Jehovah Shalom, “Yahweh, lord of peace.”
Let us tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD (Psalm 78:4).
Stone Hill is blessed to have over three dozen men and women serving Christ on our behalf across the globe. They extend our mission reach, helping us “make dedicated followers of Jesus Christ” throughout the world. These sisters and brothers serve in a variety of regions: places like Papua and Brazil, North Africa and Southern California, the Netherlands and Rhode Island. Their ministries entail a variety of activities: education, church planting, leadership development, refugee care, Bible translation. But there are constants, not the least of which is a call from the Lord to serve him in this way.
Our Missions Coordinator, Lara Holt, has put together a remarkable booklet entitled “Called.” It is filled with the stories about God’s call in our missionaries’ lives. I’ve asked Lara to introduce it:
A call to the mission field is a challenging one. Missionaries often move to foreign lands, adapt to cultures different from their own, learn to eat odd foods, and raise children far from family and friends.
The missionaries (or “global partners” as we call them) of Stone Hill have risen to these challenges admirably. They are ordinary people who allow themselves to be used by God in extraordinary ways, reaching the nations with the gospel. Behind each calling is a story.
The Called! booklet contains some of their stories. The stories are not 30-second elevator speeches about their ministries. They are instead the personal stories of how these faithful people answered God’s call to enter the mission field.
In the fall of 2018, I asked our seasoned global partners to share their calling stories with me. The request was two-fold:
Please share how you were called to the field, and,
Please look back over the years to discern a theme woven into our lives.
Many responded. There are over 20 inspiring stories told in the booklet, which is now available at the Missions Corner in the Atrium.
Please read these stories and be encouraged. And consider how God is calling you, whether to the mission field or elsewhere. Whatever and wherever, answer God’s call. I promise you will not be disappointed!
The Jesus Film is coming to Stone Hill: You’re invited to experience Jesus in a unique way: see the story of the Gospel told through film. We are showing The Jesus Film in six different languages simultaneously in one night (English, Spanish, Tamil, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Turkish). There will be a time of Q&A after the movie. Please join us on Saturday, March 23 at 7pm and invite a friend!
Discipleship Opportunity: We are hoping to provide follow-up for those who come to see the Jesus Film on March 23 at 7pm. For those viewers who would like to take next steps, we would like to pair them up one-to-one with a mentor for 7 weeks to work through a curriculum of essential Bible passages. If you are interested in mentoring, or being mentored, please contact Brian Edgerly at email@example.com.
Important update on the Haiti Missions Trip: Due to the current political situation in Haiti, we decided against sending our team of 14 there for the short term missions trip in March. By God's grace, and the flexibility of the Foundation for Peace (FFP) staff, we are sending the team to the Dominican Republic (DR) instead. This is a huge answer to prayer! FFP Haiti staff will meet our team in the DR and lead them in projects working with the Haitian community there. We will continue to collect donations for Haiti at the Missions Corner. The FFP staff can take them over the border for us and distribute to where it is needed most. Thank you for your prayers for this trip!
Collecting Donations for Haiti: We are collecting hygiene items for distribution to those in need in Haiti. The items will be transported by the Stone Hill team during the March trip. Most needed items are deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. A full list of items is available at the Missions Corner. Please drop donations at the Missions Corner by March 3. Thank you!
Easter Devotional Project: For the 40 days leading up to Easter we will walk through the story of how God saved the world from the first promise in Genesis to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus was not an isolated event in history; it was the fulfillment of God’s plan from the beginning. To be included in the daily devotional email list contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving Opportunity: There is an immediate need for additional child care workers in the Nursery Area. Help is needed at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services. If you are willing to become involved in this ministry either once a month, every six weeks, once a quarter, or even add your name to the substitute list, please contact Melissa Johnsen at email@example.com.
Stone Hill Kids: Save the Date for ROAR Camp 2019 - July 8th-12th. Registration starts April 1st. More information to follow soon.
Easter Project Prayer: Part of our calling as a church is to be faithful in sharing our faith with friends, neighbors and co-workers. An important element in our outreach is prayer. To help us pray faithfully, we are encouraging every person at Stone Hill to send in the names (just the initials) of 3-5 people in your life that God is nudging you to share the gospel with in the regular course of your life. Send the initials of your 3-5 people to Pastor Tracy Troxel (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will keep this list confidential. Pastor Tracy will pray through the list on a daily basis. He will be praying that God will give you opportunities to share with your friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Women’s Retreat: You’re invited to Walk With Jesus. After people met Jesus, they were never the same. Our speaker, Jan Johnson, is skilled at helping people enter the story to see and experience things they might be tempted to overlook. The result is a whole new level of seeing and loving Jesus. This year our retreat is taking place just north of Philadelphia at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center. Cost is $190/person or $50 for Saturday program only (includes lunch). Registration is open through March 1, 2019. Register online today and invite a friend!
Praying for the World: Stone Hill Church is joining with the Lausanne Movement and Operation World to pray for the nations. Created through the partnership of Operation World and the Lausanne Movement. Subscribe through the website to receive weekly prayer guides with content for the week: stonehillprinceton.org/news/subscribe. In one year, you will pray for countries all around the world and a wide range of issues. Please join us and thousands of others in praying for the nations! Contact Lara Holt (Larah@stonehillprinceton.org) with any questions or comments.