Raising A Racist Who Loves His Wife Well

2399_58459345806_5824344_nA thought came to me a few years back not soon after my son was born. You could say it was a moment when all my hopes and dreams crashed head-on with the reality of my faith as Jesus’ disciple and a pastor. At first all I could ask was, what kind of man would my son become? What kind of man will I raise him to be? At first the answers were obvious. I want him to be a good man, a hard worker who loves his wife and family well. Above all, I want him to love the Lord. But then it hit me. Maybe I can raise him to become a man who loves his wife well. Maybe he will see how much I adore his mama, how I respect and love her and how our marriage is rooted in mutual submission under the Lordship of King Jesus. So, maybe I can raise him to love his wife in a way that honors God, but he could still grow up to be a racist. 

I was raised in south Georgia. Many people I knew had their prejudices and some were outright racist. As I’ve lived in different places I’ve met several professed Christians who according to many’s christian standards, are great husbands and wives, but are blatant racists. Or at the very least they openly look down upon, dehumanize, or degrade another person on the basis of socio-economic status or ethnicity.

I’ve come to learn that as Christians we often aim for what I call the lower ethics of the kingdom. We focus on singular issues and build doctrines, preach sermons, and teach bible studies around them, treating them as though they are the primal ethic. We talk about raising “godly husbands” or “godly wives,” yet our children grow up loving their spouses while harboring disdain for their neighbor with a different accent or skin color. We talk about giving in terms of tithes and offerings, yet our children grow up accumulating so much stuff they have no financial capacity to give to people in need. We talk about being kind to others or doing unto others as we have them do unto us, yet our children grow up not giving a second thought to the death of another human being, especially in the context of crime and punishment or war.

There’s a story in Scripture when Jesus is confronted by religious leaders. For whatever reason they ask Jesus to boil their religion down to one major takeaway, you might even say, the highest truth and ethic of all. Jesus answers:

“He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.'”

I’ve come to believe that even though these lower ethics are (obviously) important, to focus on them sets the trajectory of faithfulness too low. When we aim for these lower ethics we’re left with the difficult job of working our way up to the higher ethics of loving our neighbor as ourselves. The godly husband has to be convinced of his racism. The faithful “tither” has to be convinced of her disdain for the poor. Now we have to position Christianity as a system of sin-management where we’re forced to deal with moralisms while having to squeeze in the gospel of King Jesus, versus the other way around.

IMG_2042I can raise my son to be a great husband (I hope!) and he can still grow up a racist. Or I can raise him to love his neighbor as himself, and teach him that by neighbor Jesus includes his wife. I can redefine and broaden who our neighbors are, and show him what this looks like on a daily basis, including how I love his mama. I can teach him that loving God looks like loving others. 

If my son sees what it looks like when I love God and neighbor I am giving him a fair shot of learning the lower ethics too. When he grows up, maybe he won’t have to be convinced of becoming a “godly husband.” Maybe he won’t have to be convinced that giving his time and money to God necessarily includes the people in need. Maybe he won’t have to be convinced that the death of another human being created in God’s image–a neighbor–no matter how evil they may be, breaks God’s heart and should be mourned, not celebrated.

Jesus says that ‘all the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.’ The apostle Paul seemed to believe this too. Faithfully set out to get this right and the other things have a better chance of aligning with God’s preferred future, and the ethics of His kingdom. Start by focusing somewhere else and, well, you’ll have more work to do and may end up proclaiming a love for God while harboring contempt in your heart others.

 

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“Send Them Away”

This week has been refreshing for me. I am in a DMin. class at Biblical Theological Seminary. Dr. John Leonard is leading our discussion on The Mission of God, The Mission of Christ’s Church. A class like this stirs many reflections, some deep and new, some familiar-but-forgotten. One such familiar-but-forgotten reflection is what I wanted to share with you. And it is a basic one.

In Matthew 14:30 when Peter is sinking (which the Greek language infers he may have been neck deep in the water) he cries out, “Lord save me!” Jesus hears his cry and saves him.

In Matthew 15:25 a gentile woman comes to Jesus. Her daughter is suffering in life-crushing ways. She cries out “Lord help me!” (almost identical language as Peter’s). The disciples hear her cry and urges Jesus to send her away. But he helps her any way.

