Our theme for this month: “Take care of each other”
Our Bible verse for today: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s coworkers.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Find a partner to work with.”
As an “Acts 1:8 church” we at Oak Hill Baptist are committed to being on-mission with Jesus out in the world beyond the walls of the church building. Towards that end, we look for groups that are doing something good for the kingdom of God, in their little part of the world, who we can come alongside of and partner with. That’s how we ended up working with the rescue mission in our town, and a foster home for children in another county, and a little church in the coal mining region of eastern Kentucky, and a children’s home in the Amazon Jungle of Peru, and missionaries in Southeast Asia, and an orphanage in Haiti, and a small church in a remote part of Liberia, Africa.
Recently God has led us to what we believe will be a new ministry partnership here in Tennessee with the Lighthouse Christian Camp. The mission of the Lighthouse Camp is to provide a free one-week summer camp experience for underprivileged and at-risk children and teens who would not otherwise be able to attend camp. These are children from the counties in our part of Tennessee and they come from broken homes, foster homes, deep poverty, abusive situations, drug infested homes, etc. Lighthouse brings them to camp for a week in the summer, and then volunteers and partners stay in touch with the children all throughout the year – inviting them back to weekend camp retreats throughout the year, and to a big Christmas party at Christmastime. Church volunteers in the local communities also stay in touch with the children and teens from their own county, attempting to build relationships with them and their families, with the end goal of drawing them into the church.
Lighthouse also operates two foster homes on the camp property and they have eight apartments for widows. The widows live on the camp grounds, serve on the staff, and spend lots of time with the children. Lighthouse is a wonderful ministry that is worthy of your support and partnership. If you would like to learn more about the camp and the wide scope of their ministry activities, you can go to their website at www.lighthousechristiancamp.com.
Sometimes the best way to help take care of each other and of the most vulnerable who are in need of help, is to find a good partner to work with.