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Stories from Hillcrest

Liz’s Story: Steps of Obedience

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Our Sunday night outreach team at the Hillcrest Campus has been hitting the streets, bringing food and building relationships with their neighbors. Among these neighbors was a woman named Liz, who had just been in a car wreck that left her bedridden along with a husband who recently was diagnosed with cancer.  This family was in desperate need of hope. Knowing that Liz couldn’t physically make it to church, a group from Hillcrest decided to take church to Liz. Through prayer, worship, and an encouraging message, the Hillcrest team surrounded Liz’s family with the love of Christ.

Women then began meeting with her to do Discovery Bible Study. She began to dive into the Word of God like never before.  She started coming to church at our Hillcrest campus and recently got baptized surrounded by her newfound sisters in Christ.  In the midst of heartbreaking circumstances, Liz found hope and life in Jesus Christ and a community of believers who will walk alongside her on the road ahead. We celebrate with Liz as she stepped out in obedience to be baptized!

Praise the Lord for opening the hearts and homes of our Hillcrest neighbors! God is working in incredible ways in this community!

September 14, 2015

At Home in Hillcrest

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“We needed to just go.”

Our Hillcrest Campus has been out and about in their community for weeks. They have a passion to reach their community and drive to go when called. About six weeks ago, they started to hit the streets surrounding their campus to greet their neighbors with meals each week and simply invite them to church. Their prayer was simple: “God, open doors.”

After their outreach strategy had moved from Wednesday nights to Sunday nights, over twenty people found themselves holding their weekly evening service in the home of one of those neighbors. God answered their prayer in a huge way.

The family’s home, that they were welcomed into, has experienced much heartache in the last few weeks. With a diagnosis of cancer for the father and a car wreck that left the mother bedridden, the whole family was ready for hope to enter their home.

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Hillcrest members had brought them meals for a few weeks, and they wanted to come to church, but due to their circumstances, weren’t able to leave their house. The people of Hillcrest rallied around this family by moving worship, the message and fellowship all to their house so they could attend. It was a beautiful picture of how God answers prayer and the obedience of some willing hearts to reach people for His glory.  Thank you, Lord, for opening doors!

June 22, 2015