When God demonstrated his power, the people of Israel would often erect standing stones. These would serve as conversation starters in which the older generation could recount the stories of the faith to the younger generations. Here at FHBC, Charter Day provides a regular opportunity to revisit God’s faithfulness down through the years. This local church was established August 29, 1954. Sheri & I first came to FHBC in the fall of 1995. So our time overlapped with many of those 16 charter members – Loren & Dorothy Stevens, Jim & Dorothy Carpenter, Bob & Jean Ferrall. As I listened to their stories, I was struck with the sacrifices that they made.
First, there was the sacrifice of comfort and convenience. They all came from Wealthy Street Baptist Church. Wealthy Street was a large and established work with a well-known pastor and great facilities. There was programming for their kids and good teaching that was readily available. And now this small nucleus had to provide all the teaching and children’s programs.
Second, there was the sacrifice of friendships. The friendships at Wealthy Street remained, of course, but the time spent together was greatly curtailed as most of their energies were invested in this new work. Many of the children of these members left bustling Sunday school classes and now had no one else their own age.
Third, there was the sacrifice of their money. When they made the move it required an increased, nonnegotiable commitment to giving. Those 16 individuals bought a farmhouse on Cascade Rd. for $5,000.
But consider for a moment the long-term returns on that investment – the new believers, the appointed missionaries, and the local outreach. God, give us an eternal perspective!