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A Servant's Heart

As a leader in a church, planning is a huge part of my daily routine. Planning youth group, planning fellowship events, planning hangouts with the youth.  About this time of the year is when we begin planning for next year.  This week was my week to start thinking about future mission trips.  My first thought about planning a mission trip is, how can we make the mission trip not about the experience, but about the service.  How can our youth be impacted by the service they give to others? 

At this moment I remembered an email I had just received from Nancy Dever labeled, “Of Big Cities Philadelphia, Worst for People in Deep Poverty.”   Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of Philadelphia (me being a Dallas native) it seems like a rather small city.  But when this article informed me that of these larger cities, Philadelphia is among the worst for deep poverty, I was shocked.  I continued to read this article, and throughout the rest of the body were many startling statistics of a city, just 20 minutes from our home.  I know we talk about this topic often, especially here at Wayne Presbyterian Church, but I truly believe the people that said this best were Brady, Daniel, and Phil who stood up at the pulpit during Youth Sunday.  If you did not hear their sermons I would encourage you to pick up a copy of it. 

As I worked with these boys on their sermons, I encouraged them to start their sermons off with a story that was a defining moment of their walk with Christ.  I’m not going to lie; I thought they would certainly all want to talk about ASP (Appalachian Service Project) and how they built houses for people struck by poverty in the Appalachian Mountains.  Although, these were key moments in their faith journey they all seemed more impacted by service and mission that they did right here at home.  Brady was so moved by his 7th grade mission trip to Broad Street Ministries, that he could have talked about this for hours, but there would have been numerous complaints.  He repeated over and over again, that he couldn’t believe how happy and passionate these people were regardless of their financial situation.  The thing that touched me the most was how it impacted his life, because these people experienced deep poverty and homelessness just 20 minutes away from WPC. 

“Of Big Cities Philadelphia, Worst for People in Deep Poverty,” talked about how Philadelphia has a poverty percentage of 28.4, which is higher than any Large American City.  The line that jumped out at me the most was when the inquirer staff writer, Alfred Lubrano, states, “We need as many Philadelphians as possible…”to help fight poverty. 

This article indicated to me that doing mission is not about how extravagant the service, or location of the service, but how service is a commitment we make in helping others with nothing in return.  1 Peter says this, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”  Whether we are serving in Honduras or Southwest Philadelphia, there is service to be done to glorify God.

This left me with such conviction that I ran downstairs and flipped through our mission pamphlet to see how else I can support deserving folks in our area.  Many times I find it so easy to say I am going to do something, but forget to commit.  I read in this article that if you commit to an act for one whole month it can become a habit.  Is there something that you have been thinking or saying you were going to do for a while now?  If so, there is no better time to start than right now!  Come, pick up a mission pamphlet from downstairs today!

If you are interested in reading the article I refer to above, click here http://articles.philly.com/2013-03-20/news/37846947_1_poverty-rate-deep-poverty-deep-poverty

Posted by Sarah Hostetter at 10:30 AM
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