published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 14, 2016

Last month, during the Jim Dandies luncheon, Erin asked the group some quiz questions about missions. One question had everyone stumped: How many missionaries has Highland Hills supported? Some began counting up a few men and women they could name from the list of people we have supported in foreign countries. Cass was wise to count our youth group in the number of “missionaries” as he named their trips each summer. The correct answer was: hundreds. We have as many missionaries as we have people in our congregation.

It was a trick question because we are each called to follow Jesus in going, caring, serving and healing the broken places in our world. We are each called to share the love of God in our world. What do missionaries look like? They look like people who say yes to God’s invitation to love a community in a particular way. Think about the many ways our congregation has recently said yes to God in missions, to care for the least of these.

We invite you to meet some of our other missionaries, field personnel for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We will host three opportunities this Fall to meet some people who have said yes to God to do extraordinary work.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Carson and Laura Foushee, who we consider part of our Highland Hills family, will be with us. Everyone is invited to come to the Great Room during Sunday school to hear their stories of serving in Kanazawa and Toyama, Japan. They will also be present to share in worship that day.

On Wednesday evening, November 2, our Family Night Supper will feature Shane and Dianne McNary, field personnel in Slovakia. Our HHBC mission team traveled to Slovakia to work with their ministries in 2015.

On Monday, November 7, everyone is invited to a special dinner event. We have joined with First Baptist Church of Christ to host “An Evening in Uganda” with Missy and Francis Angalla. Meeting in the HHBC Great Room, we will enjoy dinner, music, and learn about Missy’s ministry with refugee women and children in Kampala, Uganda. The cost is a suggested donation of $10 per person. There will also be an opportunity to purchase handmade jewelry and accessories made by the women of Amani Sasa, to support this ministry.

We are thankful that each of these missionaries is back in the United States visiting during this season. It gives us a chance to see what a missionary looks like, and wonder together about the ways God may be asking us to give, care, and serve in new ways.

Renee Bennett and Erin Hall, Missions Committee Co-Chairs