by Barrett Hendrickson
At Hebron Church, we want God to use us to show Himself to the world. One of the ways we do that is to support workers in places around the world. Hebron financially, and prayerfully supports three global partners. Dan and Kelly Weightman in the Bahamas, Dave and Fran Jordan in Thailand, and our friends working for Serge in North Africa. (We do not publish their names and locations for safety reasons.)
Our friend in North Africa is a pastor in a major city. There are many believing, and strategically planted workers in this city that need to be shepherded. He and his wife lead those workers. Every Sunday evening, they run a gathering for about 90 people. There are enough workers now in their city that they are outgrowing their building. He has been doing follow up visits with many people who had adhered to the local belief, and some of those have had their eyes open to the glory of Christ. He has even gotten to baptize in the name of the Triune God.
Things you can pray for:
§ His father passed away this summer. Pray for the family, especially him, as he lost one of his best friends.
§ The oldest daughter is now off to boarding school in Europe. Pray that she settles well with her host family.
§ Pray for the locals, that they hear Christ's call on their lives, and that they be able to find workers to walk alongside.
One of the blessings we have as the Mobilization Team is to encourage our members to go on mission trips, spreading the light of the Gospel around the world. So far this year, we have supported 3 different trips.
Dolly Patterson, who often serves YoungLives, our mission partner to young mothers, went to Young Life Camp as a counselor. She actually was able to serve in the nursery where she got to love the babies while the teen moms engaged in hearing and seeing the Word in action. She served 5 moms and their babies, with the youngest mom being 15 years old.
We also got to help Marissa Kotanichek go to El Salvador with Christ for the City International. Marissa spent time ministering in a youth prison, playing soccer with kids aged 11-18. She also got to help a few families on a more remote island, helping build a latrine for a family. While in El Salvador, Marissa got a small glimpse of a poverty stricken lifestyle, and it has helped shape her worldview.
Most recently Mobilization helped Hebron Students with their mission trip to Safehouse in Atlanta through the Mission Scholarship Fund. Our students served the Atlanta homeless by serving lunch, washing feet, leading worship, and simply talking to people who have been forgotten by the rest of society. They learned that people are people, and everyone needs to hear the Gospel message. By taking care of basic needs, hearts are more open to hearing the Gospel.
As we are learning in our recent sermon series, God calls us to go into all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that He has commanded. If you feel a specific call to go, your church family wants to help you discern that call. We want to be used by God to show Himself to the world, and serving on mission trips is a great way for us to do just that.