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Missions Blog

  • Day 2 - Feeding a community and more

    What do beans and rice, beads, pipe cleaners, soccer balls, Bibles, a pinata and glow sticks have to do with sharing the light of Jesus? Well, in El Platanal these are a few of the items we used on Monday with the children and their families.

    As our bus pulled into the community of El Platanal we were greeted with excitement as people pouring out of their houses and children racing to the church to meet us.

    We spent time interacting with the people while distributing beans and rice, making bracelets using pipe cleaners and beads, and playing soccer. During these activities testimonies were shared.


    Later we all divided into groups and went prayer walking throughout the community. As we were invited into people's homes we prayed with them and provided Bibles for their family. We also invited them to a celebration that evening at the church.

    Our celebration was a GLOW party with over 200 people in and around the church! We had black lights, glow-in-the dark necklaces and bracelets, florescent face paint, and music. Although glow sticks are common to us, this was brand new to the people here in El Platanal. The celebration ended with a pinata. Candy went everywhere. 

     

    We left excited to return on Tuesday.

    Peg Grimsley and Brittany Kelly

  • Buenos Dias from Nicaragua!

    Day 1 - Sunday 

    Whew!  This has been a busy past couple of days...but GREAT ones!  We're just now finding the time to sit down and write all the fun, work, and progress we've made this week.  We flew into Managua on Saturday and prepared for the trip to Somotillo.  On Sunday we traveled by bus and trucks and got set up for our week.  The church service at Somatillo Sunday evening was amazing and was so great to see our church already step up to share Christ.  Jeff gave the message....magnificento and Tracy, Layla, and Bridget sang Amazing Grace.  Mark and Hudson (father and son) gave their testimonies.  This group has stepped out with little hesitation to tell their story about their Savior.   Look at these pics!

    Sara Wilson  


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    Medical Clinic

    We are gearing up for a great clinic on November 11th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Severns Valley. Our guests will be Mission Hope for Kids families.

    We still have volunteer opportunities, so jump on board!

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Guest Advocates (Guides) - An advocate is the Clinic Guest’s Friend for the day and guides them through the clinic. It’s important this person is a believer of Christ. They will be paired up with a guest to get to know each other as they walk through the clinic. It is common they will each share their story, eat a warm meal together, and will help them find their way to seek the care they are looking for that day. The advocate always prays for the guest and there is ample opportunity and encouragement to share the gospel.

    Children's Area Workers - We want to provide a fun environment to share Jesus with the well children that are in attendance with their parents. This will require a background check.

    Translators - Many of our guests may speak Spanish only. If you are fluent in Spanish or even partially fluent, we need you!

    Meal Servers - Each guest will have the opportunity to eat a meal with their guide. We need servers and also volunteers to wipe down tables.

    Guest Registration - Volunteers will be filling out medical forms for the guests. There will be some that have trouble reading and writing.

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    Here: OTC Products for Medical Missions

    We are still collecting Over-The-Counter (OTC) pharmacy products that can be dropped off at the receptacles in the lobby and in the children's area through Sunday, July 23rd.

    Sunday, July 30th, there will be an information meeting for all medical personnel interested in serving during our medical mission clinic this Fall. The meeting will be held in the Atrium following second service. We invite doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, and others in the medical field to join us.


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    Near: Clear Creek Mission Trip

    Plans are underway for Severns Valley to partner with Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Eastern Kentucky on a Fall Mission Experience. 

    The dates for this trip are October 1-5, 2017. We’ll be on Clear Creek’s campus doing light construction projects, pressure washing, landscaping and brush cleanup. As you are making plans for fall break, please consider this mission opportunity for your family! 

    We invite families and/or singles to participate, age 10 and above. There are 25 spots available. 

    More about this mission trip - https://goo.gl/3GTnVs (click on this link to download a Word document with additional details)

    Use the form below to register.

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    Family Mission Trip Information Meeting

    Sunday, February 19th 12:00 pm in the Atrium

    We are planning a family mission trip to Nicaragua this coming Fall Break. The trip will be for families with children 4th grade and up. This will be a wonderful opportunity to show your children the importance of the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission. The meeting on February 19th will give you an opportunity to find out more about the trip and why you should go as a family.

  • Nicaragua Missions - How You Can Help

    In a few weeks, January 7-14, 2017, we will be taking a group of 9 men and women on our next mission trip to Nicaragua. We will be working primarily in El Platanal on this trip, but we will likely spend one day with the church in San Francisco. Our trip will include these objectives:

    • Work with the pastors and church members of El Platanal to share the Gospel
    • Provide more water through a gutter system on the church to catch rain water in storage tanks
    • Build an irrigation/drainage system in the agricultural area
    • Provide school supplies to the teachers in El Platanal
    • Reach the men of El Plantanal through specific events:
      • Worship service
      • Conversations
      • Providing work gloves, hats, and shirts
      • Working alongside them on the irrigation and gutter systems

     Even though you may not be able to go on this trip, you can still be a part of the mission.  Here are some ways you can make a positive contribution:

    Pray for us as we go:

    • For God to make us a clean and holy vessel filling us with the Holy Spirit, making us effective agents as we spread the Gospel.
    • To take advantage of every opportunity that God gives us to share the gospel
    • For the people we encounter in Nicaragua (and along the entire trip) to be receptive to hearing the Gospel.
    • Flexibility to adapt to changes in plans.
    • The wisdom to recognize and follow God’s will.

    Pray for the pastors and church members in Nicaragua:

    • For God to provide healing and comfort for Pastor Enrique and his family (San Francisco).
    • For Pastor Diomedes and Reynaldo as they search for a permanent pastor in El Platanal.
    • For the members of both churches to grow in their faith and spread the Gospel throughout their communities and beyond,

    Make a donation (these items will be used as gifts for outreach to the men of El Platanal): 

    • Durable work gloves with leather/synthetic leather palms and breathable material on the back to keep cool in hot weather.
    • Work hats, baseball style or other to provide protection from the sun.
    • Money to buy gloves and hats.
    • Consider including an inspirational message for the men of El Platanal (in English, we will translate to Spanish).

     Collection boxes will be located by the Information Kiosk in the lobby for you to place your donations.

     Thank you for your prayers and support!

  • World Missions Offering



    Let us remember Christ during this season of giving.

    Throughout the month of December we are using special boxes for missions giving. Each box has a World Missions offering envelope inside of it. If you would like to pick up a box for your offering we have them at the lobby kiosks. Simply place your World Missions offering in the box using the envelope provided and bring it back to the altar during any of the services this month. (Children are encouraged to participate, too. Just be sure to secure loose coins a plastic baggie before placing them inside the box.) The money you give during this Christmas season will be used to literally take the gospel around the world!

    Below is the breakdown of our missions offerings based on your generous giving throughout the year. 

    We are a blessed people. Let's be a blessing to others.

     - Pastor Bill




  • Shoebox Packing Time Is Here


    When you hear the word “shoebox” what do you imagine? For many of us a shoebox is just a piece of cardboard that we toss into the trash can after a day of shopping. 

    What if I told you a shoebox…a simple cardboard cube…could have the power to change a child, a family and a community for eternity?

    It is Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing time at Severns Valley. We're starting to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for distribution around the world. 

    What Is Our Goal and How Can I Help?

    Our team has set a goal of 501 boxes. We would love to surpass this goal. You can help us track our goal by watching the number of hearts (signifying the number of children’s hearts that can be forever changed by the power of the gospel that is delivered with every box) disappear from our indoor playground windows. Help the hearts disappear and help a child’s heart forever change! We have given out all of our cardboard boxes but you can use a shoebox or a plastic shoe bin.

