- Last Updated on 07:51 AM 06/03/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
Sharing the love of Jesus through acts of kindness is what members of the Dan River Baptist Association do best.
On Saturday, June 22, they plan to show this love during a one-day mission opportunity deemed “Focus Southside.”
“Focus Southside is the first of what we hope to become an annual event for helping those with needs in the Halifax and Mecklenburg counties,” said Focus Southside Chairman Steve Anderson who also is a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church.
Dan River Baptist Association currently has 33 churches located in the two counties that have been divided into five regions for this special one-day mission project.
More than 20 applications for assistance have been received.
“Our churches will participate in helping those with needs to paint, repair, build ramps and clear debris from homes. Acts of kindness to those in need are a large part of what Dan River Baptist Association is about. Our churches have donated over $6,000 to fund the projects,” Anderson explained.
“Those that are being assisted must own their home but do not have to be a member of Baptist churches. We are reaching out to the community to let them know we care,” added Anderson.
“Our pastors preach and teach each Sunday morning how we should share our gifts, talents and resources with those less fortunate. We are just doing what we are called to do,” he said.
When asked what message the Baptist Association wants to convey to the public as part of this project, Anderson replied, “A message of love for our fellowman.”
The mission project is about “letting people know we care and are willing to do what it takes to make our people in need live a little more comfortably.”
While this year’s project is already organized, Anderson said he wants people to know the Dan River Baptist Association also wants to make a difference in the years to come.
Already the churches are organizing for mission projects next year.
Currently donations are being accepted for Operation InasMuch, a similar mission project coordinated by Virginia Baptists, according to Focus Southside Team Member Ruth Rowles.
Rowles, a member of Beth Car Church, has participated in Operation Inasmuch for a number of years.
Virginia Baptists will be doing service projects across the state in 2014 through Operation Inasmuch, and Anderson said Baptists are hoping this will become a movement to help neighbors.
“Making a difference in the lives of others is one of the main focuses,” he added.
The Dan River Baptist Association recently conducted Visioning Town Hall Meetings in area Baptist churches.
Visioning ideas for the future include reaching others through showing kindness, caring and love for others.
“Making the lives of others more comfortable is who we are and one of the things we will make a point to be active in,” he said.
Other Christians will be invited to join in the mission projects.
Anderson said each person can make a difference, adding, “We want this to be a movement to ‘pay it forward.”
Dan River Baptist Association Administrative Coordinator Dot Carr said Christians are taught God’s love in church.
“With this mission project, it is time to take the walls down and share the love of Jesus with the world beginning within our communities. Come and join us,” Carr said.
For more information on the Dan River Baptist Association, look for them on Facebook.