Written by Lead Pastor Mark Hinman
I need to share with you what just happened during an incredible weekend here at Hillcrest!
Our annual Harvest Weekend is a wonderful tradition: A time when the entire church enjoys a Harvest Dinner together on Saturday evening, hears God’s Word from a guest speaker and then gives a special Harvest Offering to fund a foreign missions project. However, this year’s Harvest Weekend set a new “high water mark”.
After our Congo Team returned from Pioneer Christian Hospital last May, we set a goal to raise $20,000 to fund a desperately-needed Solar Power Project. We challenged our church family to give $10,000, and then applied to receive a $10,000 Matching Grant from the Converge Cornerstone Fund. This was a huge goal for us, but God led our church family to dig deep and give more than $13,500! Then Dr. Lou then presented the $10,000 Matching Grant during our Sunday morning services the next morning! That meant we far exceeded our goal. The Lord is indeed is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we can ask or imagine”. (Eph. 3:20) We are extremely grateful for the vision and generosity of Converge reaching back to Hillcrest, helping us deepen our kingdom partnership with great missionaries like Dr. Joe & Becky Harvey and their dedicated team in Congo. These funds are going to make a major impact on the care of patients and the quality of life for our missionaries serving short and long-term.
Dr. Lou also shared an excellent presentation during a special all-church Sunday school gathering on Sunday morning. My father-in-law said it was “the best denominational ministry presentation” he had ever heard. That’s a high compliment since my father-in-law is a retired college professor and has served as chairman of many boards in several churches. Dr. Lou’s presentation was just the right combination of facts, figures and scripture. We have many new Christians and families, so this was a key opportunity for them to hear more about why we partner with Converge.
Thank you for all you are doing to lead our Conference to greater impact around the world. We are indeed “better together”!
I have to share some addtional exciting news: The Harvest Offering was $11,554! This is in addition to the $2,000+ given in prior weeks. With the $10,000 Converge Matching Grant, we have surpassed the goal!!! God is so good.
What’s more: Our regular offering was $6,500!