Over $130,000 Raised for Thai Orphan Home in One Service!!!
“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds – His name is the LORD – and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” -Psalm 68:4
I must confess that I am had my doubts. I figured we would get to our goal of a $100,000 eventually. Perhaps it would take a year or two, but we would ultimately get there. Certainly, it wouldn’t all be pledged in one weekend. Asking for $100,000 was a bold request! So many factors floating in my head these past few months told me why this was not going to happen.
Boy, was I wrong!
When the Mission’s Committee set a goal to raise $100,000 for an orphan home in Thailand last spring and the Deacon Board agreed to it, I began to worry. Our faith tends to be tied to our experiences. I hadn’t see this done in a church before. Yet, we pressed ahead and went for it. The Mission’s Committee asked the Davis family to go to Thailand to foster the relationship with host families. Tommy Scully was sent along to make a film. Since Camino Felix is about kids, we decided before they left to let Keenan Davis tell the story. “Let’s have a child tell the story about children,” we thought. When they returned, we planned a dessert night to gather some “seed” money. I figured we needed faith in the room before we made the ask on Sunday. The dessert night was one of the best events of the year for our community. What surprised all of us was the fact that $53,000 was pledged on Saturday night before we went into our Sunday services. The momentum just kept on going after that. In both services, you could feel the unity and buy in of the people. It was a spectacular sight to see. The people of this church connected to the idea that “every person deserve a mom and dad.”
For me, the culminating event of both services was the ceremony between the missionaries, Lars and Lisa Hornberg, and the people of Valley Christian. For too long, relationships between missionaries and churches was tepid. They were kind and cordial, but not personal. I knew that had to change. We made a vow to them and they to us. I truly believe in our service yesterday that a partnership was forged between a group a people, a missionary couple and a noble cause.
On behalf of the Mission’s Committee and the Deacon Board, I thank you, Valley Christian. You continue to amaze me with your selfless acts and generous hearts. I am a better person for being around you.
I love being a part of this church!
“Ohana” means “family” and “family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” – Lilo and Stitch
Lead Pastor | Valley Christian Center