Starting 2018 Off Right – Working With God to Do Great Things

by John Miller

 

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John & Melissa Miller

John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.”

 

“When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.” -Martin Luther

Just think of it! The Almighty of this universe desires to employ us in His eternal work! Can anything be more fulfilling than this? To know that the Creator desires to give us aid and opportunities to fulfill His will in sharing His love with others.

All human edifices and titles will one day be dust. Worldly fame and fortune will be forgotten. At the funeral of one of the richest men who ever lived, J.D. Rockefeller, someone asked: “How much do you think he left behind?” The reply was: “All of it.”

Heavenly treasure never fades. Working with God in His eternal purposes will last throughout eternity. What a humbling thought, that God would choose to place some “calling” in our hearts, invite us to become involved in something He is doing, then provide aid to us. Perhaps He is calling you to some special work? Is God speaking to your heart to become more involved in aiding The Hope Center in some way? Has God blessed you with time to serve? Resources to give? Some talent to be used to help others?

I can think of nothing more rewarding and satisfying than seeing God work and provide through people to bring about His hearts desires. As The Hope Center moves forward in their calling they pray to God to raise up people who can serve and give to reach others. They can’t do this alone. They continue looking to God for all we need. The staff remains focused on exalting Christ in all they do, praying for each person who comes through their doors, encouraging people, feeding stomachs and souls, and being vessels through whom God can do His works!

Jesus said we could do “greater works” than He did because He went to the Father. Isn’t this astounding?? This word “greater” doesn’t mean better or grander, but more in number. Jesus went back to Heaven at age 33 but He continues from Heaven, providing opportunities for us to complete works He still has to do, through you and me! What an amazing offer from a perfect God to weak, broken and unworthy souls.

How does God want to work through you today, and more specifically to help The Hope Center fulfill the mission God has given to them? Call today and inquire about how you can help. God will smile upon your benevolence.

To learn more about how you can join God’s mission to the city of Hagerstown through the many ministries, programs, and services provided at The Hope Center just go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. To speak to someone now about how you can get involved in one way or another call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net

 

John & Melissa Miller are familiar faces around The Hope Center. As former pastor at Faith Christian Fellowship, John & Melissa would help with evening chapel services and have both ministered in various ways to our residents and guests at The Hope Center in the past. Currently they are the V.P. of Operations/Missionaries for Churches in Missions. To learn more about the Millers go to http://www.johnandmelissamiller.com or visit http://www.churchesinmissions.org.

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Up on the Roof

The roof on our Hagerstown Thrift Store was in desperate need of repair and replacement.
This would have been quite a costly investment but fortunately God provided some wonderful volunteers to help fix our roof and cut the costs of this project!
We’re so thankful for the 40 volunteers who worked hard for more than 30 hours tearing off the old roof and putting the new on.
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The volunteers were organized by Arnold Horst who was made aware of this need by our former store manager, AJ Imbach who went to Tri-state Fellowship with Arnold when AJ was employed with us.
The majority of volunteers came from Tri-state Fellowship, including the wonderful volunteers who made sure there was plenty of food & drink for our roofers. In addition to the folks from Tri-state Fellowship we had a former Hope Center resident and his parents volunteer, as well as two current residents in our Foundations Life Recovery program.
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Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is a rather long building and replacing the roof was definitely not an easy task. These volunteers worked very efficiently and worked so well together that the project got finished quickly.
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We really appreciate Arnold Horst for having a heart for this ministry and for taking the time to help organize the volunteers to complete this project. Thanks to these great volunteers we were able to save money that can be used in other areas to help feed families, provide shelter for the homeless and give kids the opportunity to learn about Christ in a safe environment.
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While it may just seem that these volunteers replaced a roof, but to someone in need they made a difference for eternity and only God knows the full impact of their volunteer service to The Hope Center.
Volunteers, thank you so much for giving your time and energy to help improve the quality of our facilities!
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If you’re looking for a church to attend, why not check out Tri-State Fellowship? The church is located just outside of Hagerstown on the Cearfoss Pike. To learn more about service times, activities or anything else, please go to http://www.tristatefellowship.org.
If you’d like to join the ranks of Hagerstown’s finest volunteers, contact us today. Even if construction is not your thing, we have plenty of other opportunities for you to volunteer. Want to learn more? Go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com and take a look at all the various opportunities that are available to you. If you’d like to talk to someone, call 301.739.1165.

It’s Not About Me

Sometimes it’s hard to venture out of your comfort zone. No matter where or no matter how, as humans we always have difficulty pushing ourselves to be challenged. And as Americans we enjoy the safety of our comfortable life. God has greatly blessed this nation and we are reaping the benefits of hard work and perseverance.

But with the blessings comes the responsibility. As Christians, we are called to do more. We are told to step out of the comfort zone. We follow the example of Christ, who left the perfection of Heaven to come to the filth of earth.

But it’s not always easy stepping out. And if we aren’t pushed, it almost never happens. But what if we all stepped out together? What if the Church followed the lead of Jesus and went where it’s uncomfortable?

Lifehouse Church East is asking their people to do just that. But they aren’t just asking the people filling the seats to go. They sent 7 interns from the church into the community to witness and experience what can happen when you step out of your comfort zone and serve the Lord. And that’s when you realize that it’s not about me.

Seven interns were sent into the community from Lifehouse Church East to serve the Lord in places that they’ve never been before. The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission was fortunate enough to have 3 of these wonderful interns serve in our kitchen.

These 3 interns helped our Food Services Manager, Aleta, in various ways in the kitchen. From helping to cook, to cleaning and serving, these interns were able to help feed hungry people in the community and interact with some of the residents in our Foundations program.

One of the interns, Sheliea, said, “I had the most amazing, humble,  inspiring experience volunteering at the Hope Center. I will be back and I would love to volunteer in the kitchen again.” Sheliea, Michael and Kassidy were able to serve lunch to the residents of The Hope Center as well as serving our afternoon meal to area guests in need of warm food. We’ve had a steady increase of people coming to our Soup Line this summer so it was nice for these interns to see the actual need in Hagerstown.

Even though these interns did something as simple as serving food & cleaning a kitchen, they followed Christ’s example by going somewhere that most people don’t go. They were able to talk and mingle with our lunchtime guests as well as work directly with guys in our residential program. Only Heaven now knows the full impact of their time at The Hope Center. Sheliea continued, “The guys that worked that day were so sweet to me. I  instantly fell in love with everyone of them there. My life has been forever changed from all my experiences this week. It’s truly wonderful how God knows the right time to open your eyes to the world.”

When you take the leap outside of your comfort zone to minister to others you realize that maybe you are the one that is being ministered to the most! The fear and trepidation that we each feel at the initial step outside of our comfort zone is immediately replaced by the overwhelming peace and joy of serving God and knowing that this is where His heart is.

When you step out to serve others, the Holy Spirit gives you such a feeling of happiness that no drug on earth could ever replicate.

We are thankful for the interns from Lifehouse Church East who came to serve in the kitchen at The Hope Center. We welcome them back anytime with open arms!

If you would like to experience the joy of serving Christ outside of your comfort zone then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us! Call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

If you would like to see and hear more of the testimonies from these interns, please visit Lifehouse Church East. The series, “It’s Not About Me” will begin on September 16th. Check out www.lifehousechurch.org to find service times and locations.