ABC VT & NH Annual Offering
Our region is full of great stories about little churches, occupied by ordinary people in out of the way places.
These places don’t get mentioned in Christianity Today or World Magazine. They certainly don’t make Newsweek or the NY Times. If it isn’t an epic tale of impressive ministries in Very Important Places, then most people aren’t aware. No one is clamoring to write stories about what’s going on in Swanzey, NH, or Sutton, VT. And really, that’s alright.
Because we American Baptists of NH and VT know that God is at work where we live. We see it. We hear the stories. We even know the people. God is working in those hidden valleys and overlooked corners of northern New England. He is moving among us regular folks. He is working to restore broken hearts, to refresh tired communities, and to release the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of his people. Wherever they are.
In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing these stories.
But know that you can be part of one of those stories.
Why are we sharing these stories?
First, we just want to encourage you. Sometimes we only see a narrow slice of what is happening. We want to remind you that God really is at work among all over the region.
Second, we want to challenge you to pray and ask the Father to continue to bless our Region through the proclamation of his Gospel. Vermont and New Hampshire need Jesus more than anything else. Hearts full of the Holy Spirit have always been the best way to address the social ills of our communities. If you want to bring peace and justice to your town or city, the first place to start is in prayer.
Third, we want to invite you to join in the stories that haven’t happened yet. You may not be a member of the clergy or called to serve as a missionary. You may not have an advanced degree or experience in ministry. That’s OK. It isn’t about what you bring to the party. It’s about joining God’s great party already in progress.
Your gift will go to assist churches, Pastors, and ABCVNH ministries as we work together to foster a gospel re-awakening among our neighbors. This might mean:
Helping congregations with emergency building projects
Assisting Pastors facing urgent financial needs because of sickness or catastrophe.
Providing seed capital to launch new ministries
Assisting congregations in their process of searching for and calling new pastoral leadership
Delivering education, training, and counsel for those serving in ministry
Ministry happens in a real world where furnaces break and people leave. The people who serve need help preparing to serve, and need resources to implement new projects. The money that you so generously give is carefully managed, and sent to places where it will be employed in the proclamation of the gospel, and to support those who are elbows deep in God’s mission within your congregation and to your neighbors.
How can you get involved?
Ask God what he wants you to do. We believe that we should give out of the abundance with which God has blessed us. Some people have been blessed with wealth so that they can be very generous. For others, the gift might be smaller because their margin is not as great. We don’t want to tell you what to give. We suggest that you consider how God has blessed you and how he can use you to bless others.
If you want to give, you have several options:
You can write a check. Make it out to Regional Offering ABCVNH.
You can drop off a suitcase full of cash. Make sure you get a receipt so you can claim it on your taxes.
The Most Important Question
Do you remember in the story of Exodus how Moses was trying out all of his reasons for NOT proclaiming the word of God to Pharaoh? Do you remember what God said?
He asked Moses, “What’s that in your hand?”
Turns out, Moses was holding a dried up old stick that he used to poke sheep and whack rattlesnakes. You know what God did? He showed Moses how to use that hunk of rude wood to show the glory of the LORD God Almighty to his people.
What are you holding in your hand? It might not be much, but it might be that God has given you just what you have, that he might use it to advance his kingdom here in New England.