WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
When we moved here from South Carolina about 5 years ago, I was lost and didn’t have any friends. When I visited VRSM and was welcomed with a warm smile, I felt like I had found a second home. Christ has really changed my life through the meaningful discussions and wonderful community I have experienced at VRSM. It truly is a life-changing group!
I love VRSM because everyone there loves one another like family. The whole ministry is very inclusive and all the leaders are easy to talk to in times of struggle and are there to support you when you succeed. I have made some of my best friends through the ministry and also been able to watch each other grow in Christ and grow together, which has been one of my favorite things since joining the ministry!
VRSM has helped me grow spiritually by showing me what it’s like to love Jesus and love others, but also how to put that into practice by serving the community and laughing together. My relationship with Jesus would not be as strong as it is today without VRSM and the many people and leaders who have invested in me.
VRSM has shown me the purpose and joy found in having Godly community. Being able to walk alongside such a great group of people has made it easier to be bold and grow in my faith. The people here are so special and their love for the Lord is evident by how they love others and invite them into our student ministry. VRSM has taught me how to pursue a deeper faith and seek Christ above all other things.
A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
A MINISTRY OF VRBC
Over twenty two years ago, our church began a project with the goal of helping economically-challenged families secure appropriate gifts for their children at Christmas. As our friend and partner, Pastor Chris Simmons from the Cornerstone Baptist Church in south Dallas reminds us, ‘Every family in our neighborhood wants to have presents under the Christmas tree.’ So, our church began raising funds to transform our facility into a ‘store’ where parents/guardians could select Christmas presents and articles of clothing for their children. We call it a “Christmas Store” where parents can shop for free.
One of our highest values has been to demonstrate warmth and hospitality to each guest — their dignity is so important to us! We know that it can be uncomfortable coming to an unfamiliar place for the first time, so we put a premium on greeting people, sharing meals with them, getting to know a little more about their story, and building friendships. We are pleased to say that many beneficiaries of the Christmas Store have helped us serve others as well.