For several years, Madison Park has sent students to New Hampshire to an event called “Disciples’ Days.” Top notch high school students travel to Restoration House Ministries in Manchester and tour the New England area with the specific goal of understanding how churches are needed in this significant region of the United States.
At some point in the past, Elise Ehresman was one of our students who went. More recently, Elise has been serving at Oceanpoint Christian Church in Rhode Island. Oceanpoint is a church plant developed and funded by Restoration House. Our initial investment in Elise going to New England has resulted in her serving there.
But that influence didn’t begin with Disciples’ Days. Elise has been profoundly influenced by her own parents and grandparents and beyond. She has a rich heritage that is being lived out in Kingdom influence. It’s what happens when parents entrust their children into the hands of God. The next thing you know, several generations are following Jesus and they are serving Him in capacities no one probably anticipated in those early days.
Madison Park has a lot invested in New England. We have helped to fund Restoration House Ministries for several years. We’ve sent numerous high school students there to experience Disciples Days. Chuck Sackett has served on the board and taught there for several years. Our elders and staff have visited there and shared the church culture of Madison Park with churches out there. We have sent others who’ve been there for a season, including Dan and Toni Ormand and Caitlyn Arrowsmith.
But we have no greater investment there than we have in: Elise Ehresman, Tyler Nobis, and Andrew Fross—all currently living in New England. Each family living their faith and seeing it come alive in a new generation in a new region is testimony to what a church can do. When churches (families) do that…they are grasping the idea of Enough—Enough influence—Enough responsibility—Enough investment.