SUMMER 2020 MISSION TRIPS
Due to the current global health crisis relating to COVID-19, all short-term mission trips have been cancelled through the end of August. Through prayer and careful consideration of various challenges and risks associated with travel and social interaction, our pastors and missions leadership have determined this to be the best course of action.
Making the Decision to Cancel Summer Mission Trips
– Prioritizing health and safety concerns for trip participants.
– Respecting social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions in the U.S and abroad.
– Acknowledging personal finance and support-raising challenges due to the poor economy.
– Avoiding the possibility of spreading COVID-19 among the communities we intend to serve.
– Heeding recommendations from prominent missions agencies.
– Practicing biblical wisdom and discernment.
Options for Mission Trip Deposits and Donations
– Leave all current funds in a “personal account” for a future mission trip with Silverdale.
– Donate all current funds to the ministry that you were planning to serve with.
– Donate all current funds to the general missions budget.
– Request a refund.
Please let us know how to handle your funds by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Response to Covid 19 in our Community
We are continually monitoring the situation, consulting with officials, and adjust our plans as needed. For now, we will continue to stream all services at silverdalebc.com/live and hold all small groups and meetings virtually.
In addition, we will connect and serve our community through our many local mission partners.
Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home is requesting assistance with supplies and needed items. Please contact Dorean Carr email@example.com for the list of items.
Choices Chattanooga: Walk for Life – The Remix is on June 1st! Details at https://choiceschattanooga.org/
La Paz of Chattanooga is the main agency assisting the Chattanooga Latino Community through Covid-19 and continued tornado recovery. They can use assistance in different ways. https://www.lapazchattanooga.org
Community Kitchen Homeless Center: They are in desperate need of volunteers to serve and help at the Center and need some hygiene items. People can sign up at this link https://signup.com/go/QPGSidd or email firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Bethlehem Center: They are requesting supplies to assist the widows and families in the Alton Park and Southside communities. They need non-perishable food, Walmart and Food City gift cards, and latex serving gloves. Please contact Reginald F. Smith, II email@example.com
Prison Prevention Ministry: NO PRISON VISIT, but people can contact PPMK for inmate family relief food gifts cards or other assistance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethel Bible Village: NO VISITORS, but they are requesting the following. Gift cards for steak and shake, DQ, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, etc., to use at drive-thru windows. Also, Adult type coloring books, various word search, and puzzle books. Contact Gale Bolton email@example.com
Hope for the Inner City: They need nonperishable foods and key essential items. They are planning weekly drive through distributions and may need volunteers. Contact Tory Worley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salvation Army: They need support and could use volunteers. Contact Karen Sherrill Karen.Sherrill@uss.salvationarmy.org
LifeSpring Health Center: They are a Covid-19 testing site and may need additional support and possible volunteers with medical knowledge. Contact Erika Stuart email@example.com
Kingdom Partners: The group is working closely with small churches in our community and setting up an assistance program to help bi-vocational pastors, smaller churches pastors and leaders stay afloat. Also, grocery gift cards and other needs are being requested. Please contact Oliver Richmond firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Reiter email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTINUING THE MISSION
Plans can be adjusted, methods may be adapted, but our mission of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all nations never changes.
Here are several ways you can support our local and world partners and continue living on mission this summer.
PRAY – Commit to praying daily for our local and world partners.
CONNECT – Receive ministry updates from our world partners.
SERVE – Explore opportunities to serve with our local partners.
GIVE – Make a Faith Commitment Offering to help sustain SBC missions through 2020.
As you join us in supporting our local and world partners in these ways, we also challenge you to live on mission every day by loving your neighbor.
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