Touché June 2, 2017
Posted on June 2, 2017 by under Touché,

 

From Africa to Odyssey

“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, “Acts 2:17

This Pentecost Sunday we will celebrate a special needs ministry in Zambia.  We will also be raising funds for a special needs ministry in the USA.  The promise of Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit is available to all flesh and willing to move through all people.  If you have witnessed the Spirit at Odyssey you know it is true there and from my journey to Zambia two years ago I know it is true there too.

Almost ten years ago we planted a church in Tymor Park.  It was intended to be filled with families like those at Hopewell who commuted up and down the Taconic Parkway.  Ten years later our vision of Journey (the name of the church plant) has transformed into Odyssey.  We had hoped to have “the Next 250” people at HRC in the Journey church and we planned that those 250 people would generate about $250,000 in income to support the ministry.  We have way more than the 250 people at Odyssey, but folks from group homes are not going to generate $250,000 of income.  Therefore, we have embarked on creative fund raising.  One of the ways will be to raise funds through support of runners at the Walkway Marathon.  Odyssey is an official charity of the marathon this year and you can support these efforts by going to: www.odysseyfundraising.com/  If you eat at Outback this Sunday, you will be supporting Odyssey as well. Click here to learn more and to get tickets.

This fundraising effort was featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal. You can read the article here.

This Sunday, my cousin Holly, who is running a special needs ministry in Zambia, will be here to share.  We have picked up support for Special Hope Network (specialhopenetwork.org) from our Mission Development Fund.  VBS this summer is supporting Special Hope. This is my kid cousin. It is exciting to see the way she and her husband and their three special needs children have stepped out in faith to develop a ministry that is pouring out blessing on special needs kids  in Zambia.  She will attend Odyssey as well.  I know she is excited to see the work being done there.

The Holy Spirit has moved in unexpected ways through both of these ministries.  It is a reminder that Pentecost is not an event from two thousand years ago it is happening today as God’s spirit is poured out on all flesh.

Yours in the Spirit,

Taylor