Missions and Evangelism

More Than Nets

Three years ago Jeffrey and I were able to work first hand with the “More Than Nets” emphasis in Yendi, Ghana. What an incredible experience seeing God work amongst peoples that were seemingly forgotten, even by other Ghanaians.

We were invited into homes to properly hang the mosquito nets that we had brought. And what I remember most is the gratitude they expressed because they knew we were literally giving them the gift of life. And that small demonstration of love opened up the opportunity to share of God’s love. All that for $10. How many of us spend that at Starbucks?

April 25th is World Malaria Day and the BGAV would love to purchase the remaining 14,000 nets (of 100,000 that were promised). If that does happen, the remaining nets could be purchased at a reduced rate making the total $8 and therefore saving $28,000. What an opportunity!

More information is available on the BGAV website or by contacting Dean Miller at dean.miller@bgav.org or 804.921.3992.
– Melanie Buffkin, Director of M&E Council


Just what is the Missions & Evangelism Council?

“The M&E Council was established January, 2008 to lead in identifying mission and evangelistic outreach needs in our community, state and world. It encouraged the entire church body to be involved in identified needs and assist in the education of church members about WHBC mission and evangelism opportunities, mission giving opportunities and special offerings. The M&E Council will also:

  1. Provide avenues and process for external mission and evangelism support requests
  2. Receive, review and approve church wide projects from the congregation which involve financial and human resource allocations
  3. Submit proposed budgeting and implementation plans to the Church Council for approval if the projects involve donations/fundraising and/or expenditure of monies which are not part of the M&E Council Budget line item
  4. Plan ways of celebrating the accomplishments and history of missions at WHBC

The M&E Council helps maintain the outward focus of WHBC, which is serving:

  • the strangers in our midst
  • the least of these, and
  • children and families in our community

BUT, we are only the “administrative piece” so to speak. It is each of you that carries out this focus every day. And we want to thank you for all you do to serve those God has put around you!
— Melanie