Focusing on their neighborhood, Highland Baptist Church has almost finished raising funds to build a Wellness Center.
“It will house a health clinic, development classes for our neighborhood (getting out of poverty, exercise, parenting, cooking classes, etc.), our after school mentoring program, a food distribution center, a mentoring for young moms ministry, a Mission Training Center and offices for our local and international missions,” said pastor John Durham. “We believe that the Lord will use this Wellness Center to help us engage our community and build bridges for us to share the Gospel.”
The church has a running history of caring for their neighbors. They’ve been partnering with Dean Highland Elementary and see dozens of students come to the church every day for after-school mentoring.
Durham said, “We feed them daily, we help them with homework, give them some recreation time and we share Gospel stories with them daily. We have seen several come to faith in Christ. Our partnership with Dean Highland Elementary is an amazing gift; weekly we have reading volunteers, tutors, teacher’s aides and church members in the school helping.”
The church even has a prayer box for teachers and staff so the church members can pray for the school leaders.
Durham has been thrilled about the growing diversity at Highland. Their New Member classes have been “bursting at the seams”.
“I love the diversity of Highland, I love the wonderful members and staff that I serve the Lord next to each week, I love the heart Highland has for Gospel-centered missions in the neighborhood and the nations, and I love the way the Lord sustains us as His people in remarkable ways.”
Having grown up in Waco, Durham loved having the chance to follow God’s call and return to the area.
He asked for prayer that “we would be authentic, that we would grow in grace and abound in love. Pray that the Lord would give us the courage to obey Him and serve others.”