Making a Difference in our Communities and the World
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be agents of his hope and transformation in the world around us. As a church, we want to be obedient to that call by equipping, encouraging, and engaging our body in opportunities to demonstrate and declare the good news of Jesus Christ to those in our spheres of influence. In order to celebrate the many ways that the people of Hershey Free are involved in our communities, we are providing two opportunities: LIFT and IMPACT.
Our global partnerships encourage us to love like Jesus and see people transformed by the power of the gospel beyond the borders of the United States.
Our partnership with Haiti began in 2012. Dave Hyatt, Pastor for Local and Global Outreach, met with several key leaders in Haiti to discover how Hershey Free Church could best come alongside them and encourage ministry led by Haitians. Our primary partnership relationship has been with STEP Seminary, which is located in Port-au-Prince and whose vision is to prepare leaders who will transform Haitian society. Great friendships have developed over the years with many in Haiti.
Our partnership with Haiti is still going strong, and our desire is to build on the relationships that are being formed and to continue to support STEP Seminary. Multiple trips to Haiti are planned for 2019 and we would love to have you join a team.
As our work in Haiti continues, a natural overflow of that ministry became apparent to church leadership as doors were opened in Burkina Faso, a french-speaking nation in West Africa. Burkina Faso is a country of close to 20 million, with the majority of the population being Muslim (53%). It is also one of the most financially impoverished countries in the world.
We have chosen to partner with Global Hope Network International and adopt a village ("KB") in Burkina Faso. The long-term goal is to see gospel transformation as we build a partnership with this village based on mutual trust and shared respect. We will work with KB in five key areas: water, food, wellness, education, and income. While these physical improvements are happening, we are also working with a local pastor and church planter who is sharing Christ with the villagers as he and his wife live and work among them. The vision can then spread to surrounding West Africa villages as KB becomes a training hub for Transformational Community Development.
How Can I Get Involved?
Consider being a prayer partner for a Haiti or Burkina Faso team. Receive regular prayer updates and commit to praying for teams that go to these countries.
As a church, we have committed annual funding for Transformational Community Development in the village of KB in Burkina Faso. We are also helping to find another sustainable water source and establishing a goat loan program.
Join a team going to Haiti.
Go to the Joshua Project for more information on Haiti and Burkina Faso and for prayer suggestions.