Last Sunday night, under threatening skies, several hundred believers (including about 70 Heritage students) met for an outdoor praise and prayer service at Forbes Park in the little village of Hespeler.
Hespeler is one of three towns and a hamlet that were amalgamated to form the city of Cambridge in 1973.
Founded in the early 1800’s and originally known as New Hope, Hespeler was a thriving town in the mid-20th century. It had a textile mill that produced uniforms for the Canadian military during WWII. The Hespeler Wood Specialities company made hockey sticks used by Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky and other NHL stars.
In more recent times, the village has fallen on harder times.
So several local churches and Heritage College and Seminary have joined together to launch an initiative called “Love Hespeler.” Our desire is to bring the love and light of Jesus to our village. We are seeking to do this through loving our neighbours, taking part in service projects, and telling people the gospel message of Christ.
The gathering on Sunday night brought us together to praise and pray. It was a joy to see Heritage students and believers from Hespeler Baptist and Temple Baptist church huddle up to pray for God’s love to come to the people of Hespeler through us.
God graciously held back the rain while we were singing and praying. But I’m praying that He will send many showers of blessing on the village of Hespeler in the days ahead.
Please pray that Heritage students will be a vital part of loving Hespeler with the gospel of Christ.