Scioto Valley Baptist Association

As a part of its 2003 partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, the Scioto Valley Baptist Association (SVBA) of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio is requesting mission teams for summer 2003. Through the ministry IMPACT 2003, simultaneous mission work will occur throughout the state in connection with SVBA, other Ohio associations and churches and SBTC churches.
SVBA Association Missionary Bill Wellman said the total population of the area numbers 475,000, providing ample opportunities for ministry.
“We have 10 counties that cover 5,000 square miles,” Wellman said. “The association consists of 33 works with a total membership around 7,000. The best data available for the area indicates between 75-80 percent are unchurched. Point being there is a great need to start new works.”
To reach the lost in Ohio, Wellman issued requests to participate in IMPACT 2003 on behalf of 11 areas in the SVBA. Each location needs five separate mission teams from SBTC churches to complete the joint mission venture. IMPACT 2003 includes surveying the community (June 22-28), conducting Vacation Bible School (July 16-20) or block parties (July 20-16), participating and planing crusade meetings (Aug. 3-9), and following up on prospects for new church starts (Aug. 17-23). Housing and meals must be provided by the mission teams.
“Several other communities are without Southern Baptist works. It is our desire to have a Southern Baptist work in all communities,” Wellman said. “This would allow people to attend a God-centered, Bible-teaching, evangelistic, mission-minded church.”
The Ohio locations include: Nelsonville, Oak Hill; West Portsmouth; Coal Grove; Beaver; Kingston; Tuppers Plains; Chauncey; Murray City; The Plains; Crown City; and South Webster.
Locations where churches are already being started or have been planted are also in need, Wellman said. Pastors or sponsor churches are ready to work alongside SBTC mission teams. These include: Portsmouth; Wellston; Chillicothe; Wheelersburg; Coalton; Jackson; Glouster; McArthur; and Lucasville.
For more information on any of these areas contact Leroy Fountain in the SBTC office at (972) 953-0878 or Bill Wellman at (740) 286-4484 or svbaohio@adelphia.net. For more information about IMPACT 2003 or the Scioto Valley Baptist Association log onto www.svbaohio.org.

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