“...You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8
4 The Road to Anatolia 7 What Happens When a Small Group Prays 10 Meet Chip Hellman 11 Journey: Missions During Spring Break!
In Sharp Focus
As storms raced across the state on the afternoon of April 10, report after report flashed across the television screen warning of severe weather with tornados spotted in the Middle Tennessee area. In a matter of moments, the lives of thousands were turned upside down when one of those tornados touched down in Murfreesboro. Within hours, Chip Hellmann and I were mobilizing Long Hollow Disaster Response team members and at 6:15 on Saturday morning, 15 volunteers met at the Dome and were soon on their way to affected areas ready to do whatever was needed. Three other volunteers who came when they heard the need later joined the team.
Arriving with no plans but to pull in and be the hands and feet of Christ, volunteers went from door to door offering assistance to distressed homeowners. Many dwellings were damaged beyond repair and families were scrambling to salvage anything they could save. Long Hollow volunteers jumped right in and helped carry and load furniture and personal belongings into trucks provided by relatives. Later, we waded through the debris of homes that were totally destroyed, helping owners to search for any personal effects that could be found. We found family photos, graduation diplomas and birth certificates. We even found a baby’s shoe and china that remained intact though the house around it was completely destroyed. Several of Long Hollow’s volunteers chain-sawed their way through fallen trees that had landed on houses and cleared the debris, thus allowing safer access to homes. The Hendersonville Crew put in a full day’s work and when we arrived home Saturday night, we were tired and dirty but more importantly, we were humbled by the opportunity to touch lives and do just what Jesus would have done. Who were these disaster response volunteers? They were ordinary people just like you. Many came, responding for the first time. Specialized training was not needed – just willing hearts and the willingness to give of their time! They heard the need and they responded – on Easter weekend, no less! Disasters are never convenient and they never come just once. The time will come when we need volunteers again. Would you consider being a part of this essential ministry? Check out www.longhollow.com/go/disasterresponse for more information on how you can make a difference. Fulfilling God’s purpose, Terry W. Sharp
Disasters are never convenient…
But Long Hollow’s Rapid Response Team is always ready! READY TO ROLL • Volunteers needed. Be part of a Disaster Response Network that can serve any disaster situation. Check out www.longhollow.com/go/disasterresponse for information on how you can be ready to roll! • FEMA Training on May 30. Watch for details and sign-ups online or contact Maribeth Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your one:eight Witness Team: Lee Anne Benz, Tedi Cromer, Carol Whittington, Steve Mannis, Eric Murrell, Lauren Murrell, Emily Roberts, Kathy Chapman Sharp, and Terry Sharp Cover Photo: A Village boy leads his donkey down the road in the Anatolia Region of Turkey by Jon Runion
GO! Opportunities Destination: Panama Dates: October 10-17 Team Leader: Todd Hunley Cost: Estimated $1475 plus passport Team Size: 10 Team Category: Gospel Saturation Description: Operation GO is a Gospel saturation project for US volunteers to place the Gospel of John or Matthew and other evangelistic materials (tracts, videos, cassettes) in every home this decade. The teams will prayer walk, distribute Gospel saturation materials to homes in assigned areas and help identify “Men of Peace.” These are individuals who become Christians or request Bible studies or visits. A team member will record data that can be used for follow-up by an International Mission Board churchplanting missionary. Contact: Todd Hunley at email@example.com
Destination: Nicaragua Dates: September 5-12 Team Leader: Jon Runion Cost: Estimated $1400 plus passport Team Size: 7-12 Team Category: Evangelism/Adult men Description: This is a backpacking trip into the jungles of Nicaragua. Our goal is evangelism in the remote mountain villages in the department of Nueva Segovia. Our primary means of sharing the Gospel is through public showings of the Jesus film. There will also be opportunities for sharing personal testimonies, witnessing, preaching and whatever else the Lord leads you to do. We want to develop relationships with the people in the villages and show them that we really care for them. This trip requires an adventurous spirit. Contact: Jon Runion at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2009 Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization is May 31.
This year’s focus is on “the peoples of the hard places.” Learn more about the May 31 event and find more resources for your small group at imb.org/dayofprayer.
