The final commandment Jesus gave to his disciples before he ascended into heaven was to go and make disciples of all nations. At Hope, we really do believe that making disciples begins first and foremost in your home. This summer we’re excited for three upcoming opportunities for the youth and adults of our congregation to “go” and grow in disciple-making both here and abroad!
Join us for worship on Sunday June 30th as we commission all three of these teams as they “go” to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
Ligonier camp & Conference center - July 7-11, 2019
Each summer our middle school students spend five days in the mountains of western Pennsylvania being pushed outside of their comfort zones physically and spiritually as they go “On The Edge” at Ligonier Camp & Conference Center. Our middle schoolers will go mountain biking and boarding, on high and low ropes, climb trees, participate in team building initiatives, ride The Vomit Comet and The Luge, play laser tag, go to Lake Day, have a pool party bash and so much more! Plus, there's free time each day, an awesome Christian speaker, amazing praise and worship and yes... the food is pretty good too! Many of our students later say that this is where they encountered Jesus for the first time!
Karbururi, kenya - July 7-17, 2019
The mission team of six will be traveling to far north central Kenya to the village of Karbururi in the Sololo district July 7 - 17. Hope has had a relationship with this community since 2009 and is looking forward to sending our 5th team to visit and engage with the members of the Karbururi community.
While in the village, the team will host a VBS at the school – complete with songs and crafts, help with community work projects, worship in the new church, visit the sponsor children and learn more about the growth and initiatives the community has undertaken in the effort to the become self-sustaining. Karbururi is working toward graduating from the Food for the Hungry program in 2021.
Your prayers for safety of the team members would be appreciated. But even more so, prayers that our hearts will be open to new relationships, encouraged by the renewal of old relationships and expanded by God to love our friends and neighbors more deeply and fully as we grow closer to God together.
Baltimore, Maryland - July 20-27, 2019
This summer our high schoolers are traveling to Baltimore, Maryland to begin a brand-new church partnership with City Church Presbyterian, a recent church plant in Roland Park, one of hundreds of districts in the greater Baltimore area. They’ll be working with several Christian non-profits who already have established relationships with the congregation at City Church in order to form sustainable, long-term relationships with people who need to see the love of Jesus and hear the Good News of the Gospel. Our team will be challenged to “go” outside of their comfort zones as they ask God to give them his eyes to see the people of Baltimore the way that he does; as fellow image-bearers of God. By recognizing that our shared spiritual poverty levels the playing field for all of us relationally, our high schoolers hope to return to this community regularly to minister to and with our friends in Baltimore.