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Hundreds Search for Missing Christian Worker Matt Hill

Hundreds Search for Missing Christian Worker Matt Hill

With Matt Hill still missing, hundreds of friends and members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church spent Saturday passing out flyers in Washington, D.C., in hopes of obtaining any information they can to find him.

Hill, 26, who works for Campus Outreach Washington, D.C., has been missing since Tuesday and search efforts were recently ramped up.

Volunteers are looking for clues that would not only lead to Hill but also his missing car, a 1996 black Honda Civic with DC plate number DT 2747.

At Capitol Hill Baptist, a prominent Southern Baptist church that draws a lot of young professionals, members printed hundreds of flyers and dispatched teams to different parts of the district.

"They're out on the waterways right now even," Matt Hill's father, Holger, told WUSA9 News. "They're just scouring areas. It's like they're unturning every rock.

"And it's all organized. That's the beautiful thing."

Holger Hill came up from North Carolina to search for his son. He said this is out of character for his son.

"No one is more confused than I am," he told the local news station.

Matt Hill was last seen near the Verizon Center, where he dropped off a student Tuesday morning.

Capitol Hill Baptist has invited members of the public to attend its Sunday morning worship in the midst of uncertainty.

"Join us as we worship, pray, and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, the same Good News that Matt believes and trusts," says a posting on the "Praying and Searching for Matt Hill * Missing *" Facebook page.

Jonathan Leeman, director of Communications for 9Marks, which is the parachurch ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist, provided a glimpse of what Senior Pastor Mark Dever would be preaching Sunday.

The sermon was planned months ago but it was evident that the Holy Spirit was at work, he noted.

"Mark did not know that on May 24, CHBC member and Campus Outreach worker Matt Hill would go missing," Leeman wrote in a blog post Saturday.

"For some reason, God, in his mysterious wisdom, ordained that Pastor Mark should preach this text (Psalm 138: 7-8) on this day in the face of these events, assuming that God gives us tomorrow. And God, we can be unquestionably certain, knows exactly what he's doing through all of these things, down to the gust of wind which picks up the random 'Missing Person' flyer left lying on the sidewalk and lands it in the right set of hands ... or not."

Psalm 138:7-8 reads: "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands."

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