Harold Ebersole's Story
Harold Ebersole has worked for years in Bangladesh as one of our church's global partners. Much of his work there is as a Hospital Administrator, serving to meet the practical needs of the people while also pointing them towards the love and hope of Christ. Recently Harold returned home to NJ for a furlough, but was instead met with a surprise diagnosis. The video below tells his story of faith amidst suffering.
Below is a longer version of his story, with some additional things God has been teaching him through this time.
Why are we starting a blog?
This is one of the first questions we as a staff asked ourselves before we began writing. Why are we doing this? Is writing a blog the right format? Our conversations when in a lot of different places, but here's the gist of where we landed: we want to be able to more consistently and clearly share what God is at work doing in the midst of our community and in individual lives. Right now we rely a lot on Sunday morning service time for sharing this kind of stories, but it's just not enough. And we know it's so important to be celebrating the big picture of His work. So, a blog gives us two primary things:
What is it going to be about?
We can't be certain about the specifics yet, but we're narrowing in on a trajectory. You may have heard us talking about seen around the church building the phrase, "We are a Community of Hope in Christ." Many of us may get what that means, or at least some of it. But wouldn't it be awesome if we could explain it more fully? So, this blog is an opportunity for us as a staff and church to show answers to the questions, "What does being a community of hope in Christ really mean?", and "What does that look like in day to day life?".
Some of the writing may be grand, big picture perspectives of how God is working, but I suspect that by and large it will be small scale stories of every day faith journeys. Journeys which we are on together as a community.
Will you join us?
Hopefully you can hear our excitement and see the possibilities with what lies before us. There's a lot we may need to learn along the way, but we know one crucial ingredient is you. Join in on this story by subscribing to the monthly email that will highlight many of that month's posts as well as a look forward to upcoming ways you can connect deeper into the community.