Wednesday, August 17, 2005

We ain't in Kansas anymore Toto

What an incredible day and experience that we had today. First off an unfortunate to say the least incident to one of our people who had their house burn down a little over a week ago. So we began efforts to help out. So tonight was our weekly youth gathering. We opted to take a group of our students with whom I went with to the home shortly after our gathering had begun to go and help clean up the home. The family was very touched by our acts and seeing the kids getting dirty and sweaty to help them in their time of need really ministered to them. Mean while I had asked one of my interns to cover the message for the night, very much impromptu. I heard he did a fantastic job. However the best of it came as a few of our volunteers were interacting with a girl who had come for the first time (we'll call her Julie) with one of our students (we'll call her Jenny). Jenny is a girl who has been apart of our community for a little over a year and a bit skeptical at first but found something contrary to what she had thought she would find, and appealed to her search for God. She has grown in many ways and is following Christ closer now than in the past. Jenny and Julie met a few years back while Julie was struggling with being a cutter. Julie was in a conversation with a few of our team members she shared very openly the impact that Jenny had been in her life abd that she loved Jesus and was following him and has been searching a place where she could find community with other believers. Julie said that she had tried many other places but never been well received. Not because of her gothic dress or appearance but in the fact that she was gay. In fact one place Julie visited began with a prayer being recited by all who attended about how they were lowly people, sinful, yada yada yada. And then the person bringing the message was focusing on the homosexual lifestyle and the abomination that it was. Julie found our people to be very accepting and seemed to welcome her with open arms. She said she would be back with us next week. I was over joyed how cool it is to see our faith community becoming full of people who are very diverse and yet searching our Jesus and wanting to follow him. This is what I have dreamed of to see a place where no matter what our struggle with sin or where we are in life that we can learn and grow together in following Christ. My prayer is that we will continue to focus on what Jesus gave us as being the most important things "Love God Love Others". And that God will continue to use our faith community as a place where all can search and belong.

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Blogger nicholasfiedler said...

Awesome. This post could also be titled "We ain't in the Southern Baptist Coalition anymore Toto." Couldn't it?

11:02 AM  
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