On Friday, I rode with my father to visit one of his friends. A pastor he has known for over thirty years. What I did not know was that I was going to meet a giant in the kingdom.
Pastor Tracy Hipps serves as the Executive Director of Christian Service Mission. CSM is an amazing ministry that strives to help the church reach the community in which it lives. It is a para-church ministry that is working to help the Church do the work. It really blew my mind. But, the one aspect of the man who heads this organization that stood out as we ate lunch was his commitment to a steady obedience.
In every story he shared, he spoke of waiting on God and watching God fulfill every need. When he took over, the ministry was $900,000 dollars in debt. In seven years the debt was paid off, and they now have an operational budget over seven figures. All through donations and all a result of a steady obedience. They don’t even do fundraisers. Oh, he also doesn’t take a salary. He raises his own support, missionary style.
If you are in or near Birmingham, AL, I encourage you to go over and see what God is doing through Christian Service Mission. Ask Tracy to tell you a story. You won’t regret it. I didn’t.