Mission THERE:  Danville VA  

Save the Date!  October 9-12 will be our first Mission: THERE as Aiken’s First Baptist Church Travels to Help Everyone Reach Everyone on an intergenerational mission trip to Danville, VA.  

Registration opened this past week and will be limited to about 20 urban farm workers plus 3-4 kitchen crew members who will provide meals for our participants. Members of our youth group are encouraged to join us.  

We will be traveling on the church bus or by private vehicle and lodging at nearby Camp Selah (https://www.campselahministries.com) in Sutherlin, VA, about 245 miles from Aiken.  Accommodations will consist of a men’s and women’s bunkhouse with attached bathrooms, full commercial kitchen, lodge with fireplace and ample seating. The camp has hiking trails, a meditation labyrinth, outdoor and indoor games, fire pits, and a chapel among other amenities.  

We’ll drive up Wednesday and arrive in time for some free time and our first provided meal, supper, followed by a retreat program planned by Pastor John Carroll. Thursday and Friday will be workdays at the urban farm: putting in gravel paths, clearing land for new plantings, and harvesting and preparing the current garden for the winter. Each day will end about mid-afternoon, and we’ll return to rest and enjoy the camp’s trails and scenery.  Each workday our Pastor will have another retreat lesson for us, followed by supper and fellowship/fun time.  Friday, we hope to have members of the Grace and Main community join us for supper and retreat time. Saturday we’ll have a tour of the Grace and Main ministry area in Danville and learn of their challenges and successes and depart about noon.  

The cost will be $110, which covers the 3 nights of lodging and 8 meals.  (Lunch up and back will not be included).  Transportation will be provided by the Mission budget.  A deposit of half ($55) is required when registering, which can be done through the church app, through link in the Weekly Update email, or at the church office.  

Important dates:  An information session is planned for right after church on May 19 to answer any questions.  Background checks and an on-line child/youth protection training required by CBF (not our AFBC training) will be done after registration closes.  Registration will close August 12 or when our maximum number of participants have signed up.  The organizational meeting with paperwork and traveling details will be August 18.  Paperwork, background checks and on-line training must be completed by August 28.  

Prayerfully consider joining us as we Travel to Help Everyone Reach Everyone.