    Here are just a few facts you may not know about the shoeboxes that will leave our building and the hope that goes with them:

    • Many shoeboxes are sent strategically to places where less than 2% of the population is Christian.
    • Operation Christmas Child focuses on evangelism, discipleship and multiplication.
    • In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship—transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
    • As shoebox gifts are distributed, local pastors or church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way designed for kids while family and friends listen in. Along with their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.
    • Their shoebox is the first gift many children have ever received! The treasures and personal letters inside communicate that someone cares for them and give them an opportunity to experience the love of God.
    • Gives a church an effective outreach tool.
    • Local churches use gift-filled shoeboxes as a tangible inroad for evangelism. The shoebox gifts allow them access to places they might never be welcomed otherwise.
    • After receiving shoebox gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, our 12-lesson discipleship program. They learn from trained local volunteers what it means to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others.
    • Even before The Greatest Journey course is over, students begin witnessing to others. Then at graduation, the Gospel is shared with their friends and family again. The graduates also receive a New Testament to use personally and in communicating their faith to others.
    • Through the efforts of local believers on our National Leadership Teams, entire communities are being evangelized as shoebox gifts are delivered. Some of these areas do not have any existing church.

    Return your gift-filled shoebox to the children's area on or before November 20th.

    Helpful links:

    What Goes In My Shoebox?

    The Greatest Journey Program


    Mrs. Ashley


  • Our First Day Of Work in El Platanal

    October 3, 2016

    What a great first day of work! Today we drove to El Platanal, about 20 minutes away from Sunnyside, with hopes of renovating and painting the Christian school; but more importantly, sharing God’s Word with the people there. The school was made up of two buildings, each with two classrooms. When we first arrived, the head teacher, who spoke minimal English, and a herd of students greeted us. Our first task was to remove everything from inside the school buildings. This involved carrying desks and gently removing everything from the walls so as to not waste their limited resources. The students from each classroom were a huge help in clearing out their desks, and the excitement on their faces was unmistakable. Then, once the rooms were all clean, we took a break. Severns Valley students played soccer, jumped rope, and shared Snapchat filters with the children. At a break in the action, Pastor Jeff gathered all of the children and Carson O'Daniel shared his testimony. The kids listened intently, and were eager to answer Pastor Jeff’s questions about where salvation comes from. Late on, Pastor Jeff informed us that he had baptized the little girl who answered the majority of the questions two years ago, and prior to that, she knew nothing about Christ. It is awesome to see how God continues to tug at the hearts of our friends in Nicaragua after our time here is up.

    Following Carson’s bold profession of faith, we went back to work with painting the school. By the end of the day, we had finished the white portion of the interior on three of the classrooms. Tomorrow we have to do the white portion of the fourth classroom, the blue portion of the interior of all of the classrooms, and the entire exterior. I think that tomorrow will run much more smoothly because the classrooms have already been cleaned and are just awaiting paint.

    After a long day of work, we headed back to Sunnyside. I, along with Brittany, Nathan, Jake, Clayton, Ethan, Eric, and Josh, went out to the street in front of the mission house to talk to the children of the neighborhood. Personally, this is by far my favorite part of the day. The children are accepting of my broken Spanish, and they’re always eager to see us. Along with the usual kids, a three-year-old named Joanna ran down the street to meet us. Joanna told me that I looked like her mother, and Josh that he looked like her father.

    Later that evening, we went to the park to get ice cream. I enjoyed watching some guys play soccer, and getting to know others on the trip more personally.

    In short, today was a hot, busy day full of fellowship, hard work, and blessings from our almighty Lord!

    Olivia Hamilton

  • Mission Nicaragua Oct. 2016

    On October 1st, 18 people from Severns Valley will head to Nicaragua on a mission trip. We will go to the two communities that we have adopted, El Platanal and San Francisco. 

    The purpose of this trip is like every trip we take. First, to go and share the Gospel with those in Nicaragua who have never heard. Secondly, to equip, strengthen and encourage the two churches we have helped establish in these communities.

    The team has spent the last few months preparing for the trip. We have been working on our testimonies, learning the culture, planning activities, and preparing our hearts to be used by God. 

    In El Platanal, we will specifically be going to build relationships with those in both communities. We will be working with the church to repair, paint and in some cases rebuild parts of the primary school. You can see a photo of one of the four classrooms in the school to the right (click on the photo to see more of the school). We will also be going door to door handing out Bibles and prayer walking. 

    In San Francisco, we will be helping to landscape the church. We will also be handing out Bibles and prayer walking.

    We will be a part of three worship services, in Somotillo, El Platanal and San Francisco. In both of the communities we will be meeting with the ladies of the churches and their friends to do a craft and share Bible stories. Playing games, soccer, baseball, kickball and more will help us to get to know the kids of the communities. We will take breaks to get water and to share our testimonies with the children.

    In each community we will be working alongside brothers and sisters in Christ and those who do not know our Savior. Please pray for us as we go and for those whom the Holy Spirit is already at work in Nicaragua. 

    Our plan is to update this blog each day with photos and stories of what we have done and how we have seen God at work. 

    Thank you for sending us and for praying for us as we go.

    Jeff Wilson

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    VBS Mission Project

    SV Kids needs your help during Vacation Bible School for our "Walk This Way" mission project. We are collecting "new" and "gently-used" shoes for children in our community. These shoes will be donated to a local ministry here in Elizabethtown which you may have heard of several weeks ago during the Serve EXPO -- Mission Hope for Kids.

    You can bring children's shoes (new/gently-used) by the church from now until the last day of Vacation Bible School. VBS is June 12-16. 

    Thank you for supporting Missions: Here

    Ashley Purcell
    Children's Director
    apurcell@svbc.cc


  • Sending Our Kids On Mission Trips

    Today our kids, Chris and Amanda, are flying to Nepal on a mission trip. They will return May 21st. They are going with their church, Sojourn Church in Louisville, KY. The team will be sharing the Gospel, building relationships, working primarily with pastors and also families in Kathmandu and surrounding villages. 

    This is a very unique trip in that many who are going are entire families. The women will be sharing Christ with other ladies while building relationships with them and their children. Many of the children are preschool and grade school age.

    They left this morning at 6:15am and will arrive at 3:55pm tomorrow. It's a 23hr flight without delays. (They are already delayed in Philadelphia)

    As you can see from the Joshua Project information on religions, Nepal is a very unbelieving country, only 0.9% profess to be Christian: https://joshuaproject.net/countries/NP

    Would you join with us as we pray for these things:

    • Flights, baggage, etc.
    • No problems with customs
    • Boldness in sharing their faith
    • Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit leading them
    • Openness to Gospel for those they will be meeting and working
    • Protection from sickness, spiritual warfare, things they see and experience

    Being a father, I want to pray for safety. But, God is teaching me that my concern needs to be more for their BOLDNESS in sharing the Gospel and the OPENNESS of those to whom they are going to serve to the Gospel.

    As you can see, Sara and I totally understand the feeling of sending our children to foreign countries on mission trips. Our kids have been all over the US and also to these foreign countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Russia, Belgium, South Africa, Africa and many more. Our hearts are full because of how God is using them to share the Gospel to those who do not know Him.

    Thanks for praying!

    Jeff Wilson


  • 1.29.16 UPDATE on Pastor Enrique

    I have recently heard back from Dr. Karla and Pastor Diomedes. Pastor Enrique is feeling better due to the medicine that he is receiving. In fact, when he went to the Dr the last time they were amazed and how well he is doing. They were expecting to see a man in tremendous pain and unable to walk. He was in great spirits and walked in on his own.

    They still have not been able to do tests needed to know if the liver is damaged. The condition of his kidney's has not changed. He will go back to the Dr. on Feb. 8th. They will give us updates following that visit.

