Earlier this year we made the decision as a church body to reduce our cooperative program giving, and to divert that money to more concentrated efforts to reach our own community for Jesus Christ. Back in March some of that money went into our Easter outreach. Recently we held our children’s water day where we saw almost 70 children come and splash around on a hot summer day.
Then in June God allowed us the chance to partner with Kipapa Elementary School, here in Mililani, in an effort to minister to the students and their families. We as a church collected a large number of school supplies to donate to families in need at Kipapa. We were even invited to help distribute these items to these families at the school. In addition, we were able to provide some needed classroom supplies to one of the teachers at the school. We look forward to partnering with Kipapa Elementary School in other ways in the near future.
The purpose behind focusing some of our mission efforts right here in Mililani is to let those within our very own community know that we care about them, and that we love them. God has placed this wonderful fellowship of believers here to reach this community with the love of Christ. We will continue to serve, go, and support other mission efforts across Oahu, throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and to the ends of the earth. However, we believe that opportunities abound right here in Mililani to reach out and minister to others, and ultimately to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
How can you help in this effort? First, be in prayer. Pray for God to open up more opportunities for our church to serve right here in Mililani. Second, identify. Identify any needs that you see in our community. Needs often lead to ministry opportunities. Third, discern. We can’t be involved in everything and meet every need. It’s important that as a church body we discern where God is leading us to get involved and to prioritize those things that he is calling us to do. Finally, get involved. We aren’t just looking for avenues to serve; we are looking for laborers to go out into the harvest in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is an exciting time here at Mililani Baptist Church. We look forward to what God has in store for this body of believers in the days ahead!