BGAV Allocations

2017 Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions Allocations

for the Baptist General Association of Virginia

Goal: $697,500

Submitted and approved by the BGAV Virginia Baptist Executive Board

March 14, 2017

 

1. New Church Investment Grants (Barnabas Grants) ………………………………. $375,000
Barnabas Grants are designed to help provide much-needed funds for start-up expenses for new church starts in Virginia and beyond. With these funds, new church starts are able to cover costs associated with renting or purchasing meeting facilities, audio-visual equipment, musical instruments, sound systems, marketing and advertising, and various other expenses. Barnabas Grants serve a vital role in fueling our church multiplication movement for the BGAV.

2. Missions in Southwest Virginia……………………………………………………………… $40,000
Virginia Baptists have an opportunity to meet many needs in the Appalachian regions related to development, employment, and evangelism. The Bland Center helps address health, education, and poverty needs. The Southwest Virginia Partnership works in cooperation with the district associations of the region to meet needs related to proper housing, food and clothing distribution, and overall community efforts. Both are assisted with monies given through the Alma Hunt Offering. These and other opportunities arise regularly, which allow us to assist churches in their efforts to minister to people’s basic needs with the love of Jesus Christ.

3. Impact! Mission Camps…………………………………………………………………………. $22,500
Impact Mission Camps is the umbrella term we give to our hands‐on mission camps for students. Our “classic” mission camp options give students the chance to share Christ’s love through home repair and renovation, while other camp options focus on urban settings and engage students in urban culture and social ministry. Impact International exposes students to the needs and cultures of our international partners, and Impact Now responds to natural disasters when such a camp is deemed useful in the response. These opportunities engage students with one of the best educational tools that we can provide: service. Those who give and those who receive have life-changing experiences. Funds are used to purchase appropriate project supplies and materials, to provide resources for the orientation of leadership, to train students, and to equip teenagers spiritually. The goal is to equip them beyond just their week of service so they return home ready to engage in a lifestyle of mission.

4. Church and Community Missions………………………………………………………….. $26,500
Church and Community Ministries are found all across the Commonwealth and serve a variety of people groups. These ministries are at the forefront of connecting our churches to meaningful relationships with communities and providing opportunities to serve. Examples include migrant work on the Eastern Shore, refugee ministries in Richmond, services to homeless people in Stafford and other church-based ministries with people who have been pushed to the margins of society. Churches across the Commonwealth are seeking new ways to reach out to people that have been unseen, unheard, and forgotten for far too long. These churches are discovering that there are people in their surrounding communities who have needs and are being pushed aside and hidden. People who are homeless, unemployed, addicted, and challenged in other ways need BGAV churches to assist them in pulling themselves up from the low places where they find themselves. These funds will assist partners in strengthening existing ministries as well as in starting new ministries that reach marginalized people in our communities.

5. Disaster Response Ministry……………………………………………………………………. $40,000
Virginia Baptist Disaster Response seeks to meet human needs following disasters large enough to make the national news and small enough to affect only a few dozen families. Your contributions through the Alma Hunt State Mission Offering equip BGAV volunteers to respond whenever a request is made, to provide equipment and skilled volunteers to meet those needs, and to help communities begin to rebuild. Disaster Response is one of the most strategic ministries supported by the BGAV. More than 1,300 Virginia Baptist volunteers have responded faithfully as the ministry continues to expand today, responding to the changing needs of our world and mobilizing volunteers strategically to meet needs.

6. Developmental Disabilities Ministries ……………………………………………………. $20,000
The Developmental Disabilities Ministry serves individuals with intellectual disabilities across the Commonwealth.
DDM offers care that will help strengthen the family’s caregiving role, and when needed, assist in planning for suitable long-term care for disabled family members. When appropriate, DDM offers long-term residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities that encourages continued growth toward individual maximum potential within a Christian, community-integrated, home-like environment.

DDM provides care for over 100 adults with intellectual disabilities. This ministry has steadily grown across the Commonwealth in the past 23 years, and it now includes 20 homes

7. Associational Mission Support ……………………………………………………………… $43,750
These dollars provide more adequate funding for associations and enable them to accomplish mission projects that are otherwise underfunded. This reinforces a partnership in missions as the state and associations advance the Redeemer’s Kingdom together.

