The Pulse August 12, 2009
Posted on August 12, 2009 by under Discipleship,

“Where have all the children gone?”

Summer is obvious at the Hopewell Reformed Church. One indicator is the number of people missing? What are they all up to? Are they home watching the Food Channel or reruns of Sponge Bob? Are they watching Hannah Montana 12 times a day?

Here are some answers.  They have to do with missions and camps and serving Christ

  • In early July, 15 of our teenagers went to the Dominican Republic on the STINT mission trip.
  • In late July, 30 of our teenagers went to Philadelphia on the FUGE mission trip.
  • In late July/early August, 8 of our kids and 5 leaders went to Mexico on the MEXICO OUTREACH mission trip.
  • In late July/early August, 16 of our middle school kids went to Lake Champion for the WYLDLIFE camp.
  • This week 130 of our kids, and about 30 teens and 30 adults are at Hopewell Reformed Church for VBS (Vacation Bible School)!!

Additionally, by summers’ end we will have had another 20 or so adults travel on mission trips. All totalled, this represents:

  • about 9 weeks of summer missions and Christ-centered camps
  • about 220 children and teenagers on summer missions and Christ-centered camps
  • about 60 adults leading/serving on summer missions and Christ-centered camps

Others have taken or provided ChristCare training, vacationed at Christian camps, served on local missions such as CMP, driven our missionaries to the airport and back, etc. So, for many of our children and teens and adults, the summer has been a time of deeper engagement and service in the name of Christ, the one who came to save. I think this is a pretty good reason for people to be missing church- they are loving and serving Christ and others, with their lives.

This is all part of the process of spiritual growth and transformation. To God be the Glory and credit.

Thanks for the opportunity to serve.

In Christ,

Randy