Faith + Works
At Vision Baptist Missions and the Our Generation Training Center this year, we are praying for God’s blessing in a few key areas. We pray God will send more students, new missionaries, new support, and more partnerships with churches and pastors. Since faith without works is dead, we are placing “feet” to our prayers. The following are a few “feet” you can pray with us about and help in as the Lord leads.
Our Faith (prayers) is more laborers.
Our Works (feet to our prayers) are:
- Open House is coming up on April 3-5 (a fall one will take place Nov).
- Youth for the Gospel Events (9 are already scheduled).
- More opportunities to share about the OGTC in churches.
- World’s Cheapest Missions Trips Events.
- Opportunities to speak to young people in school chapels and colleges.
- Build more with our social media campaigns and new videos geared towards young people.
Another Youth for the Gospel Event
We now have 9 of the 12 Youth for the Gospel events scheduled!! Dr. Jim & Sandy Roberts have worked hard to schedule and organize these. Number 7 is special because it’s with some awesome missionaries in NY City! Here’s the updated list 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
Abide Ladies Conference
We have over 100 registered so far!!! We believe other churches and ladies will be joining and are excited about it! Please help us pray and promote this event.
This conference will take place at 10:00 am and end at 3:00 pm on Feb 17!
If you would like to join us, click here for more information.
3rd Annual VBM Golf Tournament
The 3rd Annual VBM Golf Tournament is an opportunity to make a difference, promote your organization, and enjoy the great game of golf.
The benefit golf tournament will raise money to expand the impact and the facilities of Vision Baptist Missions, Inc., a nonprofit that trains and sends missionaries worldwide.
We hope that many individuals, churches, and businesses will help us make an even greater global impact this year!
Get involved now by registering to golf or sponsoring. Your participation will help further the cause of world missions.
Live in Good Conscience
(another lesson from a recent class on Acts in OGTC)
“And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” — Acts 23:1
Paul’s testimony was that he “lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” To Timothy, he says he lived with a “pure conscience” (2 Timothy 1:3). And in Acts 24:16, he says he had a conscience “void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
A conscience is what will force a person to live miserably or happy. A guilty conscience will force someone to confess his crime to the police. A guilty conscience drives some to the point of committing suicide. A good conscience, on the other hand, will make a person content, satisfied, and live joyfully. A good conscience, or pure conscience, or conscience void of offense, is important for any individual, but it’s essential for a Christian. Having a good conscience will be a great benefit to your ministry, to your family, and to your own heart.
The way to have a good conscience is to keep short accounts with the Lord and with others. Whenever there’s an offense against the Lord or against others, it is very important to seek forgiveness and get things right. Live “Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3:16). It should be a prayer and desire of every one of God’s children to work at gaining and maintaining a good conscience.
Jon and Amber Canavan, Church Planters in New York
I am the youngest of 10 children and I was raised in a Christian home. I went to church every week from the time I was 3 years old. When I was 7 years old, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I knew that I had sinned against a perfect and Holy God and that my sin separated me from God. I placed my faith and trust that Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect and sinless life and died on the cross for my sins, and ascended to heaven 3 days later. I continued to go to church and I grew in my walk with the Lord. As a teenager, I began to drift away from the things of God. After high school I spent a year at a Christian College and it was while I was there I started to backslide and fall away from God. The next 4 years I lived my life as a prodigal. On New Year’s Day 2009 I surrendered my life, my vices and my all to God. That night I surrendered my life to live for God in all that I would do. A few months after, I felt God was calling me into the ministry to preach His Word. I attended 2 different Bible Colleges and graduated from West Coast Baptist College in May of 2014. While in college, I had the privilege to do ministry in NYC for 3 summers. It was while I was there that God started to burden my heart for the people of NYC. I began praying and asking God to send people to plant churches there. In my junior year of college, during a church planting conference, God called me and I surrendered my life to church planting in NYC. After graduation, I worked at West Coast Baptist College in the transportation department, while waiting for Amber to finish her degree. In the summer of 2015, we were married and began serving together at my home church in Georgia. We have had the privilege to work in many different areas of ministry, including bus ministry and youth ministry. It is our desire to see churches planted throughout New York City. Our vision is to evangelize, disciple, plant churches and train people for the ministry. We hope to be able to send missionaries from NYC all around the world.
I grew up in a godly Christian home in Oklahoma. I made a profession of faith at a very young age. When I was ten years old, during junior church, I heard several different kids give part of their salvation testimony and I realized I didn’t know anything about mine. After a few weeks of this, I realized I was basing my salvation off of what other people said and had not repented of my sins. After church on Nov 11, 2001, I talked with my dad who took me through the Romans road and I placed my faith and trust in Jesus. I surrendered to be a missionary at the next missions conference at our church. Throughout my childhood, I read many of my dad’s missionary books and knew I wanted to spend my life doing God’s work.