Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19
Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that the Kingdom of God is already breaking into our world! And just as the disciples and many others experienced a taste of that kingdom with Jesus, we have moments in our lives when we experience God’s promises. Maybe we see a little of the promise, like the little mustard seed, and begin to see how that will grow, flourish, and bring life in its branches. In that kingdom we are all brothers and sisters – rich or poor – in every part of the world.
In that kingdom we are all brothers and sisters – rich or poor – in every part of the world.
Our recent Meal Packing Marathon was such a time. 300 people of all ages and backgrounds gathered in the Community Center to energetically pack meals for our hungry brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone. Children of the Nations, a BelPres partner ministry, delivered the bags of rice, beans and flavoring, and we provided the awesome teamwork to pack 70,000 meals!
People arriving to a service event with hearts of joy and excitement; parents and grandparents bringing family members who might never want to come to “church” but are excited to serve and work alongside family!
Dozens of children – as young as 3 years old – working for two hours straight carrying bags of meals to the table to be sealed, and not one child was confused, got lost, or cried, but worked with focus and didn’t want to stop!
There were no rich or poor, good looking or not – we all looked a bit silly and loved it!
People with special needs welcome and sharing in purposeful work alongside their church family. Everyone became known, heard their names, were cheered, and had a place at the table. Wearing hairnets and aprons was a great equalizer – there were no rich or poor, good looking or not – we all looked a bit silly and loved it!
In order to make this event happen, sacrificial giving took place. $17,500 was raised from individual gifts, the Alternative Gift Market, and the church Missions budget.
This will become an annual event for our church, and I will not forget the way God showed us a glimpse of the kingdom of God in those two hours. We worked in spiritual solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone! We had the opportunity to be connected to them with Resurrection hope, experience of the Holy Spirit, and a vision of what missional community can be!