Hope in Ohio

Reaching a city through prayer

By Gordon Meier

“You know that Bible you got for me?” a man said to me recently. “I read it already. Do you have another one?” He thought maybe there was a sequel. “There is just one Bible, George,” I said, “but what you need to do is read it again and again.” The spiritual hunger that George and scores of others have expressed is something I had never personally experienced until planting Hope Church nearly three years ago.

I grew up third-generation Alliance. My dad was an Alliance pastor and was planting a church when I was born. My family history is filled with a long line of missionaries and pastors. I spent 10 years in the pastorate before serving the Central District as a church-planting director and later as the superintendent. What happened in my last year as district superintendent profoundly changed me.

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