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MISSIONS

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15

As Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, the church is supposed to take the Gospel to all people. Every Christian is an ambassador of Jesus and has a story to tell about the great things of God. Anyone can be a missionary anywhere in the world, including your own back yard. There are many opportunities for all to make an eternal impact on the lives locally, nationally, and globally.

MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

Missional communities embody Village in the neighborhoods of the Emerald Coast. Throughout the week, missional communities meet in homes as people share life together. The format is life on life– disciples being made in the everyday parts of life. While people pursue the mission of God together, they invite others to join them. Neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, classmates, and acquaintances are invited into the missional community to see the Gospel of Jesus lived out. These are not just Bible studies in someones home, but are communities of missionaries affecting their communities.

ANGEL TREE

The Village Angel Tree Ministry is a way the church demonstrates the Gospel. Just as salvation is given as a gift from God, the church gives freely to the community. Through volunteers and member donations, Village delivers Christmas presents to children and food baskets to their families in the Destin and surrounding areas that might otherwise receive very little, if any, holiday gifts and food. The Angel Tree mission is to ensure that no child is unable to experience the love and joy of Christmas—the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Angel Tree collections are November and December and monetary donations are accepted year-round.

BRUCE OUTREACH

Due to excommunication in the early 1800s, the Muscogee Nation of Florida (Creek people), traveled south from Alabama along the Choctawhatchee River settling on the river banks of Bruce, Florida. Struggles have followed the tribe for over 150 years, including malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poverty. Village, along with other churches and organizations, provide services such as health care, construction work, and educational training, as well as operating a food pantry. Each month, Village collects food and clothing donations and spends a Saturday stocking the food pantry, organizing the clothes closet, working construction, and more. Most importantly, Village is able to share the Gospel with the tribe.

LOTTIE MOON OFFERING

Every Christmas season, Village collects the Lottie Moon Christmas offering that goes directly to supporting missionaries and their ministries. This offering enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God. Lottie Moon (1840-1912) was a Southern Baptist missionary who labored tirelessly so people could know Jesus. Throughout her career, she wrote numerous letters urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support. In 1888, one of those letters triggered Southern Baptist Convention’s first Christmas offering for International missions. Since then, $1.5 billion has been raised in Lottie’s name which finances 54% of the entire Southern Baptist missions budget every year. Village participates every year in this offering to support international medical outreach, evangelism and discipleship training, and planting churches in the darkest corners of the globe.

ANNIE ARMSTRONG OFFERING

Each year, Village honors the life and work of Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) by giving to the annual offering for the North American Mission Board named after her. Annie, the first corresponding secretary of the Woman’s Missionary Union, was an advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world. In 1893, she wrote nearly 18,000 letters in support of missions while never hesitating to reach out and hug a child, distribute food and clothing, and spread the Gospel to those in need. The purpose of this offering is to o support the efforts of the North American Mission Board missionaries and church planters as they push back lostness in the United States and Canada. All of the money collected in the Annie Armstrong Offering goes to support the missionaries and their work.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

The Gospel calls the people of God to take care of the poor. Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to respond to the Gospel by providing for children stricken with poverty. Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world, works with churches to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes to children in over 130 countries and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Village partners with Operation Christmas Child each year, November 14-21, to help spread the Gospel around the world.

RESURRECTION RUN

Village has partnered with an organization in North Africa to spread the Gospel and provide clean water through digging wells. The annual Resurrection Run raises money to help fund this effort. The event draws Emerald Coast communities together for a day of fun and friendly competition. Every April, hundreds of walkers and runners assemble at the Village start-line and head to the Crab Trap and back for the 5K’s, while the 10K’s continue further down the beach to Pompano Joe’s and back. Once the Village finish line has been crossed by the last racer, special awards are presented for Male and Female Overall, Masters, and Grand Masters winners in each age group. Thanks to our most generous sponsors, these awards and other special prizes, ranging from fun to fine, are given to our well-deserved race participants and those who just come to hang out for the fun of it.