    Here's how we can continue to pray:

    • Pray to God for healing. James 5:14-15 says, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."

    • Pray that the creatinine levels decrease so that they can do the tests needed on his liver.

    • Pray for continued improvement with his strength and decreased pain.

    • Pray for he, his family and the church during this time. That they will trust in God and throughout this difficult time God will be glorified.

    • Pray for the Dr's and medical team as they try and determine exactly what is wrong and what needs to be done.

    Thank you so much for praying for this dear servant of Christ, his family and the church in San Francisco!


  • Helping Hand Christmas Box Delivery

     

    Severns Valley partners with Helping Hand of Hope to assemble and deliver Christmas food boxes and toys to families in need in our community. On Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 a.m. families can meet at 209 Corporate Drive in Elizabethtown to pick up food boxes and toys to deliver and then return to deliver more if you’d like. We look forward to serving along side you as we deliver food, toys and the gospel message to families in our community.

    Jay Frymire

     

  • Muy Caliente!

       

    Caliente is Spanish for hot and that accurately sums up much of today.  

    It was 92 with a heat index of 102 and no wind today in El Platanal. As we wrapped up our time in Somitillo, San Fransisco del Norte, and El Platanal today we are coming away with many lessons and memories from our friends and co-laborers in Christ.  It has been a joy and a privilege to serve alongside the pastors, deacons, and church member as we have sought to serve their communities.  While we were able to bring specific gifts like medical treatment and training for their pastors.  They provided us life lesson in contentment and joy in all situation.

    We spent the day today in El Platanal and I am coming away from day humbled by the way the people in that community love, serve, and are genuinely care for each other. I had countless interactions with people and they are genuinely content and joyful in in a way many in the United States should be.

    I had the privilege to sit down this morning with 15 pastors and teach them about God the Father and God the Son.  These pastors love their churches and are hungry to learn so that they can teach their people.  We had great conversations and they were helping to teach each other as they asked questions.  We encouraged them to continue to meet together and discuss the materials so that they can continue to grow and be encouraged by one another.  This afternoon Jay and myself spent 2.5 hours running around in the heat and humidity of the day playing soccer with about 20 kids and 2 of our translators.  It was unbelievable hot and humid but the kids loved playing and I don't recall many drinking any water.  I had to drink 2 bottles of water and 2 Powerades just to try and keep up with them.  They were still running circles around me.

    I had the privilege of preaching tonight at church.  We talked about how you can know for sure that you are saved from 1 John 2:3-6.  It was a joy to get to teach and encourage them from the scriptures.  Edgar who helped us by giving eye exams and acting as van driver lead us in worship for the first time this trip and is an excellent singer.

    To recap our last 4 days of ministry here is difficult as their have been so many blessing it is impossible to list them but a few highlights that I want to share are:

    • 84 people came to Christ this week through the ministry of the clinic and pastors who shared the gospel with many hundreds of people after going to the clinic.
    • 722 patients were seen in 4 days.  210 today alone. 
    • 220 pairs of glasses were provided to people this week.  The wife of one of the pastors cried tears of joy when she realized she could read her Bible for the first time in a long time.
    • Through a series of events this week Pastor Diomedes has had the opportunity to build a better relationship with government officials in this area especially one of the major political leaders. Our prayer is that through our interaction this week and the pastors continued interaction when we leave that this relationship will continue to grow and that they would come to know Christ.

    Gloria a Dios, (Glory to God!)

    John Erdman


  • Be Bold For Christ

    Have you been in a store and there was a person that was trying to get help and no one could understand anything that person was saying?  Now flip the situation and you are in a different country and no one in the store speaks English. These are the challenges we would have had in Nicaragua if it wasn't for our translators Miguel, Luddy, Domingo, Jimmy, Alex, Eric, and Junior.  This is the first time I have been with our church to Nicaragua but for the half of our mission team that has been here multiple times I could immediately tell on Sunday the excitement and respect they had for these young men and lady. After getting to know them for the last 3 days, they are not just translators to us but young people who have a heart for the Lord!

    Today our team had an exciting day. We made our early morning one hour fifteen minute drive to San Francisco to continue our second day of medical missions and pastor training for that community.  When we got there we were met at the church by a long line of people but our team was ready and excited because I believe God has been present here in Nicaragua every step of the way.

    At noon everyone loaded up and we drove to a river near the church for a baptism. Pastor Jeff had the pleasure to baptize 3 people in the river in front of our mission team and Pastor Enrique and members of Iglesia Baptista de San Francisco. Being on a riverbank in Nicaragua for a baptism was an unbelievable experience!

    Tonight we stayed for a worship service at the church in San Francisco. Before Pastor Jeff preached he asked Pastor Enrique and the Deacons to come forward for the members, our mission team, and the rest of the congregation to lay hands on them and pray as a dedication for their new church building.

    In our morning devotions Pastor Jeff has been reading from Philippians 1. He talked about instead of praying for safety for ourselves, family, or friends we should be praying for boldness for Christ. In this chapter Paul was in prison but it didn't hinder him from spreading the gospel. It created new opportunities because of his boldness. What can we do to be bold for Christ?

    Shawn Rich

  • Monday - Settling In

    Settling In

    Monday’s are always a little hectic. Getting everything ready. Getting everyone in place. Getting the routine down. Finding a rhythm.

    It started off a little difficult. But, everyone adapted and within a few hours everyone was settled into their new assignments and roles. Our doctors and nurses saw so many people. We were able to help those with diabetes, stomach problems, skin problems, fevers, and much more. We gave away glasses. There were a number of 80+ year old women who had not been able to see for 60+ years who walked away being able to see.

    Our Health Education Team taught the importance of cleanliness, how to trap flies, wash their hands properly all to help improve their entire families health. As a part of this Education the Gospel was presented through the sharing of testimonies from our group.

    Playing with children is always a great way to minister to the women and children in the communities. We play kickball, soccer, hand games, make glasses out of pipe cleaner, color and share Bible Stories out of the Jesus Storybook Bible.

    After everyone has seen a doctor and been given their prescriptions, a pastor meets with them to share the Gospel and give them an opportunity to accept Jesus. Many prayed with Pastor Hidalio.

    Our Water Purification Team was able to install one of the systems on Monday at Sunnyside where we stay. We will test the Sunnyside system out today and begin installing the second system at the Clinic in Somotillo. Hopefully by the end of the day there will be purified water at both locations.

    Meeting peoples individual needs is important. Jesus met many peoples needs. The blind, lame, sick, lepers, all were healed. But, was that His main purpose, to heal the physical needs? No, Jesus came to heal their spiritual needs. He knew that meeting a persons physical needs would lead to their being open to discussing their spiritual needs. This is the model we should take. Not stopping at meeting the physical or emotional needs. Go further and share Jesus. He will meet everyones most important need, spiritual healing.

    This is true in Nicaragua and also in Kentucky, Cambodia, Russia, China, Brazil and all the parts of the world. Take time today and pray for us to not just focus on the physical or emotional needs, but also to share how Jesus can help meet ALL their needs.

    While your praying for us, take a moment and pray that God will use YOU today to help lead someone to Jesus.

    Jeff Wilson


  • To Advance the Gospel

    Saturday and Sunday

    Thankfully everyone arrived safely to Managua. But, we had some issues with some of our luggage. All of our glasses and some of our medical supplies are still in customs. We were unsuccessful to get the bags after many attempts to persuade them to release the bags to us.

