Dear Church Family,
This past Spring Break, the churches of the Bradley Baptist Association banned together for a mission trip to Washington, DC and God moved in powerful ways. We came alongside two DC church planters to assist however they needed us. We engaged people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Morocco in conversations about Jesus Christ and invitations to church. We truly were able to witness to the world in our own nation’s capital. Our mission team was blessed beyond measure as a result from the DC trip. In our next Beacon, we will be including more stories about how God is moving in DC via our partnership. Please continue praying for our Washington, DC partnership.
A disaster relief chain saw team from the Bradley Baptist Association was dispatched to Jamestown, TN and Fentress County on Sunday March 8, 2015. The team was deployed in response to an historic ice storm event that occurred in late February on the Cumberland Plateau. Our team completed 12 work orders totaling 15 yards. If not for our team, one family would have had no way of clearing up the debris. The elderly mother and son, who are members of First Baptist Jamestown, were very appreciative of our help. Thank you, our partnering churches, for making trips like these possible.
Now finishing its fourth year, the Bradley Baptist VITA Program which stands for "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance" has been a great tool to reach our community with the message of hope through Jesus Christ by assisting those who need help in filing their tax returns. During the time the client is waiting, we share about our other ministries, pray for individual needs and make a Gospel presentation. To date 170 returns have been processed and nearly a dozen have made commitments to begin attending church. One couple that paid to have their taxes prepared last year said they would be donating that amount towards a mission trip. Praise God! A special “Thank You” to Linda Finnell of Westwood (Our VITA Coordinator) and her dedicated team of volunteers.
Our theme for Ocoee Outreach in 2015 is "Answering the Call." It is based on the Great Commission and God’s call for us to make Disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20) and Ephesians 4:1 where Paul writes, "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." Last year, Ocoee Outreach helped many Bradley Baptist churches impact their community for Christ through evangelistic block parties, canvassing and prayer-walking, VBS, construction repair work and more. Please let us know how Ocoee Outreach can help your church this summer.
Last year, we had almost 6,000 enrolled in VBS and at least 183 professions of faith as a result! As our summer VBS season will soon start, please let the association office know the dates of your VBS and if you need any help. All provided VBS dates will be featured on our online associational calendar at bradleybaptist.org. VBS Directors, once your school is finished for th