Posted: July 31, 2017 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
Have you ever experienced something really great and recommended it to others? And then watched your friends have the same great experience?
This year we made a HUGE GOAL to invite 500 people to serve in some capacity outside the walls of the church. Serving is so much fun and we think everyone should get in it. To help people get started, we made some recommendations and the experiences have been incredible throughout 2017. The Village is currently working through a series, Get Off Your Donkey, based on the story of the Good Samaritan. During this series, we are encouraging people to volunteer. Last week, we had a big week to serve push and so many showed up!
Here’s some of the highlights from my point of view…..
- One mom served at the food truck and brought her 9 month old and 2 year old. That took a lot of effort, but her smile and the enjoyment of serving was priceless!
- A frantic post on facebook that we needed more bags because so many people came to pick up clothes at the Back to School Blowout resulted in several heros stepping up. One reply was from a mom sending bags with her child who was bringing to church on her bike 😊 I love that!
- A mom posting a picture on facebook of her two girls in front of a sign saying that their group helped pack 22,000 meals at Feed My Starving Children. Those moments of kids and parents serving are so important!
- A lady who I’ve never met showing up with a $2500 check from her company because they could see we are all about serving the community. WOW!
- My parents drove up from Missouri for a visit, but I think even more because they wanted to go and serve at Miss Pearls Ministry in Roseland.
You don’t have time to listen to all of the stories, but each one is important and each one is unique and each one is life changing!
Here’s my prayer….
That next year 1,000 people will serve outside the walls of the church!
The more people serve the more we are helping fulfill Jesus words…
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’