“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:21-21 (New International Version)
The Seeds: Back in the early 40’s, newlyweds Ed and Arlene Eddy obeyed a call from God to plant a new church in Flint, MI. During their years of faithful ministry in that church, and eventually as missionaries in Sierra Leone, Africa, they had three daughters, including Connie, their middle child. Fast forward to the early 80’s, when Jon and Connie (Eddy) Farmer received God’s direction to plant a new church in the growing northwest area of Tucson, Arizona, which lay at the foot of the beautiful Catalina Mountain range. So they packed up their children, Danny, Dusty and Tami, and moved from the lush green hills of Kentucky, where Jon was attending seminary, to the dry heat of the desert.
The Flower: The Farmer family recruited a small band of relatives and friends to bring the new church to a reality. They rented space in an elementary school and hit the pavement, literally going door-to-door, inviting people to the first service at Foothills Community Church. On September 15, 1985, 69 people showed up – some because they were committed to the vision, some out of curiosity, and some seeking a church home in which to nurture their faith.
Since that first Sunday service, Foothills has grown to a healthy, mature body of Christian believers, with its own buildings and property (a miracle story in itself!). But Pastor Jon realized that God didn’t want him, or his congregation, to become satisfied with status quo. He knew the purpose of the Church is to “go into all the world” to bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to everyone. God’s command was the beginning of a new vision: to prepare Foothills to “give birth” to another church in another newly-developing area.
Meanwhile, Jon and Connie’s middle child, Dusty, was busy growing up, getting married, starting a family – and receiving his own call to ministry. And, like his grandfather and his father before him, it was a distinct vision to plant a new church. God’s voice was clear, and He brought Dusty, Jamie, and their three young children to Sahuarita, Arizona.
The Fruit: So, as God orchestrates the history of the Church to repeat itself through generations, Foothills Community Church is bringing to fruition the years of fervent prayer and diligent preparation – the planting of its “daughter,” named MY CHURCH. Pastor Dusty’s desire is that people in the Sahuarita area will call MY CHURCH their own, sensing their belonging, and most importantly, discovering the love of God and His plan for their lives.
The Harvest: The ultimate harvest will be souls in Heaven from this generation and the ones yet to come because of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, working through the preaching, worship and fellowship at MY CHURCH. When God plants the seeds, the harvest is glorious!