In Touch February 25, 2011
Posted on February 25, 2011 by under Touché,

Bringing it All Back Home

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,….” (Acts 1:8)

I realize when we talk about “Jerusalem Ministries” at Hopewell people may be confused.  Kevin Warren is taking over our Jerusalem Ministries.  That does not mean we are sending him to the Middle East to study Hebrew. It means that he will oversee local mission at HRC.  It used to be that when we thought of mission, we thought of the “ends of the earth”, but more and more we are talking about bringing it all back home to our backyard. The Hopewell Happenings team is working on the latest newsletter and Birgit commented on the fact that it used to be filled with stories from far away, but now it is filled with stories of mission in our own backyard.  This is great news.

This Sunday Mark Mast, our Pastor of Outreach, will be preaching at Hopewell.  He will close off the 167 Church series with a focus on what we are doing locally in mission.  I am sure it will be coupled with the challenge for all of us to find an area where we can make a dent for the kingdom of God in our own community.  It seems that the more we open ourselves up to mission, the more opportunities God lays at our front door.  From visiting the home bound, to knitting prayer shawls, to pounding a nail in somebody’s roof, to sharing as a Stephen Minister, God has given us all ways to serve.  This Sunday we celebrate Jerusalem mission and I pray for all of us to find areas of mission that we are passionate about.

I saw evidence of God’s direction this week.  I met with a woman on Thursday who needed some help from the Deacon’s Fund. She also mentioned that her furniture had been destroyed.   On Friday I had lunch with a new guy in the church and he told me he had a flatbed loaded with good,  functional furniture that he had just removed from a house, and he asked if  I knew anybody that needed it.   I call that God’s “just in time mission”.  Whether the stories are of furniture, or CMP connections, or prayers for visits that are answered within minutes, we serve a God who is able to do far more than we ask or imagine.  So open yourself up to mission in your backyard.  It may just change the ends of the earth.

In His Service,