New York City – Jon & Amber Canavan and the Bloom family are church-planters to New York City with Vision Baptist Missions. They both started churches there this year: Jon among the diverse community of the Bronx, the Blooms among the Chinese of Flushing, Queens. At the end of September, along with Jeff & Mindy Bush and Jim & Sandy Roberts from VBM, we enjoyed preaching and participating in mission Sundays at both churches and trying to be an encouragement to them in their ministries. Please pray for more laborers for the cities of North America.
Training the Next Generation – Teri and I have really enjoyed getting to spend time mentoring and investing in the next generation of missionaries at the Our Generation Training Center, the training arm of Vision Baptist Missions. Eighteen young people are currently preparing for missionary service, with four of them getting ready to go on internships in January. The training program involves three years of classes at the VBM Campus in Dawsonville, Georgia and then six months on an overseas internship. Please pray for us as we train others and let us know if you are interested in enrolling in the missionary training program. You can come out of high school, as a Bible college graduate for a shorter intensive internship, or at any other point the Lord leads you to get missionary training. Please pray for us as we help train these young people and for more students to enroll in January.
Helping Local Churches – A big responsibility Travis has is to oversee the operations of the home office of Vision Baptist Missions. This month, the role has involved hiring new finance staff, helping facilitate training for staff, finishing preparations for a new board of directors, and helping with the development of the VBM Campus. Teri has also begun helping every day in the home office. Every year, VBM helps local churches send millions of dollars in support to the mission field, and we aim to do this with as much integrity and excellence as is possible. Please pray for this ministry.
Other Travels – In addition to the above responsibilities, we have been able to minister in churches in Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio. We also enjoyed attending the ordination of Benjamin Broyles, VBM missionary to Albania.
Downham Baptist Building Fund Update – Earlier this year, we began raising money for the church we started in London (Downham Baptist). After much consideration, the church has decided not to pursue the purchase. The price is simply more than the church can afford, even with some initial funds being raised. Because of this, we will not be raising any more funds for this project and will get in touch with those who have already donated to discuss options with them.
Thank You – Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please get in touch if you’d like us to come share a report at your church!