What do we do when we’re not repairing homes? We’re restoring people! We pray and build relationships to point those in need to the Way, which is Jesus Christ. We are thankful for each and every person that serves in the ways in which God has called them. During this difficult season when it is currently unsafe to meet in large groups to repair homes in the community, there are ways we can actively serve, even from our own homes! We want to share two major ways we can all serve during this time.
The first way we can serve is by praying—we believe everything starts with prayer! In fact, we always say, “If we are not praying, we are not serving.” There are countless needs in the community that we pray for every week. Dexter Baker our Prayer Team Coordinator stresses that we should be praying without ceasing! He recently wrote the following to our prayer team:
Prayer is a spiritual discipline that permits God work on our behalf. God commands us to pray all kinds of prayers for one another.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” – Ephesians 6:18
So why pray? Because when we pray God uses us to bring others to Christ. Most importantly when we pray, we are interceding for our family, our church, our cities, our nations and anyone God wants to reach. It is our duty to use the vehicle of prayer to reconcile others to Christ.
A second way to serve—phone calls! This is especially important right now, because building relationships is a key way our compassion team serves. Even in a normal season of life, our relationships in the community often start with a phone conversation. Even though we aren’t able to be in homes with those in need, we can still be connected to their lives and give hope in the midst of situations that feel hopeless.
Kelly Alexander, our Compassion Team Coordinator, has been working along with other CompassionTeam members to make sure we stay connected those who have called in or been referred to The Way 2 Serve. Recently we discovered a few elderly friends who were shut in and needed food. Because we heard their need on a phone call, we were able to help. It’s that easy!
See what Kelly Alexander has to say about serving relationally:
For some of us, all we need is a gentle reminder that our redeemer lives. But for others, those who are especially sick or isolated. They need someone to reach out to them. They need someone to pick up the phone and remind them that they are loved. In this time of quarantine, we cannot knock on a door but we can pick up the phone.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
This is a great time to join in serving the community right from your own home! You can get connected by joining our Prayer Team and/or Compassion Team. Contact us to get started today!