When I read the book of Acts, one of the things that stands out to me is how the New Testament Church got after it with spreading the Gospel. They sent out missionaries, planted churches near and far, and literally took the message of salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ throughout their world.
That’s always been our prayer, and our ultimate goal for Healing Place Church – to spread the Gospel by whatever means we can. And in 17 years God has given us tremendous favor and opportunities to reach people. We’ve added multiple services, multiple locations, and helped plant other churches in our area and around the world. God has allowed us to establish campuses in our city, in Texas, and two in Africa, and to send out several of our staff from Baton Rouge to serve in those campuses and other churches. We’ve used video on a big screen, and we’re using video on computer screens via the internet. Tons of methods for spreading the Word.
Just a few weeks ago we were blessed to be given a church in downtown Baton Rouge. The great hearts of a group of people at Winbourne Baptist Church followed what they felt was God’s leading to give us their facility to use for spreading the Gospel through the Baton Rouge Dream Center. It’s humbling to see what God has done. When I look at our history, I see God’s hand, His blessing, and His favor… all for the purpose of spreading the Gospel.
Today, God is still in the business of reaching people and spreading the Gospel. I’m excited to let you know about a change we’ve made in our St. Amant and Donaldsonville Dream Center campuses that I believe furthers the cause of Christ to reach more people.
About a year ago, Mark Stermer and I discussed the idea of launching the St. Amant campus off into a new season as an autonomous church, and making the Donaldsonville Dreamcenter an outreach of that new church. After much prayer we have made this transition, and the HPC St. Amant campus is now The Church of St. Amant with Mark and Cindy Stermer as the lead pastors, with the wonderful responsibility and opportunity of the Donaldsonville Dreamcenter.
I was honored to speak in the Sunday services at the St. Amant campus yesterday and let them know that at HPC we’ll continue to support financially and serve the work in Donaldsonville as it serves the poor and hurting in that community, because that is our heart.
We’re very excited to be able to see the Gospel spreading out through the efforts of God’s people in The Church of St. Amant and the Donaldsonville Dream Center as well as at Healing Place Church.
This is such a great time to be alive and spreading the Gospel in so many ways God has given. We are blessed!