Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.” Psalm 19:17
Following in the bold footsteps of Jesus who went to the leper, the prostitute, the Samaritan woman and the blind man, the Church has shown love and compassion by serving those who are marginalized by society. As we have taken each step, God has truly blessed the community through the Care Ministries of Hope Church. Here are just a few examples:
- Preparation and delivery of Holiday gift baskets and toys that bless families and children that would otherwise have nothing
- Sharing a meal each week with the elderly and forgotten
- Giving a grocery cart full of food monthly to the under-resourced
- Tutoring children in Greece and the city
- Knitting blankets and prayer shawls for the brokenhearted
- Free oil changes for single moms, widows and military wives
And that’s just the beginning. God is using the compassion of Hope to reach hundreds of people with the love of Christ. Is God calling us to do more? Yes, I believe He is. I believe He is going to raise up even more volunteers who want to demonstrate the compassion of Christ through hands on service; volunteers who see the urgent need in our community and are moved to say, “Here I am, send me.”
Walking by faith and not by sight means casting a vision far beyond what we could accomplish on our own. We believe that by God’s power and strength, all things really are possible. Imagine a facility on our campus specifically designed for and dedicated to care ministry. Imagine continuing to feed the hungry but also offering services for like job training, computer classes, English as a second language, physical healing through health or vision exams. Imagine a ministry building that God can use to replace fear, hunger and hardship with hope and joy.
Part of our Walk by Faith Campaign is to raise a million dollars to be able to build this type of space to do care ministry in our community for decades to come. I will be sharing more details about this vision at all of our P.I.E (prayer, information and exchange) events. If you’re in a life group, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more.
The word compassion actually means “to suffer with.” Isn’t that a big part of what the Gospel is all about? That God, in Christ, would suffer with and for sinful, dying people to give hope and life in all its fullness. It is the Gospel that motivates us to build authentic relationships and walk alongside those who are in need so that they might know God’s love is real. Pray that more and more, Hope Church would be known in our community as a Church that cares with the compassion of Christ. Pray that by God’s mighty power and strength, what we imagine will become a reality because of the sacrifices we make today in the name of Him who sacrificed all for us.