    So, we go to plan B. Luddy, one of our interpreters is also our Optometrist. Back at his home he had 800+ pairs of glasses. So, Mike & Susan Byers, Linnea’ Smith , Luddy and I hopped in my truck and headed out to Rivas, Luddy’s home. Rivas is a beautiful community situated 20mi west of the Costa Rica border. 1.5 hours away from Managua. We headed East, and the rest of the group headed West. We were able to get all the glasses. I was able to meet his wonderful family and then we headed West towards Somotillo. (See the photo)

    The team arrived in Somotillo around 2:30pm. We arrived around 5:15pm. We prepared ourselves to go to worship. What a joy it is to sing and pray and sit under Biblical teaching with this wonderful Body of Christ!

    Just as Paul says in Philippians 1: 12, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,”. We are praying the event though we may not have all that we think we need, God will do a mighty work to advance the gospel through all that has happened and will happen.

    Today we will be working in the clinic in Somotillo. We will also begin the installation of the water purification system. Pastor training and Health Education will be held in Somotillo and El Platanal. It will be a full day! 

    Please join us in praying for the advance of the Gospel here in Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal.

     

  • Going On Mission

     

    Good morining from Nicaragua! I have been in country since Monday spending time with Pastors Diomedes, Juan and Enrique. I came early so that I could take care of some of the technical details of our trip but to mainly spend time with these dear friends. Every time we come to Nicaragua I get to see them, but rarely do I have time to sit down and speak with them at length about themselves, their families and the ministry. It has been wonderful hearing how God is moving in their lives. I've shared coffee with them, laughed, eaten wonderful Chicken Soup, played with their children and prayed with them. 

    You might be wondering why I titled this post "Going on Mission." It sounds a little odd. It doesn't seem like I'm using correct grammer. (Although, I'm not the person to ask about grammer) Yes, it was purposeful. 

    Scripture tells each of us, I'm speaking of believers, that we are sojourners in this world. This is not our home. Our home is in heaven. But, while we are here, we have a mission. That mission is to Love God | Love People | Make Disciples. Our mission is the same no matter where we might be.

    While in E'town...we are on mission. While on vacation...we are on mission. While at work or school...we are on mission. Our mission doesn't change. But, at times our location does.

    Today, 19 brothers and sisters will hop on a plane and join me in Nicaragua. Our mission...Love God | Love People | Make Disciples. Our location: the airports, airplanes, hotels, Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal. 

    Would you pray for us while we are on mission in Nicaragua? We promise to pray for you while you are on mission back in Kentucky.

    Jeff Wilson

     

  • Nicaragua Bound - Medical Mission Trip

     

    On October 17th, 20 people from Severns Valley will be leaving to go and serve in Nicaragua. They will be serving in three communities: Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal. Our main purpose in going is to share the Gospel with all those whom God gives us an opportunity. What opportunities will we have you might ask?

    We will be doing the activities below for the intented purpose of meeting people to share the Gospel:

    • Medical Clinics each day in these communities: Somotillo, San Francisco and El Platanal
    • Health Education in each of the communities
    • Installing water purification systems in the Sunnyside Missionary Complex and also the Ministries of Jesus Medical Clinic
    • Pastor Training in each of the communities
    • Teaching Bible Stories to children in each of the communities
    • Evangelistic services in San Francisco and El Platanal
    • Building relationships with people in each of the communities

    One of the ways that you can help us the most is by praying for us each day. Below are specific prayer needs:

    • Pray for good health for each of our missionaries, translators and pastors
    • Pray for our luggage to arrive and nothing be broken, especially all the supplies we are taking
    • Pray for no problems going through customs
    • Pray for boldness in sharing our faith
    • Pray that our lives along with our words bring Light to those in darkness
    • Pray for us to be open and sensitive to opportunities that God gives us each day
    • Pray for flexibility to adjust our plans to His plans
    • Pray for our translators
    • Pray for Pastors: Diomodes, Enrique and Juan
    • Pray that God will use us in ways that we never expected or imagined
    • Pray that we will see many come to know Jesus as their Savior
    • Pray that Pastors attending the Pastor Training will be encouraged and equipped by our time with them
    • Pray for wisdom to make decisions that will honor God
    • Pray that we are patient when things do not go as planned
    • Pray for the churches to be strengthened, encouraged and challenged
    • Pray for those whom God is calling to go on the next trip, that they will respond to His call

    Thank you for being such a loving, giving and sending church. We are excited to go and represent Christ and Severns Valley!

    Jeff Wilson

     

     

  • Disaster Relief Training - September 18-19, 2015

     

    When disaster strikes, some of the first responders are Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Whether the disaster occurs in Kentucky or elsewhere in the nation or the world, Kentucky volunteers may be called out to help.

    Kentucky Baptist volunteers are trained to staff feeding and laundry units, man chain saw crews and mud out teams, perform damage assessments and provide many other disaster relief services. This is just one of the ways we can minister to people Near us as part of our Here | Near | Far missions focus.

    The next disaster relief training is September 18-19 in Bowling Green. 

     

    Disaster Relief - Chaplaincy Training (2-Day Training)

    September 18-19, 2015

    Rich Pond Baptist Church
    200 Brad Ave.
    Bowling Green, KY 42104

    Registration is $20. Completion of Phase 1 Training is a prerequisite.

    More info: Chaplaincy Training

     

    Disaster Relief - Phase 1 & 2 Training (1-Day Training)

    September 19. 2015

    Rich Pond Baptist Church
    200 Brad Ave.
    Bowling Green, KY 42104

    Registration is $40 for first time volunteers; $20 for returning volunteers. Phase 1 & 2 training is for first time volunteers. Both Phase 1 & 2 are offered on the same day. Renewing your training? Plan on attending the afternoon's Phase 2 session.

    More info: Phase 1 & 2 Training


     

     

  • Eyeglasses for Medical Missions

      

    On October 17-24, 2015 we'll be taking a team to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip. We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo, and also providing medical clinics in both El Platanal and San Francisco.

    We need your help to reach the people of Nicaragua by donating gently-used prescription eyeglasses for our eyeglass clinics. Collection bins are located throughout the church.

    Learn more about missions Here | Near | Far: Missions Blog

     

  • South Dixie Outreach - July

     

    On the third Sunday of the month we provide and serve a meal and distribute basic everyday items which opens the door for sharing the Gospel message. We are building wonderful relationships with those who live in Hardin County and would love for you to come join us.

    Our greatest need:

    Would you like to provide sandwiches, chips, finger desserts and drinks for one of our monthly outreach meals? Contact Marnell Knight at 270.401.5426 to help with a meal.

    July items:

    • Soap & washcloths (donations accepted in the church office)
    • Monetary donations are also accepted

    Monthly service: 

    Sunday, July 19th at 3:00 pm

    If you would like more information about South Dixie Outreach contact the church office, 270.765.7822 or email Peg Grimsley (peg@svbc.cc).

    Peg Grimsley

     

     

  • Medical Mission Trip - Information Meeting

     

    Information Meeting: Sunday, June 14 at 12:15 pm

    On Sunday, June 14th we will be having an Informational Meeting for those interested in finding out more about the medical mission trip we will be taking in October. The meeting will be held following the second worship service at 12:15 pm in the Atrium.

    We are especially looking for people with medical experience (nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) who are interested in going on this trip. 

    Click the button to register for the information meeting:

    Download the Covenant/Medical Release Form

    Below is information about the trip. 

     

    October 17-24, 2015

    Purpose: Medical, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo. We will also be providing medical clinics in both communities that we have adopted: El Platanal and San Francisco. Evangelism will take place while doing the medical clinics, VBS for children and worship services. Relationships will be established and deepened while working alongside church members and those in the communities during the clinics.

