And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. "Psalm 1:3, (KJV).

I am excited that we have this opportunity to celebrate forty years in ministry at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. I hope that each of you share in my enthusiasm in what the Lord has allowed us to accomplish over the last four decades. As I look through pictures and files news articles, I see the awesome hand of God over our  journey.

The journey that has brought us to this milestone is the product of a vision rooted in faith and trust in God. Our eight founders imaging what could happen with God on their side. So, they set sail armed with a commitment to build a ministry dedicated to vibrant worship, evangelism and community outreach.

For forty years we have remained steady. When I think about the number forty, several biblical narratives come to mind. This number is associated with the great flood in Noah's time, the children of Israel's wilderness journey of forty years and Jesus being tempted by Satan. Each of these events inaugurated the next phase of their journey.  Just like the number eight, the number forty implies new beginnings.

While we have been blessed in our journey, this forty years milestone is not our destination. The work of gaining more territory for the Kingdom of God continues. The spiritual and social needs in our world are manifested on a daily bases. The social disorder on every level of the society suggests our work is not done. When the Israelites cross Jordan to enter into the promise land their work was just beginning. They had to conqueror the land. This reminds us that we still have work to do. The theme "Onward and Upward" captures our commitment to keep doing kingdom building work. The good news is that God resources are still available to us.

With our faith in God, we continue on the journey knowing "the Best Is Yet To Come!"

God's blessings be upon each of you,

Rev. Richard Douglass, D.Min., Pastor Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church

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