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World Hunger Awareness Month

Posted: 10/6/20 at 3:00pm. Article by Dean Miller. There is no doubt that 2020 will be written about quite extensively in the history books for a variety of reasons.  One of the ”newsworthy” things that we don’t want to go unnoticed has been the efforts of the BGAV and many of our congregations to provide food to the most vulnerable …

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BGAV Mission Grants

by Dean Miller Since March 23, 2020 the BGAV has distributed a total of $116,750 in micro-grants to 119 churches to assist with their community response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The majority of these grants have come from BGAV Virginia Hunger funds ($100,750 to 103 churches) and been distributed to every region of the state.  The remaining funds came from …

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Missions Just in Time- FBC Alexandria Team Serves in Austria

Looking back at the calendar, it is astounding to look at the timeline of it all. The team of seven women from First Baptist Alexandria flew out of Salzburg, Austria three days before President Trump instituted the ban of all travel from the European Union. Yet, eight days prior the team of ladies landed in Linz, Austria when the threat …

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Together in Vienna, Austria

The BGAV currently has five mission volunteers serving in Vienna, Austria– extended volunteers Emily Niehoff, Patrick Clark, and Will Cumbia and BGAV Venturers Olivia Haynes and Judson Park. Read on to hear their reflections on life and ministry in quarantine in Vienna.  “Hello from Vienna! It’s a strange time here, as it is in the rest of the world. As …

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via Will Cumbia, Venturer: KMI Introduces Young Leaders to focus:refugees

Seven students from across Virginia and two seminary students as leaders made up the KMI 2019 team. Just like my trip to Romania four years ago was in support of BGAV missions partnership with Romania, this year's team came to support the new BGAV missions partnership, focus:refugees. The team engaged with two of our partners in Europe, spending four days in Austria and six days in Croatia and Bosnia. As with all Kairos trips, it was a blend of serving, learning, and building relationships.

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via Will Cumbia, Venturer: Partnering with Croatian Baptists in Ministry with Refugees in Bosnia

After taking a wrong turn on the highway, we changed course and decided to go to Bosnia. That’s what happens in this part of the world: you can take a wrong turn and casually decide to go to a different country.I was driving with Elvis, the Program Development Advisor for Croatian Baptist Aid. We had intended to visit a refugee center outside of Zagreb, Croatia, but we were now headed towards a refugee camp in a small town just across the border in Bosnia.

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focus:refugees

Virginia Baptists are partnering with Austrian Baptists and other Baptist Unions in Europe as a part of a new missions initiative called focus:refugees. Focus:refugees aims to meaningfully connect Virginia Baptists to the refugee work of our partners within the European Baptist Federation (EBF). Over the next five years, the BGAV will support refugee work all over Europe and the Middle East starting with the Austrian Baptists, the Croatian Baptists and their work with refugees in Bosnia, and Lebanese Baptists. Additionally, the BGAV will partner with ReEstablish Richmond, a refugee resettlement agency working with refugees in Virginia.

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Bon Air Baptist Church in Ghana: Day 5

Day 5 all of our activities continued. We shifted our teachers conference to have our leaders spend more times with teachers in training . Our sports/evangelism team continued to teach the students new basketball skills and despite ourselves they are actually learning things. In the afternoon they had the opportunity to go out and plant 4 churches. James River: 225 …

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Bon Air Baptist Church In Ghana: Day 4

Day four for the team was a day of words. They were used to continue the World Hope Bible Institute training for the pastors to day they continued their work in Hermeneutics tomorrow they will begin working on the doctrine of Salvation. We used them in the sewing clinic as we begin to teach the girls on how business is …

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Bon Air Baptist Church in Ghana: Day 3

Today was a day of learning in multiple ways and multiple disciplines.  Today we started the new Sewing school with 19 students. Let me break the day down for you: We started our Teachers Conference for the NECA-Yendi school. We had all the teachers present from both campuses ~50 and we being the 4 years goal of creating place for …

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Bon Air Baptist Church in Ghana: Day 2

It is Sunday. Praise be to God. Praise be to God. We sent six teams out to teach Sunday school, sing songs, and preach the gospel. What a day it was, the teams returned with so much joy and enlightenment about what God has been doing in Ghana. Our team was was blessed today with three chickens, a Guinea fowl, six …

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Bon Air Baptist Church in Ghana: Day 1

After 20 plus hours of travel we made it to Yendi, Ghana around 4 pm. Blessed to have traveled well, safely and Godly, only to load up and travel to see the last night of the Roger Roller Evangelistic Crusade.  It was an amazing thing to participate in. I can say that because we danced and prayer Pastor Anthony Scott …

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Mission Matters in the Valley

Posted: 11/23/17 at 9:00m.  More than 175 Virginia Baptists gathered at First Baptist Church, Waynesboro (FBCW) last month for Mission Matters in the Valley, the second Mission Matters of 2017 and the third such event hosted by the BGAV Mission Development Staff. At the one-day training event, approximately 125 attendees were certified in Disaster Response, while more than 50 other attendees …

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Together for Others in Romania

sending romania partnership

Posted: 11/20/17 at 11:00pm.  Step outside the walls of your church and be a blessing, both in Romania and in Virginia! Our partnership with Romania Baptists focuses on five areas: In youth ministry training we host at least five Romanian church interns each summer in Virginia, as well as send a team of youth ministry trainers to Romania for regional …

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