Over the past fifteen months, Vision Baptist Missions, Inc. (VBM) has gone through an intense period of growth and restructuring. After the resignation of our former president in August 2021, VBM acknowledged that other changes must also occur within our organization. As such, VBM has focused on strengthening governance, increasing accountability, improving policies, and seeking wisdom from a multitude of counselors.
In October 2021, VBM established the Pastoral Advisory Committee (PAC), a group of Independent Baptist pastors who counsel and encourage the President and Executive Team of VBM as they develop and execute the policies and procedures of VBM. The PAC provides much godly influence that is a source of encouragement to VBM leaders. This PAC is currently led by Pastor Luke Wilkerson, PAC Chairman, and Pastor Matthew Herrell, PAC Vice Chairman. The names of the other pastors who form the PAC can be found on our website at www.visionmissions.org/about.
Another crucial part of VBM’s restructuring involved appointing a new independent Board of Directors to govern VBM. The purpose of this Board is to provide independent oversight and governance for Vision Baptist Missions, Inc., to ensure that the leadership pursues the mission of the organization in accordance with its policies and procedures, financial guidelines, and doctrinal statement.
Last week, on December 15, 2022, after months of prayer, planning, and preparation, a new independent Board of Directors held its first meeting. The names and offices of the VBM Board members are: John Pearson, Chairman; Snyder Turner, Vice Chairman; Wayne Naugle, Secretary; Todd Wipf, Treasurer; and Pastor Steve Hall.
Though our vision of evangelizing the world in our generation for the glory of God has not changed, we believe that the structural changes made at VBM will make VBM more accountable, healthy, and effective.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we remain dedicated to our mission of partnering with local churches to train and send missionaries worldwide.
Often called the “Father of Modern Missions”, William Carey is a well-known name in missions. He served for 41 years in India, translating the Bible, spreading the gospel, and making disciples of Christ.
Carey is an excellent example of perseverance, dedication, and sacrifice in missions. Because of this, we have named one of our main training buildings at our new VBM campus the “Carey Center.” This building has several offices, classrooms, a kitchen, and a gym.
The only part of the building that is currently functioning is the gym and the bathrooms. The remainder of the building needs to be remodeled. A section of the flooring has settled and will need major foundation work done to be able to use it, but another section is unaffected by the foundation issue and is currently being remodeled.
Please pray with us about the first phase of the Carey Center Remodelling project. This first phase will cost us approximately $90,000* to complete. When it is done, we will have a large kitchen for various events and functions, several offices and classrooms, and a beautiful entrance lobby and common area.
So far, the Lord has provided $14,477.71 for this project, and we need a further $75,522.29 to finish this first phase. To give, you can:
SEND A CHECK to Vision Baptist Missions, PO Box 647, Dawsonville, GA 30534 and mark your donation “VBM Campus”.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. The Carey Center will be a tool that VBM can use to help train and send missionaries more missionaries worldwide. Souls are being saved all around the world through the work of VBM missionaries, and we pray that through your investment even more lives will be changed by the gospel.
If you have any questions about this project or the work of Vision Baptist Missions, please give us a call at 770-456-5881.
The World Evangelism Fellowship is an annual meeting of pastors, missionaries, and church members for purpose of collaborating about world evangelism. The event will be take place on Tuesday, November 8, at Vision Baptist Missions. This year, we are very excited to have Dr. Charles Keen, Bro. Walter Stevens, and Dr. Jim Roberts III speaking for us. Below is a bit more about each of them.
DR. CHARLES KEEN
Dr. Charles Keen pastored First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio for thirty-five years. The Lord greatly blessed the church under his ministry. He and two other men started the Bearing Precious Seed (BPS) ministry in 1973. In 1999, Dr. Keen resigned as pastor and began First Bible International with the express purpose of getting the Bible to the unreached people groups of the world. He has authored three books, Thinking Outside the Box, He is Worthy, and They Are Still Waiting. We are honored that he would attend the world evangelism fellowship, and we’re very excited to hear what God has laid on his heart.
