Highway of Hope Christian Church (our church name) has attracted some interesting comments over the years! Its not a traditional church name by any means, and our building is not even close to a highway! However about 5 years ago, when our church was still very young the Lord gave me a vision.
I saw what looked like a little church building, and outside the door was a very long stream of people lined up to come inside. These people all had something that was an obvious impediment to their life. I saw people limping, or on crutches, some with broken or missing limbs. I saw people that were crying, or very sad and confused looking. I saw shabby clothes, and ashamed faces. I saw people who had been rejected, that felt lost and that struggled to trust. I saw all of these people coming into the little church building, some stayed for a while and then travelled out through the back door, partly healed but for whatever reason needing to continue on their journey else where. Others stayed and after a while went back out the front door of the church to meet those lined up to come in. These ones had experienced the hope and healing of Jesus Christ and they wanted to share their experiences with those still searching. I saw them meeting people right where they were at and helping them into the church. This vision remains with me, I often think of it when I see our church folk struggling, and when I see new people coming through our doors. This year in particular I have seen people who came into this church broken, allowing Christ to heal and transform them into vessels that bring true hope. These are the ones that are now ushering others into the Kingdom of God. I love our church name, it truly sums up who we are and it reminds those that see it that there is HOPE in any situation.
18 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.
He is my Beloved, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not fight or shout
or raise his voice in public.
20 He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.
21 And his name will be the hope
of all the world.” Matthew 12:18-21 (NLT)