This past Sunday our church reach the culmination of our series “Beyond Me” and gave our people a chance to change the world. The journey to this specific day started in February for our staff but it started much longer ago in the hearts of the pastors here. I’d like to take a couple of minutes today and tell you that story and invite you to play a part in what God is doing here.
Six years ago I met Daniel White in Colorado. He was working for a radio station at the time and we enjoyed some time fishing and hanging out together. That friendship continued on whenever we’d see each other throughout the years. A couple of years ago, Daniel went to work for Food for the Hungry. Our lone mutual friend (when we first met), Warren, became an artist for FH right around the same time. I’d been familiar with World Vision and Compassion but quickly became familiar with FH and their vision.
Three years ago when the transition from traditional to relevant church model took place, our Lead Pastor and Missional Pastor began to dream about being able to partner our church on a long-term, life-changing endeavor together with another body of believers somewhere else in the world.
In February I went to the re:create Conference in Nashville. FH just so happened to be there (*sarcasm) and Daniel just so happened to be the rep for FH and they showed us the Live 58 film. It was moving to say the least. FH shared their vision of churches partnering directly with other communities. It sounded just like what we had been praying for.
When I got home our Missional Pastor and I got on the phone with Ben from FH to talk about this idea of community sponsorship. He began telling us some of the areas that are harder to reach and just so happened to share about Indonesia. As he shared the plight Christians on the Mentawai Islands Brian and I were deeply moved. What I didn’t know at the time is that Brian’s Mother is Indonesian. For him it was more than just a story; it was part of his lineage.
What I began to see is that God had been orchestrating this moment for much longer than I imagined. For me, the Love Mentawai movement of our church began in Estes Park, Colorado while fly-fishing 6 years ago. It began for Brian many years before that.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been a part of something you knew with all you had been directed by God for you. It’s an amazing feeling and one that requires radical faith and action. In discussion with FH we found out that the average response for a sponsorship Sunday at a church is 10%. We are a church of 200 adults but we knew that 20 kids was not what all this preparation was meant for. So we asked for 300 children to sponsor. That’s not a misprint. 300 kids for 200 adults.
The day we culminated our series about living “Beyond Me” we showed the Live 58 film and 173 adults in attendance. Tomorrow morning we are mailing out 129 sponsor cards and have about 10 more we are waiting on being returned to us. That’s a 75% response rate!
We are humbled and grateful that God would choose to use us to Love Mentawai. Now we are expanding our reach and passion to see the rest of those children sponsored. If you’d like to know more about how you can help us reach our goal of 300 children sponsored simply click here or click on the Love Mentawai banner on the sidebar of my main page.
If you’d like to know more about FH, how they operate and how much of their money goes directly to the field; I’d be glad to tell you all about it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email! Let’s Love Mentawai! Together we can change the world!!