In John chapter 4 Jesus is sitting at a well speaking with a Samaritan woman. He speaks with her about physical water in the well. Jesus then tells this woman that she could drink from the “living water” which would satisfy her forever. In that moment she became very interested! Jesus then shared with her that HE was the one who provided this living water, and that He was talking about a spiritual provision. We know everyone needs physical water to survive. Many in the world are sick from poor quality drinking water, and many of these even die from a lack of healthy water. Using special, portable filters you will go with a team to pre-arranged homes in the community. Using a translator, you will help the family set up their brand-new water filter. The best part is that you will then have an opportunity to tell them about the Living Water that Jesus offers them!! Each team member will go through a training process so they will be prepared to participate in these visits.
Our church believes in missions! When it comes to international missions, no one is doing a better job than the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptists. Through the IMB, our church adopted an Unreached People Group in the Middle East. This people group, which we call “The Mountain People,” do not have access to the gospel in their own language. Through a variety of strategies we are doing our part to make the gospel available to them. You can be involved by praying for the light of the gospel to go into this dark place and giving to the IMB.
Middle East Missions
The Southern Baptist of Texas have a multi-year project called Reach Rio Grande Valley with which we are involved. Through the Borderlands Reach effort, churches are being planted along the Texas / Mexico border.
July of each year Elkin Valley sends a team to help with the initial stages of church planting. Primarily, we help visit door-to-door in the community, connect with people at the local parks, and prayer walk the area. All evangelism prospects and new contacts are tied back into the new church plant for follow-up.
E-mail Stephen Robbins if you would like to be involved or if you need more information about this special evangelistic effort.
Clarkston, GA is in the Atlanta area and is one of the most diverse communities in America. 60-70% of of the population is foreign-born, representing over 50 countries and 100+ distinct ethnic groups all compressed within 1.4 square miles.
The group will participate in a variety of compassion opportunities that can include apartment outreach, food pantry ministry, after-school programs, sports ministry, canvassing, prayer walks, homeless ministry, physical labor, serving at-risk families, and university campus ministry.
About a third of the trip will also include aspects of training and equipping so that volunteers can learn how to better serve the international and refugee communities in their cities.
Elkin Valley is closely aligned with Southern Baptist Missions. Our partnership in Baltimore is with a North American Mission Board (NAMB) church plant named Graffiti Church. Graffiti’s pastor Charlie Brown, is dedicated to meeting the needs of the underserved and hurting in inner city Baltimore. Our church partners in three different ways with Charlie Brown and Graffiti Church: Praying, Giving, and Going. First, everyone can pray for the important work that Graffiti Church is doing in the inner city. Second, most of us are able to give to support this mission effort. Giving is accomplished in several ways: through our church’s budget, through the NAMB, and through personal gifts directly given to Graffiti. Third, many of us can take time to go on a mission trip to work with Charlie Brown and Graffiti.
We love our community! We display that love by sharing the gospel and the love of Christ with those who live near our church. Our primary objective is to make the gospel known. We do that through door-to-door evangelism, evangelistic events, and a partnership with Spring Valley Apartment complex.
If you have interest in helping with our local outreach in any way e-mail Stephen Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, our church is actively involved in the community through several local ministries that touch particular needs. These ministries include emergency housing through the Ark, crisis pregnancy support through Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center, food assistance through Tri-C, addiction recovery through Your Father’s House, etc.