Our “young adult” group met today and we had a wonderful discussion about serving others. I carried this discucssion even into our “Core” ministry (4th & 5th grade group). What I found was a beautiful thing – a true and meaninful need in each of us to serve our neighbor – especially those in need. The kids were amazing as they told me how much it meant to them to serve the homeless a couple of weeks ago (most of them commented that talking with them and making them smile was the highlight of their mission work that night). The young adults in my small group today shared their own mission work experiences from mission work with teens to work with groups against domestic violence to even our very own church food pantry. It was obvious that this was a subject we were all very passionate about and excited to put into action!
All of our groups are grappling with what mission project to do over the following weeks. This is a fun and challenging thing for a group to do – come to some kind of consensus on what to do and then to follow through and make it happen. In my 13 years here at HUMC, I can honestly say that this is the most mission minded church I’ve ever been a part of. I’m always blown away by the “power of together” I see take place in all it does for those in need. I commend my brothers and sisters in Christ for all they do to reach out to those Jesus tells us to care for – the “least of these.”
As you continue on your “40 Days” journey, I encourage you to not only read your daily devotions, but to also be in prayerful consideration about the ways you serve others and what it means to TRULY serve as Christ would serve. Keep the image of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples in the front of your mind. Share with your small groups the feelings you struggle with, whether it be an overwhelmed feeling or one of fear or excitement. As we all work together toward outreach and mission work, I will continue to pray for us and I ask you to do the same. See you all very soon and have a blessed week!