"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. - Acts 1:8-9
These final words of Jesus spoken just seconds before his ascension into Heaven remind us of our call to look outside of ourselves. While there is a need to focus on God’s work here in Southwest North Dakota, it is also healthy and critical that we are connected to, and a part of, God’s Kingdom coming elsewhere. This was echoed in Philippians 4 as the Apostle Paul writes to thank the Philippian church for their material and financial support as he planted the church and encouraged the believers in Thessalonica. The Philippian Christians had little to gain from their investment in a church being planted in Thessalonica, but they knew that their call was larger than just their community.
Today we have the opportunity to meet and hear from the couple that God is calling to plant a Lutheran Brethren congregation in Parker, CO. How is God calling you (individually) and us (as a congregation) to be the modern-day Philippian church and support His work through New Hope?