    If you would like to find out more about the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Medical Clinic) where we will be working October 17-24, go and check out their Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/clinicamedicaministeriosdejesus.cmdj?fref=ts


    For more information contact:
    Jeff Wilson, Associate Pastor of Leadership & Equipping
    Debbie Evans, Ministry Associate
    270.765.7822

     

  • South Dixie Outreach - June

     

     

    To whom much is given, much is expected. God has blessed all of us so much and shown us grace such that we should be God's hands and feet to the world. The South Dixie ministry puts into action the Great Commission and allows us to share with those in need with some of what we have been so richly blessed. - Linda L.

     

    On the third Sunday of the month we provide and serve a meal and distribute basic everyday items which opens the door for sharing the Gospel message. We are building wonderful relationships with those who live in Hardin County and would love for you to come join us.

     

    There are many ways you can serve in this ministry:

    • You can donate a specific item(s) each month
    • You can give a monetary donation
    • You can volunteer to come and serve food
    • You can help prepare the meal
    • You can help clean up

     

    Collection items:

    • We're collecting Shampoo in June (bring donations to the church office)
    • Monetary donations are also accepted

    Monthly Service: 

    Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm


    If you would like more information about South Dixie Outreach contact the church office, 270.765.7822 or email Peg Grimsley (peg@svbc.cc).


    Peg Grimsley

     


  • My Missions Experience - Bill Johnson

    In January 2013, I expressed an interest in going on a mission trip to Nicaragua. This was to be a water well installation team. I felt this would be something I could do as I knew I could work with my hands. On the flight down I sensed from Jeff that this would be something much grander. He was speaking of more trips. We were going to be trained to take over what his friends from Oklahoma had begun. Those guys were remarkable but ready to serve in other areas back stateside. I was very unsettled to what I had signed up for. It was probably just a day or so before I told Jeff of my apprehension in one breath and then telling him I am there for wherever God leads in the next breath.

    Present day, May 9, 2015, we are just completing my third trip to Nicaragua. I believe that everyone on this team would tell you that God really blessed the trip, but more importantly softened our hearts. The Lord is most definitely at work with the seeds that have been planted.

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Jeff, Emmet and Austin did pastor training. It was attended really well. We also experimented with a new water system that we took with us in hopes to have the ability to give them chlorinated water. We experimented with it on Wednesday night and we actually chlorinated 5 gallons of water in under three minutes. It was absolutely amazing. We did not get this unit placed anywhere, but all is ready for the next trip.

    The conclusion to the week was a church service at San Francisco in the new facility which is under construction. Even though the building doesn't have a roof, the people attended really well.

    I would encourage anyone to plug into an opportunity that you may be led to go on a mission trip.  It has blessed me way more than I would have ever thought possible.

    Bill Johnson

  • San Francisco - Day 1

    Grace and peace to you! I have the pleasure of sharing with you about our first day at San Francisco Del Norte, a town about an hour up into the mountains north of Somotillo, and how we participated with the Lord there.

    The trip to San Francisco was beautiful. Not only did we have the rare opportunity to see Cortez trees, (which only bloom three days out of the year) but we also saw the handy work of the Lord in the majesty of the mountains. That was the perfect start to the day.

    When we arrived, we started working. The church was under construction, and we helped out by tamping dirt, carrying blocks, sifting sand, painting metal beams that will be roof trusses, and a few other ways. But the focus was not our physical work. After roughly an hour and a half of work, Jeff gathered all the workers for a siesta. We all stood in a semicircle, and we got to hear Bill Johnson and Mike Brady’s testimony. This was the focus of the week.

    "Sharing God’s Word."

    Instances like this illuminated the focus throughout the entire week, but hearing their testimonies made it potent.

    At this point, the group divided. Jeff, Emmet, and Austin went to lead pastor training, while all of us went to play soccer in the square. Our next activity was with younger, more energetic children. This was also an opportunity to share God’s Word. We tried to keep up with the kids, contributed to the team, and attempted to avoid injury, but soccer was not the focus.

    After we had attempted to play for an hour, one of our interpreters, Alex, called all the kids to the stairs behind one of the goal. Our opportunity arrived. Peggy and Cheryl presented A Bible story, then I had the opportunity to share my testimony. Every time I shared my testimony highlighted my week, because it allowed me to participate in the focus of the week in a powerful way.

    "By sharing how God has changed my life."

    When I participate in foreign missions, it re-focuses my mind to my purpose. Matthew 28:19-20 outlines what we are commanded to do. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age.”

    Isaac Wright

  • El Platanal - Day 2 (part 2)

    Hola from Nicaragua! I find it hard to express in words how blessed I feel to be here. The country is beautiful, the food is delicious, and our team has bonded. But for me, it is the people, especially the children that make this experience so amazing.

    Let me tell you about our second day in El Platanal. El Platanal is a small village with dirt roads and small houses. When we drive in children and people come from their houses to greet us at the church. They are as happy to see us, as we are to see them.

    My first blessing that day was to witness the baptism of four new believers. We walked through town to the river. It is hot and dusty because it is the dry season. The river is very shallow so we went to a place deep enough to baptize. Jeff and Domingo waded into the water with the believers. It was a beautiful picture of following Jesus into the waters of baptism. There were many adults and children there to witness this act of obedience.

    In the afternoon, when the children were out of school, Cheryl and I shared a Bible story, a craft and songs. I told the story of Zacchaeus, with Alex translating. We taught them the song about Zacchaeus and also “Jesus Loves Me”. The children, and some adults, listened attentively and enjoyed the craft. We are blessed to see their hunger for the word of God.

    My greatest blessing was during the worship service that evening. During the two days we were in El Platanal I had become attached to a young girl named Julie. Or should I say she became attached to me. Some how God drew the two of us together. On the first day she helped me get the paint off my arms that I had managed to splatter all over me. We sat side-by-side during the worship service, listening to each other sing the songs – some in Spanish and some in English. Jeff preached a powerful message from Luke 7:36-50 about the sinful woman that anointed Jesus’ feet with oil. During the invitation Julie responded. Gloria a Dios (Glory to God). Julie is in the picture with me.

    We know God is working in El Platanal. Please continue to pray for Pastor Juan and the church there.

    Peg Grimsley

  • El Platanal - Day 2

    Tuesday was our final day in the community of El Platanal. It began with an opportunity to be apart of a baptism service. There were four new believers that are apart of the church who wanted to be baptized. Unlike our baptism services at Severns Valley they do not have a means to have the baptism services within the church walls. So we all went down together to the river just outside the town.

    Pastor Juan and Pastor Jeff lead the church through what baptism is about. How it is not the act of baptism that saves, but it is an outward symbol to those present that God has changed you already. That it is the going public of your new life in Christ. The rest of the morning was spent painting the inside of the church and playing with the children.

    These children are the ones who make up the majority of the body of believers here. The fathers must work long hours in order to provide for the family so they are often unable to attend. There is also the view that the church is a place only for woman and children. The Lord has been using the beautiful kids in order to grow the church. Our prayer is that through the children more families will become a part of the body of Christ.

    In the afternoon we returned to the church to continue our pastor training. We taught through the second lesson of the Foundations of the Faith Core Class. Anywhere the body is located it is important for us to know the Word and trust it and teach it well. As his disciples we are called to become more like Christ. Romans 12:2 tells us that we must have a renewed mind. How we think affects how we feel and how we feel affects how we act. So what we think about God is important and how we learn more about God is through the Spirit illuminating God’s Word and giving us understanding. Thirteen pastors took part in this training! Please pray that God will guide them as they shepherd their flocks!

