THE BIG GIVE

Thank you for your faithful partnership in the gospel. Together we are making a difference! In these changing and often chaotic times, we have the only unchanging message of hope and peace for a hurting world. People today need answers that can only be found in God’s word. Through our many campuses, ministries, and online platforms, we are reaching more people with that message in more ways than ever before. As we approach the end of 2021, I want you to pray about how God can use you personally to play a vital role as we accomplish this together.

One opportunity we all have is our annual year-end initiative called “The Big Give.” God has given us three special projects for 2022 that align directly with our God-given mission. All of these projects are only possible because of our gracious God and your generosity.

Campus Development

Every week we have portable campuses in the high schools in Smithfield and Gloucester. Our Life Team members get there early and stay late setting up and taking down, even in extreme weather.  They are like God’s people in Numbers 3 who carried each part of the tabernacle, the frame, bases, tent, lampstand, and all of its equipment. Please pray for our set up teams and pray God will open a door for permanent locations. As one church in many locations, we want to be ready when He opens the door!

Correctional Facility Ministries

Jesus said, “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” We want to minister to and reach the men and women in the correctional facilities of Hampton Roads. God is opening the door for us to take our Sunday morning services to these facilities and to do discipleship small groups with the inmates.  Your gift to The Big Give will enable us to buy the equipment needed to make that happen in men and women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, and jails. In October, during 757 Strong week, we gave hundreds of correctional facility staff and guards a Chick-fil-A meal gift card. Now, we are working to give Hampton Roads inmates a Christmas gift basket which will include personal hygiene items, socks, an inspirational book to read, and a Christmas card and stamp to mail a loved one. Generosity opens hearts and doors to receive the gospel.  Soon, you can sign up to be a part of this exciting new ministry that will touch thousands of lives and families.

School of Ministry

In 2021, we launched our School of Ministry. Our goal was to have 12 students and we exceeded that number. Through the School of Ministry, we are able to partner with Christian universities and seminaries to train the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and staff members. Students are receiving a world-class education at the school of their choice while getting on-the-job training and earning credit hours toward their degree.  Your gift to The Big Give enables us to provide them housing and a stipend to buy food and gas.

Let’s redeem the time and fulfill the ministry we have received from the Lord. Your giving is helping us to change lives, communities, and the world for Jesus Christ! Thank you again for your faithful prayers and generosity, for believing in the vision God has given us, and for standing with us by doing your part.