â€œAsia Minor/Turkey is said to be the most lost place on earth. Out of 72 million people, only about 2,500 people profess to follow Christ. That is less than 1 percent of 1 percent.â€? 4
“We traveled so far away, that if we had gone any further, we would have been on our way back!” That is how I have described a journey that very few have the opportunity to attempt, but that I recently had the privilege to make. As part of a two-man team, Terry Sharp and I were invited to participate in demographic research and observation of the Zaza people. Not only were we to discover where the Zazas
were living, we were also to look at the role their language plays in their life. A question we were answering for ourselves was, “How can Long Hollow be a part of evangelizing the Zaza people?” Oppressed over many years and assimilated into the Turkish culture by the Turkish people, the Zazas are a people group that has also 5
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assimilated in language and commerce. Because the Zazas have intermarried and integrated in this way, my untrained eye could not tell if a man was a Zaza, Kurd or Turk. To find these people, Terry and I traveled into areas within 100 miles of the Syrian and Iraqi borders. Our journey took us to five small towns and we had very different experiences in each place. In one town we were treated like kings. Dining in a local restaurant, we were told we were the first foreigners to visit their town in six years. We were then invited by a local businessman to meet the Baskan, the highest elected official, equivalent to a mayor in the United States. For more than an hour, we visited with this leader in his office taking tea and talking about politics, family and even religion. After a guided tour of the city and ruins of ancient churches along the Silk Road, we praised God for the open door to conversation. Soon after this positive encounter, we entered 6
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into a new city to generate conversation and share the Gospel whenever the opportunity presented itself. Tired and hungry from travel, the first order of business was a meal, so we entered a local restaurant and ordered. Before the yogurt and spice-laden plates arrived, two undercover policemen were already questioning our Turkish interpreter. Collecting our passports, they suspiciously quizzed our interpreter on the purpose of our visit. Afterward, our interpreter explained that the plain-clothed officials thought it would be a great idea for us to go on to the next town to spend the night. We agreed and left immediately after finishing our meal! The language of Turkey is Turkish and everyone speaks it fluently. Unfortunately, Zazaki, the language of the Zaza people is a dying one. Although we were told about a handful of people who spoke Zazaki alone, we never met any of these people. My own impression is that
What do you know about the Zaza People? v Zaza people are an ethnic minority in the eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Zazas primarily live in Adiyaman, Bingol, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Erzurum, Erzincan, Gumushane, Sivas and Tunceli provinces. The Joshua Project calls the Zaza an unengaged, unreached people group (UUPG).
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while having the Gospel in the Zazaki language would be a great tool to spread the Gospel, it is not absolutely necessary since Turkish is so widely spoken by all ethnic groups. Asia Minor/Turkey is said to be the most lost place on earth. Out of 72 million people, only about 2,500 people profess to follow Christ. That is less than 1 percent of 1 percent. As you can see, the work in Central Asia is plentiful. “The fields are white unto harvest,” as Scripture says in John 4:35, but the workers are certainly few. As we explore Long Hollow’s role in Central Asia, we already know there are many ways volunteers could be used in the area. Opportunities include everything from praying to track distribution, and from art shows to concerts in coffee houses. Stay tuned for news about how you can be involved in reaching the Zaza people.
v Due to an absence of current census analysis, the exact number of Zaza people is unknown. In fact, many Zazas have mixed into other regional ethnic groups that have also contributed to the uncertainty. Because of widespread suppression, the wholesale evacuation of villages, and the economically miserable situation of the Zaza areas, it is understandable why many Zazas live outside their homeland. There are many Zazas living in Turkish metropolitan areas like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. There has also been a Zaza diaspora both in Europe (mainly in Germany where an estimated 150,000-200,000 Zazas live) and in other North American countries. Wikipedia, estimates the Zaza population should be somewhere around three million. v Ancestors of the contemporary Zazas are believed to have immigrated to their present-day homeland in eastern Anatolia from the southern regions of the Caspian Sea between the 10th and 11th centuries. Zazas live in a region close to the Kurmanc Kurds; since both are Iranic peoples, they share in many points culturally, linguistically and politically. v According to Wikipedia, the majority of the Zazas are Muslims and they are the second largest Muslim minority. Almost half of them are Sunni and half of them are Alevi Muslims. The Alevi-Zazas live in the northern part of the Zaza region, whereas the Sunni Zazas inhabit the southern Zaza region. The religious division is very strong among Zazas and prevents them from interacting with each other.
By Lee Anne Benz
When God’s people are challenged to act, the results can be divine. Such was the case of the small group of that meets at the White House home of Wade and Kelly McKnight. “We were doing the one:eight Small Group Mission Study,” explained Kelly. “On the DVD, the Missions Pastor, Terry Sharp, challenged us as a small group to, within the next 30 days, find a people group we could impact so they would come to know Christ as their Savior. We were to find what we could do globally and locally to help those people.”
