Connecting. Maturing. Unleashing.
Connecting. Maturing. Unleashing.
Believers in Christ from all nations were given a challenge to go and make disciples of all nations, and we are playing our part in fulfilling this assignment.
Jesus told his disciples after his resurrection from the dead: “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
We have received power from Jesus. If you know Jesus as your personal Savior and friend, he lives inside of you, and his power is at your disposal to do the work he’s calling you to participate in.
This calling from Jesus has been at the heartbeat of Bear Valley Church’s activities throughout our history. We love to participate in fulfilling the challenge Jesus gave all his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). BVC has ministered all over the world, and we continue to ask Jesus to show us which continents, which countries, which cities, which communities, which families and which individuals he is calling us to minister to. We don’t distinguish between local and global missions, because Jesus didn’t. To us, all are missions, and the more than 45 missionary families and individuals we support financially serve in all areas of the world.
We remain open to see which new, interesting projects the Holy Spirit will invite any of us at BVC to participate in. We want to help pioneer new ministries. We want to help make a radical difference in the lives of people we minister to through supporting our long-term partners or through all our short-term missions trips. We want to hear more stories of individuals who were touched by Jesus through a BVC person spending three hours with them, listening, connecting, praying and sharing with them the eternal hope we have in Christ.
As we focus on all aspects of the Great Commission, we evangelize, offer discipleship training, give mercy through the healing hand of Christ and educate people to better their chances for having running water and good sanitation.
We are witnesses in our local communities where BVC’s Multi-Housing ministry is an example of one of our many local missions projects where we minister to poor families and kids caught in difficult situations in neighborhoods around Lakewood.
We make a difference in all of metro-Denver. We’re involved in lots of different ministries that help kids and adults of all ages in challenging situations. We provide spiritual conversations, we share the Gospel, we clothe people, we feed people, we mentor people, we visit people in prisons, we educate people, we encourage people, we help rescue people, and first and foremost: we LOVE people. We love because Jesus loved us first!
We go with teams of young people from BVC and serve special needs kids during Camp Barnabas in the summer, and we send teams of adults and seniors to help fix up Christian camps in Durango and other Colorado locations.
“To the ends of the earth”, Jesus said. We take that part seriously and literally. We have left Bear Valley Church’s fingerprints and footprints all over the world, and we’ll continue to do that until Jesus comes back!
At this point we support missionaries who minister on a daily basis in more than 20 different countries. These global missionaries are all closely connected to BVC. They are people who have attended the church, they are people who have close friends or family members at BVC or they are people we have built relationships with when we’ve been on missions trips in different countries in the world. This aspect is important to us. We see missions as a partnership between the missionaries in their various locations and us as one of their supporting churches. We want to be involved in what the missionaries are doing, and we strive to show them in various ways throughout the year that they are an integral part of Bear Valley Church life even if they live thousands of miles away in India, Kenya or Albania. We support our missionaries financially. We connect with them through emails, Skype or phone conversations. We invite them to participate in our quarterly Nights of Missions and in our yearly Missions Sunday, send Christmas gifts and other encouragements, and visit them connecting with them on their home turf.
We want to continue working on strengthening our connections and relationships with our different key partners in global missions that we’ve developed over the last several years. We continue to invest in native led ministries in various countries, because we believe that transformation of a country happens the best and most efficient way when ministries are led by natives who know the cultural and spiritual challenges firsthand. And we continue to faithfully invest in ministries and missionaries here in Lakewood and Colorado.
We will continue to faithfully serve Jesus until he comes back again. We want to be able to stand with Jesus on that glorious day and look around and see lots of people who are in Heaven because Jesus saved them, but also because individuals from Bear Valley Church chose to go and chose to love!