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Focus Southside a one-day mission opportunity
SoVaNow.com / June 06, 2013The Dan River Baptist Association is planning a one day Mission Opportunity to share the love of Jesus though acts of kindness. This is the first of what we hope to become an annual event for helping those with needs in the Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties, said Steve Anderson, Focus Southside Chairman and member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church.
The association has thirty three churches located in the two counties that have been divided into five regions. More than twenty applications for assistance have been received. Our churches will participate in helping those with needs to paint, repair, build ramps, and clear debris from homes.
Acts of kindness to those in need are a large part of what DRBA is about. Our churches have donated over $6,000.00 to fund the projects. Those that are being assisted must own their home but do not have to be a member of Baptist churches. We are reaching out to the community to let them know we care said Anderson. Our pastors preach and teach each Sunday morning how we should share our gifts, talents, and resources with those less fortunate. We are just doing what we are CALLED to do, said Anderson.
Anderson said a message of” LOVE for our Fellowman”. Letting people know we CARE and are willing to do what it takes to make our people of need live a little more comfortably.
While this year’s project is already organized, we want the people to know the Dan River Baptist Association wants to make a difference not this year but in the years to come said Anderson. Already the churches are organizing for the 2014 Year. Currently donations are being accepted for Operation InasMuch said Ruth Rowles, Focus Southside Team Member.
Rowles, a member of Beth Car Church, has participated in Operation Inasmuch for a number of years. The Virginia Baptist will be doing service projects across the state in 2014 through Operation Inasmuch. Anderson shares that the Baptist are hoping this will become a movement to help our neighbors. Making a difference in the lives of others is one of the main focuses.
The Dan River Association recently conducted Visioning Town Hall Meetings in the area Baptist Churches.” Visioning for the future” will include reaching others through showing kindness, caring, and love of others. Making the lives of others more comfortable is who we are and one of the things we will make a point to be active in.
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