Hope for the World Opportunities in 2018
January 04, 2018
“And His name will be the hope of all the world.” —Matthew 12:21 (NLT)
For over ten years, the Hope for the World Missions Offering has generated millions of dollars to reach the lost and hurting around the world, the U.S., and Middle Tennessee.
Brentwood Baptist Church's Missions Minister, Scott Harris, explains:
The Hope for the World Missions Offering is our unified giving plan to support our mission partners throughout the year. The offering runs January 1 through December 31. We provide quarterly support based on the generosity of our members. With these funds goes prayer support, volunteers, engagements with mission journey teams and more. These partners are not just names and faces on a piece of paper. We really know them, and we partner with them for many years. It’s exciting over the years to see these ministries and these initiatives grow, to see churches started, to see lives changed, to see lives saved, to see the gospel grow and flourish in places in our local community and to the very ends of the earth.
In 2016, the Hope for the World Missions Offering added a new dimension. Each regional campus of Brentwood Baptist Church now has their own Hope for the World Missions Offering goal and will work toward meeting it as a part of the larger campus-wide goal. In addition, a portion of the money given toward these campus goals will go directly to ministry partners chosen by each campus. These Focus Partners were chosen because the ministry they provide is aligned with the passion and interests of each unique campus.
The 2018 Station Hill Hope for the World Goal is $80,000. A portion of this goal will go directly to these partners:
The Well’s mission is to ensure that no household in Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, or northern Columbia is without food assistance when needed. Their goal is to show God’s love and open doors to share the gospel by first meeting physical needs.
Station Hill partners with the Well in various ways. We hold 2-3 food drives a year, our biggest one during the week of VBS. In 2016, we collected over 4,500 pounds of food that went directly into their supply. We also support the jet pack ministry by sponsoring kids at two local schools, providing food for approximately 40 children every weekend and over breaks. Several of our members volunteer on a regular basis, and we have helped in unique ways with their mobile food pantries.
HOPE FOR TOMORROW CHILDREN’S HOME
In 2012, Station Hill was introduced to the Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home in Guatemala City. Initially, we took donations of clothing and vitamins. Since that year, our involvement with them has grown to the point that our teams now spend the entire week serving there. We spend intentional time with the kids that live there, and we are actively involved in doing construction work on a new property that will allow the children’s home to expand to reach more families in the community. Kenneth Sese (the director) is working to provide a place for long-term residency for the special needs kids that will age out of the system upon turning 18. The gospel is shared through their preschool program, and they are becoming well-known as a facility that provides excellent care for children in need. There are currently 11 children living in the home, but the new facility will allow space for twice that many kids.
Transformation Nepal, led by Bishwa and Ramila Karmicharya, is a current Hope for the World partner that Station Hill has taken an active role in supporting since 2012. This ministry equips church planters and uses platform ministries such as sports, water filtration, and trekking to engage Nepal for Christ, a nation steeped in eastern religions that is less than 3% Christian.
EVERY GIRL COUNTS
This year we are adding a new international partner, Every Girl Counts. This NPO is run by Station Hill members, John and Rene Cook. The mission of Every Girl Counts is to Educate, Empower and Sustain impoverished girls and women by meeting physical and spiritual needs through partnering with local NGOs. Currently, Every Girl Counts is providing education for 75 students in the Nairobi area, with plans for more students in Kenya and eventually other parts of the world.
Brentwood Baptist Church, including all of its campuses, is about one thing: connecting people to the life-changing hope that is found in Jesus. That’s why the church invests efforts and resources into making Him known throughout the world. The annual Hope for the World Missions Offering is one of the ways this happens.
To learn more about all campuses and their Focus Partners, visit each campus website:
To find out how close we are to meeting our 2018 goal, click here.