The Bible has a lot to say about hope. In fact, in the New International Version, hope shows up almost 200 times. It’s proof that humans have been searching for hope for thousands of years across time, across a myriad of cultures, and in the midst of diverse circumstances. Perhaps the simplest approach to understanding hope is found in Proverbs 13:12:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Fulfilling hopes and bringing Jesus (the source of true hope: eternal life) is what this segment of our Did You Know series is all about. It presents ministries that are bringing the truth of eternal life through Jesus Christ to people around the world.
This hope heals sick hearts.
This hope restores relationships.
This hope proclaims Jesus is Lord.
Read on to discover more about how God is at work through our Global Partnership Engagements: Restore Hope and our Strategic Non-Members.
For the 2018-2019 fiscal year,
the total given to Global Partnership Engagements will exceed $62,000.
With a clearer understanding of these areas of Global Partnership Engagement, will you take a moment to pray right now for these efforts? These ministries are boldly taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to places that are hard to reach and difficult to access — and yet the people of these regions long for HOPE – they long to know true hope, the kind found only in the deep, deep love of God.
In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons probe and set it on a course for Pluto – and in that same year, FBCA launched something new and set it on a bold course, too. Global Connection Partnership Network (GCPN) was launched by FBCA and other churches who shared a missional vision that “all people of the world know and worship Jesus Christ and that His church multiplies.”
In a similar move, these churches also established PRH Restore Hope – an organization whose goal was to bring help and relief to countries closed to the gospel. Restore Hope could implement humanitarian platforms such as education, orphan care, community development, and more, in countries that are generally closed to the presence of Christian organizations. These platforms can be accessed by church-based workers as a gateway to unreached peoples and to obtain funding that would not be available to a Christian organization such as GCPN.
The two organizations merged in 2014 (where GCPN is the registered organization, dba Restore Hope) with this unified goal: “We restore hope to individuals and communities worldwide through Christ-centered, church-based proclamation and service.”
Restore Hope believes individual churches and the Church (the “family” of churches who follow Christ) are Jesus’ plan to accomplish His work. Restore Hope also believes that the Church possesses all the DNA required to reach a lost world, but it is in an era of re-discovery and re-engagement of responsibilities that have been (for the most part) outsourced to para-church organizations, such as denominational mission boards or interdenominational missionary-sending groups. When the local church re-embraces its call to send out its own members to share the gospel and start churches abroad, its “ownership” in the mission and the missionary becomes personal. As FBCA has experienced this renewed model of sending-out missionaries for over a decade, we have seen how FBCA has become a trail blazer and model church for other churches to emulate.
Restore Hope offers:
♦ Experienced people, knowledge, resources, and services to cross cultures with the gospel
♦ Staff which serves in training and consulting roles
♦ Access to nations through legally approved platforms
♦ Project plans with quantifiable outcomes for government agencies in other countries (such as Ministry of Development, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Child Welfare, etc.)
So, how is Restore Hope funded? Through financial contributions from churches which partner with Restore Hope. As one of five “core churches” in Restore Hope’s Core Church Centric focus, FBCA is currently receiving highly focused attention and a re-assessment of service provision to ensure Restore Hope is serving the church well. Other Core Centric churches include FBC Shreveport, FBC Marble Falls, Harmony Hill Baptist and The Woodlands FBC.
Did you know…
♦ FBCA has sent more workers through Restore Hope than any church in the network.
♦ FBCA provides more financial support than any church in the network.
♦ FBCA is the primary user of Restore Hope’s services.
♦ Eight of Restore Hope’s 13 Board members are FBCA members.
♦ All but one current U.S. office employees of Restore Hope are members of FBCA.
First Baptist Church Arlington is also intentionally partnering with folks who are local and indigenous to the places where we have felt God calling us to minister. Our direct support of these Strategic Non-Members represented 5% of the World Mission Offering last year. This support helps these workers to continue their ministries even when (and especially when) we are not able to serve alongside them.
Over the past 10 years, FBCA has partnered with six people in this unique role; we currently support the following two men:
Pastor Pablo Palacios: Costa Rica
A key leader in teaching and spreading the gospel, our church has provided support for his ministry for several years and he remains a partner for our volunteer mission teams.
Even though the political climate keeps us from sending mission teams to the areas where he lives and serves, Adamou has labored for the gospel and seen 35 people come to Christ in an area entrenched in centuries of tribal Muslim beliefs.