Each year for the past six years – Julianne and I have had the privilege of participating in some type of local and international missions giving opportunity. It began our first Christmas at the Summit Church. Pastor JD Greear presented the church with several opportunities to bless our local community and to give to foreign missions through a Christmas missions offering.
We immediately began scheming about how much we could give. Ever since that first Christmas six years ago we continue to look forward to the opportunity to give away what’s not ours to begin with – our money! God has been incredibly generous with us and in response we can’t help but overflow with joy to give that money to tangible needs in our community and around the world.
This year we are even more excited to give through Mercy Hill’s generous December. First, we’re excited because one of the big things this money is going towards is to help plant a church in Baltimore, MD. Little known fact – Julianne is from a community just outside of Baltimore. It’s a city that both Julianne and I have spent a good bit of time in. It’s a city where both of our families still live very close to. And it’s a city that desperately needs the gospel to heal the brokenness that exists.
Second, Julianne and I both have a heart for the nations. Three years ago Julianne and I began to research and apply to the IMB. We did not simply want to be a part of God’s plan to redeem all peoples from a distance but we felt God burden us to go. But in God’s perfect plan that did not work out. However, we still have the opportunity to give to the mission of God overseas to see people that we know and have great friendships with blessed and further equipped to fulfill the Great Commission.
These are just two of a variety of reasons why we could not be more excited to give in this years Generous December campaign. Quit simply we have been blessed to be a blessing. We cannot reflect deeply on the gospel and not come away with generous hearts willing to give towards specific needs that will help the message of hope found in the gospel go out to cities in our own community, country, and around the world.