It is hard to believe how quickly this year is flying by. I can’t believe it is Christmas already.
This fall has been really encouraging for me at Green Hills where I pastor. We have had a spike in attendance and have seen many new people join our faith community.
The most exciting thing however has been that our people have become excited to serve the underserved. Brad and I really feel that it is nothing that we have done to bring this about but it has been God who has been doing something special in our church’s heart. To save some space I just want to give you a list of some of the things that we have been encouraged by our people’s obedience.
1. Our college students put together 127 bags of basic toiletries and Bibles for homeless people. They have chosen to put these bags into their cars so they can hand them out when they see people in need.
2. We were able to put together over 90 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child
3. Our small groups have adopted 2 families who were in great need. One of our groups is dedicating a Saturday to go repair and clean the trailer of their adopted family.
Our most exciting event this fall was this Sunday when we had Gwen and Suzanna from 147millionorphans.com come and share about how God has been moving them to champion the cause of adoption and care for orphans. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. They have partnered with Katie Davis and Amazima ministries in Uganda and have created a clothing line to raise funds to feed orphans and provide grants for families who want to adopt.
We really encourage you to check out the video and their story. We podcasted the service on itunes. (The first half of the podcast is my Sermon and the last half is Gwen’s story of how God is using them.) http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=274809927.
We also showed a video of what Katie Davis is doing in Uganda. You can see it here: http://www.greenhillschurch.org/media.htm
lIf you want to find out more about 147 Million orphans visit their website: http://www.147millionorphans.com/ I also really want you to visit Katie Davis’ blog: kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/ It will melt your heart.
This is the real heart of Christmas! To be the body of Jesus to a lost an hurting world, showing them that the savior cares for them and inviting them into a relationship with Jesus.
Christ is All