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Chapter 30: Serve

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

-Micah 6:8

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.  Simple yet complex. Do you always act justly?  Have you ever tried to love mercy for all?  How do we behave in this world, with humility or self importance?  I know that I need to keep myself in check; life is not fair, I’m not always compassionate to those who seek harm (ISIS comes to mind…or =) some facebook users), and selfishness is to quick to show itself.  How great the Father’s love for us!

This past weekend a fellow Missionary and I traveled to Belgium where we participated in Serve the City’s International Forum.  My friend Travis introduced us to Serve the City (StC) four months ago.

Serve the City began in Brussels as a single week of serving in 2005, initiated by a Christian faith community called The Well. An annual event turned into monthly volunteering events and weekly neighbourhoood-based serving opportunities throughout the city. Friends from other cities visited Brussels or heard about Serve the City and took the idea to their cities. Now Serve the City is active or starting in [over] 100 cities around the world.

What I love about StC is how organic it is.  Much like ministry, service varies by culture and city.  Needs, opportunities, methods adapt to the city that StC is established in.  For example, Pagosa Springs (CO), Detroit (MI), New York City (NY), and Houston (TX) are all very different cities.  However different the city, the importance of service is there.

What I also realized was how unified and diversified the groups were.  Not only were the groups inter-denominational, they were inter-faith!  Though our motives may have been different, our actions were connecting us.  Complementary to coffee shop ministry, StC naturally adds another dimension of community.  Instead of coffee, service to the city is the passion.  Not just a beverage to enjoy, but an idea to rally behind.  Community.

We believe that Serve the City will help to unify Kraków.  We believe that it will pass beyond the unification of the Church, but to the city.  The opportunities to share why we are doing this is beyond the beneficiaries of the service, but to the volunteers as well!  Our prayer is that we will become established as a community in love with service to our city and its people.  That we would be known to have a core group that is fully in-love with Jesus, and He is our source for everything we do in life.  That God would be glorified as we seek to be a light in our city.

We are also very excited moving into our next step in life.  We are continuing to see a bigger picture that we ever imagined.  God is good!  Continue to keep us in your prayers as we seek God in our Mission to Poland:

  • For Serve the City as we establish ourselves in Kraków.  For establishing a core team, creating projects, and our pursuit of partners(sponsors and volunteers)
  • For our Coffee pursuits.  Connecting with farms in Honduras, establishing a foundation here in Krakow for events, workshops, and community.
  • For our friendships.  As we connect with the parents at Loralie and Jack’s school, our coffee connections, and others that God brings into our lives.
  • For our family.  As we make this major transition, make new connections and as we pursue the above requests.
  • For our finances.  As we consider how much we need to raise for a ministry budget in addition to our family’s budget.  As we seek people to partner with us financially, raising 100% in monthly support.

If you are interested in partnering financially with our family as we pursue Missions in Poland, let us know and we would be happy to provide more information.  Our current budget is $3,500 and we are roughly 1/3 to our goal!

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many

Matthew 20:28

 

So you can get an idea of what we you are giving towards, here are some pictures!

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