8. Virginia Baptists’ Mission History………………………………………………………….. $18,750
Alma Hunt funds help the Virginia Baptist Historical Society assist churches by

  • preserving valuable records through climate-controlled storage
  • providing microfilming of Baptist history materials
  • offering local church historians help in researching
  • writing Virginia Baptist church histories and planning anniversary celebrations
  • providing educational materials sent to all churches for Virginia Baptist Heritage week
  • maintaining a heritage teaching gallery open to individuals and church groups

9. GraceInside………………………………………………………………………………………….. $20,000
With a mission field of more than 30,000 men and women, GraceInside’s mission to “save lives from the inside out” requires placing amazing chaplains in each of Virginia’s prison facilities.
Funded privately and unique in the United States as a Christian organization, GraceInside has appreciated the support of the Baptist denomination from its beginning. With its first meeting held in the downtown Richmond Baptist building in 1920 to its current home in the BGAV building, the strong, enduring Baptist commitment to its mission helps incarcerated men and women can find that essential connection to Jesus Christ and His redemptive love.

GraceInside’s 31 chaplains serve the 35 prison mission fields through worship services, baptisms, Bible studies, grief groups, recovery programs and pastoral care.

10. Deaf Ministry………………………………………………………………………………………….. $5,000
These funds provide leaders of our Virginia Baptist deaf community with quality training. Each year, these training sessions serve as opportunities to build stronger affinity networks which are critical in helping our deaf community face their unique challenges. These funds are also used to increase the number of qualified interpreters among our Virginia Baptist churches.

11. Kingdom Advance Venturers………………………………………………………………… $60,000
The Venturer Program is designed to engage volunteers in mission service for a period of six months to two years. Requests for Venturers originate with our BGAV partners who have identified a specific need within their ministry setting. By design, the Venturer Program offers five different funding venues for volunteers; aided by the BGAV, fully supported by the requesting partners, fully supported by the Venturer, fully supported by the sending BGAV church, or a combination of all four sources. A typical Venturer placement has an average cost of close to $20,000 annually. Venturers serving in positions of high strategic value are fully aided by BGAV sources, one of which is funding received from the Alma Hunt Offering.

12. International Ministries in Virginia…………………………………………………………. $17,000
The population of Virginia continues to grow in diversity and ethnicity. One in every 9 residents is foreign born, with the majority hailing from Asia (40 percent) or Latin America (36 percent). In the past two decades, the number of the state’s Asian residents grew by over 400,000, and its Latino population grew by over 500,000. Northern Virginia is home to one of the largest Salvadoran populations in the country. There are more than 100 languages other than English spoken in homes across Virginia, with Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog being among the most popular languages. This great diversity creates excellent opportunities for Virginia Baptists to be a strong presence among these people groups. There are many needs associated with this diversity, as people immigrate to our state and as international churches become established and begin to reach out to their own communities. LUCHA Ministries, Inc. is one example of a partner organization reaching out to meet the specific needs of the Latino community. Other ministries, churches, and partners are being created to effectively reach our growing population with the Gospel message.

13. Piankatank Camp Scholarships………………………………………………………………. $4,000
The Camp Piankatank summer camp program exists to minister to children and youth through the use of organized Bible study as well as impromptu outdoor experiences. The campers are taught about how they can do missions and how they can be a light to the community around them. The theme for this year is “Overflow,” and the theme verse is Luke 6:45, “A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Piankatank teaches campers that their actions display the type of people that they really are and that they should fill themselves with “good” things. Most importantly, the overflow of the heart comes from knowing Christ and his love, and these are the “good” things that they should be filling their hearts with.

The camping experience is so important that it should be available to all children, no matter what their economic background is. Campers’ parents submit scholarship applications to verify their need for assistance, and funds from the Alma Hunt offering go toward partial or whole scholarships so that all children have equal opportunities to attend camp.

14.Ministers’ Unemployment ……………………………………………………………………….. $5,000
Ministers in crisis are growing. Each year, there are many more requests for assistance than the committee can fulfill. The objective of this ministry is to provide three months of financial help with mortgage or rent and insurance for ministers in crisis.

 

Total…………………………………………………………………………………….. $697,500

 

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