by Norma Gunter
The Special Project, for 2014, Moorefield Hispanic Ministry is the other ABW project I mentioned last month. Back in 2005 the ABW Special Project was to provide seed money to hire Juan Aragon as the Hispanic Ministries’ Strategist. He is now a permanent West Virginia Baptist Convention professional staff member. Since then the church in Moorefield has become a field ripe for harvest. The goal for this project is $15,000. This money will be used to help fund a missionary and other outreach programs of the church. Moorefield is a community with a large Hispanic population. Through the ministry of Comunidad Luz y Vida (Light and Life Community Church) they have the opportunity to reach out for Christ to immigrants.
In the West Virginia Newsletter 2014 Annual Association Edition, Juan Aragon said, “Love removes the prejudices that hinder us from reaching those unlike us. Love compels us to care. In West Virginia we have been given the privilege to join God in what He is doing in the lives of Hispanic immigrants. These are women and men who have come to the USA motivated by the need to feed their families, to provide shelter, to survive violence, to obtain a future that might not be possible at home. As we follow and remain in Jesus may the spirit of love open our eyes to see and serve them.” May we give generously to this project.
A short report on my families trip to Camp Cowen for Camp Global August 27-31. When my daughter, Marcia, heard about Camp Global she remembered her many summers at Camp Cowen and wanted her 13 year old daughter, Lauren, to have a camp experience. So, along with her husband and my two sisters we headed to Cowen. Camp Global was a Family Mission Camp with missionaries, international guests and Bible study leaders. There were programs for all ages along with music, vespers, hands-on activities and good food. The theme for the camp was “We are Unstoppable With God.” My 13 year old granddaughter enjoyed the camp so much that she wants to come to the Family Camp in 2015. Camp Cowen is our Baptist Camp located on the Gauley River in the Monongahela National Forest.
Saturday October 4 is the Fall Rally at the Breckenridge Baptist Church. Lisa Simmons, Associate in Mission Support and Adult Discipleship with the West Virginia Baptist Convention, is the speaker. We have invited the women from the Sunset Hills Baptist Church, Coal City, WV, to join us. The church was voted into the Raleigh Association at the last meeting. Ladies make plans to come, enjoy a great meal and meet the new women and make them welcome.
The West Virginia Baptist State Convention Women’s Day is October 16, 2014 at the Vienna Baptist Church. Make plans now to attend the “Women as Agents of Change” day at the convention.