Peter was shown mercy but would not show her mercy. The disciples witnessed this and somehow walked on to the shore unaffected.

When reading the gospels this week we noticed the disciples want to send more people away from Jesus than welcome to Him—the 5,000, children, the gentile woman—because they appear to consider the impoverished, the least, and the outsiders as unworthy of His time. Their lack of self-awareness and humility seems to have allowed their presuppositions of who these people were to overturn all they had seen in and heard from Jesus. 

For many christians today, this hasn’t changed.

As we continued our reading through the gospels and in to the book of Acts we see the disciples maturing. As the Church learns to obey the missionary Holy Spirit, surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, and find their purpose in joining God in His work of redeeming all people for the sake of the world, they become a hospitable community. The same can happen today.

Jesus is still saving us from our selves. He is still saving us from our merciless pride and lack of compassion toward others. As long as He is invited to reign in our lives and Churches, there is hope for the Church and the world God loves—there is hope for us all.

Why do you think the disciples wanted to send these away?

What can we learn from them?

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A Holy Adventure: A Brief Reflection for 2015

As I consider the new year, asking what kind of person I want to become seems boring, mundane and a bit self-centered. But asking what kind of future God wants me to join Him in creating stirs my heart. This kind of question leads me to consider how a kingdom-shaped way of being in the world changes what I do in the world. It invites me into a life that takes Jesus seriously as I follow Him with a beloved community committed to dealing out love, peace, restorative justice and hope, in a world desperate for the same.

IMG_2042Undoubtedly this will lead to a holy adventure. 2015 is sure to be an exciting new year filled with an unpredictability and risk so confounding, that me and my family will be forced to rely solely upon God’s provision and grace. This will become our joy.

 

The best part of all this is that I cannot go at it alone. The life of a triune God reminds me that I’m a part of a larger story He is telling and it is intertwined with the lives of those I encounter day-to-day. Even more, I am uniquely and eternally joined with others that have professed Jesus as Lord. Together we are invited to participate in God’s life-giving presence and work to make His love and reign tangible to all, right here and now. We’ll have to wrestle with this particular way of life together as it pushes against society’s normal way of doing things (and all its self-seeking, self-asserting ways dressed in the clothes of consumerism and civil religion) and learn to submit to the Cross-informed way of self-giving love and gracious hospitality.

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I know that 2015 will have its share of disappointments and unmet expectations. There will be failures and frustration, suffering and lament. But there will also be grace and forgiveness, a hope that is relentless, a love unconditional and the company of God’s beloved community–His Church. I know this to be true because Jesus is Lord, and where Jesus is Lord grace and love reigns.

Jesus is Lord. This will be my greatest confession in 2015. All expectations will hinge upon these three words. And when I begin to lose my voice or lose the strength to utter these words in bold humility, His people will be there to remind me, beginning with my wife and son.

In 2015, may my family live fully into the future God wants us to join Him in creating as we experience life in His beloved community, both for the good of others and to the praise of His glory.

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A Teaching That Doesn’t Sit Well Among American Christians

Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” ~ Jesus (Luke 6:35-36)

It’s pretty clear. It’s not convenient or easy, but it is clear. It’s especially clear when you measure these words in light of the One preaching them, in light of the disciples that taught them and in light of the martyrs of old who obeyed them. The reality is we either set out to obey Jesus or argue with Him (usually in an effort to justify or rationalize our position rooted in ideologies different from God’s kingdom). Perhaps what is most striking about this section of Jesus’ sermon is that the word “love” in the original language of the text means, love, and “do good” in the original language means, do good.

What has gripped my heart over these past couple of years is that Jesus the Christ would rather die for His enemies than kill them. If Christians are called “christians” because we pledge to follow the Christ, then it does not take us long to see where following Christ may call us when we look to His blood-stained cross and empty tomb. At this point you and I must decide, will we follow the Christ of Christianity or will we follow some other “Christ” of a risk-free Christianity that in the end proves to be nothing more than moral therapeutic deism?

May those of us who choose the Lord remain faithful, even as we stumble, struggle and strain to trust and obey. May we walk in the power of our faithful God as He has promised to give us strength along the way.

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Oh, and Dr. Martin Luther King once offered an insightful statement on why loving enemies is the better way:

“There’s another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates…For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That’s what hate does.”

