Summer offers a change of pace and a chance to learn and experience new things. At HRBC, summer also affords us the opportunity to follow God’s Spirit both near and far, spreading the good news through word and deed; and being shaped by our offerings of mission, too.
No matter who you are or what ministry God has called you to serve in at HRBC, you have a role to play in God’s mission. We invite you to pray for the following church-sponsored mission events this summer. Where and how will you fit in?
Every year we have the privilege of welcoming children from throughout the community as they learn about God’s love through Bible stories, mission, music and games. This mission involves the love and work of so many in our congregation. Pray that God’s love for our world will be evident in the hospitality and care we offer our guests.
We are partnering with this new church that meets in our building each Sunday night as they offer VBS to the local Arabic community. Using our material and being taught in English, pray that God’s love is evident in the stories we share and the music we sing, no matter the cultural differences. An adult class, taught in Arabic by Yousef Kahlil will be offered, too.
Every July, after the church hosts VBS, a group of members takes these stories on the road to our friends in Booneville, in Owsley County, KY. While there we visit with families we’ve built relationships with over the years, worship with LeRose Baptist Church, repair and update homes, and provide VBS for the community. Every year, the scope of our mission in Owsley changes a bit as the needs change, too. Last year, some significant changes came our way as we hosted VBS for the first time away from LeRose Baptist Church. Still, the needs remain as Owsley is one of the poorest counties in the country. Luckily, we are not strangers in this community and love serving as Christ’s presence in some of the hard places of Appalachia.
Reams Road Elementary School
HRBC has a long-standing relationship with Reams as many of our members have served as mentors to students who need a little extra attention. This summer, the school will transition to a temporary campus made up exclusively of mobile units, located behind A.M. Davis Elementary. This summer, there will be opportunities to help teachers unpack and set up their classes. We also are looking at a Sunday where our congregation will surround both schools in prayer. This will be two years full of logistical and learning challenges. Let’s lift up the teachers and administrators as they seek to provide each student a conducive, quality learning environment. This is one tangible way to show God’s love.
Camp Alkulana is a traditional overnight camp located in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. It is a ministry of the River City Faith Network of the Richmond Baptist Association and serve kids, ages 9-14, who would otherwise not have a summer camp opportunity. This year one of our church members, Kate Wakeland, is serving on staff. Camp Alkulana is always in need of some extra items in order to make camp run smoothly. Click HERE to purchase these items through Amazon so they can be sent directly to camp.