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We want to have our people outwardly focused

"Instead of telling our community to come to our church, we went to them and served them," says Carlos Sales, pastor of ministries at Missions Hill Church...

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On Monday morning, when teen parents with children in tow came to Foothills High School in San Marcos, Calif.— a campus that allows teen parents to earn school credits while their children stay in day-care at the same facility— they were shocked to find their campus beautifully landscaped. Freshly painted walls gleamed and spring flowers colored the ground. It only took students several inquiries to discover what had happened. Mission Hills Church had been there for their Faith in Action work project.

“Instead of just telling our community to come to our church, we went to them and served them,” says Carlos Sales, pastor of ministries at Missions Hill Church. Out of 400 regular attendees, over 200 came to be a part of that workday. In a few hours on a Sunday morning, the team sanitized the school’s nursery, planted 30 potted flowers, painted multiple walls— including two murals— and made over their playground.

The project received positive responses from both parties. Foothills High School’s administration and students were thrilled with the results, and touched that a church would serve them, Sales says. A teacher from the school began attending Mission Hills Church as a result. Explains Sales, “She saw what we did and decided to come to church. A lot of parents and students were playing soccer in a nearby field and saw us working –they couldn’t believe we would come and clean their school!” Participants in the Faith in Action workday were also deeply moved and Mission Hills Church has continued to grow since the workday. They’re now averaging 1,400 attendees in their new building. Sales hopes that as his church grows and changes, the steady focus on serving God and community will remain. “We want to have our people outwardly focused on serving the community,” says Sales.

Church Information:

Missions Hill Church