We are a missionary people because our God is a missionary God. Jesus came to earth on a mission to seek and save the lost and he called all of his disciples to join him in that mission.
We believe it will take all of God’s people to take all of Jesus to all the world. Missions isn’t a calling just to professional pastors or bold missionaries; missions is a calling to every man, woman, and child who is transformed by the Gospel and filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Hillside seeks to encourage and empower every Jesus-follower to respond to Jesus’ missionary call in their life.
Are you a student? How are you called to reach your classmates?
Are you in the military? How are you called to witness to your peers?
Are you a nurse? How are you called to minister to the spiritual health of your patients?
Are you an engineer? How are you called to love your coworkers?
Are you a plumber? Are you a teacher? Are you unemployed? Are you retired?
Are you a mom? A dad? A brother? A Sister?
Whether you realize it or not, God has uniquely placed you right where you are for the proclamation of the Gospel and for the glory of God. Hillside exists to help you know the missionary heart of Jesus, listen to his unique call for you and your family, and follow him with your whole life.
At Hillside, missions starts with connecting you with God’s unique call for you and your family. For some in our church family, God’s call is to take the Gospel to displaced families in our community, our local prison, or the Miami Valley Women’s Center. For others, God’s call is to short-term trips to do medical work or community service. And for others still, God’s call is to leave home and minister internationally in New Zealand, Peru, Israel, Africa, and beyond.
We are a missionary people because our God is a missionary God. Therefore we invite you to join in God’s mission, however he has called you, until the whole world has an opportunity to respond to Jesus.
Hillside is affiliated with a network of churches called The Christian and Missionary Alliance. As a group of over 2,000 churches, we participate in supporting over 825 missionaries around the world. We do this in multiple ways.
- We support the Great Commission Fund which enables hundreds of missionaries to take the Gospel to the unreached people all around the world.
- We support missionaries from within our church family. We have a special heart for the people whom God has sent out from our Hillside family to the ends of the earth.
- We encourage you to do the same. God has called all to go, all to give, and all to pray. If God has financially blessed you and called you to faithfully give, we encourage you to give to the Great Commission Fund and to support local ministries and missionaries.
Check out the Christian and Missionary Alliance website for additional information.
We love telling stories about what God is doing around the world. In our missions hallway we have a gallery of artifacts that represent God's work around the world. Here are the full stories of our God on mission.
In the largely forested country of Gabon, many rural Gabonese make a living by fruit farming deep in the jungle, hunting wildlife, or by crafting textiles and other goods with their hands. In Lebamba, this fabric is often used by those who make clothes because of the impact of Bongolo Hospital, a missionary hospital nearby. People from surrounding countries drive multiple days to receive medical care from Bongolo, but ultimately Bongolo exists to provide spiritual care. Here is a story from a visiting doctor about the kind of work God does at Bongolo.
Ahmed is a Muslim from Gabon’s capital city of Libreville. He heard that a maxillofacial surgeon was coming to visit the small jungle hospital in Lebamba in the coming weeks. The slowly growing mass behind his left eye had eroded into the eye socket causing a noticeably protruding eyeball. Although he had the resources to have the problem treated in the capital, he chose instead to travel 10 hours south, over largely unimproved roads, to the remote hospital called Bongolo.
Carrying a CT scan taken in Libreville, he walked into my clinic the day after my arrival. Through a translator he said he had come to Bongolo because he did not trust his doctors and was told “those Christians at Bongolo would take good care of you.” This was a remarkable thing for a Muslim man to say.
Dr. Thompson, Bongolo’s general surgeon, and I reviewed the CT scan and examined Ahmed. Dr. Thompson had never seen anything like this. While I had, never had I seen a mass this large. Surgery would require an extensive 5-6 hour procedure, involving an incision from ear to ear over the top of his head and removal of a boney window from his skull in order to expose and remove this mass. Although almost certainly benign, it also appeared to erode posteriorly, slightly displacing the frontal lobe of his brain. In the U.S. this procedure would be done in combination with a neurosurgeon. I am not a neurosurgeon! The risks were significant. Even back in the United States, with all the resources at our disposal in my fully equipped, air-conditioned operating room, this would be a challenge. My brain said “no way”.
The most pressing medical need in Africa is the lack of surgical services. People are dying daily from easily treated surgical maladies. The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) was started at Bongolo by Dr. Thompson in 1995, and has now expanded to over 11 different programs in several countries across the continent, providing a 5-year program of Christ-centered general surgical training to African doctors. Visiting surgeons and anesthesiologists, as well as specialists like me, help the full-time faculty provide mentorship and exposure to a broad array of surgical training.
Ahmed’s case was way out beyond the edge of Bongolo’s facility capability. Combined with our own surgical limitations, this seemed impossible. As I stood staring at the CT scan again, my eyes were not really seeing it, but were miles away, praying for wisdom. Dr. Thompson’s voice broke the silence, and I was startled to hear him say “if you don’t do this, there’s no one else in this country that can. But I’d be happy to assist.” His faith broke something else in me. I looked at Ahmed, whose eyes said “please.”
So the first of at least three miracles took place. We did operate. Despite several surprises and challenges, by God’s grace we were able to totally remove the large frontal sinus cyst that had eroded not only into his eye socket, but also through the membranes protecting the frontal lobe of his brain. Forced to employ some techniques I had seen, but never done, everything went back together. He woke up, and his eyes were both looking the same direction for the first time in over a year.
Only 3 days later, I witnessed the second miracle as I was leaving the church service on the compound. I felt a tap on the shoulder and heard the words “doctor.” It was Ahmed, head fully wrapped in surgical dressing and eyes swollen almost shut. With a big smile on his face he gave me a hug. This is someone who, if he were in the U.S., would still be in the intensive care unit. Ahmed had no headache, no dizziness, no IV, and perfectly clear speech, as if he had just had a minor outpatient surgery. I was floored!
The third miracle I am waiting for: Ahmed’s salvation. Through the powerful witness of God’s intervention, as well as the many questions he then had for the Bongolo pastor, we are praying that Ahmed will come to experience the ultimate healing. The grace to see his need clearly in his spirit like he now can physically through his aligned eyes, and the removal of the ugly cyst of sin by Christ’s atoning blood for him.