Touché – June 21, 2014
Posted on June 21, 2014 by under Touché,

How do I make the most of the rest of my life?

I have not been a Kids Hope mentor this year but I went to the year-end party at
Gayhead. Mr. Olavarria, the principal opened the meeting with excitement for what Kids Hope had become as Hopewell and Gayhead have partnered in mentoring 35 kids this year (our highest number ever). I remember the call I received over six years ago from the Kids Hope office in Michigan and the challenge to be the first church on the East Coast that would be a Kids Hope church. We wondered whether the school would welcome us and be open to involvement of a church in the school system. It has been amazing to see the growth and the blessing that has come through this ministry.

This Sunday we will celebrate our Kids Hope volunteers and we will also celebrate the
passing of the leadership baton from Nancy Herrmann and Karen Gomba to Anne Tacoma and Shelley Stensrud. Nancy and Karen have led the program for five years. They have done an awesome job leading with energy, organization and encouragement. We are grateful for their leadership and look forward to continuing to see the ministry grow.

This Sunday will also be the last in our Alpha series. Around one hundred and twenty-
five people started in Alpha after Easter and the many groups have been a place for faith
exploration and discussion. Some groups are continuing on through the summer and we will look forward to our next Alpha, which will be reaching wider into Hopewell Junction as groups will be forming for seekers who are not part of HRC. My group was a group of people who are new to HRC and interested in membership here. Some of them will be joining on Sunday, June 29.

The last question that Alpha asks is: How do I make the most of the rest of my life? The
answer is in Kids Hope. Find a place to plug in in ministry and pour your life into something other than yourself. That comes in finding a place in the church and a ministry in the world. The Apostle Paul says: “I appeal to you brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1) In that sentence is the answer to Nicky Gumbel’s question. Live into a ministry that gives you life and gives the world life. As Robert Schuler used to say: “Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.”

Yesterday at Gayhead, I saw ministers from Hopewell finding a need and filling it; finding a hurt and healing it. It was beautiful.

In His Service,