Psalm 124

Our God is Jehovah Mephalti, “Yahweh, my Deliverer.”

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
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Blessed are the peacemakers (Matt. 5:9).

Back in 2014 Stone Hill launched its “Global Leadership Residency” (GLR), a missional initiative funded by a percentage of monies received through the 2014-2017 fundraising effort, “Expanding Our Serve.” The goal of the GLR was to bring two recognized Christian leaders from Africa and Asia for a two-month residency here at Stone Hill. The residency would provide the leaders with a break from regular responsibilities and an opportunity to study, write, and refuel while being an active member of our church fellowship. The first GLR recipient, the late Dr. Paul Joshua, from Bangalore India, was here during the summer months of 2014. Those who remember Paul will recall how powerfully God used him in our midst through his teaching, preaching, and example.

Our second GLR resident, Dr. Isaac Mbabazi, will arrive several weeks from now, in early May.

Isaac comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He and his wife, Jeannette, have three daughters: Grâce (24), Georgine (18) and Vanessa (11). Because of family constraints, only Isaac will be with us during the residency.

The DRC is a country torn apart by civil war, violence, and hostility. Despite the risks, Isaac has chosen to identify with his people and serve Christ in the DRC. He currently serves in a double capacity at Shalom University in Bunia: Associate Professor of the New Testament, and Dean of Research in the School of Theology.

Isaac has made strong connections between his education and the needs of his community and country. He holds a doctorate in Biblical Studies from The University of Manchester, UK, where his dissertation examined “The Significance of Interpersonal Forgiveness in the Gospel of Matthew.” It was published under the same title (Pickwick, Eugene OR) in 2013. Isaac has also written various papers and articles. Two will be published soon: “Heeding Matthew’s Voice in the Conflicts and Civil Wars in the DRC” (Langham Global, UK), and “Blessed are the peacemakers (Matt 5:9)” (Acton Press, Nairobi, Kenya).

Like you, I can’t wait to meet our brother, Isaac!

Church notes: 


The Grand Narrative: Scripture tells one unified story from Genesis to Revelation, culminating in the person of Jesus Christ. Through May we will follow that story in the New Testament. Together, we will see how the New Testament completes the story begun in the Old and consider where and how we fit into that story.  This class will resume March 31 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.

Women’s Bible Study: Join a six-week Lent/Easter series that focuses not on giving up things for Lent, but sharpening our spiritual focus - delighting in God, welcoming the stranger, living a more simple life, letting God search our heart, and worshiping.  Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under.  Questions?  Contact Mary McCormack at

Stone Hill 101 (Membership Class) today after the 2nd service: Do you want to learn more about our church? Stone Hill 101 is designed for you to survey the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. This 3 hour class will be held today after the 2nd service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. Please contact Pastor Jin Lee at if you have any questions.

ROAR Camp 2019: July 8-12th. Go wild as a volunteer at ROAR Camp! Help kids celebrate that God is good through all of life's wild adventures. Register online today to volunteer at  Camper registration begins on April 1.

Employment Opportunity: Stone Hill Learning Center is seeking two qualified candidates to teach the following classes during the 2019-2020 academic year: High School Chemistry (requires 4 hours of classroom time each week for instruction and lab) and Latin I (requires 2.5 hours of classroom time each week). Applicant must be a committed Christian, have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in the subject area, and experience teaching middle school and high school students. Please contact Kim Torquato, Director, at for more information.

Spring Global Outreach GO! Conference: We are pleased to announce our guest speakers for the Spring GO Conference are Todd & Susan Peterson from Every Tribe, Every Nation This organization is working to eradicate Bible poverty in the whole world by 2033. It's an exciting project. Learn more about it at the Conference. Join us for dinner at 6 p.m on Saturday, April 6 and a special Adult Ed class on Sunday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m.