I bet Jesus knew that too.

 

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An Ordinary Day that Changed My Life: My Story with Homelessness Begins Here

When I was 23 years old it was in the mundane routine of my ordinary day that I was driving to work when I spotted Mr. Clifford sitting on the curb of 2nd Avenue.

la-me-ln-garcetti-homeless-pledge20140715-001Mr. Clifford was a stout elderly African American man and he was homeless. His buggy was filled with stuff. Every day on my way to work I would see Mr. Clifford sitting in that same spot on that same street at almost the same time each morning. I could only see him so long before I knew I had to do something.

When I was a business executive I had a client who owned every McDonalds in the city. I visited his corporate office and asked if he could give me some free lunch coupons. He gave me a huge stack.

Later that day I saw Mr. Clifford sitting on the curb of that same street, just a few miles down from where I see him each morning. I pulled over got out of my car and gently, and quite nervously approached Mr. Clifford. I had never done this before.

I asked Mr. Clifford if I could give him some McDonald’s coupons. Never looking up he nodded his head yes. I held them out but he did not reach back. So I asked if I could lay them on the curb beside him. Again, he nodded his head. Not leaving well enough alone, I asked Mr. Clifford if I could sit with him for a few minutes. He nodded his head.

I introduced myself. For the first time, he spoke, “Clifford is my name.” 

“Glad to meet you, Clifford.”

Silently I sat. I did not know what else to say. So there we were, me and Clifford, sitting quietly on the curb off 2nd Avenue. I don’t know how long we were there. After a while I stood up, held out my hand and said, “It was nice to meet you, Clifford.” 

Reaching out to shake my hand he nodded his head.

“I hope you enjoy the coupons Clifford, and I hope to see you again,” I said.

He nodded his head.

I left. But that day, I was never the same. That day marked the beginning of many days where I would never again not turn a blind eye to homelessness and poverty. From that very day I began driving around the city every Sunday night armed with fast food coupons looking for people who were homeless.

It was in my mundane routine of ordinary days that I discovered that homelessness had a name, a nodding head and hand shake. It was in my mundane routine of ordinary days that God nudged my heart and on that day something happened inside of me that stirs me to this very day. 8,395 days went by in my young life before God moved that way. When He did my life changed. And 4,015 days later my life shifted once again.

At first it was a day like any other, except instead of going straight to the coffee shop I stopped by my office at the church building. As I was getting ready to leave a tired man came through the doors. He was homeless, along with his wife, daughter and grandchild. They were sleeping in a van. He only asked for a one night’s stay in a motel. But I believe Jesus can do better than one night, and if He can so can His people. And that is what I told this man. And that is what we did, and with no catch or conditions. Jesus did good because He is good and as His followers we needed to do the same.

Over the course of over a year our church walked in deep meaningful relationship with this family of four from homelessness to housed, unemployed to employed, hopeless to hope filled. After the man and his wife decided to follow Jesus they wanted to renew their wedding vows as they did their lives, so we had the pleasure of sharing in that too. It was through a relationship with them our church learned how to extend gracious hospitality. At first we used to think we helped them see Jesus, but looking back it was they who helped us see Jesus.

After 11 years of walking with people from homelessness to self-sufficiency I knew there had to be a healthier and more relational way to do this than what I had done in the past. It was in a relationship with that family, radically embraced by the faithful people of Williamsburg Christian Church, that I began implementing a highly relational yet organized way of being the kind of community of friends this family needed and wanted. It was also when I began working out what would later become the 3e Restoration Floor Plan curriculum. This was the beginning of what we now call “The 3e Restoration Process.”

jesus-homeless2Soon after I met David Benedict (now a dear friend). He and a couple of others had started an inter-faith collaborative called Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, a.k.a. G.W.O.M. They were a collaborative of almost 18 faith communities coming together to fight homelessness in Greater Williamsburg. Up to this point I was considering launching a separate non-profit as a ministry of WCC, but apparently God still had work to do. After several talks with David and others with G.W.O.M., I was invited to share what WCC had been doing to help move some of our friends from homelessness to self-sufficiency within the context of relational community and God’s sufficiency. God was stirring a movement through G.W.O.M. and He had invited us to join Him.

