Ferguson Bible Church
By Ryan Keller Hope4Healing Director
Hope4Healing is so privileged! As we seek to help those in need across the state of Iowa, we cannot hope to help those we serve without the assistance of the great partners that seek to serve with us. We have been taking the time to share with you, the last couple of months, stories about some of our amazing partners. We have discussed groups like the Dream Team in Waterloo and Family Services of Iowa; and I hope you have taken the time to get to know these partners better and understand the magnitude of the impact we can make by serving together.
Today, I am sharing with you another great partner who seeks daily to find ways to have an impact in their community; and it is showing in some really great ways. Before I share with you about Ferguson Bible Church, I want to explain briefly what a Hope4Healing partner looks like. Partners of Hope4Healing do not pay a fee to be a part of the Hope4Healing Resource Assistance network; instead, Hope4Healing and our partners join together to find and/or provide the resources necessary to help those we serve live a better life. Some partners serve by providing services or resources, some serve by providing encouragement, mentorship, or a shoulder to cry on, and others serve by referring individuals and/or families to Hope4Healing for assistance.
I had the privilege to sit with the congregation this past Sunday at Ferguson Bible Church. Their pastor is Pastor Darren Young or Pastor Darren as most people like to call him. It was a time of celebration at Ferguson Bible Church, because it was the Sunday on which Pastor Darren was ordained by the church. There is a lot I could say about Ferguson Bible Church from their children’s ministry, to their weekly service, to the respect I have for Pastor Darren; but I want to share with you the blessing that this congregation seeks to bring to its community at large.
I have no doubt that Pastor Darren loves his church, neighbors, and has a burden for those who do not know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. I also have no doubt that the church loves their pastor and seeks to help others. Recently, Pastor Darren shared with me how the church is working on creating a new vision for how the church will continue to serve the Lord in the future; and a big part of that new vision is to help those in need and to show those who do not attend church that genuine people are in the church’s membership and they invite all to come and see the blessing of having the God of the Bible in their lives. I am also impressed with the church’s outreach. They host a meal every year that is open to the public to show their appreciation of the blessings they have received. Pastor Darren attends a weekly pastor’s prayer meeting where men of God (pastors) get together to pray for their community and to seek how their churches might better share the gospel. Recently, Ferguson Bible Church took part in an effort to get a Bible into the hands of every household in the Ferguson/Marshalltown areas. I hope you can see that this church is doing wonderful things to serve as Christ served during His earthly ministry.
So, how does Ferguson Bible Church fit into being a Hope4Healing partner? Ferguson Bible Church provides the important role of friendship and spiritual/emotional support for people in need in the Ferguson and surrounding area. They provide encouragement, prayer, a listening ear, and a caring heart to those individuals who contact us looking for help. The person in need chooses the church with whom they develop a relationship; and Ferguson Bible Church is there to encourage those in need when given the opportunity. I hope you take some time to get to know Ferguson Bible Church better. Check out their website or contact them @ 641-478-3318 with any questions; I know Pastor Darren and his congregation would be glad answer any questions and to invite you to be a part of their fellowship.
I hope you can see that serving others doesn’t have to be difficult, and I hope you will consider becoming a partner with us. To find out more about being a Hope4Healing partner check out our website at www.hope4healingquakerdale.net or email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.We at Hope4Healing are so privilege to work with awesome groups like the church in Ferguson; please shoot us an email if you would like to find out how you, your church, or organization can partner with us and Ferguson Bible Church to make a difference in lives of people in need.
Thank you, Ryan Keller Hope4Healing Director.