Growing the Church for Christ by meeting Community Needs
One of the best ways to reach a community for Christ is to reach out to their physical needs. Over and over again in the Bible we see Christ reaching out to the dirty, the sick, the hungry and the hurting. We have all heard the saying that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I know that often we feel overwhelmed by the needs around us, but even the smallest things can make a big difference. And sometimes partnering with the right people will make a huge impact. Below is an article by one of our Celera Coaches, Jason Harper, regarding partnering in order to meet the physical needs of the community.
Beauty: Moving From Hunger to Hope
Last week we had an incredible thing happen. Here is the back story. Over 2 years ago, I shared with Michelle that I wanted to be able to send every Oak Ridge Elementary student home on Friday with enough food to feed their family over the 48 hour weekend. The problem is that 452 students represents approximately 2000 people.
Last Thursday, Michelle was asked to meet with the great folks at the Sacramento Food Bank. These incredible people have shared the same vision but didn’t have the mechanism to disseminate the food. We didn’t have the food. Together, we are stronger.
The beautiful people of Oak Park are often under nourished. We hold in our hand the ability to serve…to give…to go.
We have the ability to do it because it is the right thing with no other motive.
Imagine the impact when we launch this on October 16th. On this day, we will do our first distribution. We need volunteers to have a passion to pursue this monumental feat of sheer logistics.
It is possible.
Just as Jesus partnered with his disciples and a small boy with a lunch in order to feed thousands, so are we often more effective when we parter with those on the same journey. Could Jesus have fed the multitudes with out the help. Absolutely! But he chose to model the art of working together.
Until next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish…”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
Posted on May 18, 2010, in church growth, Connecting, outreach, Seek and Save the Lost and tagged be resourceful, church growth, community outreach, new thinking, partnering, shared vision, team. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.