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.
Serving gives us a bigger glimpse into who we were created to be. Each of us has been given specific gifts and talents. It's in the act of service that we become aware of those gifts as we develop them.
We have opportunities for you to join our team here at Hershey Free Church. We believe this is a way for you to commit to a local body and begin to form connections and friendships. We also want to celebrate the many ways that the people of Hershey Free are involved in our communities, we are providing two opportunities: LIFT and IMPACT.
"Beyond the Walls" is the name of our local and global ministry. It exists to declare and demonstrate the good news about Jesus Christ through engaging the Hershey Free Church community in the mission of Christ locally and globally. We want to help foster in people a passion for Jesus Christ that moves them to declare and demonstrate the gospel to their neighbors, the region, and the nations, as reflected in Acts 1:8 (NIV): “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We participate in the Great Commission by sending out global, cross-cultural servants (missionaries) that they may represent Christ, share the good news, and make disciples in their contexts.
The Hershey Free Global Impact Fund for Transformation was established to help fund specific and strategic ministry initiatives in cross-cultural contexts around the world. We specifically seek to use these funds to help the global workers with whom we partner. The funds are intended to help with one-time capital projects for our cross-cultural worker families, theological education for nationals, and responding rapidly to opportunities that arise. In 2018, $103,000 was distributed to our missionary partners around the world to share the gospel! Our gifts were shared with individuals and organizations which serve across the globe. Most directly the gifts impacted countries across South America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
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.
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.