Wherever you are, whatever your situation in life, I want to challenge you to serve wholeheartedly in your community. One missional service activity every so often is a good start, but as you grow in love for Christ let it overflow into a heart for a certain area of service. If your group is going to serve once a quarter or once a month, serve consistently at the same ministry so that your fellowship with those you serve can grow, and you can put yourself in a better position to share the saving Gospel of Christ with your new friends there that are perishing. For what other reason are we serving? To put a check in our "feel good" box of good works? By no means! We are serving for the main purpose of developing relationships in order to preach Christ to those that are desperately in need of a Savior (just as we once were and still are, let us not forget). At this community where the physical needs of the people often speak the loudest, it is a challenge to remember that our desire to meet their physical needs should be overshadowed by a compelling passion for their one great spiritual need to be met.
It is so hard for Giulian and I to leave without having someone to take over our class, but we are trusting in our Sovereign Lord who loves these people way more than we ever could to take care of it. Now I could write on and on about this because I am sold out for this cause, but I'll let the videos and pictures that I've included tell the rest of the story. If you'd like to know more about Good Neighbors, send me an email.
Thanks for your partnership,
I'm translating the letter at right that the little boy and his family gave Good Neighbors at our Christmas Party. To see the translation, click the "Good Neighbors" link above.