These funds, combined with other church donations, will support the construction of a missionary home in Haiti for the Faith in Action International agency.
“This is the second year that FRC has done a ‘One Day’ offering," said John Kenny, First Reformed's senior pastor. "We have chosen to do this as a way to respond to the great disparity that exists between our lives and those of the world's poorest.”
On May 20, Kenny’s challenge to the congregation to contribute the equivalent of one day’s salary resulted in members’ raising $18,258. Coupled with that figure was $220 raised by members during the May “Mission of the Month offering for FIAI,” plus $7,500 budgeted for the mission. All of these funds total $25,978.
“As Christians living in an affluent society, we have an inherent responsibility to care for the hungry, forgotten and oppressed," Kenny said. "We believe that God wants us to do more than just count our blessings, but to share them so that others will be blessed by Him, as well, and know Him."
Faith in Action purchased 2 acres of land to build a development center in Haiti. Earlier this year, a group of church members from Cadillac traveled to the mission site and began work on the missionary home, which is the first building to be constructed on the property. The funds raised by First Reformed will be used to build the home.
“We have been amazed at what God can do if we just set aside one day, providing things that will last for decades and make an impact on eternity," Kenny said. "The ‘One Day’ project isn't about what FRC can do. Apart from Jesus, we can't do anything, and we still struggle with putting ourselves before the Lord and the needs of others."
Once the missionary home is completed and funds are available, Faith in Action will begin work on an office, a shade house for a tree nursery and a guesthouse. Long-term plans for the site include a conference hall for church leadership training, farmer meetings, church gatherings, hillside farming demonstrations and fish ponds.
The mission of Faith in Action International is to reveal God’s love to the people of Haiti by facilitating sustainable development programs. This involves educating Haitians to stop deforestation, teaching agribusiness to create sustainable businesses and generate income, combating soil erosion, and providing water filters and supplies of clean water to villagers. Faith in Action incorporates ministry into all of its development work.
For more information, visit faithinactionint.org.