Dear Church Family,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for in our community and how God is moving in these difficult times. Thank you for making a difference in Kingdom work.
This year Project Helping Hands received 265 applications for holiday assistance in the form of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas and gifts for small children. Over two-hundred people from our area churches assisted in taking applications for Project Helping Hands and presenting the Gospel message. Five schools and an AWANA group helped in food collection drives. A highlight this year was the wonderful donation of 250 Christmas backpacks from Appalachian Regional Ministry. These backpacks will be going to children in need this holiday season.
Fourteen lives have been changed thus far by their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and I am sure we will hear more good reports after the Christmas season. Many families have already been adopted but we still have many families needing assistance. If you would like to help a family this holiday season, please contact the association. As part of Project Helping Hands, First Baptist Cleveland's youth choir will be presenting a Christmas program and gifts to residents of the Cleveland Summit in December.
During this holiday season, as part of our jail ministry, we are asking those who are willing to donate stamped Christmas cards and socks. You may drop off any donations at the Bradley Baptist Association office. We always appreciate your gifts and donations.
December 3rd though the 5th, several ministry leaders and myself will be participating in a Metro DC Vision trip to explore possible partnerships with church planters in the Washington, DC area. Washington DC is a NAMB "Send City" and is a vital mission field for kingdom growth and influence. It’s been said if you reach the cities, you’ll reach the nations. With 83 percent of the population now living in metropolitan areas, let's reach the nations in our nation's capital!