The Philip Center's 2017 in Review
What a great year it’s been at the Philip Center. We are deeply grateful to God for his hand in our lives and in our ministry.
In 2017 God’s faithfulness was seen in many ways. Here are some of them.
- 9 churches partnered with the Philip Center in Providence for Summer OFF. Gospel-centered partnerships are such a gift from God, and are what make our summers possible.
- Megan David, a Gordon College student and RI resident, and Samantha Vasquez, a member of West End Community Church, served as summer-long interns. Megan and Samantha served faithfully and sacrificially in the strength of Christ all summer, and we are very grateful for them.
- Hundreds of children were taught the Bible and heard the gospel through the Summer OFF inner-city program. God’s power is evident as he gives us open doors year after year in one of the least-reached parts of the country.
- In June, Miranda Laughlin began her role as the Director of Summer OFF. Miranda did far more than we expected in the first two months. Having her on the team is evidence of God’s faithfulness to us.
- Also in June, Derek Laughlin opened Paradigm Biblical Counseling and immediately began meeting with clients. This too is God’s answer to four years of praying.
- Andrew Zulker joined the Philip Center for a one-year stint as Media Director. This has been a much needed addition! We are already seeking a full-time Media Director once Andrew is done in July.
- Our board of directors helped us shape an aggressive plan for growth over the next five years. Though we said goodbye to Bauer Evans (served his two full terms), Matthew Spandler-Davison joined the board. We’re thankful to have his energy and wisdom.
- In October, Rich Fulton spoke at a regional Iron Sharpens Iron Conference in Connecticut. Rich encouraged the men to be sharing the gospel naturally and out of the fullness of their own heart’s experience with Christ.
Each year that we see God’s hand of faithfulness makes us more thankful to him, more faithful to his mission and bolder to take risks for the sake of his glory.
As we’ve evaluated our year, we see the opportunities God has given us as a call to greater faith and prayer. We are eager to respond to the bag of opportunities (talents, as they are referred to in the “Parable of the Talents”, Matthew 25:14-30) with hard work to multiply what God has given us.
We are thankful to God, and to you, for his generosity and yours. Your partnership with us, like the churches that serve in the summer, makes what we do possible.
Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117:1-2)