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Disaster Response Training Opportunities

Disaster Response is working to ensure we are all prepared if a storm comes – even if we are still under social distancing restrictions. Make sure you and your local team are prepared by joining us for training July 14 and 16! There will be four live trainings (two hours), each with specific guidelines for COVID-19. Registration is open!

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Stress Care

In conjunction with our Healthy Pastors, Healthy Churches webinar that took place on June 30, 2020, Dan Bagby offered the following helpful information for ministers regarding stress care during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Self-care Issues for Clergy

In conjunction with our Healthy Pastors, Healthy Churches webinar that took place on June 30, 2020, Dan Bagby offered the following helpful information for ministers regarding self care during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Impact Missions Camp: The Resources are Virtual, But the Ministry is Real

2020 Impact staff (left to right): Samantha Richard, Elizabeth Rapp, Alexis Epperly, Beth Dale (not pictured: Cade Jamison) Posted: 6/21/20 at 5:00pm. Written by Glenn Maddox. For 26 years, Virginia Baptist youth have served side by side with local churches in communities across Virginia, in several other states in response to disasters, and even around the world through Impact Mission …

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Are We There Yet?

Most of us have been belted into the back seat of life for the last four months, not knowing how long the trip will be, and not being able to see where we are going. In our journey called life, we want to know what the goal is, and to feel we are making progress toward it. But where is “there?”

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Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions: Meeting Real Needs in Real Time

The Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions will look different in the coming year, reflecting the changing world in which we live as we face the challenges of a global pandemic. As always, this critical offering seeks to meet real needs of real people by funding ministries in a variety of specific areas. For the rest of 2020 and looking toward 2021, the allocations of this offering are being redirected in a way that will allow us to focus on human needs arising from the COVID-19 crisis:

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In COVID Exile

We were whisked into exile without ever leaving our homes--barred from our conference rooms and coffee shops, our stores and sanctuaries. We’re preachers without pulpits and pastors without permission to pray at deathbeds. We’ve been removed from our native spaces and pushed into new territories of digital and socially-distant ministries whether we were ready or not--financially, theologically, or logistically.

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BGAV Partners Serving Refugees in a Time of Crisis

In these difficult days, we have much to learn from refugees. Many refugees have had to live creatively and innovatively for years in order to survive. Faced with constant uncertainty and no promise of security, safety, or health, refugees have had to build up incredible stores of resilience. For many refugees, this resilience is drawn from deep wells of faith and prayer. Refugees around the world hold profound wisdom that testify to the tenacity of the human spirit when faced with hardship.

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Serving at the Edge

As protests erupted around the murder of George Floyd, our ministerial staff began asking ourselves what we could do, how we could say out loud to our black brothers and sisters, “We see you. We grieve with you. We love you.” When ForRichmond organized a peaceful march for Richmond’s faith community on Thursday evening, June 4, those of us who were able to, said wholeheartedly, “YES.” We donned our red stoles as a visible symbol of Holy Spirit–a sign that we welcome and seek to embody God’s Spirit in our city’s streets.

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Appomattox Community Pastors Pray for Unity and Peace

We live in times of distress and anger, fear, and a longing for justice. As the church, we are called to stand for just treatment of all people and seek peace for our communities. One good way we do that is by joining together with the full diversity of God’s church in our communities in prayer and in witness.

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Holy Spirit, Rain Down

As I celebrated the day virtually with my scattered congregation, our praise team sang these words, “Holy Spirit rain down, rain down, Oh, Comforter and Friend, How we need your touch again.” I have sung these familiar lyrics hundreds of times before. Yes, it was Pentecost Sunday, good choice of song, but something wasn’t right. Dare I say the Holy Spirit got a hold of me in my family room? My eyes began to well with tears, and I couldn’t sing anymore. My heart was hurting. All I could muster was a feeble, mumbled cry to God.

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