Hope Team

Tim Briggs Outreach, Stories

Guest post from Dan & Beth McGinley When we joined a small group Bible study several years ago, we had no idea where it might lead. We were new to Church at Charlotte and thought this would be a good way to get to know some people. We were fortunate to be connected to a group led by Jim and …

Encourage

Tim Briggs Community Life, Devotional, Stories, Struggling Well, Women

Guest post by Katie Johnson Encourage: give support, confidence, or hope to (someone), to hearten, cheer, uplift. Two years ago, in the midst of a hard transition and season of life, I was invited to attend the informational dessert about Encourage, a ministry of Church at Charlotte, and made the decision to give it a try. After all, this is …

Photography Camp

Tim Briggs Devotional, Outreach, Stories

Guest post by Julie Deuink Instant Polaroid camera. Remember those? I had a Polaroid camera back when they were new and cool—point the camera, push a button, and a fuzzy, out-of-focus picture emerged from the camera. It was always amazing to me, watching the picture develop as I waited, a wonderful capture of the moment just experienced. Back then, before …

Jeremiah Fund – Bill Voerster: Mended Hearts

Kristen Pittman Stories

In November 2006, Bill Voerster was facing a major heart surgery at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, CA. While at the hospital, he was visited by a Mended Hearts Accredited Visitor who spent time talking with him the day before his operation. “The release of anxiety and fear of the surgery was extremely dramatic,” Bill says. “I went into pre-op …

Jeremiah Fund – Andra Eason: Joni and Friends

Kristen Pittman Outreach, Stories

Fulfilling Jesus’ command to love and serve “the least of these” landed Andra Eason at Joni and Friends, a ministry that communicates the gospel and equips Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities. “I’ve seen firsthand how difficult their lives can be on a daily basis. It is not uncommon to hear stories from families that …

Miracle

Tim Briggs Outreach, Stories

Guest post by Julie Deuink Born at 24 weeks weighing 697 grams, she began her life beating the odds. Her mom, Donna, believed that God had a purpose for this tiny baby and gave her the fitting name of Miracle. The doctors hedged their prognosis with cautious warnings…this child named Miracle would likely be blind, deaf, and learning disadvantaged. But …

Jeremiah Fund – Richmond McPherson: The Council for Children’s Rights

Kristen Pittman Outreach, Stories

When Richmond McPherson graduated from law school and moved to Charlotte to begin his law practice, he knew he wanted to use his legal skills for the good of our community. An experience as a Guardian ad Litem in law school spurred Richmond to find similar volunteer opportunities in this city, which led him to The Council for Children’s Rights. …

Jeremiah Fund – Missy Moore: Pregnancy Resource Center

Kristen Pittman Stories

Missy Moore was inspired to find the Pregnancy Resource Center after going through Get Off Your Donkey—a series highlighting different areas of Charlotte that are broken and in great need of Christ—with her Sunday School class. She was moved by the pain of women who have aborted their babies, and the death of the babies broke her heart. “I knew …

Jeremiah Fund – Jason Lopp: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Kristen Pittman Outreach, Stories

Jason Lopp always liked animals, but he never considered volunteering with them until an opportunity to redesign Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s website came along. “Before doing that, they wanted me to volunteer working with the animals so that I would have a better understanding of the rescue and the work they do,” Jason says. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue rehabilitates and cares for …

The Story Needs to Be Told

Carrie Givens Stories, Struggling Well

Four years ago, I walked through the gas chambers at Auschwitz. I stood in between the barracks buildings and imagined Nazi soldiers unloading masses of humanity from trains and pushing them along the gravel roads toward extermination. I stood in concrete buildings looking through glass into rooms filled with the belongings of the people who lost their lives there: one …