By Martha Perusek and John Paul Harris
Through their commitment to being the Kingdom of God in their community, the congregation of Horizon Baptist Fellowship in Summerville, Georgia, supports a variety of community and global ministries.
The congregation’s hands and hearts reach around the world as they support Project Ruth, which provides educational programs for the Roma community in Bucharest, Romania, and partner with CBF field personnel Missy Ward-Angalla, who ministers to refugee women and girls in Uganda who have been traumatized by exploitation and abuse.
Mission groups from Horizon have traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and have participated in disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy and tornadoes in Georgia and Alabama. In its own Northwest Georgia community, the congregation provides meals through “Feed the Hungry,” supports a local drug and alcohol recovery center and a pregnancy resource center and is involved with the Boys & Girls Club of America. The church also has a unique ministry providing lawn mowing services for seniors, single mothers and individuals with disabilities who do not have the physical ability and/or means to maintain their lawns.
“Even with all we are doing, the church is always asking, how can we do more? How can we be an even better presence of Christ in the world,” said Pastor John Paul Harris. Horizon substantially supports their ministries through their budget and an annual World Missions Offering in the spring for the CBF Offering for Global Missions and other projects, and sought to support the Fellowship through connection with the 25th Anniversary Campaign.
On October 16 the church celebrated 24 years of ministry at Horizon Baptist Fellowship and 25 years of ministry of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through a day of reflecting on the church’s great past.
“We enjoyed reflecting on our humble beginnings and consultations with Cecil Sherman as the movement was just beginning,” said Harris. “We’ve seen CBF grow in their support for missions and dedication to partnerships that bring forward the love of Christ into the world, and we’ve been a part of that.”
During the celebration, the congregation had the opportunity to think about all of the ways that the church has been able to be the presence of Christ is the community of Summerville — through feeding the hungry, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, providing lawn care or simply being a place where all people are welcomed and can serve as they feel God leading them.
Praises were lifted for the beautiful partnership that exists between Horizon Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as the congregation looked toward the future and pledged a significant gift toward the 25th Anniversary Campaign.
“We dream of where God is calling us and how the love of Christ will be shown through CBF in the years to come,” said Harris. “CBF is in our DNA and it is for that reason we have decided to contribute 1% of our church budget for the next three years to the campaign.
“Christ’s love compels us to go forth and be the presence of Christ in our world. We look forward to doing that very thing — together. HBF and CBF together for the cause of Christ, now and always.”
Join Horizon Baptist Fellowship and other churches and individuals from across the Fellowship in celebrating 25 years of CBF October 16-23. During this week, Fellowship churches and individuals will set aside intentional times of celebration to honor CBF’s 25th Anniversary. Through special worship services, mission projects, Bible studies, state and regional gatherings and other special events, this CBF Celebration Week will be an opportunity for Cooperative Baptists across the country and around the world to thank God for the past 25 years and look forward to our future as a Fellowship. Resources are available at www.cbf.net/cbf25.