After many meetings with the beautiful people of G.W.O.M. they decided to pilot the 3e Restoration Process in order to teach other churches and faith communities how to live into it. So we did, and it was a holy adventure where new friendships were made, clarity of vision and process was formed, and eventually, where 3e Restoration Incorporated was born.

And now this 501c3 non-profit organization exists to partner with faith communities to encourage, equip, and empower them to walk in relationship with a “Friends/Families in Need” to help them transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency through community and God’s sufficiency. We are led by a passionate, godly and extremely smart Executive Director in Tammy Harden. Our curriculum and training is anchored by a talented and passionate Director of Training in Blake Miller. We have trained 9 church leaders from 7 different churches to help lead their churches into breaking the cycle of homelessness through gracious hospitality and systemic change one friend or family at a time. And another round of training labs are set for January.  We are partnered with Colonial Community Corrections reentry program for homeless ex-offenders. We are in discussions to begin a pilot with Williamsburg James City County schools to walk with a family living through homelessness toward self-sufficiently within the context of relational community. We want to see the development of supportive housing and a residential respite home to assist homeless men and women leaving the hospital in need of temporary or terminal care. We want to encourage, equip and empower those living through homelessness with mental illness and intellectual disabilities so they can live a meaningful and productive life of dignity and worth. And we hope to see all of this supported and surrounded by local faith communities equipped, empowered and encouraged to walk with these friends living through homelessness and hopelessness to housed and hopefulness. 

Tonight I have the honor of seeing what God began when I was 23 come to a place I never dreamed. 3e Restoration Inc will host it’s first ever fundraising banquet. We will tell stories of hope and beauty, of friendship and hospitality, of love and grace.

I praise God for it all and thank Him for allowing us to participate in His work of restoring the lives of the lonely and left-out. Little did I know at the age of 23 that He was doing the same to me.

Please pray for us tonight and from time to time each day after. If you feel compelled and want to join us in what we are doing in another way, please give to this movement God is stirring here.

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The Answer from WCC This Past Sunday: “Yes!”

If you are a part of WCC please read this post. If you are not please read this post anyway. It’s amazing what God is doing.

To catch up, read this post first. The reality of the situation is this.

Two-hundred homeless AIDS orphans in Eldoret Kenya have cried out to God for hope and a home. Two-hundred homeless AIDS orphans (and no doubt many more) have cried out to their Heavenly Father for Him to rescue them from the persecution and peril, violence and vulnerability of the slums. He has heard their cry. Almost 7,490 miles away a small church in Williamsburg Virginia was called by God’s Spirit as His answer to their prayers.

By the grace of God and through formal affirmation this past Sunday, the people of Williamsburg Christian Church profoundly answered “yes” to God’s call in King Jesus. We will join with God and His work through Christian Relief Fund (CRF) to build the Tarakwa Children’s Home. We will trust God for His provision and raise the $105,000 to house 200 AIDS orphans for generations to come. As a matter of fact, before we even affirmed this effort $1075 had already been received by our Church from people outside of WCC to support this effort! I think God is ready to get started.

So I sent word via email to Francis Bii, local church pastor and area director of the CRF work in Eldoret:

Hello brother. Well, the good news is that Williamsburg Christian Church has a affirmed that over the next year, from November 2014 – November 2015 we will raise $105,000 to build the orphanage! Praise be to God!
I will work with Milton to figure out the details.
May countless children have a pillow to rest the heads as their hearts find rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Honored to be on this journey with God and the children of Eldoret.
Your bro,
Fred

His response.

Hello Pastor Fred,

Calvary greetings in the Lord!

Wow! Praise God alleluia, we are overwhelmed by excitement because of this news! Thank you Eternally and thanks to Williamsburg Christian Church for the decision to provide housing and a home for these children who have been living in cold, persecuted and passion through challenges of homelessness, the Lord has heard them through you, you will make them laugh, smile and glorify God. Thank you and The entire Williamsburg church.

Praise be to God, We are looking forward to the day soon when the children will be singing and praising God having a place they can call home.

Blessings eternally
Francis

Roy and RooneyThese children will be surrounded by local CRF workers and local churches. They will be welcomed into beloved community where they will receive food, medical care, and a proper accredited education. Like many other CRF children they will become empowered and grow up in and through their own culture to join God in bringing hope to their own people.