    In the late afternoon we meet together with the church and had a service. Domingo was there to interpret for us and we sang and heard the word preached. At the service two more beautiful little girls came to know the Lord as their personal savior! As our time in El Platanal has come to a close and we move on to the community of San Francisco del Norte we rejoice in how God has allowed us to partner with the church in El Platanal and remember again that it is Christ who builds his church. We simply have the privilege to be used if we are willing. There is nothing that brings me more joy and revitalizes me then seeing God at work. Being here, we get to see that He doesn’t just work where I live, but everywhere the gospel is present.

    Please continue to pray with us as we move to a new community and see how God is at work in San Francisco del Norte and don’t forget to pray for the people of El Platanal! God is at work here and desires to do so much through us even at home in Kentucky. We just have to respond like Isaiah and say here am I Lord send me!

    Austin Wright

  • El Platanal - Day 1

     

    Greetings to the church in Elizabethtown from your emissaries in Nicaraugua!

    Yesterday started with a sputter, but our Nic Team finished hitting on all cylinders. Being flexible is always an advantage in such situations. From the get-go we had a truck drop a tie-rod and finding enough of the correct type paint for the church at El Platanal proved to be tough. Paint guru Bill Johnson and partner Emmet Holley visited 5 local stores to no avail before making the 45-minute trip to Chinendega to score the paint.

    The rest of the team shifted gears to playtime with the kids……always a highlight of this trip! Peg Grimsley and Cheryl Holley made a great call in bringing jump ropes. Combined with new slo-motion video on our phones the children lined up to get their turn on the “big screen”. Peg and Cheryl also captivated the children who were hungry to hear about Jesus walking on the water and calming the storm as well as doing a coloring/crayon depiction of the same.

    Couldn’t count the number of times I’d just be walking and one of these children would latch on to my hand or rest their chin on my shoulder as they’d sneak up behind me. As an empty nester it’s great to have (multiple) kids in my lap again……even at 100+ degrees. Selfies with 10 faces in the screen ruled the day!

    THE HIGHLIGHT of the day was the response of the local churches to send their pastors for training led by Jeff Wilson, Emmet and Austin Wright who are launching the same Foundations of the Faith training we do at Severns Valley Baptist Church. A total of 17 came for instruction, which focused on the accuracy, history and inerrancy of the Bible.

    Love it when a plan comes together! Even with a late start everyone pitched in and we got primer and paint on the outside of the church building in a little under 3 hours. The children were not to be denied as they got to make the paint fly…..and in some cases it literally did fly! I also learned that Steve Wright has handled a paint roller before…..dude covered some ground.

    In his first time to Nic, Chris Dunham hit the ground running sharing Jesus with several children……was awesome to serve with this guy and see his love for his Lord! Thank you Chris!

    Finally—by virtue of being in the right place at the right time—I got to witness a special moment as we dropped off Annibal (Hannibal is the Amercanized version), the father of our translator, Domingo. Got to see a father’s blessing of his son, which included a “vision” he had many years before that his son would work closely with American mission teams and become a man of God. Annibal beamed with pride as he recounted this timeline of events and spoke proudly and emotionally of a son who he got to see at work for the first time ever because Jeff was a receptive to the Holy Spirit’s call to arrange this beautiful thing!

    Mike Brady

  • Nicaragua Bound - How You Can Pray For Us

    In just a few short days 10 missionaries will be sent from Severns Valley to go and minister alongside the pastors and church members of two communities in Nicaragua. The names of those communities are El Platanal and San Francisco.

    We have seen God at work in both of these communities in some amazing ways. When we began going there were just a hand full of believers meeting and praying with one another. There wasn't an established Baptist church in either community. There wasn't a pastor for the believers. They were meeting literally underneath a tree in the middle of the road in El Platanal and on the front porch of a home in San Francisco.

    Fast forward 2 years and we now have a growing church with children and adults. Pastors leading both churches. And a completed church building in El Platanal and one under construction in San Francisco. Each trip we are able to participate in baptism services with new believers from the churches. We are expecting to do the same on this trip.

    We would like for you to pray specifically for us as we go in the coming days. Here are the things we will be focusing on and specific ways for you to pray for us and for the communities:

    • Sharing the Gospel - This is our main focus. We have been working on our testimonies to make sure they communicate the Gospel message in the most effective way possible. Pray for us to take every opportunity to share with all who will listen.
    • Painting the church building in El Platanal - We will be working alongside the members of the church and Pastor Juan to paint the inside and outside of the church. Pray that God will use this building and His people to be a bright and shining light to all those in this community and the surrounding communities.
    • Working on the church building in San Francisco - We don't know the exact construction stage of the church building in San Francisco, but we will be helping in any and all ways. Pray for the building process. That no one will be hurt. And that God will use the building process to create interest in people coming to hear and see what is happening.
    • Pastor Training - We will have the opportunity in both communities to train the pastors of both churches and also pastors of churches surrounding both communities. The total number of pastors we are expecting is approximately 50. We will begin going through the Foundations of the Faith material that we are teaching in our Core Class. Pray that our time together will be helpful to them as pastors and that we will be an encouragement to all who attend.
    • Bible Stories with Children - As we train the pastors we will also be teaching Bible stories with the children of the communities. Pray that God will speak to them and that many will come to know Christ from hearing the Gospel message.
    • Building Relationships - Each day we have time designated to spending time with the people in the community. It is through these times that we will have the opportunity to share our testimonies. Pray for courage, clarity of the Gospel and that many will come to know Christ through this time.
    • Water Purification - We are taking with us, for the first time, a water purification system to install where we stay each trip. Our goal is to get it installed and train the Nicaraguans how to maintain the system. Getting clean water to communities could literally transform the health of everyone living there. Pray that the installation goes well and that the people adopt the idea of using this water supply.

    Our plan is to update this blog each day we are in Nicaragua with information about our day and also, if possible, photos from the day.  If you would like to subscribe to this blog via email click on this link: Subscribe

    Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

    Jeff Wilson 

     

  • South Dixie Outreach - May

     

     

    South Dixie Outreach is a ministry that meets on the third Sunday of the month.

    By providing a meal and basic everyday items it opens the door to sharing the Gospel with people. Before we serve the meal and distribute the items someone always shares a Gospel message with those attending. This ministry has helped us build wonderful relationships with those who live in Hardin County.

     

    There are many ways you can help:

    • You can donate a specific item(s) each month
    • You can give a monetary donation
    • You can volunteer to come and serve food
    • You can help prepare the meal
    • You can help clean up

     

    Anyone can help:

    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Small Groups

     

    Collection items:

    We're collecting these items in May. Donations can be brought to the church office.

    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste

      

    Next Service: Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 pm

     

    If you would like more information about South Dixie Outreach contact the church office, 270.765.7822 or email Peg Grimsley (peg@svbc.cc).

     

    Peg Grimsley

     

     

     

  • Spring Break '15 - Mission E-town

     

    Three things are always true during Spring Break in Elizabethtown, KY.

    1. Teenagers are out of school.
    2. The sun is starting to shine.
    3. Countless number of people are hurting and need to know the love of Christ.

    There was no way that the Student Ministry at Severns Valley was going to miss this opportunity that was staring them in the face.

    Students arrived early at the church on the first day of their Spring Break and leaders took them to meet the needs of people all over E-town. Elderly women, widows, single moms, and military wives whose husbands are deployed were the main focus of Mission E-town. Students got to help paint houses, learn how to lay grass seed, rake musty old leaves, trim bushes, and clean up the inside of homes. The students of Severns Valley were determined to give up the first day of their Spring Break in order to show people that there is a God in heaven who cares deeply for them.

    Mission E-town not only teaches our students how to serve others in the name of Jesus, but also blesses many people within our church. One lady responded by sending a card to the teenagers thanking them for showing love to the “older” church members. This card touches on a topic of how the church of the Lord Jesus Christ should treat one another. Older members should love and mentor younger members. Younger members should cherish and honor older members. This is a beautiful picture of how Jesus Christ unites people of all ages to a common mission of Loving God and Loving People.