Bro. Walter Stevens is a fourth-generation gypsy. Disillusioned and disenchanted with life, God saved him as an adult and called him into the ministry. Since 1989, he has been a missionary to the gypsy people, serving for many years in Eastern Europe. Bro. Stevens is currently the president of Roma Outreach Missions Association in Bradenton, Florida. We believe that you will really enjoy hearing from Bro. Stevens as he shares his passion for God and his experiences in missionary service.
DR JIM ROBERTS III
Jim Robert’s life has been quite a journey. He grew up in Six Mile, South Carolina, enlisted in the Marines, then went as a missionary to Scotland. God then called him to pastor Mile Creek Baptist Church in South Carolina for 25 years. In 2013, God led Jim and his wife Sandy back into missions. Dr. Jim now serves as the Voice in the Villages Representative for India with Vision Baptist Missions and the North America Representative. We look forward to the perspective Dr Jim will give as a pastor, missionary, and father of a missionary as well.
One of the ways that Vision Baptist Missions helps to equip and encourage our missionaries is through Regional Conferences. These Regional Conferences take place every two years in each of the four overseas regions (Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America).
This past week, the VBM Africa Regional Conference took place in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), South Africa with VBM missionaries flying in for the week. Veteran missionaries taught several sessions. The whole team was able to spent time fellowshipping together and enjoying some fun. It was also a great blessing to see and participate in the ministry in South Africa.
Below is a short update from Mark Coffey, the VBM Africa Field Director about the week:
After more than 9 years since the day we landed in South Africa, we are reminded of how quickly time goes by and how much older we are becoming. When I stepped off that plane being 37 years old, I already felt like I was getting a late start on the work that lay ahead. At times now, I can feel a pit in my stomach when I think about how little time we have left to accomplish the work that God has called us to do in getting the Gospel to our city, to our country, to our world. There is a weight on me as we consider Africa and the many places and people that still don’t have a Bible-preaching church.
Our South Africa team tries to act like we’re still young like we are right out of Bible college but the grey hairs in my teammates’ beards are a sure sign we aren’t fooling anyone.
Although we see our days passing by, this past week was a time that invigorated the work we know we are called to do. We are getting older but God is raising up an army of young men to join the ranks of reaching this world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our Generation. Young missionary families from West Africa invaded our city of Gqeberha, South Africa this past week for the Vision Baptist Missions Africa Regional Conference. There is no doubt that this group of men and women are young in age, especially compared to us old guys, but they are definitely not young in their walk with the Lord.
Graham & Olivia Young just landed in Nigeria a few weeks ago and the devil has already taken aim to knock them out of the fight before they even get started, but this precious couple is aware of Satan’s attacks and is ready for battle. They have a maturity beyond their years that is inspiring to be around.
Nate & Emily Wilkerson are eager for the next stage of their ministry, preparing to enter a new battleground for our mission board in Benin where so far we haven’t been able to locate other like-minded missionaries. The zeal and mindset of this couple are an anomaly for people their age, really for people of any age. I can’t wait to see the Gospel spread through them to this new land.
Dallas & Ashley Brown arrived from plowing a very difficult ground in their first years as missionaries in Burkina Faso. This dear family who is yielded to the Lord as few as I’ve ever seen gives me hope that we can see the Gospel taken to every creature. The Brown family is a family that influences everyone around them and even challenges us old guys like we should be challenging them.
The days ahead for VBM Africa are bright and exciting. I’m privileged to work with this amazing group of people. Please pray as we go forward with the Gospel. We are reenergized for the work ahead. May the Lord be magnified and glorified in all we do.
This coming Saturday, Vision Baptist Missions is hosting a work day in preparation for a new semester of Training Center classes.
We could use the help of all who are willing. We will be mainly focusing on trying to complete the internal walls, ceilings, flooring, and trim of the Hudson Taylor building. There will likely be some outside work on the grounds as well.
Lunch will be provided at noon. Please come and give us a hand if you are able.