Six Years of Hope – History
In 2001, God led my wife Heather and I to Southeast Louisiana to start a new church in St. Tammany Parish. This weekend that church – Hope Church of Waldheim – will celebrate its 6th Anniversary. Though words can’t describe the experience it has been for our family, I’ve got to try anyway. And lucky for you I’m going to do it with pictures. Today, a little history…
The spring & summer of 2002, we conducted a number of Block Parties, preview services, & informational meetings across the region to seek to build relationships & get the word out to our community that a new church was coming to the area.
In June of 2005, with the help of partners, we were able to purchase this 4,000 square foot cafe/bar on 16.6 acres in the middle of our target area. For the first time in the church’s history we had A/C and clean floors. We also had for the first month at the new location our own bar equipped with daquiri machines.
In August of 2005, Hope Church found itself in the way of Hurricane Katrina’s winds. Our community was devastated by falling trees, our church body was cut in half, but we were loved well by the body of Christ as we hosted near 30 mission teams from around the country assisting with cleanup, rebuilding, and outreach.
Today Hope Church, holds two services ministering to hundreds each year, has sponsored 10 new churches in Zimbabwe, co-sponsored one new church in Louisiana, traveled to assist the Tzotzil Church Planting Movement in Chiapas, Mexico.
Where today there is a body of worshippers of Jesus, seven years ago was a cafe/bar and a community in need of a witness to the glory of God.
I am thankful to the hundreds from around the country who have prayed, given financially, and sweated for the sake of the Gospel’s influence in South Louisiana. I am also deep in prayer for the leaders of Hope Church as a new door is opening in her history and what lies before her is the opportunity to influence Waldheim/St. Tammany/the world for generations to come.
Next – Greatest Joys and Greatest Challenges.