    The students of Severns Valley look forward to the next opportunity where they can be on mission for Jesus right here in Elizabethtown, KY.

    Mission E-town is a way to fulfill the great commission to our own “Jerusalem.”

    God is first calling us HERE.

    Then Near.

    Then Far.

    Josh Ehlers

  • 2015 International Mission Trips

     

    We have set the dates for two International Mission trips for 2015. An Informational Meeting will be held March 8th at 12:15pm in the Atrium for those interested in finding out more about both of these trips.

    Click the button to register for the information meeting:

      

    Download the Covenant/Medical Release Form

    Below is information about each trip.


    May 2-9, 2015

    Purpose: Construction, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working with the churches in El Platanal and San Francisco during our trip. Plans are to paint and help install electricity/lights in the newly constructed church building in El Platanal. We will also be going to work on the construction of the church in San Francisco. Evangelism will take place through worship services in each community and also while building relationships as we work.


    October 17-24, 2015

    Purpose: Medical, Evangelism, Relationship Building, Pastor Training

    We will be working at the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Clinic) in Somotillo. We will also be providing medical clinics in both communities that we have adopted: El Platanal and San Francisco. Evangelism will take place while doing the medical clinics, VBS for children and worship services. Relationships will be established and deepened while working alongside church members and those in the communities during the clinics. 


    For more information contact:
    Jeff Wilson, Associate Pastor of Leadership & Equipping
    Debbie Evans, Ministry Associate
    270.765.7822

  • Medical Mission Trip - October 17-24, 2015

    If you would like to find out more about the Clinica Medica Ministerios De Jesus (Ministries of Jesus Medical Clinic) where we will be working October 17-24, go and check out their FaceBook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/clinicamedicaministeriosdejesus.cmdj?fref=ts

    Be sure and come to our Informational Meeting for the two upcoming trips to Nicaragua, March 8th at 12:15pm in the Atrium.

  • Nicaragua Mission Trip Report

     

    This past October a team of 16 people from Severns Valley went to minister alongside the believers of the churches in El Platanal and San Francisco in Nicaragua. We are excited to announce that this team will be sharing about their trip on Wednesday, December 3rd at 6pm.

    Come and hear how God worked in and through the lives of these Severns Valley missionaries. You will hear about baptisms, church services, ministering to children and students, and how pastors and leaders of the churches were trained.

    You will also learn information about upcoming trips to Nicaragua in 2015. Come and hear how God is using Severns Valley to share the Gospel: 

    Here | Near | Far

     

  • Going to Cacao

     

    As we near the end of our mission trip, there are so many different memories to reflect on. We started out the week baptizing three new believers from San Francisco in the Rio de Negro. We followed up the next day with a trip to La Palma. We had to travel on narrow, steep and rocky roads in four-wheel drive to reach the town. Once there, split into three groups in order to teach the children, teens, and adults. We had a blast playing futbol with the children and teens. Our experience was a great prelude for what was to come next.

    On Tuesday, our group traveled to El Platanal, prepared to teach the children, teens and adults once again. In Platanal we found the children much more responsive and eager to play baseball and futbol. It was amazing to watch Mr. Johnson and Taylor interact with the youngest of the children while we played baseball and futbol with around 100 children. Immediately following our time in El Platanal, some of us went to the church here in Somotillo to meet with the youth group. We played a few games and taught them how to read the Bible one-on-one. It was awesome to study and pray with students our age in a youth group setting.

    Wednesday was by far my favorite day. I started it by sharing my testimony on the radio with Josh. Our group then traveled back to San Francisco to teach and play with the teens. School was in session so we met with only a few teens and children. We used the salvation bracelets and evangi-cubes to show them how to share their faith with their friends. Halfway through the lesson, the school's marching band began to practice so Langdon, Mr. Johnson, Luddy and I went to watch them practice. The band was made up of all drums and one xylophone and it sounded cooler than any American marching band that I have seen. After lunch, half of our group went to the town square to play soccer while all of the others went house to house inviting people to the worship service. We ended up playing multiple 6v6 sudden death matches with many of the children and a few teens. Around 4:00 we traveled to Pastor Enrique's house for the worship service. We set up the sound system and chairs for the service and then relocated them when it started to rain. During this lull, we continued to play with the children, and I personally sword fought about a half dozen of them. We had a blast. Finally it was time to start the service. Lander played guitar with the band and Josh taught on Mark 2. The service ended with a suprise for the church of San Francisco. The church had been praying for a sound system, so we suprised them by giving them the one that was used that night, brand new, fresh out of the box. 

    Which brings us to today. Today we were given an option. For those of us that were exhausted or feeling poorly, we could tour the different ministries of Pastor Diomedes, the medical clinic, the agricultural area, the radio station, and Prayer Mountain. For those of us who were up to it, a hike to Cacao was on the agenda. I chose the latter. Pastor Santos was in the hospital recently with pneumonia and our mission was to make the 90 minute hike up the mountain to visit and pray with him. Pastor Wilson, Mr. Johnson, Langdon, Zach, Jacob, Miguel, Domingo, Luddy and I set out for the hike and soon found that the trail was much different than what many of us had expected. We had a blast though and made it to the top by 10:30, stopping at Pastor Santos' parents house on the way. We had as short worship while we were there and Pastor Wilson taught on James 5. We went expecting to be blessed and instead were blessed even more when Pastor Santos and his family made us chicken soup for lunch. We had an enjoyable trip down the mountain and made it safely back to Somotillo without any sprained or broken bones. Now we are headed out to El Platanal to have a worship service. Zach is teaching tonight and we are excited for the things to come in our last two days on the road. 

    Many thanks to Pastor Diomedes' wife for all of the amazing food. This stuff is manna from heaven. Also thanks to the interpreters, Luddy, Domingo, Alex and Junior, who gave up their week to help us. They have been so very fun to work with and I am glad to call them my friends. Thanks for all of the prayers over the course of the past few days. We are loving every second of our time here. 

    Glora a Dios!

    John Costello

     

  • Highlights from San Francisco

     

    Yesterday we spent the day in San Francisco. Two years ago there were 12 people meeting and studying the Bible. This past Sunday there were 82 people that came together to sing, give testimonies, give offerings and hear the Word of God proclaimed. Gloria a Dios! (Glory to God!)

    We spent the day training the teenagers how to share their faith using evanglism bracelets. The teenagers were very attentive and at the end were able to share the Gospel message to all. Let's pray that they will have the boldness to declare their faith as Paul prayed for in Philippians 1:20.

    We also trained the pastors and leaders in the morning. We had a great time of Bible study and discussion about how the church is to be organized. The leaders were very eager to learn and asked many questions. I am convinced that we need to spend a significant amount of time every trip we make to Nicaragua training the pastors and leaders. This could make a huge difference in the growth and stability in the church.

    In the afternoon we went out into the community inviting them to come to the worship service. It was great seeing our teenagers and adults going door to door inviting people they have never met to come and hear the Gospel presented. They did a wonderful job without any hesitation. After that we went to the town center and played Futbol with many children and teenagers. There were so many who wanted to play we had to break into four different teams. When it was time to go we invited them all to come to the worship service.

    We went back into the area of the community and set up the sound system for the service. Many of those we met while going door to door came. Many that we played Futbol with came. Lander Ryan played with the worship band and Josh Ehlers preached from Mark 2:1-12 about the paralytic man who was lowered through the roof by his friends to be healed by Jesus. Josh did a great job sharing Christ to all present. Let's pray that the message they heard will bring forth fruit in the days to come.

