WORD FROM OUR PASTORS
On July 8th New Hope will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Our theme for this glorious occasion is Above & Beyond; inspired by Ephesians 3:20. As we look back over our 25 year history it’s obvious to see the hand of God at work. That first Sunday in July 1987 when one door was closed in our face; the Master opened another. We had no clue what God had in store for us but we had enough faith to trust His plan was the best. Over the next few years we moved from University Village Rec Center, Judson Campus Ministry, The Holiday Inn (Best Western) and finally 13 years were spent at Seventh Day Adventist Church on Taylor St. During this time we never missed a Sunday worshipping together and New Hope grew spiritually and added new disciples for Christ. As I look back now God was teaching us if we are faithful to Him; He will go Above and Beyond our wildest dreams. We never thought we would purchase ten acres of land. We never thought we would build a $1.6 million house of worship. For the last twelve years we have been blessed to worship in an edifice with our name on it.
While Anniversaries are a time to look back and praise God for what He has done; it’s also a time to praise Him for what He will do. We can’t get complacent with where we are now. We have to continue to press forward. Part of our 25th Anniversary is our Above & Beyond Capital Campaign. Our goal is to raise $250,000. We need to pay this building off so we can start construction on our Derrick Smith Family Life Center. We want to bring more resources to the community through additional classroom space and a gym. I’ve shared with the congregation the vision God has given me for how this new building will look. A few members of the church will be working with an architect firm to develop an internal and external drawing of the Family Life center. The plan is to reveal this drawing at the 25th Anniversary banquet on Saturday July 7th. There’s no doubt in my mind God will manifest this vision here in this cornfield behind the church. Our job is to remain faithful in all aspects of our lives and know God will do Above & Beyond what we can imagine. I’m excited about what God has for New Hope Missionary Baptist church and the community we have been called to serve.
God’s peace & love