This month we will post a series of blogs that look forward into the year ahead for Mercy Hill. To kick the series off, here’s an outlook on our community ministry and missions opportunities where we hope to see God work through Mercy Hill for the advance of the Gospel.
By God’s grace, our church raised 53 thousand dollars for the sake of missions and community ministry in 2014! That’s triple the amount we raised for 2013. So we expect to multiply our ministry by three times as well.
While there are countless ways you can serve the community and have the blessing of your local church, there are five areas of focus for Mercy Hill’s ministry to Greensboro and the Triad: orphan care, pregnancy care, refugee ministry, homelessness and prison ministry. In each of these areas we have members already serving and ready to connect those who desire to serve. To help people go from interested in loving the community to actively loving the community, we’ve established a webpage for community ministry where you can learn more about these focus areas and get started serving. Check out Community Ministry under the new SERVE tab.
We also expect 2014 to be a year in which many people from Mercy Hill cross cultural lines to share the life-giving message of Jesus. We plan to send four teams in 2014 to reach our target unreached people group – the Yanesha of central Peru. Send one team to India to support two of our global partners living in a state of 22 unreached people groups. Send a team to Baltimore in June to serve alongside Redeemer City church and a team to Wilmington to help plant the Bridge Church launching this fall.
If you’re interested in going on a mission trip with Mercy Hill, come to our missions launch event on Monday, February 10th at 7pm to get all the details about the trip and begin training to go. Sign up for the event here.
Personally, I hope someone from every community group will be able to go on a mission trip this year.
Bryan Miller, Missions and Community Ministry Director
And Jesus was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Luke 10:2