July 29, 2016
Mission trips are always the best. There’s work, camaraderie, and usually one or two trips to the hospital. At least that’s the case for me, as I always seem to get a new scar with every trip. One of the things I love about it the most, though, is the way that I see people come home from mission trips energized in a new way to serve God and our community. This energy has the power to transform everything and everyone around us.
We were never supposed to try to repay Jesus for our salvation. We would never be able to do that. But we can absolutely use what Jesus is doing in our lives to show the love of Christ to others. One of the ways we want to do that is through our summer initiative. Spark Tank is easily the coolest initiative I’ve seen at a church in my life. While the concept itself is amazing, what’s blown me away has been the response. We’ve had amazing projects of everything from refurbishing townhouses to taking a family to Six Flags. We’ve even seen some projects as simple as leaving a $50 gift card as a tip for a waiter at a restaurant. With the people we have at St. Andrew, remarkable things are going to happen when our church gets motivated like this. However, I know we can do even more, and I cannot wait to see how all of you continue to respond. You still have time to answer this challenge. Look around your community and think of a neat way to do some random act of kindness for someone you know, or maybe even offer some love to a complete stranger with a gift card or paying for their meal. We’re hoping that with even one small spark, we can ignite a fire for Jesus. For more information or to apply for your spark tank project, click here.
If you still don’t have any ideas, we might be able to help you get involved this summer. We’ve been in conversations with a United Methodist church in Oak Cliff about doing what we can to help renovate their existing facilities to more easily minister to the neighborhood youth. In the past 18 months, their student group has grown from 5 to 50, and we want to make sure that they can continue to provide the love of God to a community that is so clearly yearning for it. However, we need some more expertise to do that. We need some individuals with experience and knowledge in window installation, storage unit construction, fencing, patio construction, electrical work, and general contracting who would be willing to serve as project leaders for us. If you would like more information about this, please contact me.
Remember that Spark Tank is not just an initiative for us to do something nice for someone else. We know that our actions are going to light a spark around us for God. Never underestimate how even the smallest act can change someone’s day, their week, or even their life.
I can’t wait to see all of you Sunday!