Augusta Stone is involved internationally...
Baja Mission Trip
Members from Augusta Stone church and other area churches go on a trip each summer to help the people of Baja, Mexico. During this trip church members build houses and give gifts to needy families. Money is raised for this mission through quilt raffles, donations received from the "Baja tree" and family suppers sponsored by the church.
This past July houses were built for three deserving families in three different colonias (communities) by 52 members of the mission team. Separate funds raised by Augusta Stone Church was used to help three indigenous families and three missionary families. One family purchased a special car seat for their son who suffers from disabilities and must be in a full body cast. More money was used for medical treatment for a woman suffering from breast cancer. Another family received a box of light bulbs from the United States. The family had been living in the dark for more than a year because light bulbs could not be purchased in their part of Mexico. Money was also used to help the same family continue the education of their daughters.
If you are interested in helping out this important mission, please contact Mac Sterrett.
One of missions of Augusta Stone Church over the years has been to try to help provide food to those in need. We do this in many ways; 2 cents a meal offering, Food Bank Concert and giving of the fall festival proceeds to the Blue Ridge Food Bank. However around 2009 we started a new activity which allowed us to pursue this mission in a much more personal and intimate way. The Valley Mission in Staunton, Va provides shelter and help to the homeless and needy of our area. We volunteered to provide a prepared meal for shelter residents and low-income neighbors from the community. We have done this four to six times a year. Our church members are asked to donate food and/or help serve the meal at the mission. It has been a rewarding experience for all concerned. While we prepare and serve the food, the residents do all the cleanup. A member of our group leads the dining hall in prayer prior to the meal. While some of our church members are serving others move through the room talking and providing encouragement to those in need. Even the choir got in the act during the Christmas season by providing a concert while the residents enjoyed a special holiday meal. The residents of the mission always show great appreciation and it is very evident how much they enjoy the food!
As we leave the mission we feel that at least in some small way we have followed the teachings from this Bible verse:
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food; thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me. As you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me."