The Vision Virginia State Missions Offering allows the SBC of Virginia to support ministries and churches around the state, making it possible for more people to be reached with the love of Christ and the message of His cross and resurrection.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
This year, we encourage you to donate to the Vision Virginia State Missions offering so that we can continue to help fulfill the Great Commission. We ask that you join us during Sept. 16-23 to pray for the churches and ministries around the region, as well as pray that the SBC of Virginia would meet its goal of $250,000 for the Vision Virginia State Offering. On each day of this site, we will be sharing numbers and stories about the work that you have enabled us to do. Please check with your church first and donate through them if they are participating in this offering.
For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven't stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
baptisms in SBC of Virginia
church plants 2011
= 10 baptisms
Throughout our state and nation's capital, there are more than six million lost and unreached people. Church planting is an effective means of making new disciples. Vision Virginia will assist churches and church planters in their task of fulfilling the Great Commission.
Pray that God will reveal to you how you can be a part of a church planting movement and that many would hear God’s calling out to lay people and the vocationally called alike. Will you be a part of what God is doing?
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Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. Then Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this."
Owning property says, "We’re here to stay." Neighbors notice. Healthy church plants face the challenging need of finding land and permanent facilities. Vision Virginia will help church plants buy land, giving them credibility in their communities and providing new opportunities to share the Gospel.
Most new churches start in portable venues such as school gymnasiums, movie theaters, or warehouses. Once established, some will need a more permanent meeting space. Pray that church plants will be able to locate property that will meet the needs of their growing ministries.
2land grants awarded to church
plants from last year's offering
= 1 land grant
When church plants reach the stage of holding public worship services, they need equipment that is often costly and sometimes beyond their means. Vision Virginia will help equip church plants with the tools they need to impact their communities through worship ministries.
Among the many expenses of launching a new church is the cost of buying equipment needed to begin corporate worship. Pray that worship leaders at church plants will have access to all that is necessary for them for their ministry.
1worship equipment grants from last year's offering
= 1 worship equipment grant
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.
Imagine watching your child share the Gospel for the very first time. Through acts of service, prayer, Bible study, and evangelism, FOM helps families grow in the Lord as they work together. Vision Virginia will help continue the legacy of this ministry in the years to come.
Pray for this exciting family ministry to grow and impact many lives in the coming year.
15families served through this
ministry in 2012.
= 1 family
More than 34 million Americans are exposed to the threat of hunger each year. Vision Virginia will help to develop a partnership with SBC of Virginia churches in hunger ministries such as food pantries, soup kitchens, food drives, and grocery vouchers.
Pray for food distribution ministries across Virginia and for the thousands of families they serve. May Jesus be glorified in all that they do.
25,152fed through hot meals, lunch bags, grocery items, and weekend backpacks; 6 Bible studies started
= 1,000 fed
He told them: "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
Worship space, small group meeting areas, and church planting office space are very limited and costly in our nation’s capital. Vision Virginia will assist church planting strategists, missionaries, and planters in renting the facilities necessary to reach Washington, DC for Christ.
Pray for churches planters as they make use of this space that they would reach many with the Gospel for Christ.
= funded DC Mission Center
Churches are often understaffed to meet the growing needs of their congregations. Utilizing an intern is a great way to extend the ministry of the pastor and staff, while also mentoring and investing in future church leaders. Vision Virginia will support this unique ministry by providing scholarships and intercessory prayer.
Pray for the interns (both semester and summer) as they serve SBCV churches that they will be a blessing to the churches they work with and that they will be strengthened to serve God.
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27ministry interns were able to serve in the summer of 2012
= 1 ministry intern scholarship
2 Thessalonians 3
Finally, pray for us, brothers, that the Lord's message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
GPS is a national evangelism strategy coordinated by the North American Mission Board. Vision Virginia will help purchase air time for evangelistic GPS commercials and print materials to reach Virginia and the rest of North America for Christ.
Pray that hundreds across the Commonwealth of Virginia would come to a saving relationship with Christ as a result of God’s Plan for Sharing.
5races co-sponsored around the state in summer of 2012
= 1 race
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Church Health Workshops are designed to help existing churches by providing them with the necessary tools to conduct a congregational survey; receive a health assessment; and acquire resources to benefit the church’s current life stage.
Pray that many more churches will take advantage of these workshops and that churches will take advantage of this new tool to help inspire healthy growth in churches.
12workshops held across the state, with an estimate of 50 churches that attended
= 1 workshop
Through church-based ESL ministries, the Lord can transform the hearts of English learners here in Virginia. By their witness, He may also touch the lives of their families and friends elsewhere around the world. Vision Virginia will empower these ministries to reach more lives with the Truth.
Pray for James and Susan Austin as they lead this ministry across Virginia and for SBCV churches that are engaged in this incredible ministry opportunity to reach their communities for Christ.
77people were trained in 2011 to teach ESL
= 10 teachers trained
1 Chronicles 16:23-24
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Proclaim His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonderful works among all peoples.
Not only do Baptist Builders help rebuild homes and lives in the wake of disaster, they also provide much-needed labor to churches and church plants. Vision Virginia will enable Baptist Builders around the state to continue giving their time and skill to advance the Gospel.
Pray for Jack and Nancy Dunford as they lead this vital ministry and for the dozens of volunteers who give of themselves that others may know Christ.
4projects worked on by 525 volunteers in the last year
= 1 project
The SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief teams respond in times of great need to natural disasters, including things like the floods and tornadoes that struck earlier this year. Vision Virginia will support SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief teams serving across our state, the nation, and the world.
Pray for Bob Williams, Wayne Sink, and Ron Early as they lead the Disaster Relief ministry and for the hundreds of volunteers as they respond to provide Hope in Crisis – in the name of Jesus.
6DR responses in the last year
= 1 response
So each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea.
SBC of Virginia churches and ministry centers in the Appalachian Region are presented with many poverty-related issues, including things like physical abuse, drug use, illiteracy, basic physical needs, and worldview differences. Vision Virginia will help meet these needs and open a way for spiritual change.
Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky is a significant mission field with over 700,000 unchurched men, women, teenagers, boys and girls. Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of sin upon the hearts of the unchurched and send Christians to share with them the gospel (2 Peter 3:9).
= funded Appalachian ministries