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Visions for 2015 : Pastor Wes Hilliard

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by Pastor Wes


I have great hopes and dreams for Heritage in 2015.

It will be the 30th anniversary of the forming of the Heritage congregation when First Church and St. John’s voted to merge. But it will also be the 175th anniversary of our presence in Van Buren! That’s amazing! We will plan a great celebration of this milestone! I believe the LORD is calling us to Sound the Alarm about the seriousness of ourtimes in our nation – to call our congregation and others to a lifestyle of fasting and prayer.

“Who knows, perhaps the Lord will relent and leave a blessing instead (of the judgment our nation deserves)” Joel 2:14.

I am working with our prayer teams now to see what this may look like for us. The first 2 ½ months of the year we will be conducting a capital campaign to pay off our existing debt and to start saving towards our next building – a multi-purpose Life Center for worship, fellowship, meals, Bible study and recreation. I am praying that we will be able to erase our debt by mid-September, 2015. This is essential for us to move to the next level of growth.

Our Study Committee will finish its report early in the year and our church council will make a decision on what to do “building wise” in order for us to continue in our growth. I am praying that, by God’s grace and blessing, we will lead over 100 people to receive Jesus as their LORD and Savior and make Heritage their church family. We normally have well over 100 join but only 30 ‐ 60% are by profession of faith. And we normally lead over 100 people to salvation in our ministries, but this year I am believing the LORD for 100 or more to join Heritage by profession of faith.

“The Covenant: Yeshua” will be the centerpiece of a major outreach in to the Fort Smith area on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The LORD is calling us to expand the reach of our influence into the wider River Valley, specifically, into Fort Smith. It is our greatest population center and we believe there are many people in that city that the LORD wants us to reach.

In the fall, Pastor Daniel and his family will return on furlough from their mission field in the Far East. We will study the book of Genesis and seek to equip our congregation to understand and engage effectively the creation/ evolution / intelligent design debate.

Please pray with me as we seek the LORD on what special evangelists/speakers/teams he wants us to bring to Heritage this year and in 2016. I am excited to be retiring from the military on February 7th .

You are all invited to the ceremony at Camp Robinson at 1400 hours (2 p.m.). 2015 is going to be the best year so far.

Lord, let Your Fire fall and Your Glory fill!

Pastor Wes 

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