One of my greatest joys is mobilizing and encouraging each of you as you follow Jesus to love people, places and things to life. Many recent examples have already been shared above, and I'd like to wrap up this issue of Missional News and Notes with two more:
Margaret Spickard with our Missional Community called Putting Faith to Work recently shared their story at our Music Row location. This dedicated team of 30+ adults seeks year-round to find meaningful employment (paid or volunteer) for adults with disAbilities. They would love add to their team this fall/winter ahead—would you consider joining them once/month for their meeting where they prayerfully network to discover how each person can best be used in the context of work? Watch Nathan's story.
We also have a growing number of "badged" men and women who go together into our local jails and prisons regularly to lead various Gospel ministries with inmates seeking to grow in Christ. One female prisoner recently prayed this earnest prayer with a member of our Missional Community called Equipping Incarcerated Women: "Dear God—It's me. I know it's been awhile. I'm sorry I lost my way on this journey. You are the light to my path and in my darkness, You have comforted me well, Father. Thank you because it was me who strayed away - but it was You who loved me anyway. In all my days, my mother and father abandoned me—but you take care of me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, your daughter." To get involved, contact Vicki Helgesen (women’s prison) or Tim Knapp (men’s jail).
How might the Lord use you this year ahead? Want to launch a brand-new Missional Community with friends or neighbors—one that doesn't exist yet? Email me to get coffee and pitch your ideas. Now is the perfect time to get the conversation going! Dream big, consider your passions and skills, and ponder how our Heavenly Father might use you to love our city and #LeaveItBetter. Let's talk!