“Morning Star Relief and Hospitality Ministry has been a cumbersome name, but it’s served the immediate purpose. Our church has a heart for God-glorifying missions, and we hope to honor Christ by demonstrating the same kind of ‘stranger love’ and love for the household of faith that He modeled. Global Grace (www.globalgracemissions.org) is a tool, we believe, that can help us in that aim.”
* The Vision *
* The Expanding Team *
We live in a world that is becoming increasingly smaller. In the days of the early Christian Church, believers went to great lengths to help one another in times of need and trial and persecution. In a time when to travel town to town meant long days’ journeys on foot or even a sea voyage, these New Testament believers sacrificed their property and spent themselves–sometimes giving out of their own poverty–and the Bible says they did so with joy (2 Corinthians 8:2).
For the Church of the 21st century, to “love your neighbor” implies a great deal more than it did even 100 years ago. Early American settlers would pack up wagons and travel a day’s journey to help “a neighbor” build a house or raise a new barn. Modern technology has made communication and transportation easier, and these changes have extended our “neighborhood” boundaries.
We believe a sovereign and all-knowing God has used circumstances to bring people we’d never dreamed of meeting and to deposit them, with their unique sets of needs and baggage, on our doorstep. We believe He does all He does for His own glory and for His people’s best good. And we want to respond rightly and plug in to His agenda. This is why Morning Star Baptist Church voted this week “to found and assume authority of an auxiliary organization for the purpose of missionary endeavors beyond the normal functions of the local church.”
Morning Star Relief and Hospitality Ministry (www.globalgracemissions.org) has been a cumbersome name, but it’s served its immediate purpose. Our church has a heart for God-glorifying missions, and we hope to honor Christ by demonstrating the same kind of “stranger love” and love for the household of faith that He modeled. Global Grace (www.globalgracemissions.org) is a tool, we believe, that can help us in that aim.
I have already told you about my enthusiasm for Jeremy and Anouk Scott to be an integral part of our ministry. Through Global Grace, they will be able to represent our church “on the ground” with relief efforts in the Gulf Coast area. The Scotts were already in transition to rejoin us at Morning Star, and they are uniquely suited to be our “missionaries.” We thank God for His providential timing and provision.
Rick Altizer, a friend of our church and the Vice President Franchise Operations of Midas International in Itasca, Illinois, has volunteered his services to be on the board of directors of Global Grace. Rick is a gifted executive who worked as a Vice President and General Manager for the McDonald’s Corporation before moving to Midas International. Wherever he has been, God has prospered him with remarkable success. Rick’s passion is to invest his talent into ministry that shares his heart and philosophy. He is enthusiastic about Morning Star Baptist Church and the ministries that God has been opening to us.
Rick’s experience in finance, administrative skills, forward-looking planning, and managerial genius combined with his family-oriented lifestyle and God-centered focus will have a tremendous impact on our fledgling work. We praise the Lord for the addition of this man to our team.
The board of directors also includes myself, my associate pastor, Mark Garard, and Ed Foster. Ed is a man in our church who holds an MA in Bible from BJU and brings years of both ministry and layman experience to the table. His wisdom is evident, and we are grateful to have his help in this endeavor.
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