The Mission Team of Buffalo Valley Church of the Brethren works to serve those people “Outside our Walls.”
Westernport Mission Sharing
The below video is from our Alleluia Hour on September 7, 2014.
We encourage everyone to continue to pray for Pastor Marcus and Tina James at Faith Assembly Church in Holbrook Arizona. We provided VBS, Adult Bible study and did a variety of construction projects to facilitate their ministry to the Navajo people. Each year for over ten years teams traveled to Arizona to offer support and encouragement and to help spread the Word.
Our district church camp located a short distance south of Gettysburg, offers a wonderful way for children and youth to experience God in a beautiful outdoor setting. We send support to this ministry and encourage our children and youth to sign-up for a variety of summer camps. For more information contact: Fay Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Aid Society
Rooted in the Southern PA District Church of the Brethren. It is committed to helping children and their families build stronger, healthier lives through compassionate and professional services. We support this ministry through our budget and through Sunday school offerings during Material Gifts Month in May. For more information, contact Jane Mast at email@example.com.
Community Aid Bin
Clothing and soft household goods can be placed in the Community Aid bin located in the back parking lot. Your donations go directly to the Community Aid store in Shamokin Dam (the old Value City store). Plus, your donations help to generate monies that are used by the Mission Team to support various mission-sponsored events!
Dominican Republic Mission
At Buffalo Valley we want to take the gospel to the whole world. In 2015 we will begin a relationship with our fellow Brethren churches in the Dominican Republic. Our first trip is designed to build relationships with our Dominican brothers and sisters in Christ while also assisting in the construction of a church building in San Juan. We hope that this will be the first of an annual effort to help the churches in the Dominican Republic.
Expectations Women’s Center
This center’s purpose is empowering individuals & transforming lives through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Their services include pregnancy testing, options counseling, mentoring services, material assistance, abstinence/healthy relationships presentations in schools and churches, post abortion counseling and relationship mentoring for male and female. There is a yearly walk to help raise funds and we support them through our budget. For more information, contact Carole Hoffmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Emergency Assistance Fund
To help support the needs of our local community we support the Mifflinburg Food Bank and West End Bible Fellowship. The Mifflinburg Food Bank is located in the United Methodist Family Life Center. Food distribution is help on the third Friday of every month. For information regarding the Food Bank, please call the Community Action Agency at 1-877-497-1257. West End Bible Fellowship meets needs through clothing distribution, food and help with basic bills according to established guidelines. You can contact the church at 570-922-4257.
LOVE, INC – (In the Name of Christ)
Through a staff of volunteers this group attempts to help people who are unable or can’t afford to help themselves. If interested in being a volunteer to help when needed, contact Jodi Kurtz at email@example.com.
Every spring Brethren from the Mid Atlantic and Southern Pennsylvania districts travel to Christian Aid Ministries in Ephrata, Pennsylvania for a week of meat canning. Chicken is processed and canned for distribution to areas of need around the world and in the United States. We also support this project through our budget. Contact person is Jake Myer.
Mission trips through Brethren Disaster Relief
Teams from Buffalo Valley have traveled to areas of disaster, and have provided help especially with construction one to two times each year. Teams have gone several times to Louisiana since hurricane Katrina. For more information contact: Jake Myer, team leader at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew & Nikki Walter are currently serving in Hong Kong with YWAM. They do a variety of jobs on the base. Nikki does some secretarial work, Matt does some repairs and together they lead worship and do leadership.
Lester & Peggy Seiler serve with Worldwide Missionary Evangelism in Zimbabwe. They are involved with teaching and ministering to individuals and discipleship.
Dwayne & Susie Hess serve in Bolivia where they teach and equip the Bolivian people to serve God and they distribute Bibles.
Betsy & Brett Willett serve with Intervarsity at Franklin & Marshall University. They are involved in discipleship and equipping the students to be leaders.
Mitch & Charlotte Hildebrand serve with World Outreach Ministries. They teach and lead in child-related ministries.
Individual Mission Trips: The Mission Team at BVCOB also supports individuals who submit requests for individual mission trips throughout the year.
Operation Christmas Child
We support Operation Christmas Child 365 days a year! You can check out this amazing organization at http://www.samaritanspurse.org. This year’s shoebox goal is 450 boxes.
Please deposit your cans and aluminum in the blue recycling barrels located in the back parking lot. We can also recycle many other metals – including brass, copper, steel, etc. If you have a metal you’d like to recycle please call the church for more information.
Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
A center for theological, ministerial and leadership education related to the Church of the Brethren. It is a partnership between Bethany Seminary and five Church of the Brethren districts: Atlantic Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania. The Center offers a Brethren setting for studying the Scriptures, faith reflection, theological education and ministry studies. We support the center through our budget.
In July of 2014, BVCOB broke new ground and partnered with Westernport COB in Westernport, MD. A team of 15 people traveled 3 hours to spend the week at Westernport and work with Pastor Diane May ministering to the children of Westernport and Keiser, VA in a variety of ways.
The ministry included a VBS day camp where the children were provided breakfast, lunch, and a snack to take home at the end of the day. They enjoyed 5 days of Bible instruction, fellowship, games, crafts and swimming.
The team worked together to give each child an individualized experience through emotional nurturing, meeting physical needs (food and clothing), and enjoying good old-fashioned fun together.
In the Fall of 2014, BVCOB continued the relationships made with the children and returned to Westernport to conduct a Fall Festival for the children and their families. At the festival the children were able to play games, eat lunch and spend quality fun time with their families.
At the conclusion of the Fall Festival, the children of Westernport many children were given a hand-made quilt for their beds, gloves, hats, and scarves. The quilts, hats, and scarves were lovingly crafted by the ladies of BVCOB.
This partnership will continue into 2015.
Two Christian radio stations in our area that we support through our budget.
Please use one of the options found on our contact page to send any questions or concerns for the Missions Team, attention Vicki Bastian.