What? There were reporters in Bible times? Oh, yes! Whether prophets or apostles or missionaries, God has used and continues to use ministry reporters all over the world. I love reading that when Paul and Barnabas got back to Antioch or arrived in Jerusalem, they “reported all that God had done with them” (Acts 15:4). I realized when I read these verses (and others) that I could move from reporting the day-to-day news of the world to the incredible, encouraging news of what God is doing. And this year may be one of the most incredible times of reporting I’ve ever been a part of.
It has been amazing to hear and be able to relay to you story after story of God’s power, protection, and encouragement in the midst of one of the hardest and strangest years any of us can remember.
In March, rather than focusing on the discouraging stories, we decided to highlight the “something good” stories. It was truly remarkable that when we turned our focus, God stories were everywhere! In fact, by the time you read this, we will have produced around 100 Not Alone Stories from pastors and church leaders all over Virginia—not including training, resources, and networking opportunities through Zoom and in-person almost every week of the year.
I know that this year will probably always be remembered as the year of COVID-19. But for me, I will never forget how many times and in how many places God moved mightily and opened up new ways where there seemed to be no way (Isaiah 43:19). I’m so glad you have shared these stories with all of us, and I pray you will continue to let us in on what God is doing in your ministry.
Make sure to read the 2020 SBCV Ministry Report for many more stories of what God has done—and is doing! Visit: sbcv.org/ministryreport
To view the many Not Alone videos and stories, visit: sbcv.org/notalonestories
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