Over 100 congregations gathered at 18 sites with more than 400 people in attendance at the first Hope in the Heartland Day of Discovery, February 2nd, 2019. It was a full day of learning, interaction, sharing, and truly discovering so very many reasons to be hopeful about what God is up to in our midst. Small congregations are vital communities of faith connecting people to God, each other, and the world in ways that matter in daily life!
A big thanks to Pastor Nancy Nyland and many others who crafted this day and took care of the details to facilitate a meaningful experience. Prayers of thanksgiving that technology enabled us to gather as so many together across great distance.
The best part…Each congregation took time at the end of the day to sketch out a plan of how they will “rent” ideas and resources and seek to create openings for the Holy Spirit to work transformation in big and small ways. We can’t wait to share stories of how these plans are being put into action and what is growing as a result.
The soil is being prepared, seeds are being planted, we trust God to bring forth growth in us and through us. Now we get to work! How is hope growing in your midst?
Here are some pictures of the start of it all!