Next Global Online Service












Next Global Online Service

On Air


Community in the face of kidney failure

The following account was written by a member of Mars Hill Church Huntington Beach (and submitted by Pastor Matt Wallace) who experienced first hand what community in action looks like. May it serve as both encouragement and instruction in what Jesus meant by loving one another.

I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to let you all know how grateful my wife and I are for our church and to make sure you guys know about what a blessing it has been to us recently.

On December 3rd I came home from work feeling pretty bad and experiencing a significant amount of pain in my midsection and lower back. I was planning on trying to sleep it off, but my wife wisely decided we were going to the emergency room. However, I was in no shape to drive, so this meant that we would have to find someone to watch our four kids while my wife drove me or I’d have to call an ambulance and go to the ER alone—thank the Lord for our Community Group. My wife called our Community Group leaders to notify them of the situation. Twenty minutes later, we were dropping our four kids off at their apartment with the peace of mind that they were in good hands.

At the hospital, doctors determined that I was experiencing kidney failure and unfortunately my emergency room visit turned into a six-day hospital stay. This was a problem for us. My wife and I are from Georgia and, as a military family on the West Coast, we are isolated from our parents, brothers, sisters, and family support system who all live on the East Coast. The choice was either get help with the kids or be in the hospital for the next six days by myself.

Once again our Laguna Hills Community Group stepped in. One couple came over to our house the next day, cooked dinner for our kids, played Xbox with my son, and spent what I am pretty sure was a sleepless night with our stubborn one-year-old who was determined to stay up all night. Then they both went straight from our house to work the next day. Amazingly, two ladies (one who is not even a member of our community group!) showed up at our house the next day at 6 a.m. to take care of the kids, put food in our refrigerator, and start cleaning up the house. They restocked toilet paper and soap, scrubbed our bathrooms, and even took care of our dog. Later, yet another couple stopped by the house with more groceries for us. Amidst all of this, our Community Group leader was calling on the members of our group to pray for my speedy recovery.

I had never experienced a hospital stay like that before. Thankfully, I’ve made a full recovery and the doctors don’t anticipate any long-term damage. The time I spent in the hospital was a time of real vulnerability for us. I really cannot imagine how we would have gotten through it without Mars Hill Huntington Beach. You all took care of my kids, put food in my refrigerator, and kept my house in order. And what I’m struck by is how sacrificial everyone was in providing for us: you sacrificed sleep, time, convenience, money during the Christmas season, and one woman in her first trimester of pregnancy did all of these things while battling serious morning sickness. We are so grateful. Mars Hill Huntington Beach was family to us. Mars Hill Huntington Beach was Jesus to us. Thank you for leading our church and thank you for serving us!

If you have a story you would like to share with the church, please submit it here. We would love to hear how God is revealing himself through his people.

For more about community at Mars Hill and to get connected to a local church or Community Group near you, check out

It's All About Jesus

Jesus was a man who claimed to be God. Think on that for a minute. If that were true, how would it change the way you thought, felt, and lived this life?

At Mars Hill, we believe that Jesus is God. We take him at his word. Because of this, everything we do is all about Jesus. We invite you to learn more about this man who is God and how you can find forgiveness and new life in him.

Learn More Stories

Making Disciples

God reveals himself through us to others. Our priority is to make disciples who love God and love others well.

Learn More

Planting Churches

God works through his church to make disciples. Our commitment is to plant churches that love God and love others.

Learn More

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be nerve-racking. But having an idea of what to expect can help. There are three main parts to every Sunday service: preaching, worship, and kids. To learn more about each of these, click the links below.

The Mars Hill Guide Leadership at Mars Hill

We value community

Church is more than a service. It’s people living life together and helping one another throughout our cities to serve our cities. Each week, thousands of people at Mars Hill meet in hundreds of small communities to learn about God, pray, eat, laugh, and live. We call these Community Groups—and they’re the heart of our church.

Learn More About Community  Log In to The City

Mars Hill Music

Mars Hill musicians write fresh music and rearrange timeless hymns for our worship services and recording. Explore Mars Hill Music.

Cheerful givers wanted

Jesus is the most generous person who ever lived. He gave his life so that we might live. As Christians, we give our time, talent, and money joyfully in response to Jesus’ generosity and to help more people meet Jesus.

Give Money Give Time

My Library beta

You can now save your favorite sermons, blog posts and Mars Hill content in one place!

To use My Library, you'll need to sign in or create an account.

Sign in / Sign up

My Notes

Did you know you can take notes while you stream our services on Sundays? You can view your notes at any time, and share them with anyone you choose.

To use My Notes, you'll need to sign in or create an account.

Sign in / Sign up