Ukraine Missions Commissioning

Wednesday, September 5, 2o12 the Ukraine mission team was commissioned at North Campus during the evening service. Continue to keep this team in your prayers as they are serving this week. They will be gone September 6-15th doing evangelism and discipleship throughout the cities in Ukraine.

Peru Update: Day 2

The team had a great day today. We started off going to and participating in the service at New Life Baptist Church. They had one worship service where we sang in Spanish and then took the Lord”s supper. The Lord:s supper in itself was amazing, hearing everything in Spanish but already knowing what was said. Then we helped with the child care, our puppet team did a great job presenting the gospel in a way that was entertaining to the children. At the same time our worship team lead worship in Spanish for the whole church. Then our team leader David Millsaps taught on Luke 9:22-26. His main purpose of his message was about willing make a choice to surrender ones life and deny ones self.
Then this evening we lead worship for Pastor Pablo’s church. Evan taught once again and brought a good message from Psalm 51 about Repentance. We did a skit about not being a Christian because you go to church, sing in the choir, or anything like that. The whole team participated and were speaking in Spanish the whole time. Pastor Pablo did a great job playing off the skit and shared the gospel with his church of about 20. Our worship team sang two more songs in English and brought a few of the members into tears.

Tomorrow we have along day ahead of us. We are traveling 2 hours to Chiavy where we will be working with those in a nursing home and children in a orphanage. The team will be struggling with elevation sickness so please pray that Gods hand is on our team. Pray that those in the nursing home and in the orphanage will see and experience God’s love through our team.

+1 Recap: Tanzania – June 2012

On June 4-8, 2012 Pastor Clint Pressley and North Campus’ Worship Minister, Gerald Malloy, went to Tanzania, Africa for a pastors’ conference. Watch the video below to learn more about this trip and see actual footage of the conference.

Recap: Mozambique, June 2012

There were two primary reasons for our vision trip to Mozambique.  First, we went to see what opportunities might exist for our church to form a long-term partnership in that often-overlooked part of the world.  Two families from our church work in that country and a partnership seems like a logical next step as we support missionaries from our own church community.  Second, we had the privilege of training pastors and leaders of village churches for three days in the African bush.  The needs in Mozambique are many.  There is construction that must be completed.  Most importantly, they are desperate for sound biblical teaching and training for their church leadership. I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of this trip. Please continue to pray for Mozambique and our missionaries there.

John Stegemerten
Pastor, Worship Ministries

Report: +1 Initiative: Charlotte, June 2, 2012

Hickory Grove impacted our community this weekend through the +1 Initiative Local Missions Day. About 200 volunteers reached out in six areas of service. Here is a report and gallery from this weekend:

Royal Oaks  – 30 volunteers worked hard outside trimming shrubs, planting flowers and weeding the flower bed by the bus lot. They also painted the teacher’s lounge and distributed food from the Latin American Food Pantry.

Hearts and Hammers Project – 40 volunteers completed two projects while washing windows and doing light yard work.

Jackson Park – 55 volunteers mowed, mulched, graded the grounds and cleaned the inside of campus to prepare for camp.

CUP Ministry  – 35 volunteers worked both inside and outside by sorting clothing, packing food, and doing general cleaning inside while others completed yard work of weeding flower beds, mowing grass, etc.

Hickory Grove Elementary School  – 27 volunteers pulled weeds, mended fence, sprayed insecticide, mulched and cleaned up the landscaping.

HGES Book Drive – 11 volunteers sorted and boxed books that were donated by HGBC and shelved books for the library.

Ukraine – Day 5

Another day has come and gone.  We were out on the streets today making final contacts, keeping appointments made and just loving on the people.  This team is physically and mentally exhausted.  They gave this trip their all.  Seeds were planted, a lot of watering was done, and we even saw some of the harvest.  We had two people pray to receive Christ today.  It has been a very good trip and we are looking forward to spending the day in Lviv tomorrow before our trip home on Friday.

Ukraine – Day 3

We were all back in the streets today to find it much busier than the weekend.  There were plenty of sharing opportunities with some of the group experiencing people that previous teams had witnessed to.  Good contacts were made and relationship building is going great.  Our youth event began tonight.  Although there was only a few participants tonight, Billy and his team did a phenomenal job.  Our ladies conference will take place tonight at 7:00 pm our time and 12:00 noon your time so please pray for them as they minister to the women of the city. We will complete our community project tomorrow by fixing up and painting a local playground for the church to use for their summer camps.