Hmong Hope Community Church (Spring Lake Park, MN) welcomed La Her as senior pastor on Jan. 20, 2018. The congregation expressed joy and gratitude for God's love and grace. They had been praying for the last 5 years for a senior pastor who would lead them in sharing the gospel to the Twin Cities. Pastor La Her previously served as senior pastor at LifeHouse Church and Rochester Hmong Baptist Church. Many guests from association churches were present, including TCMBA Director of Mission, Chris Reinertson, Church Planting Catalyst, Gerardo Antivero, and HBNA President, Sam Vang.
At the TCMBA annual meeting in October, we had two training sessions. Chris Reinertson shared we are "Better Together" and we looked at Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 for wisdom. The three points were "The Dangers of Being & Doing Alone," "The Benefits of Better Together" and "The Beauty of the Cord of 3 Strands." Church Planter Jonathan Parnell reminded us from Genesis 1 that God is "Bigger than You." God is bigger than your problems and God is bigger than your dreams. We adopted the verse Jeremiah 33:3 as our theme verse for 2018 to unify together and pray corporately for God to move within the TCMBA.The pastors and planters who attended felt challenged, encouraged, united and grateful to be part of this Twin Cities Movement.
What is God speaking into your life these days? A few years into our church plant, after experiencing so many highs and lows, God spoke into my life a specific passage of Scripture. That Scripture helped me to remain steady, strong, healthy and confident on the roller coaster of church planting and building God's Kingdom. Since then, God has spoken many passages of Scripture into my life to encourage, strengthen and refresh me. How about you?