The two men in the picture below are Pastor Tadessa and Pastor Samson. Many years before our team traveled to this town of Bofa (which means snake), Pastor Tadessa came and preached the Gospel to this village steeped in witchcraft. After much struggle, the Gospel took root and many came to Christ, turned over their relics and a church was started. Then later a school was built in this community (which Hope helped construct in 2018). Pastor Tadessa turned over the church to an incredible young pastor and now runs a pastoral training center in addition to overseeing churches in the region. The man on the right is Pastor Samson who has traveled to Tucson to our church in the past and oversees Unite4Africa in Ethiopia. Both of these men are empowering church pastors and communities to produce Gospel transformation.
A few weeks ago, our team traveled to Bofa to visit this school, this church, spend time with widows, and to give away 15 goats to orphans – orphans that had been trained and chosen to receive a goat that day. The girl in the middle (with her caretaker next to her) was not there to receive a goat. They had come to give a testimony. A few years prior, this young girl had received a goat and her flock was now 12 goats. With the milk, she is able to have food for herself and sell some for profit. With her herd, she is able to provide for her own school fees, uniforms, and other needed items. Instead of someone paying for her food and school fees for 18 years, Unite4Africa empowers a girl like this to provide for herself and even others by giving her one female goat, some training, and someone to check on her regularly.
It has got me thinking… How do we empower others through our words and actions? How can we give dignity to those younger than us to provide for themselves? How can we as a church not just give handouts but give opportunities for long-lasting Gospel transformation in people’s lives? I don’t have all the answers yet, but I am excited to empower young leaders in the church to make a difference for Christ.
~ Pastor Randy
Thank you to all the Home Groups and individuals who participated in HopeServes this past March! Way to Be the Church! Outreaches that happened:
- Making cards and gifts for the staff at Pima Community College
- Painting and decorating a room at Hands of Hope
- Making Easter baskets/cards for the Women at the La Paloma Shelter
- Cleaning/painting curbs and sidewalks at Wilson School
- Putting together and delivering thank you baskets to our First Responders
- Reaching out to an Elderly woman and helping her with needs
How are we making disciples? Not how is Hope Community Church making disciples, but how is each individual making disciples? How are YOU making disciples? Take a minute to think about this…How am I making disciples? Am I making disciples? Some of us live under the assumption that it is the job of the church or the pastors and missionaries to make disciples. Some of us just assume disciples are being made. I think many of us could stand to get a lot more intentional about making disciples.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
It’s interesting that Jesus commands us to make disciples, to baptize them and to teach them to obey everything he has commanded us. What is one of the main things he has commanded us to do? To make disciples! We are to make disciples who will also make disciples who will also make disciples. That is our job as Christians. Pray about how you can do this and act upon that. What a joy that we get to work with Christ in bringing more people into His Kingdom, there is no greater joy!
Go get ‘em! Pastor Dave
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Though we aren’t able to meet in person these days, we would still love to connect! Any parents of nursery-5th graders who would like to fellowship and encourage one another online, we’ve recently set up a private Facebook group. Message me or another Hope parent you know to join!
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4/3 Caleb Brown
4/5 Julian Knutson
4/10 Harrison Luckow
4/11 Ethan Loberg
4/12 Harper Luckow
4/12 Levi Hunt
4/14 Iris Durree
4/17 London Hawley
4/18 Brady Roberts
4/21 Taryn Martin
4/22 Matt Hopeman
4/24 Hazel Arnold
4/25 Mackenzie Schwarz
4/26 Hannah Alexander
The social distancing phase has been difficult, but I am thankful in how God is using it for His glory. This time has really inspired HopeYouth to be creative in how we pursue students. It is such a blessing that we are able to use the internet for His glory. Since HopeYouth is not meeting physically (for an indefinite period of time), we will be doing our best to send out material virtually. Below is a schedule to allow parents and students to access Bible Studies.
Instagram Live: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Zoom: Mondays and Thursdays for Middle School Girls at 3:00 p.m.
Zoom: Tuesdays and Fridays for Middle School Boys at 2:00 p.m.
Houseparty App: High Schools Girls (email me for more information)
I know social media is a scary platform to do ministry, especially with students involved. It is my hope that we will approach this time with humility. I have posted this schedule so that parents can hold students accountable with their time on social media. HopeYouth has created an Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to help spread the encouragement. HopeYouth devotionals will also be posted on the Hope website.
YouTube Channel link: l:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJzg0PtY2XPD0a0NunZ-mA?view_as=subscriber
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