Wade & Kelly McKnight
tained the one:eight Small Group Study the church was using and the small group jumped in with full hearts and willing minds. When they got to the part of the DVD where Terry Sharp “I didn’t know how all of this was going to unfold, but I knew extended the challenge to small groups to find a UUPG to that we were presented with a challenge and we took that chal- adopt, the McKnight group made a decision that set in motion lenge literally,” said Kelly. “We wanted to find a people group a divine appointment from God. that had some sort of local connection.” Trying to find a UUPG with which they could find some type of A people group is a grouping of people who share the same connection would not be easy. After a couple of false starts, language, culture, history, customs and family/clan identiKelly was scrolling through a Web site about people groups ties. For the purpose of sharing the Gospel, a people group is when she came upon the Han Chinese people group. the largest group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and accep“I found out that part of that people group had come from tance. a country called Laos,” said Kelly. “I knew had a friend from Laos, so I asked her if she was part of the Han Chinese people Many of the people groups have limited or no access to the group.” Gospel message. These people groups are referred to as UUPGs, which stands for “unreached, unengaged people Her friend, Amy Locke, found Kelly’s question interesting, algroups.” though she did not know the answer. Amy contacted her father and found that she was, in fact, from the Han Chinese people With only limited missions experience, however, the McKnight group. small group had no idea which UUPG to pick. They were not missionaries; they were simply six couples in their late 20s to “The irony of this is that there is a Laotian Church in Nashville early 30s who met in the McKnight home on Sunday nights. that is sponsored by another Baptist church and Amy has been serving a large Han Chinese group at that church for many “Shortly after my husband and I joined at Long Hollow, Brother years, and she had no idea she was part of that people group,” David was talking about how the church was starting small said Kelly. group meetings in homes,” said Kelly. “We wanted to be involved, to get plugged in. We knew there was a group of Kelly and Amy had become friends at Kelly’s former church, friends who were not involved in a small group on campus on where she had heard Amy’s harrowing story of escaping perSunday, so we asked them if they wanted to meet.” secution during war and hiding under a bed while government Their friends took them up on their offer, the McKnights obofficials searched houses for Han Chinese people.
What Happens When a Small Group Prays Amy’s father had a work Visa that would allow him to travel. During his travels, he would, one by one, take a family member to a home of safety where they could hide. As they hid under the bed, they knew that if they were discovered, they would all be killed.
“The people in our group asked Amy questions and she showed us a movie of their church and how they are involved with the teenagers,” said Kelly. “Their church wants to have a mission trip to go back to Laos, and they are praying for the financial needs.
Finally, the family made it to the United States and settled in Tennessee. Persistent Christians from Lighthouse Baptist Church continuously asked Amy’s parents to join them at church, but they always declined because they could not speak English well, and they worshipped Buddha. Not giving up, the church members asked if the children could come to Vacation Bible School. Amy’s parents relented, and Amy attended Vacation Bible School and eventually asked Jesus into her heart.
One personal prayer request Amy shared was for her siblings, who continue to worship Buddha, and for her parents, who traveled back to their homeland of Laos, only to find they were shunned and outcast because they had accepted Christ.
In time, Amy’s parents, too, would come to know Christ as their Savior. Upon her graduation from high school, Amy would learn a generous family had anonymously offered to pay for her entire college education. Overwhelmed by such generosity, Amy determined to work hard in college, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She now works as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Centennial Medical Center and is married to David, who is a pharmacist with Summit Medical Center, and has a home near Long Hollow Baptist Church.
“I don’t know what might come later but I hope there is more that we could do as a group,” said Kelly. “You don’t know what God has in store for you, and there is a challenge set before all of us that when we seek we shall find. Scripture says that. It seemed to me that in the beginning I was just looking at groups, but now I can see that God had a plan for Amy and for us.”
Finding their connection to the Han Chinese people group, the McKnight small group adopted the UUPG and began learning of them and praying for them immediately. “They were all super excited about it, especially since they knew there was a local connection,” said Kelly. “There was someone here who could make it more personal and that was really exciting, and to think we could impact something globally was also very exciting.” Within a short time, Amy was sitting in the McKnight living room with the small group giving her testimony and sharing the needs that remain with the Han Chinese people group she serves locally and abroad.
Since adopting the Hans Chinese people group and seeing how God connected the needs of that group with the people of the McKnight small group, the group is excited about what God has yet planned for this divine connection.
