“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8
The Missions Ministry is an extension of our worship, discipleship and fellowship. Whether it’s local, in our state, throughout the nation or around the world God has commanded us to go and share His love with others beyond our Faith Family, and we are obedient to this task. Through preaching, personal evangelism, hospitality, mission trips, partnering with other mission organizations or helping those in need, we understand our lives are a part of something far greater than ourselves. Under the leadership of our Missions Team the following mission priorities are ways we express God’s love to our world:
Local Outreach: HBC wants to reach Harlem for Christ. We desire to befriend our neighbor, visit the sick, feed the hungry, and minister to as many needs as we can in our community. Through initiatives such as Pack a Back Pack, The Hospitality Tent, hosting events in our FLC, yard clean up, Thanksgiving baskets, Easter baskets, Saturday Sack Program, Angel Tree, being a Veteran Friendly Congregation and other programs, we are ready to respond with God’s love locally.
Trips: HBC travels to proclaim the good news of the gospel. From Alaska to NY, Guatemala to Peru and South Africa to S. Korea, we go on annual mission trips. Our work has included initiatives such as VBS, construction, hospice visitation, shoe drives, nursing homes, humanitarian aid, orphan care, personal evangelism and preaching. We plan for local, state, national and international trips every year.
Partnerships: HBC knows it can do more in cooperative collaboration than it can on its own. Therefore, we seek partnerships with like-minded mission organization and para-church organizations that are in agreement with our values to further the gospel to the least, last and the lost. We care for the unreached peoples of the world and if we can help through disaster relief, filling shoeboxes, financially supporting missionaries, taking up special offerings for missional causes, inviting a Gideon speaker, or being on site to help mission work then we attempt to do such things through partnering with others.
Benevolence: HBC is committed to helping those who are in need. Through a Benevolent Fund, the Pastor (along with the Chairman of Deacons) administers financial assistance to both members and non members who need support with utilities, gas, food or other needs.
Crisis: HBC knows that crisis can strike a community at any time. We want to be able to help by praying, supplying items that need replacing, taking up love offerings and praying for families who are going through a challenging time or have suffered from a natural disaster.