The Southwest Virginia Partnership exists “to advance the Kingdom of Christ by putting His love into action—one person, one family, one community at a time.”
In 2009, three Baptist Associations (Clinch Valley, Powell River, and Wise) and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) founded the Southwest Virginia Partnership Inc. God later provided a location for volunteer housing for the ministry in Nickelsville. Later that year, Jan and Tony Johnson were led to serve as Venturers there for two years and then became the missionaries in residence to coordinate the mission teams.
By spring 2010, the first mission teams began arriving and engaging in ministry and mission outreach in the region. Since then, hundreds of volunteers from all around Virginia share Christ’s love each year with the people who are disabled or elderly and other neighbors in the community while improving their living conditions. Most of the teams are multi-generational, giving churches and families the opportunity to serve and learn together. Volunteers serve at all times during the year working in construction, the local food pantries, nursing homes, and backyard Bible clubs.
The ministry has come a long way since inception. The investment of gifts from the Alma Hunt Offering helped create and now assists in sustaining this vital ministry.
Pray for the Johnsons’ leadership and for volunteers to be strengthened in their ministry.