The architectural plans and designs for the children’s home have been completed. The land has been secured. As soon as the money is raised the construction will begin.

As I have said before, the reign of sin and death has stolen these children’s parents and their dignity. For many it has robbed them of hope and life. But the good news of the reign of grace through King Jesus says it doesn’t have to be that way. As witnesses of this grace and as God’s gracious people, we will join our Heavenly Father–a Father to the fatherless–in making sure these 200 homeless AIDS orphans (and the many that come after) can know the good news that God’s kingdom is breaking in and Jesus is life-giving Lord.

Like the apostle Paul, I am persuaded that not even AIDS or violence, hunger or homelessness, poverty or hopelessness, things present or things to come, hostile powers, or any other created thing, not even 7,490 miles of land and ocean, will have the power to separate these children from the love of God in King Jesus.

God’s love has no borders.

Thanks and praise be to the Lord for His invitation to participate in His work of restoring lives. Thanks and praise be to the Lord that His blood-stained cross and empty tomb boldly proclaims that He is making all things new. Thanks and praise be to the Lord that people like those working with Christian Relief Fund chose to follow Jesus into the far places of our world to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel, and to partner with indigenous disciples to go deeper into the work God had already begun. Thanks and praise be to the Lord that people like Francis and Consolata Bii refuse to give up on the most vulnerable. And thanks and praise be to the Lord for His work in Williamsburg Christian Church and for your faithfulness to take Him seriously so we might play this small role in joining with God as He answers these children’s prayers.

Thank you Williamsburg Christian Church for reminding me that God’s Spirit can use His Church to do more than we ask, think or imagine. In the final words of the letter to the Hebrews:

“Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip us with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen.”

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The Announcement to WCC This Past Sunday

If you are a part of WCC please read this post. If you are not please read this post anyway. It’s pretty incredible what God is doing.

The word gospel literally means “good news.” The gospel in its most literal sense is an announcement that is good news for all who hear. It’s an announcement so compelling that it always absolutely provokes response. Imagine sitting in Duck Donuts and someone stands up and says, “Donuts on the house!” The crowd doesn’t stay quiet and simply nod their heads in agreement. No, they shout in agreement and clap! Who doesn’t want free donuts (especially the one with bacon and chocolate…but I digress)? That would be good news!

On behalf of the leadership this Sunday I was privileged to announce good news (much more substantial than free donuts!). But first, the bad news that the good news will turn upside down.

Many of us at WCC sponsor children through Christian Relief Fund. If you do not know they are a grassroots compassion relief organization dedicated to providing food, clean water, education, spiritual training, healthcare and disaster relief to the glory of God worldwide in over 30 countries. Francis and his wife Consolata are dear friends of mine. Francis serves as the Director of the schools and medical facilities Eldoret Kenya where some of us have children. He is also a pastor. Day-in day-out Francis lives to tell and show the people of Eldoret the gospel of God’s kingdom and that no one, not even AIDS orphans, are lost on King Jesus. When you and I sponsor a child for $35 per month they receive all the food, clothing, education and medical care they need to live in hope. We join God in changing their circumstances just enough that, by His grace, they have a chance to live a different life for the good of their people and the glory of God. Some of these students have graduated to become medical professionals and government officials. One CRF student at a time is changing Kenya.

When Francis and Consolata were visiting here I asked Francis how the work in Eldoret was going. He told me of all the incredible things God is doing. Successful schools creating successful graduates. New wells for clean water. Growing churches and new churches committed to making disciples and living on mission with God. This is good news!

Then there were stories like these.

ZopporahZiphorah is an AIDS orphan who attends the school in Eldoret. Her father, mother and sister died of HIV AIDS. Since then Ziphorah was sponsored by someone through CRF. Now Ziphorah has the money to go to school, get medical care, get food and clean water. But the $35 per month isn’t enough to house her. There are no orphanages for children like Ziphorah. She is homeless, alone sleeping on the streets or what the people call “the slum.” Just recently while walking to school (about an hour away from the slums), she was taken by a neighbor. He mistreated and beat her but she was able to escape. Every day she comes to school with these scars. As they have many times, a teacher decided she could stay with her while she heals. Once healed Ziphorah will have no where else to go.

