/ NEW HORIZONS / JANUARY 2020 CONFIDENT OF THE HARVEST // JOHN S. SHAW Two of the newest mission works of the OPC are reaching cities in the middle of apparently church-saturated communities. New Braunfels, Texas, is situated in the middle of the Bible Belt, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, rests in the heart of what you might describe as the Dutch Reformed belt. Yet both mission works see opportunities to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to many needy people in their communities. Grand Rapids, Michigan Shane Bennett was only twelve years old when his father perceived gifts for the ministry in his young son. Through his father’s encouragement, and the prodding of the Holy Spirit, Shane eventually considered a call to the
On the evening of Friday, October 26, the congregation of Living Hope Presbyterian Church (of Beamsville, Ontario) came together, along with members of the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario, and the congregation of Grace Covenant Church, to have a service of organization as Living Hope became a particular congregation of the Presbytery. So very often in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, church plants seem to quickly flourish and move toward particularization. But in the providence of God, Living Hope developed slowly and over nearly two decades. A reminder that indeed "the heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). Living Hope became a mission work of the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario in the
Here is an update from Pastor Mike Myers of Heritage OPC in Royston, Georgia. Heritage completed denominational support last October. As any OPC Church Planter knows (as well as those who read the reports in Home Missions Today), we regularly face challenges while enjoying fruit! The Lord has been exceedingly kind to Heritage over the last year since our particularization. Our session has been working well and in a unified manner. Our deacons are seeking to be very proactive and helpful as they lead our congregation in mercy and service. We are averaging over 100 in morning worship and evening worship has been pretty strong as well. Lately the Lord has brought many different families from many different backgrounds and walks of life.
Nearly a year ago now, Grace Reformed Fellowship in Lander, WY completed their program of denominational support. Since the broader OPC had been praying for the church there for several years as they received reports of their progress in Home Missions Today, we thought it would be nice to give an update on how the church is doing. What follows is the report Pastor Philip Strong shared with us. Grace Reformed Fellowship is moving along steadily since our support was completed a year ago. They body of believers continue to serve and be involved. The congregation continues to grow slowly, and people continue to be challenged in their faith! The spiritual ground is hard- the American culture is not one that is conducive to the work
At the 85th General Assembly held this June, General Secretary John Shaw expressed the thanks of the Home Missions Committee for the 33 years of service by Mr. Hilbelink. The Assembly gave Mr. Hilbelink a standing ovation. Here is an excerpt of what Mr. Shaw shared: It is right to take a minute to thank God for the labors of John Hilbelink. He is a gift from Christ to his church, and he has been a gift to the CHMCE and to the home missions labors of the OPC. A few details are worth noting about his time of service on the Committee: John was first elected to the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension (CHMCE) at the 52nd GA in 1985 and has served without interruption since. The Committee so appreciated his service that he