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Dear Scarlet City Church, Over a year ago we entered into a three-year partnership with Asia’s Hope an organization providing family-style care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation in Cambodia, Thailand, and India. Our partnership consisted of praying, giving, going, and telling. Twice we sent teams to India and Cambodia to capture stories of God’s work and provide videos and other resources to further their mission. Asia’s Hope has viewed Scarlet City Church as a key supporter in their work, but the hope was that we would eventually be able to support a specific home. Thankfully, God has provided an incred- ible opportunity for us to support a home in a joint effort with Vista Church in Dublin, Ohio!
I’d like to outline why we believe this partnership with Asia’s Hope is a good fit for our church, what the details of our support will be, and how you can be involved personally.
Scarlet City Church’s vision is to be a people joining God’s story of transformation and renewal. Everything we do is connected to God’s gospel story, which offers personal transformation and calls us to communal renewal. We strive to be a gospel light locally, but also, through strategic partnerships, to be a gospel light globally. God’s story is a global story! Therefore, God’s calling is a global calling. As a local church we plan to faithfully play our role in God’s global mission.
Our global mission strategy has three prongs that must be met for us to consider entering into a formal partnership: (1) commitment to church planting and discipleship; (2) trained, accountable, and gifted indigenous leaders; and (3) a relationship between key leaders at SCC and the organization where we can bless and be blessed through friendship.
Asia’s Hope fits perfectly in all three categories! Nehemiah, the Director of Asia’s Hope India, is a pastor, church planter, and ministry trainer. He has planted numerous churches and continues to train pastors from all over the region. They presently have almost 100 orphans in five homes where they disciple and care for those society has abandoned. Also, the strong stateside and in-country leadership of Asia’s Hope has blown us away. Their combination of vision, compassion, and skill in ministry has proven to a model for many. Lastly, over the past two years we have developed a strong relationship with Asia’s Hope leadership through numerous conversations with John McCollum the Director of Asia’s Hope, and twice visiting Asia’s Hope in India.
In this season, we believe God is leading us to give 10% of all internal giving to missions outside of our church. Five percent will go to regional church planting and 5% will go to global church planting and mercy ministry. All our global ministry giving will go directly to Asia’s Hope home number 4. For now, we will give $600 a month, and as God grows our church we anticipate this amount will increase.
The cost for supporting a home in India is around $4,000 a month. This is why a joint partnership with Vista Church makes this financially feasible for us in this season. Vista will cover the start-up costs and a higher percentage of the home. As SCC grows we anticipate covering half the cost of the home.
Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to build a strong relationship with Mike Smith, the Lead Pastor of Vista, and other leaders in the church. We are all excited about doing this together! This presents a wonderful opportunity for our churches to do something together that neither of us would be able to do alone at this time.
Once a month we will devote portions of our liturgy to prayer and updates from our Asia’s Hope home. There will also be a blog entry that gives updates and prayer requests. We invite everyone at SCC to take time to pray personally for God’s provision and protection for our family in India.
If you give to Scarlet City Church, you are contributing to Asia’s Hope India. You are also invited to con- tribute to the ministry personally. If you would like to give on top of your tithe to SCC to Asia’s Hope you can add it on the memo of your check or online. All personal contributions will be added on top of our 5% giving.
We will have a trip to India at least once a year in conjunction with a team from Vista. There will be twelve people total – six from each church. A team is going the first week of June 2015. There are limited seats, but there will be more trips in the future for people interested in going.
Help spread the word of God’s work in Asia’s Hope through social media, conversations, and other means. This is a great way to talk about how God’s church is caring for the outcast with those whose only experi- ence with the church may be marked with distrust.
In closing, I cannot express how excited I am for this opportunity for our church! God has led us into this opportunity and continues to confirm that this is right for our church. If you would like to learn more about this partnership and/or if you would like to discuss playing a more hands-on role through giving and future trips please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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