    It was a great day! Thank you for continuing to pray for us and for those we are sharing Christ. Please pray for the service we will be having in El Platanal tonight.

    Jeff Wilson


  • Radio Station Update

    Today we -Rachael and Isaac- made a trip to the radio station run by the church in Somotillo to share our testimonies, we worked with a translator to tell our stories about how the redeeming love of Christ has changed our lives! I'm in a bit of a hurry and we're excited to head out to La Palma shortly, so I'll leave it at that. I hope you all have a blessed day, peace yo'.

    -Rachael


  • A Big Day Ahead

    Wow!  We're up, have had breakfast, and Jay led us in a devotional this morning.  We're excited about a great day.  The church in San Francisco seemed so strong last night.  It was great being with them last night and hearing them pray, sing together, and rejoice in baptisms from new believers.  Our group got to see the new land that has been purchased for their church some day.

     Also, this church has been reaching out around them. There is a group of people that are quite a distance from them (La Palma) that they are supporting in a new church.  They've asked that we go there today to do VBS with the children, lead them in some pastoral training (Jeff, Jay, Josh, and Doug),  and reach out to their teenagers.

    As I'm speaking, Rachel and Isaac are returning from giving their testimonies on the radio that will reach out to Nicaragua and even Honduras.

    Pray for us that God will use us in La Palma today and encourage this new church and reach out even more to their communities.  We're trying to be open and grap opportunities that God might open up to us.  Pray for boldness, the barriers of communication will be broken down, and these people will be ready to receive the gospel, church leadership training, and just love from Brothers and Sisters from Kentucky that happened to travel their way to love and encourage them.

    Everyone is doing great and are thankful for all of your prayers!

     Gloria a Dios! 

    Sara


  • I Felt a Calling from God

     

    This morning, as I awoke, I felt a calling from God. The plan for the day was to drive to Somotillo, unload our luggage, and spend the remainder of the day in San Francisco at a baptism service. I was baptized as a child, before I accepted God's free gift of salvation four years later. Although the Bible says that we are to believe and then be baptized, I had never been baptized post-salvation. This morning I felt God calling me to fulfill this commandment.  

    Upon our arrival in San Francisco, Pastor Enrique explained that the church of San Francisco had grown to 25 members with 75 people attending. It now had started two other churches in small nearby towns. With this news the church members shouted praises to God in a Spanish worship song. We gave up our bus seats to the church and I sat in the back of a pickup truck with several Nicaraguans to ride to El Rio de Negro for the baptism service. I used my heavily limited Spanish to meet Jose and Fernando. We struggled to understand each other for the next 15 minutes or so and they laughed at my limited vocabulary. I learned that they are fans of the Boston Red Sox, they play lots of Futbol, and that they love the Lord.  

    When we had reached the river, Pastor Enrique read Mark 16:16, explaining the purpose of baptism. Along with Jose, Paula, and Yasita, three new believers in Christ, I followed in the footsteps laid down by Christ and was baptized in El Rio de Negro in San Francisco Nicaragua. God is showing me through this trip that His love has no bounds.

    I can't wait to see what else He is going to reveal to me on this trip.

    Langdon Johnson

     

  • Praying for Those Going to Nicaragua

    There are many ways that you can prepare for a mission trip. Making flight arrangements. Securing lodging. What will we do for food? How will we travel within the country? Is everyone's passport up to date? Do we have travel/health insurance? What immunizations do we need? How many translators are needed? Obviously there are a lot of details that must be taken care of just to leave the country.

    But, the most important preparation we can make is to prepare ourselves spiritually. In the Westminister Catechism it asks the question, "What is the chief end of man?" It then answers, "To glorify God and enjoy Him forever." This begs another question, "How do we glorify God?" To put it simply, we are to live our lives as He desires. I believe everyone, yes everyone, should at one time or another go on a mission trip. There are many reasons why I say this. But, one of the best reasons is the preparation for the trip. 

    For the last 4 months we have been preparing to go to "Glorify God" while we are in Nicaragua. Yes, we've been working on the travel details. But, we have also been working on the personal spiritual details as well. All who are going have written and re-written their testimonies. They have done this to make sure they can share their testimony clearly presenting the Gospel message. They have been memorizing scripture to be able to weave into their testimonies and also share with others as God leads. They have been studying how to lead One to One Bible studies with teens, children and adults. They have also personally committed to staying in God's word and to confess sin so that we can do as 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV) says,

    20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

    Would you pray for those going on the upcoming trip to Nicaragua in these specific ways?

    • That we would confess any sin areas of our lives.
    • That we would stay in the scripture daily, depending on Him and His words for daily living.
    • That God would help take care of all the details for the trip.
    • That God would use us in ways that we would never imagine.
    • That many children, teenagers and adults would come to know Christ.
    • That we would strengthen and encourage Pastor Diomedes, Pastor Juan and Pastor Enrique.
    • That we would strengthen and encourage the churches in San Francisco and El Platanal.
    • That we would not come back the same, but come back focused on sharing God's Good News here, near and far and living our lives to "Glorify God and enjoy Him forever."

     

  • South Dixie Outreach

     

    We minister to families in the community on a monthly basis through a ministry called South Dixie Outreach. By providing a hot meal and basic everyday items it opens the door to sharing the Gospel with them. Before we serve the meal and distribute the items someone always shares a Gospel message with those attending. This ministry has helped us build wonderful relationships with those who live in the southern part of Elizabethtown. There are many ways that you can help:

    • You can donate specific items or give a monetary donation. In September we're collecting canned soups with pull-top lids. Donations are accepted in the church office.
    • You can volunteer to come and serve food.
    • You can help cook food. 
    • You can help drive the shuttle to pick up people.
    • You can help clean up.

    Anyone can help:

    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Small Groups

    If you would like more information about this ministry contact the church office, 270.765.7822 or email Marsha Dowell.

     

  • Nicaragua 2014

    In just a few weeks, October 4th-11th, we will be taking at team of 16 people to Nicaragua. Our trip will include these objectives:

    • Sharing Christ through gospel conversations.
    • Distributing Bibles & Reading Glasses.
    • Teaching people how to read the Bible.
    • Teaching children Bible stories.
    • Reaching teenagers through specific events: Worship service, Soccer, Baseball and conversation.
    • Pastor/Church Leader training.
    • Worship services in both communities.
    • Baptism service in San Francisco.

    We will be working in both communities that we have adopted: San Francisco and El Platanal. Please continue to pray for Pastor Enrique (San Francisco) and Pastor Juan (El Platanal). They are seeing God move in both of their communities.

    We need your help! Would you:

    1. Pray for us as we go:

    • To be Opportunistic - to take advantage of every opportunity that God gives us to share the gospel.
    • Boldness to share the gospel.
    • Openness to step out of our comfort zone.
    • Flexibility to adapt when plan change.
    • Receptivity among those who will be hearing the gospel.

    2. Donate these items:

    • Reading Glasses - Would you like to help us provide reading glasses for those who can't read? If so, we have found a distributor that can supply us reading glasses for $0.50 a pair! If you want to help, you can make a donation online, Donate Online, be sure and select "Missions Ministry Gift", or you can give through the offering by marking the envelope "Glasses for Nicaragua." Inexpensive reading glasses will give them the opportunity to read God's Word for the first time or for the first time in a long time. 
    • Toys - We would like to take with us small toys (ie. like what comes in Kid's Meals) with us to give to the children. Many children don't have any toys or their toys are broken.

    Collection boxes will be located in the Lobby of the church for you to place your donations.

    Be sure and subscribe to the SVmissions Blog to keep up with all that is happening! We will be updating the blog each day while we are in Nicaragua. 

    Thank you for your prayers and support!

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