Watching God put in motion His plan and work it through relationships that had existed for years has brought great joy to the McKnights. “He long ago connected Amy and me so I would know that she was from Laos. The part that is cool is that even way back when she was hiding under that bed, God knew even then that he had a plan for her to come here and become a Christian, and that she would lead her family to Christ, and that she would come to us and share with us how God has moved in her life,” said Kelly. “She is impacting people’s lives for the cause of Christ,” she said. “She is changing attitudes and she is reaching people. And because they were willing to take the challenge set before them, the McKnight small group is reaching people, too.
Meet Chip Hellmann 1. How did you become involved in disaster relief work?
I have been involved in emergency services since the age of 19. I worked for the Metro Nashville Fire Department for 12 years and have been the City Manager for the City of Cross Plains for 14 years. The police and fire departments report to me as City Manager. So, I have been involved in emergency services for many years.
2. What makes you passionate about doing this kind of ministry?
I am passionate about disaster response because I see a gap between the needs of storm victims and the services provided by local, state and federal governments.
3. As the director of Long Hollow’s Disaster Relief Network, what are your dreams for this ministry?
Within our congregation at Long Hollow, we have tremendous resources that can be deployed when a disaster occurs. My hope is that we can organize these resources in a manner that will allow us to move quickly and serve passionately so victims can experience Christ’s love through the service of his people.
4. What is the most meaningful experience you’ve had in responding to a disaster?
I have had many meaningful experiences when people have experienced personal disasters. Our involvement in the Murfreesboro tornados was extremely rewarding because we were able to help people who had nowhere else to turn. There was more devastation than paid emergency workers could support. We were able to help fill the gap.
5. Share why you’re encouraging members to become involved in Long Hollow’s Disaster Relief Network.
There is rarely a time when people are more receptive to the Gospel than when they have experienced a personal tragedy. We need Long Hollow members to be available to step in to assist these people, to care for them and to witness to them. No training is necessary. We learned in Murfreesboro that even though it is great to bring trained volunteers, it really was mostly about people loving people. That is what our members are so good at, and that is what is needed most during these difficult times!
6. How long have you been a member at Long Hollow? Can you tell us a little about yourself and your family?
Janice and I have been married for 26 years. We have three children, Lisa, age 18; Stephen, age 14; and Victoria, age 11. We have been members at Long Hollow for only two years, leaving a church where we had been members for 25 years. We love Long Hollow and feel God at work around us. We are proud to be joining his work through our membership at Long Hollow.
Senior High Mission Trip Group
by Tedi Cromer
Long Hollow’s mission trips for
They painted a room, put up
sionaries find necessary.
2009 are well on their way. It’s
a new fence, cleaned a home,
Travis Kaiser, high school
exciting to see many commit
chopped down trees and
pastor, took his group to
their time to God’s directing. In
cleared brush. They even made
Columbus, GA, to work with
the month of April, Long Hollow
a memorial garden for a griev-
the My Church congregation.
Baptist Church youth returned
ing family. Like the U.S. Postal
Travis has connections with
from two separate mission trips.
Service, neither rain, sleet nor
Jeff Murphy, the lead pastor of
snow stopped the group from
this church, through seminary.
John Steen, middle school pas-
doing the Lord’s will. John said
This team was busy assisting
tor, led a group of 140 people to
they were a committed group.
volunteers from the church in
Maryville, Ohio. These students
This, according to John, was
the preschool area, teaching
came from 14 different middle
a wonderful opportunity to
Bible stories and leading in
schools in four counties. They
make new friends and get to
worship in the small groups.
kept very busy passing out
know one another better. They
more than 15,000 door hang-
referred to themselves as FAT
They also helped the church
ers on homes and business
(Flexible, Available and Teach-
get ready for the Easter
throughout the neighborhoods.
able) something that all mis-
services the following week. 11
Senior High Mission Trip Group
On the ride home, Travis had
families from Fort
a special treat for the group.
Benning to drop off
They stopped by the Chick-Fil-A
their children for six
headquarters in Atlanta, where
hours so the par-
they toured the facility and were
ents could spend
treated to a delicious lunch.
Being a youth at Long Hollow
The mission team
is special, because our youth
They stuffed 2,000 Easter
played games, jumped on
have many opportunities to do
eggs in one afternoon and
inflatables, showed a movie
the Lordâ€™s work, which is good
went through the neighbor-
and provided lunch for the
training for future missionaries.
hood handing out 10,000 door
hangers and inviting people to The team did find time to
Wonâ€™t you consider
have some fun, too. They
sending your young
On their final day, they used
rode indoor go-karts, played
person on a mission
the church as a place to hold
arcade games, indoor minia-
trip in 2010?
a Military Family Day Out. This
ture golf and even bowled.
attend My Church on Easter.
Published on May 6, 2009