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Camp Piankatank: Serving Kids and Their Families in All Seasons of the Pandemic

After several recent years of consistent growth we were planning to add several much-needed things around camp such as a new dock, a new climbing wall, and perhaps some necessary pool repairs, along with the new and exciting activities that we add each year. Then 2020 happened. When we were supposed to have our first big weekend of the Spring, everything shut down, and everybody started cancelling retreats. However, even though everything shut down, we never questioned whether we would minister to our campers or not.

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Louisa Baptist Church Provides Day Camp with Help from the Alma Hunt Offering for VA Missions

When Louisa County Public Schools reopened for the 2020-21 school year, they did so with students attending two days per week. Louisa Baptist Church opened a day camp to accommodate families needing childcare on the days their children did not attend in-person classes. The Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions grant made it possible to offer scholarships to families whose budgets could not afford childcare, buy supplies, and pay expenses incurred to conduct the day camp.

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Dan River W.E.E. School Meets Community Needs With Help from the Alma Hunt State Missions Offering

Dan River Baptist W.E.E. School is a part of the education and outreach ministries of Dan River Baptist Church in Halifax, VA. Clearly, if children know about Christ and his love, parents also learn about Jesus. While COVID-19 state guidelines forced us to close the school last March, we've been able to reopen this fall and provide critical childcare for many parents who are essential workers in our area. As one of only three childcare centers in our area, this ministry is so important. Sadly, not all parents can afford to send their children to preschool, but because of grants such as the Child Development Center grant funded by the Alma Hunt State Missions Offering, a single mother here--who is an essential worker--can.

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Outdoor Food Pantry at Biltmore Baptist Blesses the Community

Biltmore Baptist Church in Glen Allen, VA, may be a small church, but the congregation’s heart for the community and its generosity knows no bounds. The church’s latest missions project is a Blessings Box with a simple rule that applies to all: Take what you need, Give what you can.

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Baptist General Association of Virginia Engages Lee B. Spitzer as Part-time Consultant

“Dr. Lee Spitzer is a good friend and has been a colleague in leadership for many years,” said Dr. John V. Upton, Jr., BGAV Executive Director. “When he was Executive Minister for ABC of New Jersey we frequently had our executive teams meet to collaborate and share resources. Dr. Spitzer knows the BGAV from years of shared ministry. Having served as ABCUSA General Secretary, Lee brings a broad range of experience and knowledge that will help our churches navigate the post-Covid world, as well as help generate a collaborative strategy called Ascent which will help us re-imagine reaching North America with the Gospel. I am so grateful Lee is willing to be a consultant and spiritual coach for this journey.”

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Reflections from My First Days as a Venturer in Beirut, Lebanon

I arrived safely in Beirut last Friday, August 14—exactly 10 days after the explosion. This past week I was able to see firsthand the damage to the city and meet with people who were directly affected. As I began to move around the city and meet new people, a common response emerged; when I disclosed that I arrived after the explosion, I was met with quizzical looks and some variation of the question, “And you still decided to come?” 

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First Baptist, Front Royal, and Partners Provide Meals to Thousands in Their Community

Since the beginning of the pandemic and the shutdown of many area businesses, First Baptist Church, Front Royal, has partnered with over 14 other Warren County churches to provide free, hot to-go meals called Dinner Together in our church parking lot. Our kitchen is used five days a week to cook meals to serve our hungry neighbors. We also take meals to the men's shelter, and at times, to the thermal shelter. Thousands upon thousands of people have been fed through our Dinner Together program.

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Making Kids Happy: One Balloon at a Time

Since April, the Children's Ministry team at Manassas Baptist Church has delivered birthday balloons to 70 children throughout Prince William County, and they're still on the go as each month brings more birthdays to celebrate.

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Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions: Grant Application Now Open

Posted 8/17/20 at 11:20am. Written by Dean Miller.   The Virginia Missions Offering named for Miss Alma Hunt has provided funds for countless ministries across the life of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia (WMUV) and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). This offering has always been used to make a direct impact on individuals, churches, and partner organizations …

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Impact Looked a Little Different This Year

Impact! Mission Camps had to cancel in-person camps for the first time in 26 years due to COVID-19, but that did not stop us. While so many had to cancel plans for the summer, we had other ideas. Impact turned virtual with our Impact Virtual Camp through social media, live-streamed worship, individual mission projects and lots of fun. We were able to keep our summer college staff who helped lead worship, organize fun daily challenges, and grow in their faith. 

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May Memorial Reaches Community Families with Virtual VBS

Posted: 8/12/20 at 4:00pm. Written by Ashley Edwards. This has been an incredibly challenging time for ministry.  In the midst of the stay at home order, we at May Memorial Baptist Church (MMBC) should have been actively planning for our VBS; instead, we sat and wondered if we could even have it. But God is good, and God found a …

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