2018 MISSION OFFERINGS
Hunger Relief: 2,018 hours in 2018
We encourage you to give hours, not dollars, for this effort. Use the form here to list your name, organization where you have volunteered, and the number of hours (including travel time), each time you serve. Examples include Food Bank Packing; delivering meals through the Weekenders Backpack program; serving meals at Firehouse Shelter, Church of the Reconciler or Meals on Wheels. If you need more information on hunger relief opportunities in our area, please email Mike McBrayer. Our goal as a church is to give 2,018 hours during the calendar year.
Our Youth International Mission Experience (IME) occurs every three years. Recent IMEs have taken our students to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary to join missionaries on the field. We are now funding the youth mission experience that will occur in 2020 (location to be determined). We will receive this offering in spring 2018.
Our Global Missions offering emphasis will be this fall. Work supported by your gifts includes missionaries around the world and here in the U.S. through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Fund, Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings and Birmingham Baptist Association.
We are a people on mission, a sent people.
The mission is God’s and we join in this mission of salvation and reconciliation. A life of Mission has no boundaries. It is lived at all times, in all places, and with all people. As the body of Christ and as individuals we seek to embody God’s mission for God’s kingdom. One of the ways we do this is by involvement in the mission engagements described below.
Primary Mission Engagements
Bethany Home offers loving support and a residential, home-like setting for women so that their lives can be transformed. The Bethany Home ladies join us each week for our Wednesday evening activities and also receive us at the Bethany Home for dinner and conversation.
Church of the Reconciler
Church of the Reconciler is a United Methodist congregation ministering to the city's homeless population as part of its vision to worship together on Sunday and work together during the week to live out God's call for reconciliation. VHBC supports the meal program of Church of the Reconciler by preparing and serving breakfast once a month.
The Firehouse Shelter is a place where our 4th–6th grade RAs take the lead in our mission engagement. The boys and their leaders prepare and serve a meal on the second Wednesday night of every month and then join the men for fellowship over checkerboards.
Greater Birmingham Ministries
Greater Birmingham Ministries is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization that provides emergency services for people in need and engages the poor and the non-poor in systemic change efforts to build a strong, supportive, engaged community and pursue a more just society for all people.
Institute for Quality Christian Leadership in Africa
Institute for Quality Christian Leadership in Africa is led by VHBC member Samson Mathangani and promotes the development of local church leaders in East Africa through training seminars, educational resources and a group support network.
International Friends meets each Tuesday mornings and welcomes internationals to our church for English classes, cultural exchange events, and relationship. The students find help adjusting to a new culture, develop connections with others in similar circumstances, and see the gospel lived out. Members of our church teach English lessons, share Bible stories, provide childcare, and serve refreshments.
Leimaroi Christian School
Leimaroi Christian School is a ministry of Kasom Khullen Baptist Church located in a small village in Manipur, India. We are connected to this ministry through former VHBC member and Manipur resident, Awon Shanglai.
The Lovelady Center helps to restore hope and rebuild lives by introducing women and children to Christ and offering a range of needed services: medical care, counselling, life-skills training, parenting classes, job training & placement, childcare, nutrition, housing, and post-secondary education. Volunteers from our church provide devotionals, Bible study programs, and crafts.
M-POWER Ministries provides opportunities for people to break the cycle of poverty through education and health services. Programs include adult education, career and workplace training, the only free medical and dental clinic in metro-Birmingham, and the largest adult literacy program in Alabama. Volunteers from our church serve as tutors, teachers, mentors, clinic staff, gardeners and more.
CBF Field Personnel Dianne and Shane McNary serve among the Roma people, a minority group experiencing discrimination and segregation in Slovakia and around the world. The McNarys encourage Romany Christians and support indigenous Romany churches through faith sharing, relational ministry and economic, education, and healthcare development. We partner with the McNarys through prayer, financial, and volunteer support.
Sowing Seeds of Hope
Sowing Seeds of Hope is a non-profit ministry working with the people of Perry County to bring hope to an area faced with many difficulties. We have joined Sowing Seeds in a variety of initiatives in recent years, including work with the local schools and summer camp programming.
Weekenders Backpack Program
Weekenders Backpack Program is an initiative of the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama to provide children, whose families are experiencing food insecurity, with nutritious food to take home over weekends, when they otherwise might not have food available. We partner with the food bank and Vestavia Hills schools in packing and distributing food supplies to area schools.
Additional VHBC Mission Involvements
In addition to these primary mission engagements our church also participates with several other ministries including Kids Connection, UAB Medical Apartments, and Meals on Wheels. We respond to individuals and communities in crisis with hands-on, prayer, and financial support. Missions is also lived out daily by our members in their neighborhoods, schools, and places of work.