of our Christian Education Curriculum is to teach our Sunday School
Children how to help others through Mission Projects In which they can
actively participate. Over the past 8 years, our children
have been ably lead by our next Hilltop Church Mission Star.
Heppenstall has thoughtfully and conscientiously mapped out a Mission
program which first focused on supporting Nomias, a small boy from the
village of Musiriswe in Zimbabwe with the opportunity to attend school.
Through the generosity of the children and all of you, that grew into
supporting his sister, Oti. From there, Patty arranged for waterproof
blankets to be made
and sent to the village. After that, the children raised enough funds
for a goats to be sent to the village. The next year Patty thought big
and encouraged the children to raise funds for a home to be built for
the family. With the passing of the builder, the Sunday School children
started sending funds to help the builder’s daughter, Serenity. The
next year we sent solar lights to be
used by the village. Last year clean drinking water was brought to the
village. This year we are endeavoring to supply the village with a way
to sustain themselves with a beekeeping industry. In addition to the
honey, hopefully the bees will make enough wax so both honey and wax may
be used to be either sold or used by the village. These projects are all
thoughtfully and carefully planned with loving kindness. With every
project or communication, the children are encouraged to send a letter,
note or draw a picture for Nomias and Oti. The Sunday School children
also made prayer cards to give to each one of us giving us chance to
bring these Zimbabwean children into our homes and care for them with
our loving prayers. Patty keeps the whole village close to her heart
with constant contact with Rev. Peter and the village.
is only one part of Patty’s commitment to Mission. Patty also has an
active role in the
Souper Bowl of Caring by organizing the Hilltop Pantry Day where
families work at the Interfaith
Food Pantry every January. Patty also serves lovingly at the Community
Soup Kitchen and at
Spruce Up Day at Johnsonburg.
Patty worked with our church cleaning person, Maria and her husband
complete an application for Habitat for Humanity. Maria and her family
were joyfully accepted
and they are on their way to home ownership!
thank you for your true Mission heart and for your example to our
children and to us all.