Isaiah 2:1-2 “In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.”
As a kid I never understood the Christmas Song “Go Tell it On the Mountain.” It was fun song, but the connection between mountains and Christmas was lost on me. The message of Jesus should be shouted from the mountain tops. Everyone, everywhere needs to hear about Jesus. This is the same idea contained in Isaiah 2. The nations who once hated God and harassed God’s people will flow to worship him.
This prophetic image is fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Great Commission of Christ in sending his people to the ends of the earth with the gospel message results in the discipled nations (ethne in Greek) flowing like a river to God in worship. God’s mission is contained in the Advent hope. We want to be a church that participates in God’s mission, sends workers into God’s mission, and gives to God’s mission. As you consider ways to maximize your year-end giving, consider contributing to some of these ministries and projects that are connected to our church.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering—The International Mission Board and the Women’s Missionary Union partner together to facilitate a Christmas Offering that goes 100% to send and support missionaries. It gets its name from missionary Lottie Moon who was sent as a Baptist missionary to China from 1873 to 1912. “She saw firsthand the world’s greatest problem — LOSTNESS. Meeting so many people who had never heard the gospel compelled her to write letters to American churches describing the need for a greater missionary presence.
She pleaded for increased prayer and financial support to send and sustain more missionaries. This challenge became known as the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®.” (www.imb.org)
Afghan Refugee House—Many you have been involved in our partnership with the Afghan American Church to bless and serve Afghans in the area. We are making great strides on renovating the house in Union City for this ministry. We are still in need of over $50,000 to make the homes livable.
Jonathan’s House Orphanage (Donna Bixby)—Donna Bixby has been leading a very difficult and critical ministry providing orphan care and education in one of the world’s poorest countries. She has ongoing person support needs and is in desperate need for a 4×4 SUV that would allow her and the orphanage staff to navigate the muddy trails into town for emergency supplies and medical care.
City Serve/Compassion Network—Our church partners with over 50 other churches in the Tri-Cities to provide resources and assistance to the unhoused and needy families around us. They have been incredibly helpful in providing and pointing to resources for the Afghan families we are partnering with. Would you pray about how you can “go tell it on the mountain” through a Christmas gift this year? You can either place a gift in the Sunday offering with a designation or you can give online and select a ministry from the dropdown menu. These are just a few of the ways you can help spread the hope of Advent this season