red tomatoGo ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

I highlighted in Thursday’s blog the concept of “Home Grown Tomatoes” presented by Rev. Tom Morgan to Hillsdale nearly 15 years ago.  Tom’s challenge was simple, but profound; in the same way there is nothing as sweet and rewarding as homegrown tomatoes… the same is true when a church supports and sends out its own missionaries!

I have highlighted Dennis and Melanie Rodgers participation in this year’s mission’s conference [Dennis grew up at Hillsdale and is certainly a “home grown” missionary and will be the keynote speaker of our Missions Banquet, Sunday night, October 26].

Surprise: Buddy and Loren (Salazar) Fitzgerald, our missionaries to Peru, are Fitzgeraldshome for a medical emergency in their family.  Loren saw yesterday’s missions post and, as one of our “home grown” missionaries, had her husband contact me about joining our conference!

What a joy to have two “homegrown” missionaries participate in Hillsdale’s mission’s conference! I am excited!

tomatoe farmerReminder: This Sunday you will need to sign up for a Monday evening “In Home Fellowship” with a missionary family.  You also need to sign up and reserve a seat for you and your family at our missions banquet.