Black Hills Association Sponsors Pre-Gathering Event


The Black Hills Area Baptist Association (BHABA) is sponsoring a pre-Dakota Gathering event, “The Heart of Christ for the Abused.” The meeting will focus on how the church can reach out to and help those impacted by abuse and other painful life experiences. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, at South Canyon Baptist Church.

The meeting will feature a message from Isaiah 42:1-4 on the theme by Joel Harris (Rapid City, SD: South Canyon Baptist). A presentation, “Considerations for Being Safe Churches in the Dakotas,” will be made by Holli Strand, followed by a Q & A session. Strand works for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department. She investigates internet crimes against children and has done forensic interviews with children. She has done a lot of training with churches in developing abuse policies and recognizing abuse.

BHABA will provide lunch after the event. For more information, contact Josh Brown (Rapid City, SD: Redeeming Grace) at 605-593-7362 or You can register for the pre-event on the DBC website when you register for the annual meeting.