There is a proverbial line we often use when we can sense that a hard task is almost over. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!” There is a corollary to that line. “I hope it’s not a train!” 2020 has been a hard year. But we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just a few more weeks until we turn the page to 2021.
2020 has been a hard year. But it has also been a productive year. We have made quick adjustments. We have continued to live out our mission. And we have remained focus on our vision to become a family of churches who are sending transformed people to make Jesus known across the street and around the world.
I am super excited about our first annual Global Impact Weekend, December 12-13. In keeping with our vision, our theme this year is Across the Street and Around the World.
Across the Street
On Saturday, December 12th Huffman Baptist Church in partnership with Kingdom Family Christian Fellowship and one of our local mission partners will bless 100 families in our neighborhood. These are families we have ministered to in the past few weeks through our food distribution. We will invite them to our Recreation Center for a free “shopping” experience. Our local mission partner is providing thousands of free items including clothing, electronics, health and beauty supplies, bedding, and toys.
We will be leasing a truck to pick up the items on December 1st and will need volunteers to help unload them here at HBC. We will then sort the items and set them up in the gym. This will take several days to accomplish.
We are also asking for Sunday School classes to write Christmas cards with gospel messages to include in the give away.
On Saturday morning, we will need volunteers to greet families, assist them with their shopping, and engage them in prayer and gospel conversations.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to live out our vision of making Jesus known across the street. For more information and to volunteer, visit http://huffmanbaptist.org/christmasoutreach
Around the World
I am thankful for the vision of my predecessors who saw the need for a unified mission offering, which we call The Blessing. Through God’s blessing and your faithfulness, we gave $72,263 to The Blessing in 2019! We want to have another strong finish this year so that we can bless our mission partners and continue to make Jesus known around the world.
I have invited Micah Fries as our guest preacher for this inaugural Global Impact Weekend. Micah has been a pastor and an international missionary, as well as a co-host of the popular church leadership podcast, “EST. For the Established Church.” Micah is an incredible preacher of the gospel, and he will challenge and encourage us to live our lives on mission.
Church family, I am so incredibly proud of the way you have navigated these troublesome days the past nine months. As we move toward the celebration of our Savior’s birth, please continue to be careful and stay well!