Our church showed a quick video clip this last Sunday that inspired me!
In the video, a young couple shared how they felt the Lord’s call to move their family of four to a rough neighborhood in Illinois to plant a church. A neighborhood in which you would not imagine wanting to raise young children.
They knew nobody. They had no contacts or connections.
They trusted the Lord for His provision and protection.
They began to pray about ways to reach out to the people in their neighborhood and invite them to the church they would soon be starting.
The wife shared how she had the idea of making cookies and delivering them to her neighbors.
So that is what they did!
This first encounter showed the people that they were not allowing fear of the hostile environment in the neighborhood keep them back from reaching out. Trust began to establish and relationships grew. It wasn’t long before they started to see their church attendance increase.
And it all started with cookies!
Taking cookies to neighbors may seem like a very familiar and common decency to many of us.
However, when we connect these simple acts of kindness with the power of prayer, and the intent to glorify God and His kingdom, they become something different. Something not-so-common. Something not-so-natural.
As a stay-at-home-mom, I’m convinced that my greatest mission field is the one right outside the front door of my home – to the people who I have the potential to influence on a daily basis.
Also, with Easter just around the corner, I believe we Christians have an opportunity. There are many people in our spheres of influence that would normally never cross the threshold of a church. But because attending church on Easter Sunday is a cultural tradition, they may be more willing to visit.
With the inspiration from this family and the fact that Easter is quickly approaching, I decided to take my kids on a quick missions trip in our neighborhood.
We spent an afternoon this past week baking cookies. I also made a simple invitation on my computer inviting our neighbors to our church’s Easter service.
Then we packed up some plates of cookies with the invitations, put them in our wagon, and set off to bless our neighbors.
Before we left, we prayed.
We asked the Lord that His presence would go before and behind us.
We asked that His blessing would be over us and our neighborhood.
We asked that He would use this simple act to minister His love and kindness.
We were able to talk with many of them, some of which we had not met before. They were all grateful that we took the time to come say ‘hello’.
I want to teach my children the importance of being a servant. Jesus Himself said to become great in His kingdom, we must serve others.This was a great, simple opportunity for us to go out and practice serving together.
Let me encourage you to ask the Lord to show you someone that you can invite to join your family at your church’s Easter Service!