From Shane Kyles, Director of the Way 2 Serve
It was so awesome to see everyone come out to serve on September 23! This Fall marked the 10-Year Anniversary of My Jerusalem. To celebrate this milestone, we knew there was only one thing to do… gather the body of Christ together to continue rebuilding and restoring as we’ve done for the last 10 years! We at The Way 2 Serve are so thankful for all who continue to do this good work in our community.
One common word that was shared throughout the day was unity. Whether the task was repairing a home, delivering cookies, participating in the block party, or sitting and sharing with one of the home owners, there was a spirit of unity from the Lord. I truly believe this unity was present because his children were unified in one purpose—to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ!
I saw a great example of this unity firsthand when I went to help finish a roof job at Ms. Rosie’s home. Some of the people on the team helping her that day actually had a previous relationship with her family. As we finished putting on the last pieces of metal, Ms. Rosie made her way up the ladder to see the finished roof. We shared a special moment on the now safe and secure roof. Ms. Rosie kept on saying, “Thank you, thank you!”, as she looked at the new roof.
Ms. Rosie and the guys talked about the past and about how they want to stay connected in the future. At that suggestion, one of the guys said, “We have to come back!” It was an exclamation made in genuine love made possible by God’s spirit in his children. We want to come back to continue relationships that edifies the body of Christ and reaches out to those who need Him! As we left that day we all prayed together and thanked God for providing for all of our needs.
This is what it means to rebuild and restore. Together, we are a part of rebuilding broken homes, but we are also a part of restoring the hearts of brothers, sisters, and those who do not yet know Jesus.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians 2 when he tells how our attitudes should be towards one another.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:5-8
On a My Jerusalem service day, God sets relationships in motion throughout our community that begin by meeting a practical need. Now is the time to continue building that relationship through Follow-Up with those we have served. God uses small acts of kindness in mighty ways. Something as simple as spending time with someone that was been served can bring eternal change—not just in their life, but in each of ours as well.
Join us in continuing the good work, by engaging someone who has had a practical need met but is still waiting for a friend to come and visit.