Sunday, January 22, 2012

In community

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. --Acts 2:42-47

The thing about community is you can witness God making things happen.

Adoption and orphan awareness are important to our church congregation. Our friend Nathan had the idea to have a rice-and-beans fund-raising lunch to help a ministry our church supports in Liberia feed more orphans.

So three of us women prepared various kinds of rice and beans to share with anyone who wanted to stay after church for this simple lunch. Many of us often eat out after church, so this was a way to give the money we'd usually spend at Culver's or Cracker Barrel to a population that can make a difference with those dollars. Basically, Nathan realized the money the average American family spent on a meal after church would feed two Liberian children for a month.

It's in community these things are discovered and addressed. And it's in community God moves and makes a difference. Apparently even our crock pots of different shapes, sizes and colors like living in community.

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