I have been writing about the simple beginning of a ministry that is impacting thousands of people since 2005. However, we will dedicate the next Blogs for FHL week. We will continue about the history of FHL afterwards.
Here’s the transcript of the message yesterday at the launching of the 10th Annual FHL Week.
with 7 churches and 200 volunteers
In July 2005, the Lord birthed the 1st FHL Week with 7 churches and 200 volunteers. The following year, the Lord brought us to Conseco Fieldhouse with 1200 volunteers from 50 different churches.
FHL did a Christian concert at a secular place.
We held our first FHL Prayer Walk at the Circle.
Joined by about 500 people
Since then until 2012, we start FHL Week at the Circle, with the exception of 2011, where we held the celebration at University Park. Donna led the charge in recruiting 240 Christian dancers who danced their shoes off in downtown Indy
In 2007, I had the privilege to train more than 25 pastors in Cartagena, Colombia to reach out to their communities and have their own FHL Week. There are group of churches now in Noblesville who are doing their own annual week of service.
They did their FHL Week the same year and the following year.
Here in the US, I would normally start the preparation for the FHL Week in January, recruiting and training Christian leaders. It is hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it. It is not without challenges. Last year, the Lord spoke to us to do a 24/7 prayer-worship while doing community projects all week long. He spoke to us that He is doing a “New Thing.” Little did we know that He wanted to focus us on addressing hunger while sharing the Gospel and discipling new leaders. That’s why all of us are here to CELEBRATE what God had done in the past 9 years. We are here to rejoice and to honor God.
Number 10 is referred in the Bible as a number of completion, along with number 3 and number 12. There are 10 Commandments and a tithe is 10th of our earnings, which represents our faith in God.
It also represents human failure and God’s provision:
- In Numbers 13:32, the 10 spies brought back evil reports about the Promised Land, they failed to see God’s provision and power.
- In Daniel 1:20, they found Daniel to be 10 times better than the magicians and astrologers.
- In Luke 17:12, the 10 lepers needed Jesus to heal them.
This year is different that the previous 9 FHL Week.
Missional Food Pantries in central Indiana
We are focusing on hunger this year rather than doing dozens of different projects. This year, I have seen numerous people accept the Lord not through a few leaders but through many people who are being raised up to disciple other people. Through missional food pantries, we have demystified the word missions and we are setting up “Kingdom Hubs” in central Indiana.
A “Hub” is a central part of a wheel. The dictionary defines it as a center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity and authority. That’s why our food pantries are in churches, at community center and at street corners. These “Kingdom Hubs” are places where people are fed physically and spiritually. The volunteers or “Mercy Missionaries” radiate the light of Christ in their actions. The activities are not focused on just giving away food but on sharing the love of God by living out our faith. And, through the delegated authority that God had given to us, we are taking ground from the enemy and expanding the kingdom of God in central Indiana.
FHL Family Pitch-in
The 10th Annual FHL Week celebrates what God had done and what He will do in the years to come. I believe that through the missional food pantries, we can feed the hungry, share the Gospel and disciple people. We are setting up “Kingdom Hubs” in central Indiana. So, let’s celebrate God and celebrate each other. This week, let’s expect miracles because we are commissioned to do the works of God.