On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
I’m sitting in my office and have just caught up with a guy who had been part of one of our first Project 180 cohorts. He just dropped in to the office to say hello. He’s a great guy and, in fact, was also one of the first people to give his life to Jesus through the program.
It was great to spend some time catching up with him and hearing about what’s happening in his life right now. He’s working as a youth worker with YMCA and also doing youth work with another organization outside of hours in the North Lakes area.
I asked him how long he had been doing that for and I was dumbfounded when he told me he had been a youth worker for 7 years now. Where did that time go?
It was 2009 when he came to the 180 program and God turned his life around. Now Aaron is sowing into the lives of others in a powerful way – despite some challenges of his own that he faced while with us.
It made me reflect on how much God has done through our church in the last 10 years or so. That the things that have happened have actually caused life change in people’s lives.
And it made me realize that we sometimes don’t see the impact of God’s hand through our lives until much later in life. Don’t underestimate how much change Jesus can bring to people’s lives through your bringing what you have and loving them with it. Maybe you can only give them a smile or an encouraging word. When we are directed by God, even the smallest things can have eternal repercussions in someone else’s life.
Let me encourage you to keep sowing those little things. After all, the smallest of seeds can grow into the biggest of trees. Your little deeds of good can have a major impact in your world.
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday.
Alex & Sarah