Creative Arts Ministry Partnering with Hope Clinic

by Erica Yi

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Throughout the past several years, our church has had the privilege of partnering together with Hope Clinic, an interdenominational Christian organization that serves communities in need through various medical, dental and social services. The Creative Arts team recently had two opportunities to participate and host their weekly worship service on Sunday evenings where patients, volunteers & staff gather together. We were able to facilitate the time of worship through songs and had a guest speaker share from the Word as well. The ultimate vision for these services is to reach out to the surrounding community and to share the message of hope to those in need.

One of our team members met a patient who attends the clinic, and he was in his sixties. As he was sharing, he described how his life had seemed so unfulfilling up until now and that he felt distant from God. Toward the end of our service, we got a chance to pray for him and he said, while sniffling, “I can’t give up on God because He won’t ever give up on me”. It was an eye-opening reminder that there are people that live day to day without a sense of purpose or joy, but that God’s heart is full of compassion for us all and wants to bring us back to Him. We realized that God truly is the only one who can give us eternal hope despite our circumstances. It was humbling and encouraging hearing this man respond in this way after our time together and there were others who were blessed and refreshed by the simple time of worship together.

We left feeling very thankful for the opportunity to share the Gospel and to gather as the Church as we gathered with people from various backgrounds and we saw how real the pains, burdens, and worries of this world are, yet, we were brought back to the greater reality that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are praying and believing by faith that God will open more doors for us to share the Gospel through our love for worship and the arts!