In one of our trips to the Philippines, our team visited an Aeta Pastor Training Center. The Aeta pastors lived there for 6 weeks and learned: the Bible, Theology, Gardening, Guitar, and a host of other things. They were then sent out to their villages. It was awesome, but what was most memorable of that day for me, was a question that the wife of the training leader asked. We were sitting outside eating some sort of rice rolled in a banana leaf and covered in an orange sugar and she asked each of us: “What is your ministry at HOPE?” As we drove back to the Children’s Home that day, some of our team talked about how they were unsure about how to answer that question. They were unsure if they really had a ministry that they were involved in at HOPE.
It’s a great thing to ponder. It is a Biblical truth that we should each consider ourselves ministers in God’s Kingdom. It can be focused outward (and that is really important) or inward to encourage your fellow believers.
At HOPE, “every member is a minister”. In the book of Ephesians, Paul tells us that is why God gives pastors – to prepare God’s people to minister (Ephesians 4:11-12). It is not the pastor who does the works of service but it is the people in the church. The people in the church are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepares beforehand (Ephesians 2:10). How would you answer that question: “What is your ministry at HOPE?” If you can’t answer that right now, find an area you can step out in faith to minister with God’s people.
~ Pastor Randy
What's Happening in July!
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Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our fundraiser for the Houston Team! We raised over $300.00 dunking our Pastors and Dads!
Pray for our Teams going out to OFFER HOPE this July:
Rock Nest Ranch Team (Canada)
July 7 – 22
July 14 – 20
Suzi King – Director
It often seems to me that I am ten steps behind in discovering the great new song people are talking about. That being said, I just recently “discovered” New Wine by Hillsong. The lyrics are beautiful and filled with longing…
In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil, I
You are breaking
So I yield to You and to Your careful hand
When I trust You I don’t need to understand
Make me your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all you have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
The world offers countless ways for us to reinvent ourselves, God offers one… The Cross. While the crushing and pressing are painful, we know they are necessary if He is going to bring “new wine” out of you and me. So, we are invited to yield…to become “Vessels sanctified and useful to the Master.” (2 Timothy 2:21)
Thanks to all the ladies who came out for our local outreach to Enchanted Hills Baptist Church. We painted three school rooms for them and had a great time of fellowship while doing it!
Our Men’s Choir!
Co-Directors - Kori Ball & Susan Woodford
HopeKids is excited to introduce The Gospel Project – our new curriculum beginning in August. Watch the video to find out why we love it!
Join us for a Mom & Child Pizza and Game Night at Gospel Rescue Mission July 20th from 5-7 pm. We will be providing dinner, games, and fellowship. Please sign up on the form below if you would like to join in the fun! Contact Kori & Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What's Happening in Class at HopeKids
In the Toddler Room we are learning that God created everything – even vegetables! We got to explore vegetables in a variety of ways and even created some amazing art!
Our 4th and 5th graders were trained to share the Gospel using Salvation Bracelets. They then put their training in action as they presented the Gospel to the 1st and 2nd graders. A big thank you to Linda Kimmel for equipping our students and a shout out to the 4th and 5th graders who bravely went and told others about Jesus! Way to go in presenting the Good News!
7/3 Makoa Williamson
7/6 Renee Brown
7/8 Ashton Odell
7/9 Christopher Conlisk
7/10 Zane Munro
7/13 Roman Knutson
7/14 Ryan Rhodes
7/15 Jazmin Yu
7/16 Dorian Mitchell
7/16 Luke Alexander
7/17 Madalyn Hanson
7/18 Kennedy Froebe
7/18 Lilly Froebe
7/19 Samuel Deakin
7/22 Christian Inclan
7/22 Luke Lawson
7/24 Zoe Frambaugh
7/25 Judah Warner
7/27 Kylah Collins
7/28 Eden Schlecht
7/29 Tommy Collins
7/29 Justus Jones
7/30 Jonathan Edgin
Youth Pastor – Kevin Mason
Thank you for all your support and prayers for HopeYouth. May and June are busy times for HopeYouth with graduations and summer camp. God has been so good in speaking and encouraging us through all that craziness! As July comes, I am excited to see what God will do. Below are a few upcoming dates for HopeYouth.
Tuesday, July 2 – Would love to see Spider-Man with HopeYouth
Wednesday, July 3 – High School Bible Study begins
Friday, July 5 – Middle School Bible Study begins
Sunday, July 7 – HopeYouth
@ Summit Ridge Community Church/6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 – HopeYouth
Sunday, July 21 – HopeYouth
Sunday, July 28 – HopeYouth
End of July – End of Summer Party
Praying that God will use all of this to encourage our students to pursue an authentic relationship with Jesus.
Interested in our HopeSeniors’ Ministry? Contact Bob Whren at email@example.com.
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