Newest VBM Missionary Family!!
We are thrilled to welcome our newest missionary family, the Johnsons! Tim, Jessica, Levi, Britton & Theo Johnson are missionaries to South Africa. We are truly privileged to have them as a part of the team!! To learn more about their ministry, click here.
Ladies Conference THIS Saturday!
Please be in prayer for this wonderful ladies conference that will be held Saturday on the VBM campus. There are over 130 registered!!! Pray God blesses the teaching, fellowship, and gives a great spirit.
This conference will take place at 10:00 am and end at 3:00pm on Feb 17! If you haven’t registered as of yet, you can do so HERE.
How VBM Joyfully Serves Our Missionary Team
As missionaries serve the Lord on the front lines, we serve to encourage and help them do the work God has called them to do. Give me just a moment of your time to the VBM Office team serves our missionaries:
- Ongoing Training – The in-person Friday missions class is designed to help with continued training, and for those overseas, we send out the notes and audio. We hold a yearly, week-long orientation filled with practical and helpful courses. We also provide missionaries with a weekly podcast, book recommendations, and, every two years, a regional conference in your area of the world.
- Marriage – We schedule a yearly marriage retreat, regional conferences, and guest speakers that speak to this important subject (sending notes out for those not present).
- Advice – Whether someone to pray with, ministry consultation, paperwork, or just a friendly ear, our missionaries have godly field directors, assistant field directors, General Director, a president, and fifteen pastors on the Pastoral Advisory Committee who are here for our missionaries.
- Raising Funds – Our Deputation Director (Ty Pepperdine), furlough missionaries, and staff provide assistance as missionaries raise funds to get to the field or return to raise more on furlough.
- Daily Finances – Depositing missionaries’ support, helping with budgets, communicating with missionary donors, and getting help from outside financial accountability and the Board of Directors who provide accountability, wisdom, and counsel.
- Pre-field Training – the OGTC (whether the students are overseas or stateside) has the purpose of training future missionaries. We have worked diligently and sought advice to make this the most efficient and effective preparation for serving on the mission field.
- Keeping all Informed – we strive to keep missionaries updated through emails, social media platforms, and through missionary field directors.
Our goal is not to maintain but rather to push forward by recruiting, preparing, and sending future laborers to assist missionaries as well as pioneer new countries. We are praying for our missionaries, the work they are doing, and the future laborers God will send our/their way. It is a joy to serve our missionary team!
Attend a Youth for the Gospel
If you are near any of our Youth For the Gospel events, we’d love to have you join us for one of these events. Dr. Jim Roberts has worked hard to fill our calendar with opportunities to meet and challenge young people. Would you pray about going one of these in this calendar year? Here are the upcoming dates below:
- March 9 — Six Mile, SC — Rock Baptist Church
- April 6 —Fairfield, OH — Hope Baptist Church
- May 25 —Eaton, OH — First Baptist Church
- July 27 — Greensboro, NC — Philadelphia Baptist Church
- August 17 — Central, SC — Camp Creek Baptist Church
- September 14 — Calhoun, GA — Philadelphia Baptist Church
- September 28 — Bronx (NY City), NY — Living Hope Baptist Church
- October 12 — St. Cloud, FL — Eastern Avenue Baptist Church
- October 26 — Dalton, GA — Whitfield Baptist Church
Annual Golf Tournament
On April 30th, we’ll hold the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. Last year was a success, bringing many golfers together, hosting them on campus for a meal afterward, and raising funds for campus improvements. The information is online, and you can see more HERE. We would love to have you and your team join us for this great event!
Going Where God Wants You To Go
Now when they had gone… and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come… but the Spirit suffered them not… And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, … assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. — Acts 16:6-10
Paul and Timothy began their journeys with anticipation and open doors, serving God and seeing much fruit. As they continued on, they desired to go but “the Spirit suffered them not” (vs. 6). They tried to go again, but again they were “forbidden” (vs. 7). God does not see fit to tell us whether the closed doors were because of money, lack of peace within themselves, being refused by authority, or something else. We do not know how they were hindered from entering, we just know the Spirit didn’t allow them to go. Finally, they had a vision and a man “prayed him,” saying come over and help us (vs. 9). But I want to draw your attention where God’s Word says they “assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us” to go preach there (vs. 10). It’s as if they were prohibited twice to enter and then very clearly told to go, and at that time they understood this must be where God was calling them. This is contrary to what most Christians believe, or at least practice. We want to have full confirmation and then move, but it appears Paul just moved forward serving God wherever he went, leaving the geographical stopping point up to God. Paul didn’t care where he would serve, he just knew he was going to serve the Lord… and God would take care of the “where.”
May we have the same attitude as Paul of not worrying about “where,” just serving God faithfully and letting Him take care of the geography. If He closes a door, accept that from Him and continue forward. We are called to a Person, not to a place!