Celestine is also a sponsored child and lived in the street with her grandfather util recently when her grandfather disappeared, leaving her and her sister all alone. Just recently some men captured them and sexually abused her sister. Now her sister is pregnant while still pursuing an already paid for education. Yet neither of them have a place to call home.

Francis, the teachers, and members of the local Churches take as many of these kids in as they can. Today there are just under 200 CRF sponsored orphans who have everything they need to have a different life but do not have a home—no place to do homework, or play, or rest their head. They are homeless. I am told that even though many of these children are sponsored, because they are homeless some end up missing.

The reign of sin and death has stolen these children’s parents. It’s stolen their dignity. For many it has robbed them of hope and life. But the good news of the reign of grace through King Jesus says it doesn’t have to be that way. As witnesses of this grace and as God’s gracious people, Williamsburg Christian Church can make sure these 200 homeless orphans and the many that come after can know the good news that God’s kingdom is breaking in and Jesus is life-giving Lord.

So this Sunday I announced on behalf of our leadership the opportunity to build the children’s home. Now think about this. When we were exploring the possibility of adding classroom space to the church building it was going to cost upward to $250,000. That would give us approximately 8 new class rooms. $250,000 to make our space more comfortable for our children 4-6 hours per week. Churches do it all the time. But, for less than half that price we could join God in building an children’s home for 200 homeless children that would make their lives more livable 168 hour per week (24/7). For $105,000 we could change lives for countless orphans for generations and break a cycle of poverty and hopelessness for the good of many and to the praise of God’s glory!

Our church family is postured for things like this. As a couple of people said to me yesterday, “This is in our DNA.” Think about it. In just four years we have witnessed God lead us into a holy adventure. As a faith community we walk along side many in our church family living in homelessness, some even to self-sustainability.  Now those living in homelessness in Williamsburg Virginia find community with us. We launched a non-profit called 3e Restoration Inc to equip, empower and encourage other Churches to do the same. Each winter we join with Community of Faith Mission (COFM) to turn the Church building into a winter shelter two weeks out of the year. We have many living through mental illness who despite being asked to leave a couple of other local churches in town found welcome and acceptance with us. Were it not for a group home founded by Christians most of them would be homeless. Over the past four years we have sponsored 45 AIDS orphans through CRF. No wonder that God in His infinite wisdom asks us to be the ones to house 200 orphans in a different country.

1101064The children’s home will be called Tarakwa Children’s Home. I am told that the Tarakwa is a cedar tree used as refuge for Kenyans to shelter them from the hot sun and torrential rains. It makes sense that the children’s home would be called Tarakwa.

If you are a part of the Williamsburg Christian Church family (or if you are not, please join us in prayer) this is what we are going to do this week. Wednesday (Oct. 29) through Friday (Oct. 31) we will join together in fasting and praying from sun-up to sun-down. We give the Lord our full attention and seek His wisdom as to the how we should get this done. It is not a question of if we should do it, God has already answered that in Scripture and we see it in His own heart.* It is only a question of how. 

This is good news! God has invited us to join Him in what He is doing half a world away in the lives of children we will never meet!

I know this is a lot of money for church our size and one as socio-economically diverse as us. Just remember, two years ago we were staring at a building debt of $145,000. Feeling the weight of this debt we committed as a church to raise the money together and pay it off so we could be free of debt and more faithfully join God in His pursuit of restoring lives and making all things new. We believed the Lord would provide. And he did, with a few thousand dollars left over! As my dear friend Thomas McCormick has said when quoting the psalmist, “God has cattle on a thousand hills so money is no object for Him.”

What do you say, WCC? Can we believe God to get this done and join Him in what He is doing half a world away? God has announced to us that we can bring good news–gospel–to children in Eldoret Kenya. Pray and seek the Lord so that in our response to this announcement we may join God in redeeming the children’s disgrace as we bear witnesses to God’s amazing grace in King Jesus! 

See ya Sunday! And stay posted because there is more to come…


* James 1:27; Matthew 25:33-46; Luke 4:16-19; Psalm 10:14, 18; 68:5; 82:3; 146:9; Isaiah 1:17-23; Jeremiah 22:3; Zechariah 7:10; Matthew 22:38-39 

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