I Quit Going to Church

Dear Church, Through the years it’s been fun, rewarding, stretching, enriching, etc… to take Work and Witness teams to various countries throughout Central and South America: Argentina, Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala. Each trip and each team are unique and each time we experience God in a unique way, but we always discover (anew) that God is already there – wherever we go – at work among his people. Our job is not to “take God,” but to lock arms with God’s people in those places and see how we can, together, advance the Kingdom. A few years ago, we sent a small team to Nicaragua on what was referred to as an “extreme trip” (a little more back-woods than some). While on that trip our team discovered that a welder would be a HUGE blessing to the folks there that are often involved in church construction projects. So, we collected some funds and purchased a welder. A couple days ago we received this email from Roger Kellogg, the Work and Witness coordinator in that region. It said, “Just finished putting up another roof. One of my guys said, ‘God bless the church that donated the welder. We have 700 hours on it now.’ THANK YOU!!!!” This morning I read Acts 4:32-36, “The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. And so, it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.” That’s an awesome picture of the church, isn’t it? And, I know, our sending a team to Nicaragua and then buying them a welder doesn’t compare to all that was taking place there in Acts 4, but I pray that as we continue to follow Jesus and offer ourselves to him in faith and in service to the world, somehow we’ll reflect his beauty and be used to make him known. We call it “being the church.”   “God bless the church that donated the welder.”   Joel PS – Please be praying for our team headed to Rwanda next week!