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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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Taylor Hayes: Greater Than My Expectations

As the temperature cools off and college starts again, I reflect on my summer as a Summer Venturer with Impact! Mission Camps. The summer held a lot of God-filled moments, times that the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable and commonly in unforeseen moments. As a staff member for Impact! Mission Camps, I encountered students who were searching for …

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la revedere

“Goodbye…? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?” – Winne the Pooh. Saying goodbye to Romania was a bitter sweet occasion. Ready to head home and see much missed friends and family; yet, when you are engulfed in hugs, eyes filling with tears, little voices begging you to stay and asking, …

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Phillip Hedrick: One Single Smile

A day while serving alongside Project Ruth may not have been a typical summer day for an 18-year-old. Being able to get out of the ordinary and see different cultures was truly an eye-opening experience for me. Each day this summer, I woke up, ate a little breakfast, and then started my walk to the Ruth School. While at the Ruth School, I would then drive to a village where I worked with children from about 9 a.m. to noon. At the village, we would play games with them, generate craft ideas to make with them, or we would do a life lesson with them. Their smiles or playing with them first thing in the morning just brightened my day, making me feel like I was ready for whatever the rest of the day would throw at me. After we were done with helping out at the village, my group would drive back to the Ruth School, eat lunch, and prepare ourselves for what was to come that day at Summer Club.

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Sara Amos: A Portrait of My Table

I raised my glass to my lips and quickly noticed my sweet-faced friend across the table mirroring me. I looked to my right and gave a glance to my smallest companion realizing that he was in on it as well. Looking to my left I took note of the mischievous smile developing behind the glass of his sister as she …

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