Vienna Baptist Church was founded as a mission church. Mission work remains an important part of our ministry to the local community and beyond.
VBC supports the following local mission programs through donations of time and money: the Good Samaritan Center, the Good Samaritan Clinic, the Salvation Army, and the Sanctuary House of Light. Additional aid to local causes is provided as needed.
The youth participate in work mission projects during the summer, where they help repair homes and churches. The children complete a mission project each month to reach out to our shut-in members.
Our church also participates in national and international giving through the following offerings: America for Christ, One Great Hour of Sharing, World Mission Offering, and Retired Minister and Missionaries Offering.
Good Samaritan Center
The Good Samaritan Center Barrels are located in the narthex. February’s donation is Spam / Treet.
The Good Samaritan Center filled 158 boxes for Christmas; these fed 300 persons. In addition to many staples, each box contained a turkey or chicken, 5lbs of potatoes, 3lbs of apples, 1lb of margarine, 2 loaves of bread and a bag of candy. Gifts were provided for 85 children through cooperation with our member churches. The gifts you provided brightened the lives of children who may not have had gifts without your help. Thank you to each of you who helped in any way, whether it be donating food, money, or gifts, or in assisting with sorting food, assembling boxes, and filling boxes. It takes a lot of small tasks to get this large project completed! “The highest kind of giving comes from the depths of the heart.” May each of you be blessed as you have blessed others.
From the Mission Board
America for Christ Offering
Recently, Vienna Baptist Church received a certificate from the American Baptist Home Mission Societies thanking us for our exceptional giving toward the America for Christ Offering. Vienna Baptist was among the highest level contributors, ranking in the top 200 churches is the United States. When you consider that there were over 1,900 giving churches, it shows the real dedication to missions that this church has.
World Mission Offering
The World Mission Offering was collected during the month of October. The theme for this year’s World Mission Offering was “In Haiti and the World.” Vienna Baptist’s goal was to raise $2,000 toward this offering. As of Sunday, October 31, giving totaled $1,835.40. Fifty percent of our contributions will go toward the ministry of David and Joyce Reed in La Paz, Mexico. If VBC exceeds the goal of $2,000, then $1,000 will be donated to the Reed’s ministry.Habitat House Was Built For One of Our MembersIn honor of Wood County Habitat for Humanity’s 20th Anniversary, and in conjunction with the Parkersburg Bicentennial, a “Blitz Build” will be held in South Parkersburg on June 19th and 20th at 4304 and 4308 14th Avenue. At least 150 volunteers will be needed each day at the site to build both homes. This is a special day for us because one of our newest members will be the owner of one of the homes. After contributing many hours of “sweat equity” in other Habitat projects, Andy Stickle, who received Christ and was baptized here in August of last year, is finally getting his home. Mark this weekend on your calendar and look for additional information in the bulletin on how you can get involved in this opportunity to be a blessing. Serve Trust Update The following message was received from Susan Le- Grand on May 9, 2010. She asks that it be shared with the church family.
Thank you for your continued prayers for Leena Lavanya. Leena arrived back safely to Narasaraopet on Tuesday of this week after a wonderful two week plus visit to Arkansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She visited many new churches and planted many seeds. I spoke with her late in the week. Her mind has been a whirlwind of ideas that emerged from her visits. The visit truly energized her which is so important to her continued health and well-being and the vitality of ServeTrust. We must continue to cover her in prayer. She detailed several prayer concerns on these visits that I want to share with you. Please pass this [information] onto… anyone you know who would be willing to pray for our dear friend.
- Leena is quite distraught over a situation in her women’s ministries in Chilakaluripet. About 40 of 90 women that she aids and counsels have returned to the sex trade. This breaks her heart. She is aggressively seeking new crafts to teach the women and trying to find a U.S. market for these crafts so that these women can earn more money.
- Leena has accepted that ServeTrust has grown too large for its current leadership structure. Her absence from Chilakaluripet is one reason that the pimps were able to convince so many women to return. Please pray for support to hire two critical leadership positions for the women’s ministries and for evangelism ministries.
- Please continue to pray for the many needs of hunger, illness and neglect that Leena comes face to face with everyday.
Finally, we rejoice that Leena has recently received some very good press in Ethics Daily. While in Arkansas, the author of the article attended her presentation at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock. It is a great article, click here to read it!
Again, we covet your prayers,
International Advisory Board of Serve Trust