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I want to serve God, but ……….. – Wilmington Outreach Update 2.12.12

It’s COLD, it’s windy, I’m tired, it’s scary, I don’t know what I’ll say, I don’t know if anyone will be there, I’m hungry, I don’t feel like it, it gets in the way of my plans. These were just some of the excuses that went through our heads last Sunday afternoon while we were getting ready to go out and try to serve people in 20 degree windy weather. And I think the buildings downtown create a wind-tunnel that makes it feel even colder.

But five of us went anyway and met lots of people (yes, there are still people hanging out in Rodney Square in the middle of the winter). The most interesting conversation I had was with a guy named Ken. We met him about 30 seconds after I said “well, looks like we might strike out this week.” Ha. He was happy to receive our bag lunch and water, and seemed even more happy to talk to us. He was just on his way home from the hospital. Thankfully it didn’t seem like he had any major health problems, but once we got talking to him further he shared with us about some other issues he’s struggling with. He mentioned an addiction to alcohol and depression, among other things. We talked about faith and how God has the power to meet our deepest needs. While he agreed that he should turn to God for satisfaction, it didn’t seem like he was ready. Nonetheless, we had a great conversation and hopefully gave him some inspiration that will impact his future. We also had lots of great conversations with other people.

One of the lessons I learned this week has to do with making excuses. How often do we make excuses for what God wants us to do? Maybe you identify with some of the excuses listed above, or have others of your own. I guarantee you that when you recognize your excuses, put your selfish desires aside, and follow God, you will not be disappointed. But how do we do that?

“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:21-25)

Join us in prayer for Ken, others in our city, and pray that you’d put your excuses aside through Christ and experience life to the fullest.

Meeting the Family of a Tragic Accident – Wilmington Outreach Update 2.5.12

Last Sunday was another great experience. We got to pray for healing for a man who has been having migraines, seizures, and a possible brain aneurysm; pray with someone who has “drifted away from God” over the years and is ready to re-commit, and had a long conversation with an intentionally “homeless” man who has been living on the streets of Wilmington for about 20 years. Of all these conversations last Sunday, the one that impacted me the most was in a bus stop with a man and his two daughters. We normally walk around Rodney Square and hand out food and water bottles to mostly everyone we come across. But there are certain people that are more intimidating to go up and talk to – because of their physical appearance, demeanor, or other reasons.  Still, we pray that God leads us to the people He wants us to talk to, even if it doesn’t make sense to us.

This man was one of those people, someone who I felt I should offer food and water to, but was expecting to get rejected. He graciously accepted what we had to offer, and we started talking. After a short conversation I asked him if he and his family wanted any prayers. Again – I thought it would be a quick and easy “no thanks” and we’d be on our way. But when I asked the question, he immediately said yes and began sharing with us. Apparently, his mother (the girls’ grandmother) was recently killed in a terrible accident – a hit and run that happened while she was trying cross the street in her wheelchair. This happened on south Market Street – not far from where we were. You can read about it in this news article: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/national_world&id=8490315. After he shared this request with us, their bus arrived and our group went over to some benches to pray for them.

Edith, the woman who passed away in the hit and run accident on 1/4/12

What I realized from this experience is that sometimes God calls us to do things that don’t always make sense. I had a feeling that this guy wasn’t going to want anything we had to offer, but when we asked him for prayer he lit up like he knew we were sent for a reason. I don’t know very much about this family’s situation, but I do know that prayer is important and it’s all I can do for them at this point. Please join us in prayer for the people I listed above, and for this family as they mourn the loss of their beloved grandmother.

Pajama Party! Journey Small group 2/2/12

Just a quick update for those who are out of town – you missed out on our pajama party and brinner (breakfast for dinner) night!!!  There was tons of amazing food (pancakes of the following variety: chocolate chip, blueberry, bananas, m&m’s), biscuits, sausage, muffins, and lots more. 

After eating we had some worship time and a Bible study on Romans 11.  We learned about the meaning of “ingrafted branches,” talked about Paul’s heart for his fellow people, and how we as Christians can lead the kind of lives that attract people to become a part of God’s kingdom.  Romans is so good!  I’m looking forward to chapter 12 next week.  We’ll be trying to incorporate more fun events like this throughout the year.

Brief Relief 2011 + other events from Christmas break!

"My Name is Drew" performing at Brief Relief 2011

$737 and 116 pairs of underwear.

Brief Relief is a benefit concert run by BVBC every winter, spotlighting local bands to raise money and clothing for the impoverished in our own community. It all started years ago, when we found out that one of the most needed clothing donations at homeless ministries is underwear.  While it’s common for homeless shelters and clothing banks to get shirts, pants, etc, it’s easy to forget that they have to buy underwear.  So we started a benefit concert where admission is either a package of underwear or $7.  This year, all the underwear donations are being given to Wilmington’s largest homeless shelter, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, and the financial proceeds will be donated to Urban Promise, another ministry that does great work in Wilmington.  For more information about the event, including the band lineup, see the BR Facebook Event.  Also, check out this video of Nick Taylor and Jack Shepard from “Rain Falling Up”:

This year’s concert was another great experience – lots of people and lots of donations raised.  We also had a guest speaker from Urban Promise, Jeff Thompson, who came to share with us what was going on in their ministry – how God is using them to bring love and hope to a city that needs it desperately.  So it was a night of music, food, catching up with lots of friends, making a difference in hundreds of people’s lives, and learning about what God is doing in our city.  Sounds like a good night to me.

In other Journey updates – we had a great time last week with our Ice Skating/Cheesesteak trip to Philly on Tuesday and our prayer & worship night on Thursday.  During the prayer & worship night, we had a good chance to reflect on what God has done in our lives in 2011, and looked forward to what He’s going to do in 2012.  It was awesome!

McKinley Short performing at Brief Relief 2011

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