Rev. Kevin Lingenfelter, pastor of Plymouth Assembly of God Church, is a man with a pretty full plate of activities already. That plate just received a second helping, heaped over the first one, with his newest endeavor.
On June 1, Lingenfelter became an area coordinator for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Would this new work be a replacement for anything he already does? With a quick smile, Lingenfelter said, “In addition to.”
“I will be covering Illinois and a part of Iowa,” Lingenfelter said, explaining his new responsibility. Lingenfelter’s role will be centered on the association’s “My Hope America” program, an inspiration of Rev. Billy Graham and a celebration of his 95th birthday in 2013.
The newest program, “My Hope 2014” is an effort by the association to partner with local churches in both the United States and Canada, providing them with materials to promote prayer and discipleship. The program provides a detailed roadmap on how local churches can perform outreach ministries to their respective communities.
“All of the materials provided to local churches are free of charge,” Lingenfelter said. “All they have to do is use the materials and report back to us on how it worked.”
The “My Hope” program actually has an even longer history, reflected by its work in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, dating back to 2002. In that effort, over 305,000 churches and 4 million homes had active participation. Over 10 million salvation and rededications to Christ have been recorded through that program.
For Lingenfelter, his interests will be much closer to home, helping churches to conduct prayer-centered community outreach efforts to spread the word of Christ’s love and salvation.
“I’m really excited about this,” he said. “I went to their headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, for training. I was very humbled by the experience.”
Although Lingenfelter is the first to concede that his schedule was already busy, he is satisfied with his choice to join the new endeavor.
“I like to be busy,” Lingenfelter said. Best of all, Lingenfelter knows that it goes to a very good cause.