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Kathryn Eckler: Finding Rest in Vienna

This summer has been a sixty-six-day long adventure. Working with Projekt: Gemeinde has been an eye-opening experience. Every day brings a new challenge and a new reason to celebrate the joy that comes with living.  The primary mission of Projekt: Gemeinde is to create community with fellow German, Farsi, Spanish, and English speakers. Different cultures collide in the grace an …

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Spending Summertime for Service

A number of students and young adults are spending the summertime to share Christ's love around the globe. We ask you to say a special prayer for these summer venturers. Whether they are serving internationally in Romania, Vienna, or Ghana, or stateside through Impact camps and Disaster Response locations, they need our support and encouragement from home.

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Timothy Lamm: Reflections on Impact from New York City…

Sitting in the window of a coffee shop overlooking Lexington Avenue and Grand Central in New York City. Watching as so many people pass by. Thinking over the theme More Than Welcome and what it means to welcome the stranger, I find myself coming back to the question, “Who really is a stranger?” We live in a world and a time …

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Kathryn Eckler: Meditations from Vienna – A Pledge Actualized

Working with Projekt: Gemeinde is a true adventure. Each day brings a surprise. My summer has been filled with church retreats, construction projects, church leadership meetings, meal preparation, and wholesome conversations with people from all over the world. This mission experience is one where everyday occurrences become extraordinary. The primary goal of the projects here in Vienna is to “live …

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Sara Amos: Innocence in the face of darkness

At first glance, Sam seems to be your average six year old boy, full of energy and enthusiasm. It won’t take you long, however, to notice his hands. Sam’s fingers are fused together in several places and one of his thumbs is malformed. Once you observe the unusual shape of his hands it will be hard not to continue to notice them. But there …

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Eliza Green: Take off

Our trip to Romania is right around the corner. It’s been a long wait since applying for this trip in January. So much so, that it almost does not feel real. A few weeks ago, our whole team was able to meet and get to know each other in Richmond. Meeting my team and learning more about Romania has made …

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Sara Amos: With God, Dreams Become Realities

A page from my journal written in October 2016 reads, “God I feel that you are calling me back to Romania and if this is your will I will need you to provide for me with the opportunity, the finances, and to make a way in the hearts of my family.” I have explored the possibility of returning to serve …

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Phillip Hedrick: Returning To The Place That Changed My Life

Last year during my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to travel 8 hours across the Atlantic Ocean, with my youth group, to this place called Bucharest, Romania. At this point in my life I had never been out of the United States so I didn’t know what to expect. While we were there we had the …

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The Journey Continues…

I begin my long journey home this morning. These journeys are made long not just by the geographical distance but by the relationships that I leave behind. Don’t get me wrong! I can’t wait to get home and see my family and my friends and even to get back to the office. However leaving behind the good work of our …

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You Just Had To Be There

Has anyone ever told you that when they are trying to explain that perfect vacation spot or restaurant? Or maybe that hilarious incident that everyone is laughing about – except you because you stepped out of the room when it happened. You’ve been there, right? You know. That situation where words just cannot capture the experience. Pictures help and so …

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Diversity is Difficult Everywhere

Dean Miller, BGAV Missions Development Staff Coordinator, is currently in Ghana in support of More Than Nets. He is blogging from Ghana about what he's seeing and experiencing while there.

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An Awesome History and a Bright Future!

At least that is what I am experiencing in Yendi, Ghana this week. Our history with the Ghanaian Baptists is not that deep – only 5 years – but what has been accomplished through the efforts of Virginia and Ghanaian  Baptists working alongside each other through the More Than Nets project is pretty incredible. Eighty thousand nets distributed, over 235 churches …

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