Renovate the existing barn on the VMMissions property into a mission training center. Create a meeting space for prayer, training, ministry and community events with a capacity for up to 50 people.
Business for Transformation
Business for Transformation (B4T)
Blessing Communities through Kingdom Business
“Christians in business will see profit as one of only several bottom lines; and they will work passionately for any kind of enterprise that serves the common good.” – Tim Keller
Countries closed or resistant to traditional missionaries are open to business development.
Business for transformation (B4T) creates businesses that bless communities in four areas: spiritual, economic, social and environmental.
In post-communist Europe and in Central Asia, VMMissions is helping Christian entrepreneurs launch businesses in hospitality, education, information technology, and the building trades.
VMMissions owns a subsidiary LLC led by business leaders and cross-cultural workers experienced in B4T.
Lady Latte — Kosovo
VMMissions workers launched a ladies-only coffee shop in 2017 to reach women who often lack a place to gather for fellowship since coffee shops in the Balkans are culturally the domain of men.
In 2020, ownership of Lady Latte was turned over to a local woman who continues to relate to the Christian founders. She has found meaning and purpose in running the shop during the challenges of the global pandemic.
She continues to serve 40-50 customers per day, many of whom come several times a week because they are hungry for a safe place to gather, especially in this time of isolation.
Business as Blessing — Asia
A Christian entrepreneur started a computer programming business in a Central Asian country in 2014. Since then, it has become a sustainable source of blessing in that community.
The business employs 20 staff at competitive salaries, allowing some of the brightest young adults to work in their home communities rather than leave for migrant work abroad.
It also provides profits for investing in other B4T projects, while releasing donations for community needs like flood prevention, education scholarships, gifts to struggling families at holidays and medical needs.
Relationships developed with coworkers and their extended families at this and another Christian-run business in the area have led to at least 6 families coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
Education as Outreach – Middle East
The tiny Christian community in this location faces opposition and even persecution. Public schools include indoctrination in the dominant religion.
With the help of VMMissions’ B4T subsidiary, a team of Christian entrepreneurs opened a private bilingual preschool for local families in 2020. The curriculum is focused on building character consistent with a biblical worldview.
The preschool provides a strong education for the students and helps build natural relationships among co-workers and the families of the children enrolled. Currently, there are 32 students from both Christian and non-Christian families.
The vision is that this effort will grow to include multiple preschools and eventually an elementary school.
From Addict to Entrepreneur – Balkans
A local believer found new life through a Christian addiction recovery program.
Now he mentors others in recovery, including by training them in a trade like welding or tiling.
Our B4T initiative aims to help Christian entrepreneurs expand their capacity to engage in transformative business for the blessing of their communities.
Global Church Planting
Global Church Planting
Planting Communities of God’s Kingdom Around the World
“The primary reason for planting new churches is to participate in God’s mission within the neighborhoods and networks where the gospel is not at present effectively incarnated.” – Stuart Murray
Three out of 10 people in the world have never heard the gospel, and half the population in the U.S. does not belong to a local church.
More people are on the move than ever before, with over 272 million international migrants reported in 2019.
The fastest growing parts of the church are in the Global South, where a new generation of mission leaders is emerging.
VMMissions is mobilizing church planters from around the globe to the places where the gospel is most needed.
Mission on the Margins – Shenandoah Valley
Alfonso is an immigrant from El Salvador who now leads a church plant in Virginia. Recently, family members waiting for asylum at the US-Mexico border were separated. The husband ended up in Virginia, where he eventually met Alfonso.
Alfonso drove him to Alabama to be reunited with his family. The church rallied to support them, and two family members were baptized. The family is now starting a house church in Alabama.
Photo: Alfonso Alvarado (center) with new baptized believers in his congregation.
From Charity to Church Plant – Milot, Albania
VMMissions workers Dan and Mary Hess worked with local partners to conduct a food drive in Milot during COVID-19. This opened doors to relationships with a number of people who are interested in knowing more about Jesus.
Dan and Mary recently moved to Milot to establish a new church plant. They are holding monthly services open to everyone, as well as weekly women’s and men’s Bible studies using the Discovery Bible Study method.
There was a church in Milot about 20 years ago that eventually closed. A handful of remaining believers like Xeni and Samire are eager to see a Christian community emerge again. Dan and Mary are cultivating local leadership from day one.
Seeds of the gospel planted decades ago are finally growing again.
Photo: Xeni (left) and Samire (center) are two men that Dan (pictured) and Mary Hess are working with in Milot.
From Anywhere to Anyone – Brazil to Albania
Andressa heard a call to missions at her home church in Brazil when a visitor shared about the needs of the unreached. She prepared for several years both through biblical training and hands-on experience.
Just this summer, we helped send her to Albania to join a new church plant among college students in the town of Shkoder. God is mobilizing gifted workers like Andressa from the Global Church into the harvest.
Reaching out to Refugees — Jordan
Jordan hosts over one million registered refugees from Syria, Palestine, and Iraq. Though a tiny minority, the church has stepped into the void of government aid to support their refugee neighbors.
A partner church in Jordan has created a school for refugee children. They meet social and medical needs as they share the gospel in the capital city of Amman and with refugees near their borders.
The partner church has invited VMMissions to partner with them by sending short-term teams— called E3 Collectives—to teach, lead soccer camps, and provide medical services, enabling the church to share Christ’s message of love and salvation for the whole person.
VMMissions provides scholarship support for E3 Collective leaders and participants, especially those who have limited income to join these life-changing teams.
Mission Training Center
Mission Training Center — $400,000
Renovate the existing barn on the VMMissions property into a mission training center.
Create a meeting space for prayer, training, ministry and community events with a capacity for 50 people.
Renovations, parking lot, improvements to grounds — $350,000