Touché December 4, 2015
Posted on December 4, 2015 by under Outreach and Missions,

 

Christmas Gifts

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

This past Tuesday a ChristCare group burned frankincense in the consistory room.  The aroma of the wise men was with us all day.  A few weeks earlier our deacons decided on grants from our Mission Development Fund. The aroma of wise men wafted through the consistory room on that day as well.  These next few Touchés will introduce you to these new missions that will be receiving grants.

A number of years ago, the VanOort Endowment Fund was established by a generous member of this congregation.  That fund is managed by the Bank of New York and interest from that fund is used to develop new ministries at Hopewell through the Ministry Development Fund.  Ten percent of the interest goes into the Mission Development Fund.  This money is given as grants to new missions that we are not currently supporting. These grants can be given for up to three years. At the end of that time, the deacons will decide whether or not these missions will be supported through our regular mission budget.  This year the deacons approved four grants from our Mission Development Fund: Redemption Church (a new RCA church plant in Providence, Rhode Island), Special Hope Network in Zambia, Mission India and support for Sarah Kline who works with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) in Boston.

Today I introduce you to Keith Allen, who is an RCA church planter that comes east from Long Beach, California.  He and his family have moved to Providence, Rhode Island.  He comes with the blessing of the church planting team of the denomination and he also met with the classis of Mid-Hudson.  I asked him to write a letter of introduction to HRC, and I encourage you to go to Redemption’s website to find out more of his call and the vision for New England.

Yours in mission,

Taylor

Hello Hopewell Reformed Church!

In September of 2014 my wife (Tafida) and I along with our 3 boys (Micah, Elijah, Ezra) and our two dogs left the warm sunshine of Long Beach, CA to move 3,000 miles to a city we’ve never seen and a state we’ve never stepped foot in….Providence, RI. What would cause us to do such a thing? Only the call of God! In California we were a part of planting two churches and upon handing off our last church plant we began to seek the Lord about where He would want us to go next, and Providence, RI was it!
We spent our first 7 months getting to know our city and neighbors, being that we did not know a single person! In March of 2015 we began to invite people to a mid-week dinner at my house where we would do three things: eat, hear each others stories, and read/discuss stories from the Gospel. It was pretty fun seeing what God was doing in all of this. We had some neighbors showing up who were atheist, some who were Catholic, some who had been away from the church for years, and others all over the map! In August we invited people from this group to consider joining us in planting Redemption Church, and from August to October we spent time as a community talking about what a Christ-centered church looks like, what our mission is, and how we can move forward in seeing the kingdom of God dwell in Providence.
This November we began our Sunday gatherings where we have had on average 30 adults and 22 kids at our services. In addition to our Sunday services we have a mid-week community we call a ‘Missional Community’ which gathers for meals and together, discipleship, and lives purposefully into a specific missional community, YouthBuild. YouthBuild is a continuation school in my neighborhood which one of our members teaches at. We had a few meetings with the Director of YouthBuild and shared our desire to be present on campus and to bless and serve both faculty and students. They were thrilled at the offer and have given us an invitation to do whatever we want to do on campus. Since the school year began we have held multiple events like game nights, made care packages for students, and have catered in lunch for the staff. This Thanksgiving we are hosting students in our homes for dinner, as many of the students are either single parents, homeless, or have home environments which are unhealthy.
Your support comes at a crucial moment in the life our budding church plant. We seek to continue to engage and invest in building relationships at YouthBuild this next year, while starting other Missional Communities which will be on mission in other ways. Additionally, we will continue to strengthen ourSunday service as we look to find a more permanent location. In the kingdom of God prayer matters, people matter, but finances matter as well. So I thank you for your prayers and for the financial support. I look forward to seeing how God continues to work through Redemption Church, and I look forward to sharing the highs and lows with you. We are one body in Christ Jesus and the generosity you are extending to us further strengthens the body of Christ here in Providence.
In Christ,
Keith Allen
Pastor
Redemption Church
www.redemptionpvd.com
facebook.com/redemptionpvd
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