Sunday Worship Gathering 11 AM @ North Community Lutheran Church
114 Morse Road Columbus, OH 43214 (Map)
At the end of the summer Scarlet City Church will be two years old. Ever since we had the idea of a starting a new expression of a gospel-centered church in Columbus, OH we knew global partnerships would be a significant facet of the church. Why? Because the Bible compels us to love God, love others, and make disciples of all nations. Not to mention we are in a world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’ and even when we are going through difficult times financially in the United States it doesn’t compare to the hardship that much of the world lives in. We believe the church is responsible for reflecting the character of God to the world by investing what He’s stewarded us with - time, treasure, & talents - to His glory and for the blessing of others. Up to this point we’ve done so through prayer and through investing financially in various global opportunities. And now, we’ve decided to explore partnership with Asia’s Hope.
Asia’s Hope is a ministry based here in Columbus, OH and it exists to care for some of the most at-risk youth in the world - namely orphans in Asia. There are upwards of 163,000,000 (that’s 163 million!!!) orphans in the world, many of whom come from Asia. What are they at risk of? These children are the prime targets of human trafficking, slave labor, and global sex trade. They are truly “the least of these” that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25:31-46. Apart from an outsider intervening there is no chance of a rags-to-riches story for them. No amount of hard work will change their circumstances. These realities trouble us as a church. And although we can’t fix the problem, we want to faithfully play our part.
The ministry of Asia’s Hope is geared towards identifying these orphans and brining them into homes, rather than institutions, where they’re often raised by an indigenous pastor and his family. The environment that they are able to provide is that of a Christ-centered family addressing the children holistically by aiming to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In many of the areas that Asia’s Hope is ministering, orphan homes make up a large percentage of the local church. This means that one or two generations from now children that were once orphaned, hurting, and hopeless may be pillars in the local church.
All this considered, five members of Scarlet City Church are preparing to journey to Kalimpong, India July 1 - July 12 to explore what a partnership can look like between a fledgling church and a ministry with great felt needs. Our desire is to capture stories while we’re in India - namely the stories of what it looks like to begin a church partnership, the story of what God is already doing in Asia’s Hope and the leaders in India, and the story of children in need of hope. The goal of this initial trip is three-fold: 1) we hope to transform stale statistics into faces, names, and stories; 2) to be able to bring these stories back to Scarlet City Church and find ways for the entire church body to feel involved and partner with Asia’s Hope to the glory of God and for the blessing of others; and 3) because the team were taking is comprised of gifted storytellers (writers, speakers, leaders, photographers, videographers) we’re hoping to utilize the resources we produce to help other individuals, churches and organizations learn ways to partner with Asia’s Hope.
Ultimately, upcoming short-term mission trip is not and end in itself, it’s a means to something much greater. We’re not going to India to build houses, rather we’re going to explore how we can help build gospel-communities amongst the poorest of the poor to God’s glory. The first step you can make to get involved is to pray.
Pray big, friends! God is able to do far more than we could ask or even imagine!
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